Sometimes Juice Cleansing Isn't All Rainbows & Unicorns
Is it normal to get headaches on a juice cleanse? Does a juice cleanse give you diarrhea? Can juice cleanses cause bloating?
And what if you feel sick on a juice cleanse? What should you do?
When doing a cleanse, our goal is to get those pesky toxins OUT in order to let our body function at its best! A juice cleanse in and of itself does not detoxify your body, but it takes the strain off of the organs of the body responsible for detoxification, providing the opportunity to do what they do best. Depending on how toxic your body is this process can be gentle or more intense. Some people experience no unpleasant symptoms, whereas others may struggle.
We want to fill you in on some of the juice cleanse side effects and symptoms that are common to juicers, so you know you are not alone and so you know what to expect.
We'll also share best practices for easing these symptoms before and during your cleanse.
Juice Cleanse Side Effects and Symptoms:
Headaches – this can be caused by lack of water and/or calories, caffeine withdrawal, refined sugar withdrawal, or blood sugar irregularities. Hydrate with more water, cold-pressed juice, and herbal teas.
Bloating & flatulence – for some people, this can worsen at the very start of a juice cleanse due to the sudden increase in fruits and vegetables, but this will likely pass quickly. Once it passes, your stomach will feel flatter than ever and your bloating should go away entirely. If symptoms persist, you can consume fermented fluids such as kombucha tea or take a probiotic.
Diarrhea – this is a rare symptom, but it can occur due to IBS, the rapid increase in fruits and vegetables, and an all-liquid diet. Fermented drinks can also assist in easing this symptom.
Constipation – drastic changes to our eating behaviors may cause our digestion to slow down due to a reduction in fiber. You should drink more water, get some light exercise, and try eating more dark green leafy vegetables and/or fiber-rich fruits.
Fatigue or brain fog – this can be due to a reduction in calories or withdrawal from caffeine and/or refined sugar. We suggest not cutting out caffeine completely if you are a regular caffeine drinker. It is also important to stay hydrated- drink all the water and raw juice you desire. Give your body time to readjust to these big dietary changes and your energy will soon soar.
Strong cravings – this can be the result of cutting out all your normal foods, calorie reduction, pre-existing nutritional deficiencies, dehydration, or electrolyte imbalances. Drink more raw juice and water!
Skin breakouts and reactions – our skin is our largest eliminative organ, and big, sudden dietary changes that impact our body's natural detox processes may cause our skin to initially suffer. You can expedite the detox process by sweating it out and drinking more water.
Aches and Pains – a reduction in calories, electrolyte changes, dehydration and blood sugar changes can cause this. Drink electrolyte-rich beverages like coconut water and extra raw juice, particularly green juices which are rich in magnesium.
4 Ways to Avoid These Common Juice Cleanse Symptoms
- Preparation is key! Before starting a juice cleanse we highly recommend up to a week of preparation to reduce unpleasant symptoms.
- Drink as much fresh juice daily as you want– you can’t have too much! Also, drink plenty of hydrating fluids such as water, coconut water, and herbal teas.
- Avoid gluten, dairy, alcohol and start to eat more plant-based foods leading up to your juice cleanse.
- Eat fresh fruits and vegetables if you feel the need to chew on something. Raw nuts and seeds are also acceptable to eat if you feel you need a little something extra.