Sometimes Cleansing Isn't All Rainbows & Unicorns
When doing a cleanse, our goal is to get those pesky toxins OUT in order to let our body function at its best! Depending on how toxic your body is this process can be gentle or more intense.
This is why we want to fill you in on some of the 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.
Symptoms Common to Juicing:
Flatulence & bloating – initially this can worsen during a Reboot for some people, the sudden increase in fruits and vegetables from the many complex sugars, fiber, phytonutrients and enzymes but this will soon pass and your stomach will feel flatter than ever. If symptoms persist or you have IBS you can consume fermented fluids such as kombucha tea, coconut water kefir or take a probiotic.
Diarrhea – this can occur due to a tendency towards IBS, rapid increase in fiber (eating + juicing phase), rapid increase in fruits and vegetables and an all liquid diet (juice only). Fermented drinks can also assist in easing this symptom.
Constipation – once we have made drastic fibre and dietary changes our digestive may suffer and slow down due to the increase in fibre (during the eating phase) combined with lack of water or due to a reduction in the fibre consumed during the juice only phase. Drink more water, more exercise and juice/eat more dark green leafy vegetables.
Headaches – this can be caused from lack of water and/or calories, caffeine withdrawal, sugar withdrawal or blood sugar irregularities. Hydrate with more water, juice, teas and broth.
Skin breakouts and reactions – since the skin is the largest eliminative organ as we make big changes to our diet our skin may initially suffer. It is important to sweat it out and drink more water.
Fatigue – this can be due to a reduction in calories, lack of hydration as you may not feel like drinking more water when you’ve already drank juice, withdrawal from certain substances such as caffeine, sugar etc. as the body is readjusting to these big dietary changes your energy will soon soar.
Aches and Pains – this is common! There are many theories as to why this happens but we know for sure calorie restriction, electrolyte changes, dehydration and blood sugar changes can cause this. Drink extra coconut water and other electrolyte & magnesium rich juices.
Brain fatigue or brain fog – this is commonly caused from a reduction in calories, sugar and/or caffeine. It is important to rehydrate and consume more juice.
Strong cravings – this can be caused by the avoidance of all your normal foods, sugar irregularities, body wanting to reinstate lost calories ASAP, long standing nutritional deficiencies, dehydration, electrolyte imbalances. More juice, broth, water, electrolytes!
How to Avoid These Symptoms on a Cleanse:
- Preparation is key! Before completing a cleanse we highly recommend up to a week of preparation to reduce unpleasant symptoms.
- Drink plenty of fresh juice – you really can’t have too much!
- Drink plenty of hydrating fluids such as water, coconut water, herbal tea and vegetable broth.
- Eat fresh fruits and vegetables rather than eating other non-raw foods if you feel the need to chew on something while doing the juice only phase.
- I really encourage herbal teas such as chamomile or peppermint for upset stomachs, licorice tea or cinnamon tea for sugar cravings, fennel for bloating to name a few.