While doing a juice cleanse you will be taking in nothing but fresh, living and raw juices. During this time your body will be detoxifying, cleansing, repairing rebuilding and getting everything it needs from an abundant source of nutrients that will be entering your body by way of juices!
When a lot of us first heard about a juice cleanse or juicing in general I am sure the first juices that popped into our minds were fruit juices. There is nothing wrong with having a fruit juice here and there and they do taste absolutely amazing!
Fruit juices do contain plenty of nutrition themselves, but also come with a lot of extra sugar that in large quantities can be detrimental for our bodies overall health. When juicing you are taking most of the insoluble fiber out of equation and even though there is still soluble fiber left. A lot of what remains when juicing fruits is sugars.
Insoluble fibers help our bodies to digest foods at a slower pace so that sugars take a lot longer to digest. This is a good thing when relating to sugary fruit juices as large spikes in our blood sugar can be not so good for health and for diabetics it can be downright dangerous.
Fruit juices can be a good introduction or also a way to help our palates adjust to the stronger flavors of green juices and can definitely be mixed in with our juices in smaller amounts during times where we are making juice our main form of nutritional intake.
When doing a juice cleanse, and especially when doing a juice cleanse for an extended period of time, you will want to be sure that the majority of your juice is coming from vegetables and especially from leafy green vegetables.
Now we get to the good stuff! The same thing that makes fruit juices (which are still healthy and good for our bodies in smaller quantities) not so great in larger quantities for our bodies, is the same thing that makes green juices great for our bodies in larger quantities.
The reason for this is that leafy green vegetables contain so much more of all of the nutrients your body needs without the extra sugars that are in fruits. Green juices contain many major nutrients, trace nutrients, a whole lot of chlorophyll, living enzymes, probiotics, and antioxidants. Not only this, but they contain amino acids in larger quantities which when combined build proteins!
When it comes to leafy green vegetables, the darker the better! Darker leafy greens tend to be more nutrient dense, so be sure to include things like Kale, Chard, and Collard Greens into your juices. Lesser known, but packed with nutrients as well are other greens such as Bok Choy (Pak Choi), Beet Greens, Turnip Greens, Dandelion Greens, Arugula, Cilantro, and many other herbs and lettuces as well! Sprouts are also a great and amazing source of green nutrition that you can utilize during a juice cleanse or in any juice!
When doing a juice cleanse you are feeding your body nothing but readily available nutrient dense nutrition in the form of liquid juice! This means that your body does not have to take all of that extra time to digest this food and can take the nutrition directly from the source!
This abundance of living raw nutrition gives your body everything it needs and more. The rest, and nutrition your body's organs and other systems get during a juice cleanse gives them time to recover, rebuild, and strengthen from all of the toxic damage that other foods or our environment has done.
Green juices play a major role in this and you cannot do a juice cleanse effectively without them. If you have not done a juice cleanse before or have not been juicing a whole lot as of yet and you have a harder time with the flavor of green juices, warm yourself up to them slowly by starting to include them in your juices. Our green juice cleanse recipes for beginners section has a lot of great juice recipes that can help you with this.
When I first began juicing the flavors of some of the leafy greens were very strong to my palate and it definitely took me some time to adjust. What helped me get into them quicker is I started looking into their nutritional benefits and found out that they truly are unbelievable!
I have slowly gotten to a place in my own life where I am aware that what I put into my body effects my entire well being, my daily energy as well as my attitude, health, and entire outlook on life. Over time (and honestly most of the time) right as I am having a juice I can feel the change it is making in my body. This stuff literally is liquid green gold! The more I have felt these changes, the more I just want to get this stuff into my body. This feeling and knowing what it is doing for my body is a huge part of what helped me to get used to the flavors of darker leafy greens in the beginning.
Now I am at a place where I absolutely love the flavor of green juices and can a lot of the time drink them straight. Our Green juice cleanse recipes page here can give you some more ideas and ways to help you move onto some of the stronger, more nutrient dense green juices that you will want to include in your juice cleanse or your daily life. Your body will thank you and your life will be more enriched as a result! Have a great day and may all of your juices be great!