We get a lot of people asking us about how much juice they should be drinking each day during their juice cleanse. We know there is a lot misleading information out there, and many people suggest different amounts of juice. We here at Raw Juice Cleanse Recipes recommend aiming to drink at least a gallon of juice a day or more, and we’ll explain why.
Generally speaking if you start to get that hungry feeling, drink more juice!
We are all different, and our bodies will each have different needs at different times. One thing is for sure, you don’t want to deprive or starve yourself during a juice cleanse.
Juice cleansing done the correct way is not about depriving your body of calories or nutrition! What most people call “juice fasting” or “juice cleansing” has been hugely misunderstood, because people have turned it into a starvation fast which is a completely different thing.
What You Do Not Want To Do During Your Juice Cleanse
You do not want to limit your body during a juice cleanse as this will naturally put your body into “starvation mode.” This goes all the way back to days of old when humans would have to survive for longer stretches without food or with less food. When you start starving your body, or giving it way less than it needs, it will read this as a sign.
Your body will naturally slow your metabolism down in order to burn those calories slower that you are taking in so that you can survive. This is your body reading from what you are taking in that this is a time to reserve resources.
When you do this over a prolonged period of time, your body gets used to being in this mode. When you come off of that kind of diet, your metabolism is still working at that slow pace. This is part of the reason a lot of people gain a lot of their weight back after going on a “diet” or doing a “juice fast.” We wrote a separate article that explains how to keep weight off after a juice cleanse or diet which you might want to read after you’ve finished this article here.
What You Do Want To Do During Your Juice Cleanse
Drinking a minimum of a gallon of juice a day will give your body at least the minimal amount of nutrition it needs to function properly and carry out its tasks. If you are feeling that a gallon is good for you one day, drink a gallon. If you feel like you need more than a gallon another day, drink more.
Some people might find that one gallon is too much for them. I’ve never personally had this come up, but I’ve been doing this a long time, and I’ve had people tell me it was a thing for them. If you try and you’re just having a difficult time drinking an entire gallon of juice, then relax and drink as much as you can. You don’t need to put any extra stress on yourself. If your body is saying it’s good, then it’s good.
Drinking a minimum of one gallon of juice a day during a juice cleanse is your goal. It doesn’t mean that you always necessarily will be able to. Personally, I’ve always consumed one or more gallons per day during my juice cleanses. I don’t think I’d fare too well drinking less. Again, though, I want to bring to attention the fact that all of us are different. If you simply can’t drink that much and feel like you’re forcing it down, then give it a break and start again the next day.
We have been asked much less frequently , but nevertheless, how much is too much? We did some looking into this and found the body is made, in general, to be able to process a maximum amount of around 4 gallons of liquid a day. It can do this maximum amount sometimes with no problems, but over a longer period of time you do not want to be taking in more than 3 and 1/2 to 4 gallons of juice a day. Drinking this much in a single day would be quite the accomplishment for most, so in general you most likely won’t have to worry about this.
Raw, fresh, homemade juices work differently in your body than solid food does. The nutrients from these juices, unlike solid foods, are immediately available for our body to absorb. The juice that carries the nutrition flushes through our bodies, saturating our cells, while cleansing and detoxifying at the same time. The last thing you want to do during a juice cleanse is give yourself too little!
The main thing to remember here is that more is usually better, and that if you are feeling hungry or just feel like you are not drinking enough juice during your juice cleanse, then drink some more! A minimum of a gallon of juice a day during your juice cleanse is what you should be aiming for!
To help you save money while you are doing your juice cleanse or while you are adding juices to your daily diet we have written an article that covers juicing on a budget. This article will give you some good tips to get the most for your buck when shopping for produce.
You’ll also want to know exactly what kinds of juices you should be drinking mainly during your juice cleanse. To find out more about why you want green juices during your juice cleanse you can follow that link.
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