We get a lot of people asking us, how much juice should I drink each day during my juice cleanse? Do not forget and especially for these first few days how important it is to drink more! If you start to get that hungry feeling, drink more juice!
As I am writing this we are on our second day of a 30 day juice cleanse we are doing, which you can find more about by following this link here Raw Juice Cleanse recipes Spring Juice Cleanse! I drank around 2 gallons of juice yesterday and imagine today will be the same. We are all different and our bodies will each have different needs at different times, but one thing is for sure, you do not want to deprive yourself or starve yourself during a juice cleanse.
Juice cleansing 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 a "starvation mode". This goes all the way back to days of old when we as 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 again, because your body is 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 and 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". You can read more about how to keep weight off after a juice cleanse or diet by following that link.
What You Do Want To Do During Your Juice Cleanse
Drinking a minimum of a gallon of juice a day will at least give your body the minimal amount of nutrition it needs to function properly and carry out its tasks. If you are feeling a gallon is good for you in a certain day, drink a gallon. If you feel like you need more that day, drink more.
We have been asked much less frequently , but nevertheless, well then how much is too much? We did some looking into this and found that 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 do not have to worry about this.
Raw fresh home made juices work differently in our bodies than solid food does. The nutrients from these juices, unlike in solid foods are immediately available for our bodies. 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 to 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 your produce.
Also if you have not read this post yet then you really should check it out for more information about what kinds of juices you will want to be drinking mainly during your juice cleanse. To find out more about why you want green juices during a juice cleanse you can follow that link.