We get a lot of people asking us, how much juice should I drink each day during my juice cleanse? We know there is a lot misleading information, and many people suggest different amounts of juice. We here at Raw Juice Cleanse Recipes recommend drinking at least a gallon of juice a day or more and we’ll explain why below. Generally speaking if you start to get that hungry feeling, drink more juice!
As I am writing this, we are on our 2nd 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 I imagine today will be the same. 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”. 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 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.
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 our bodies than solid food does. The nutrients from these juices, unlike 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 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 want to 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.