Everybody seems to be talking about juice cleanses these days, but how many people actually know what a juice cleanse is? A juice cleanse can be referred to as a juice diet, juice fast, juice feast, or a juice detox.
In this article I’m going to explain exactly what a juice cleanse is. I’ll also talk about some misunderstandings about what you can include during a juice cleanse, and I’ll clear up the confusion about why people call it by different names.
This Is Essential To Doing A Juice Cleanse
Doing a juice cleanse or a “juice diet” means that for a certain period of days you are only feeding yourself juice. Generally speaking, and what we advocate most definitely, is that this juice is raw unpasteurized juice. You either make it at home or have it cold pressed for you by a juice bar or other juicing enterprise.
You do not eat any food during a juice cleanse nor do you drink smoothies during a juice cleanse. With the exception of a few things which I’m about to get to, during a juice cleanse all you do is DRINK JUICE. 🙂
What Are The Other “Things” You Can Have During A Juice Cleanse?
I figured I’d get to this first and then I’ll talk more about what you can’t have.
On top of juice you can have water (in fact you should be drinking around 64 ounces of water every day), liquid vitamin supplements (If needed. You normally won’t need these. Juice contains almost every nutrient your body needs other than vitamin D and B12.), and herbal teas that don’t contain caffeine. That’s about it!
What Can’t You Have During A Juice Cleanse?
Everything else I didn’t mention. Ok, I’ll list some of it off. 🙂
Coffee, tea (that contains any caffeine), caffeine, food of any kind, alcohol, milk, smoothies, and any drink that’s not juice.
What’s With All The Different Names?
Like I said up-top, a juice cleanse is sometimes also called a juice diet, a juice fast, a juice feast, or a juice detox. While all of these fall under the general definition of a juice cleanse, some of these are different from one another, and some aren’t.
Juice Feast and Juice Fast
I wrote an entire article describing the important differences between a juice feast and a juice fast. These most definitely are not the same thing and you’ll want to read that article to get a better idea about why. People will still refer to both of these as a juice cleanse.
When someone uses the term juice diet, they’re usually talking about a juice cleanse; however, they could be talking about a juice cleanse that is done as a juice feast or a juice fast. This depends on the person doing it. Someone doing a “juice diet” is most likely, but not always, doing it for weight loss as the word diet is normally used when talking about losing weight through eating or juicing.
As the word “detox” implies, someone that is doing a juice detox is most likely doing a juice cleanse for the purposes of detoxification. Whether they’re doing by fasting or feasting is really up to them.
Can You Exercise During A Juice Cleanse?
The simple answer is, yes.
The more detailed answer is that there are certain exercises you’ll want to do and certain exercise you’ll probably want to cut back on. I wrote an article that goes a whole lot more into what exercises you can do during a juice cleanse.
I hope this article helped to answer your questions about what a juice cleanse is.
If you want to know more about juice cleansing and especially how to do one, I suggest you pick up a copy of our complete juice cleanse guide.
You can also check this page out that contains links to a load of different articles all about juice cleansing.
You’re also completely free to ask any questions you may have in the comments section below! We’d love to answer them. 🙂
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