If you’re considering a juice detox, it’s important to know what to expect. Many people report experiencing various symptoms as their bodies adjust to the change. In this blog post, we’ll discuss some of the most common juice detox symptoms and how to deal with them.
Things That Juice Does To Your Body
By drinking juice, your body can quickly get the nutrients it needs because it doesn’t have to break down fibers and other parts of whole foods. You can also get more vitamins and minerals from juice than you may be getting from your normal diet.
You Could Discover Food Intolerances
Since most juice cleanses take dairy, wheat, gluten, and fermented foods out of your diet, you can find out if any of these foods make your body feel bad. Woodson Merrell, the author of The Detox Prescription, says that putting them back in your diet can help you figure out which foods are making your body sick.
You’ll Be Exposed to Cold Temperatures
Winter is not a good time to start a juice cleanse because many people eat and drink hot foods and drinks to keep their body temperatures up. Picture it: If you want to lose weight and it’s 20 degrees outside, a hot cup of tea might be a better choice than a cold-pressed juice.
Caffeine Withdrawal Symptoms May Occur.
If you are serious about your juice cleanse, you will have given up all caffeine. “Even if you only drink one cup of coffee a day, stopping caffeine all at once can cause headaches, irritability, and trouble focusing,” says Amy Shapiro, MS, RD, CDN, founder of Real Nutrition NYC and a nutritionist.
You Will Lose Water Weight
Your muscles store a lot of water and glycogen, which is a form of glucose that can be used to store energy. When you eat a low-calorie diet, your body will use up its glycogen stores for energy instead of getting energy from food.
When glycogen is used up, you lose water weight along with it. The excitement is short-lived, though. When you go back to your normal diet, you’ll gain back all the water weight you lost. There are ways to make your belly smaller in 24 hours that don’t involve cleaning.
Your Appetite Could Be Calming
Even though juicing doesn’t make the stomach smaller, it does stop you from eating for comfort for a while. The result of this is that you will feel full with less food than usual right after the cleanse is over. This can give some people the big psychological boost they need to change the way they eat and stop sabotaging their efforts to lose weight.
Your Hair and Nails Are Not Growing
When you’re on a juice cleanse, you’re not getting all the nutrients you would get from a balanced diet. That will have a lot of big effects, but the first thing you’ll notice is that your hair and nails aren’t growing as fast. Schapiro says, “Protein, fats, and carbohydrates are all important for healthy skin, hair, and nails.”
Juice Detox Symptoms
It has unfavorable side effects. Most juices’ low-calorie content can cause fatigue, headaches, cravings, and dizziness. It has the potential to cause muscle and bone loss. Because juice contains a limited amount of protein, it can affect your muscles and bones.
Headaches and Juicing
This can happen if you don’t get enough water or food, if you stop drinking coffee or eating refined sugar, or if your blood sugar isn’t stable. Get more water, cold-pressed juice, and herbal teas to help you stay hydrated.
Flatulence and bloating
Some people might feel more bloated at the beginning of a juice cleanse because of the sudden increase in fruits and vegetables, but this is likely to go away quickly. Once it’s over, you’ll feel as light as you did before, and the bloating will be gone. If the symptoms don’t go away, you can drink kombucha tea or take a probiotic
This is a rare sign, but it can happen if you have IBS, eat a lot of fruits and vegetables quickly, or only drink liquids. Eating bananas that aren’t quite ripe (they should be yellow with a hint of green) and/or drinking fermented drinks can also help ease this symptom.
Constipation from Juice Cleanse
If we eat less fiber because of big changes in the way we eat, our digestion may slow down. You should drink more water, do some light exercise, and try eating more dark green leafy vegetables and/or fiber-rich fruits.
Fatigue or mental fog
This symptom of a juice cleanses detox can be caused by a drop in calories or by giving up caffeine and/or refined sugar. If you drink caffeine every day, we don’t think you should stop drinking it all at once. Staying hydrated is also important, so drink as much water and raw juice as you want. Give your body time to get used to these big changes in your diet, and your energy will soon go through the roof.
This can happen if you stop eating all of your usual foods, cut your calories, are already dehydrated, or have an electrolyte imbalance. Drink more raw juice and water, and if you need to chew, raw fruits and vegetables are good to eat and won’t ruin your cleanse.
Skin eruptions and reactions
Our skin is our biggest organ for getting rid of waste, so sudden changes to our diet that affect our body’s natural detox processes may cause our skin to break out or become irritated at first. You can speed up the detoxing process by working out and drinking more water.
Pains and Ache
This can be caused by a drop in calories, a change in electrolytes, not drinking enough water, or a change in blood sugar. Electrolyte-rich drinks like coconut water and extra raw juice, especially green juices, which are high in magnesium, as well as as much water as you feel you need, will help you rehydrate.
Ways To Avoid Detox Symptoms
Prepare for it
Writing down your plan can help you commit to quitting. You can stay motivated and reduce the stress of the recovery process by setting goals. Both short-term and long-term goals should be realistic. Make them measurable and specific.
Drink as much fresh juice daily
One of the most important things you can do when detoxing is to stay hydrated, so drink a lot of water (aim for half your body weight in ounces every day). Change it up by adding lemon, which helps digestion, or switches from plain water to herbal teas (which don’t have caffeine) and bone broth. Nettle tea is a great addition to detoxing because it is high in polyphenols, which fight inflammation, and studies show that it may help lower blood sugar levels.
Avoid gluten and dairy
Before your juice cleanses, you should cut back on alcohol and start to eat more plant-based foods. Your body retains gluten for about three weeks. Therefore, the best way to follow a modified elimination diet that excludes both gluten and dairy is to do so for a full three weeks. For the entire three-week period, that entails not even a single bite of bread, a beer, or creamer in the coffee.
Your liver can only handle a certain amount of alcohol at once. When you drink too much, you have to do more work. This can cause inflammation, scarring, or even cancer over time.
Experts say that women shouldn’t have more than one drink a day and men shouldn’t have more than two. 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine, or one shot of liquor is one drink.
Small amounts of alcohol damage can be fixed in a few days or weeks. If the damage is really bad, it could take months to heal. And if it lasts for a long time, it may not go away. Give your liver a break by not drinking for at least two days straight every week.
Eat fresh fruits and vegetables
Antioxidants grab these free radicals and get rid of them from the body. Antioxidants are found in large amounts in fruits and vegetables. Also, your liver and kidneys are in charge of getting rid of waste, toxins, and bacteria. They are your body’s effective and efficient way of getting rid of toxins.
So, if you’re experiencing any of these symptoms and have been considering a juice detox, it might be time to give it a try. Remember to start slowly and drink plenty of fluids while detoxing—you don’t want to dehydrate yourself!
And if you experience any adverse effects or feel like the detox is too hard on your body, stop immediately and consult with a healthcare professional. Otherwise, enjoy all the benefits that come with juicing for weight loss and better health! Have you ever done a juice detox? What were your experiences like?