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10 Things That Happen To Your Body During A Juice Cleanse

So, you’re about to embark on an Active Blends juice cleanse…

Let me guess, you’re probably feeling nervous, unsure, excited and maybe even a little proud?

You ARE going to be consuming liquid (and literally nothing else) for the next three days after all, so it’s normal to be feeling this way and seriously, GO YOU! It’s not an easy feat to step out of your comfort zone.

You might even be wondering what exactly will be going on inside your body during the cleanse – I mean, it’s probably the first time you have ever tried something like this right?

Will I be hungry?

Will I feel less bloated?

Will I have energy?

You’ve got a million questions swirling around in your head – and fair enough, if you’re a newbie at juice cleansing then you are going to feel a little unsure.

But don’t stress, you are in good hands. The Active Blends team are experts at creating healthy, delicious and fresh juices that will fill your body with vitamins and minerals.

In fact, the Active Blends three-day juice cleanse is so beneficial for your overall health that we wanted to debunk any myths around juice cleansing and provide you with the facts.

Below are 10 things that might happen to your body during a juice cleanse:

  1. You will feel lighter

Yep, your gut will physically feel less ‘heavy’ as a result of removing solid foods from your digestive tract. You might find your stomach is less bloated and you don’t feel as sluggish during the day – due to your body using less energy to digest the liquids.

  1. You might feel ‘fluey’

By day two your body will be going through a deep detox and removing all the built-up toxins from within your body. This process can cause you to experience some unpleasant symptoms like headaches, body aches, fatigue and flu like symptoms. Luckily, these will pass quickly and you are likely to start feeling more energised.

  1. Increased concentration

Not only will your body feel lighter, but your mind will too. You can expect ‘brain fog’ to reduce and mental clarity to improve when on a juice cleanse. By day two your digestive track will not be working so hard, so your body will actually have more energy to provide to your brain – resulting in a boost in concentration and focus. Digestion takes a lot of resources from the body, such as blood flow and energy to break down food, so it makes sense that your brain will reap the rewards of a juice cleanse!

  1. More frequent trips to the bathroom

With the increase in liquid and water to your diet, you might have to head to the bathroom more often than usual. It’s also common to have more frequent bowel movements (especially on day two) as you are consuming less protein and fibre to slow things down. This effect can make you feel ‘cleansed’ which is something you might actually miss once you return to eating solid foods.

  1. Improved eating habits

Many people describe a juice cleanse as a kickstart to your healthy eating plan or a reset button to your lifestyle. Regular juice cleansing gives your body the chance to detox and mentally it gives you the chance to check in with yourself and evaluate your eating habits. Often you will feel motivated to continue eating plenty of vegetables and fruits following a juice cleanse as you will have gained the mental clarity and determination to refresh your lifestyle.

  1. Your coffee addiction might fade

If you normally drink at least two cups of coffee every day, you might find you experience some caffeine withdrawal symptoms on a juice cleanse. These can range from headaches, moodiness or low energy levels but usually improve within a few days. Cutting out coffee can be difficult, but if you’ve been looking for an excuse to kick your addiction then this is it! With all the vitamins and minerals you will be consuming from the juices, you are likely to feel less reliant on coffee to get you through the day.

  1. Improved sleep

There are many reasons why you might have a better night’s rest while on a juice cleanse. All the vitamins you will be consuming can give your immune system a boost and when your body functions well, it usually correlates with a better sleep. On top of this, your body is normally working hard while you sleep to digest the food you have eaten throughout the day. When you cut out the heavy, processed food options and consume fresh juices, your body can focus on restorative sleep as opposed to digestion.

  1. Your mind will adjust to fewer calories

At first it’s kind of scary to think you will only be drinking juice for three days, especially when you are so used to eating three meals and snacks every day. However, you will be pleasantly surprised at how well your body can function on fewer calories – this can be comforting to those who struggle to stray from their  normal eating habits when trying to lose weight.

  1. You might discover food intolerances

Ever feel sick after drinking milk? Maybe you feel sluggish or bloated when you eat bread? There are several food intolerances that could be bothering your stomach and a juice cleanse can help you figure out what the causes are. By eliminating dairy, wheat and gluten during your juice cleanse, you can reintroduce foods slowly which might help give you some perspective on which ingredients don’t agree with you.

  1. You’ll feel accomplished

Firstly, you have proven to yourself that you can get through a juice cleanse. Secondly, you have taken yourself out of your comfort zone which has made you feel mentally stronger. Lastly, your body is feeling lighter and brighter and you are motivated to continue living a healthy lifestyle free of processed foods. It’s amazing how your mindset can change when you have achieved a goal or overcome a challenge!

Want to know more about how an Active Blends juice cleanse can benefit your health? Check out our latest blog post dissecting the link between your digestive system and sleep: How to drastically improve your sleep patterns

Already completed a juice cleanse? Let us know in the comments if you’ve experienced any of the changes from our list!

Until next time,

Active Blends

 

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