The Benefits of a Juice Cleanse

And How to Make It Fab & Fru

by Andrea Moya

benefits of juice cleanse

Who hasn’t cried out after a huge meal, “Oh my God, I’m never eating again!” You know, after several weekends of summer barbecues, giving your digestive system a break may actually be a really good idea. Fasting is something people have done for centuries, but for me all intense deprivation methods (like starvation) have always left me bingeing by the end of the day…

Last Spring, I got a sneak peak at what successful non-spa fasting looks like when Fab & Fru co-founder Brandi Savitt did a 5 day juice cleanse. Brandi decided to fast as a way to initiate making some changes in her life by cleaning out her body and clearing her mind. The first few days were rough. For five days nothing went into her system except water and 6 specially prepared juices per day. But by day four Brandi seemed more alert, relaxed, and felt great.

So, I decided to talk to the woman who designed Brandi’s cleanse, Jill Pettijohn, nurse, chef, and the nutritional guru behind one of New York City’s best known Juice Cleansing Programs.

But is juice fasting for everybody? And of course we wanted to know: is it affordable?

Why Fast & How for How Long?

When I asked Jill why she started fasting so many years ago her response was simple, “Because it makes me feel good!”

From religious rituals to jump starting a diet, there are dozens of reasons why people fast, but the philosophy behind most non-religious cleanses is to ‘clean yourself out’. By eliminating food from your diet for a several days, you allow your digestive system and organs to rest and help eliminate toxins, waste, and disease from the body. Jill believes that the most effective and healthiest way to detox is to do a juice cleanse for 3 to 5 days or longer. You’re getting enough necessary nutrients and calories so you have energy and control your hunger!
Time is Money

It takes up to 3 days for a person to really detoxify. A five day fast is ideal to reap the most benefits, but if you’re just starting out, a three day cleanse will be easier on both your wallet and your willpower. Jill explains that on the first few days of a cleanse, it is normal to feel the side effects of toxins leaving the body. Nausea, dizziness, rashes and irritability are all common symptoms. According to Jill, so are “Headaches, flu-like symptoms and perhaps feeling foggy. After the 3rd day you should be over that.” If you continue to feel unwell after this point, it would be wise to consult a health care practitioner.

Prepping For & Breaking Your Fast

Prep yourself to fast several days to a week in advance by slowly removing caffeine, alcohol, meat, and sugar from your diet a few days prior, and adding more vegetables and fruits, steamed and raw preferably, so your body doesn’t go into shock when all the “bad stuff” starts to work its way out.

One important thing to keep in mind while cleansing is what you put in your body after the fast is over. “Following or coming off a cleanse is one of the most important things about doing a cleanse in the first place,” says Jill. “I always suggest to people; ‘Just give yourself a couple of days of just vegetables, before introducing protein or starch.’” This will also save you some money since buying fresh produce ends up being cheaper than buying meat, alcohol, or eating out.

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