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Juice Cleanse

Juice Cleanse

Juice Cleanse

What is a juice cleanse and how can I do a juice cleanse? Let me start by telling you that a juice cleanse is one of the best ways to detox your system while also losing weight and upping your nutritional intake. It involves juicing raw fruits and vegetables to replace your meals throughout the day. Some people do a one day juice cleanse while others go on as long as thirty and sixty days! I typically do a three to five day juice cleanse every other week.

How a Juice Cleanse Works

When you do a juice cleanse you are flushing your body with tons of great nutrients that your body doesn’t normally take on throughout the day. These nutrients work to flush out the toxins residing in your fat cells. Yes, all of those quarter pounders or other bad foods that you have eaten throughout the years store their excess fat/calories/toxins/etc in your fat cells. This causes your fat cells to increase in size to hold the extra accumulated weight. This is why it’s called a juice cleanse. It cleanses your body of all that stuff.

When you start a juice cleanse your digestive system goes on hold. If you think about it, you’re not really giving your body any fibers to digest. Instead you are overloading it with tons of super potent vitamins and nutrients that get absorbed directly into your system. Your body notices the overload from the fresh juices and starts to flush out the fat cells and all the crud stored in them. This is the main reason people have a hard time with a juice cleanse for the first few days. All of those toxins being flushed out of your fat cells are now in your system making their way out. Of course, once they are out, they are out and it’s smooth sailing from there.

After those toxins get flushed out, your body starts to adjust to the constant flow of nutrients from the juice cleanse. You get a tremendous amount of energy due to the fact that your digestive system is taking a much needed vacation. All of that energy you would usually use to digest foods is given back to you throughout the day instead of being used in the digestive process. Do you ever wonder why you get tired after eating a big meal? It’s because your digestive system is in a panic working full force to digest it all.

Now that all the toxins have been flushed out, your digestive system starts to rehydrate. I like to think of this part of the juice cleanse as a similarity to washing a muddy car. Since the juice cleanse hydrates your digestive tract, all of the caked up crud in there will start to flush out. Yes, it’s as disgusting as it sounds but it’s going to happen. In the meantime, your body is getting used to the constant flow of healthy vitamins and nutrients from your juice cleanse. Not only will you feel like you are on top of the world but you will have lost weight and gained your health back. How long you wish to continue your juice cleanse is up to you. Once you get past the first few days it is simple to go on for a week or more.

Your probably thinking to your self; that’s all good and interesting Donnie, but how do I do a juice cleanse? It is so simple to start and I’m sure you have a ton of questions such as:

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What do I need to get started? What kind of juicer should I get? Where do I get my juicer from? What recipes should I use? What if I don’t like them? What do I get when I go to the grocery store? OMG I just don’t know where to start, help me!!!

If the above is close to what’s on your mind, just settle down, this is the easy part. The hard part is making the choice to start your juice cleanse. I have another article dedicated to getting started on your juice cleanse. It will cover everything you are most likely asking yourself. And if you still have questions, I have a questions and answers section as well as a getting started section that includes plans and even shopping lists to get you started. You may also want to browse the recipe section for some really awesome juice recipes. If you still have questions or need some support, you can always email me. My email is at the top right of this page. I wish you the best in your juice cleanse and as always, Happy Juicing!

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  1. Hi Donnie, great website and blogs! Juicing is something that I have been doing on and off now for about a year for health reasons. I have a Champion juicer which is good for juicing greens. It is a lot of work but I always feel a difference when I juice. The Champion tends to get hot if it runs too long. Do you have any suggestions on a juicer that does not make the juice hot? I am told that this kills some of the enzymes in the juice. Also to save time and energy I’ll make a bigger juice and freeze about 3 or 4 in freezer in mason jars. Am I getting the same benefit as if I were drinking it same it the same day? Thanks, Lisa

    • Lisa, thank you for your comment. A good juicer to try is the Kuvings Whole Slow Juicer. It doesn’t make the juice hot and works wonderfully! Fortunately, freezing a juice will lock in the nutrients so you will be getting about the same benefit as if you were drinking it the same day. Cheers!

  2. Day 29 and going well. Lost 25 pounds, with 20 more to go to reach my goal. Feel great and my body has completely adjusted to the program. The longer you go the easier it is! Good Luck.

  3. I have a question. I’ve been on the juice fast for 6 days now. It’s mostly gone well although I always feel hungry at night. I’ve been drinking around 100oz a day. Today was a more challenging day. I had a headache, was hungry all day and am very hungry tonight. Should I be drinking more? Adding food? Or is it common to have some hungry days on the longer fasts?

    I was hoping to go thirty days but with this kind of hunger I don’t think I could make it. Thanks

  4. I just finished day 7 of the cleanse and I feel wonderful! It was a bit rough the first 3 days but day 4 through 7 were great! Thank you so much for sharing this great information. Oh and I lost 10 pounds!

  5. Day 1 of my juice cleanse and all seemed well, I quite enjoyed making and drinking the juices.
    In the evening I had terrible stomach cramps, had a sleep to try and overcome. I woke up being violently sick, and then desperately needed the toilet :-(
    I followed the juice recipes to the letter, I don’t know what I did wrong.
    Is this normal?

  6. Today is day 2 for me … I honestly have to say last night was horrible… the migraine I had was so bad. I woke up with it this morning but with a little Advil… I’m surviving. I refuse to give up. I want to do the 14 day cleanse but we’ll see if I can do it. I really appreciate all of the information that you have posted here. Also, what ever happened to Jonas? I would love to hear more of his journey.

  7. Hi Donnie,

    I am just entering day two of the cleanse. I have had this strange feeling in my head almost like I’m buzzed? What could that be? Also, I have recently been working on building up muscle and don’t want to lose my muscle mass, but do want to lose fat. What are your suggestions? Can I work out if I feel ok without adding protein? I want to get the full benefits of the cleanse!


  8. Hey Donnie, I hope you get this message fast ..I been juicing for a week and 2 days I only lost 7lbs and is frustrating me I though I would lose more by now …I don’t have a juicer I use a blender I feel like that’s the reason why I’m not losing weight I feel like I’m not getting all the goods out the vegetables and fruits …I’m trying to do a 60 day fast but I’m getting so frustrated I wanna quit :(

    • Melissa, I’m sure it’s the blender. You’re still getting good quality nutrition but you’ll be able to get more and lose more weight if you start using a juicer. Take a look at the juicer section at as there are three great quality juicers that will fit just about every budget out there. Don’t get frustrated or upset. What you are doing is working just at a slower pace. You are giving your body good nutrition and enough to go through detox. You can keep going along with the blender or get a juicer and maximize the benefits. Cheers!

  9. Hello, I’m on day two of my 7 day cleanse.
    I’ve never done a cleanse before, so I have a couple of questions.
    1) My head feels like it’s overstuffed with cotton…it’s not really a sinus cold, not really a big headache, but inbetween. Is this normal.
    2) I’m starting to feel pretty weak and tired – I have to work and keep on my game, will this go away soon?
    The 7 day cleanse plan is what I am on, I’m using the recipes on it – are these the only ones I can use or can I use others.
    I’m doing this cleanse for weight loss and to get all the junk out of my system.
    I’m on thyroid medication.
    Is there anything else I should know or be aware of?
    Thanks for your help

    • Denise, welcome to JOJ and congrats on day two of your juice fast! It sounds like you are going experiencing typical detox symptoms. These will go away usually between day 3-5. You can use any recipes you like while on your juice fast. Feel free to experiment as that’s half the fun! Stick with your thyroid medication. It may be wise to schedule a doctors appointment to let your doctor know what you’re doing in case he would like to adjust any medications. Keep it up and keep me posted on your progress. I wish you all the best Denise! Cheers!

  10. I started my fast today and was noticed you said no to coffee, but I was wondering if looseleaf tea with organic, raw honey was ok? Only decaffeinated?

    • Amber, welcome to JOJ and congrats on starting your fast today! Loose leaf tea is fine but leave out the honey or any other additives. It’s best to use decaffeinated if you can. Cheers!

  11. Hi There!!!…I am on day 4 of juicing. Only found your site last night and am so glad. It is awesome. Thanks!!!!
    I feel great….today was my first headache :( I took acetominophen and now it is gone . Not sure if it has caffeine but it was all I had.
    Question…..I know a freshly made juice is the best…I just had a beet juice and wow!!! YUM, but the ones I take to work seem to fizzle out when I go to drink them and not taste great at all. Any suggestions? Can I freeze and take to work and let it thaw?
    Thanks so much!!

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