Detox During Lockdown: My 3-Day Cleanse Experience
Detox During Lockdown: My 3-Day Cleanse Experience
Did you hear about the coming food shortage? I’m not sure if it’s true, but it got me thinking.
I love to drink green juice and smoothies to boost my energy levels, and I’ve designed a 3-day juice cleanse, but that requires a ton of vegetables. What if I didn’t have access to fruit or vegetables? What would I do then?
So, I decided that it’d be a good idea to try a juice cleanse with dried green juice and superfood powder to see how it felt. If there were no vegetables at the shop, then I couldn’t do a juice cleanse – and that simply wouldn’t do.
After a few false starts – mainly due to the current uncertainty around, well, just about everything – I managed to incorporate the instant green juices into my diet. I was pleasantly surprised, as they don’t taste too bad. Especially when combined with alkaline water.
I’m hoping that sharing my experience with you will allow you to fast-track your three-day cleanse experience, no matter where you are in the world. There were a lot of different things to learn before I could even get started…
What Does a 3-Day Juice Cleanse Do?
Juice cleanses differ from blended fruits and vegetables, as juices don’t contain insoluble fibre.
I’m a big fan of juice cleanses, as they can give your system a break while still filling your body with nutrients.
That’s one reason I decided to use the organic pHresh Greens juice powder. It’s also raw, as the ingredients have been carefully dehydrated to retain their health-boosting properties.
The superfood powder contains exclusively organic ingredients, dehydrated and bursting with nutrients.
Sure, you’d be best to go for fresh vegetables. But having a handy instant organic juice powder is super convenient – long-life and easy to transport.
Juicing floods your body with nutrients, introduces beneficial enzymes and detoxifies your body all at the same time.
People who are not into juice cleanses claim that there isn’t adequate scientific research to back them up. But on the flip side, consuming the western diet, filled with ultra-processed foods has been scientifically proven to be detrimental to health.
So, if all you do is get away from these foods for a while, that’s got to be a good thing!
Of course, there are also countless studies that highlight the benefits of consuming greens. Here’s just one of them, showing that green leafy vegetables are associated with slower cognitive decline.
Is a Juice Cleanse Worth It? My Experience
I decided to try out the green juice and superfood powder ahead of time. Let’s face it, if you’re going to consume them for three days, you want to know what you’re in for.
My first experience of drinking the green juice powder with alkaline water was that it was gritty. This changed over a few days, when I learned to enjoy chewing the small particles.
With the superfood powder, I didn’t like the consistency – so I decided to add some milk.
That led me to the next step in my journey: finding out the most alkaline-forming milk.
I knew that cartons of milk are pasteurised. In fact, cartons of juice are also pasteurised, leading to a high sugar content that feels a bit mucus-y. Definitely not the best choice for a cleanse.
What Kind of Milk is Alkaline?
After researching the topic thoroughly, I decided to make my own almond milk. Almond milk has been extensively studied by The American College of Healthcare Sciences, which lists it as an alkaline-forming food.
Almond milk also just happens to be lactose-free, low in sugar, and calories as well as being high in calcium, and vitamin E.
Just one 500ml mason jar of almond milk provides 50% of the recommended daily intake of calcium. That’s for processed almond milk straight out of the carton. Sliced almonds are a third higher in calcium, and also contain just as much iron, as well as being filled with protein.
This was a whole journey in and of itself. I had to order organic almonds and nut milk bags before I could even get started.
A Million and One Excuses
Once I had everything that I needed, it was time to do the cleanse – but I found myself procrastinating.
If you want to do a juice cleanse I’d suggest you set a clear date and have an accountability buddy so that you stay on track. It’s just so easy to get sidetracked with a million and one excuses.
Interestingly, before the uncertainty of the pandemic, I didn’t suffer from procrastination as much. Now, I can truly feel for people who find it hard to make healthy lifestyle changes.
It can be hard when there’s so much fear and uncertainty in the air. It’s much easier to stick with what you know, instead of making healthy lifestyle changes.
At a time where health has become a focal point, it’s never been more important to change up any habits that are not serving you. A 3-day juice cleanse is a fantastic way to reboot your body. I knew this, but I still stalled for months.
PRO TIP: Be kind to yourself. Beating yourself up for not following your cleanse plan is the opposite of what you should be doing. Simply set a new date and buddy up with someone.
What You’ll Need for Your 3 Day Cleanse
Before you get started with your cleanse, I’d strongly recommend that you start incorporating green juice and superfood powder into your routine.
Also cutting out processed food, alcohol and cigarettes two weeks before your cleanse is advisable.
Here’s what I needed for my 3-day juice cleanse:-
*Optional (if you want to make your own almond milk)
- 1kg sliced almonds
- Nut milk bag
- Blender (I used Nutribullet)
o, what were the results of my three-day juice cleanse?
Well, I found the superfood powder combined with almonds gave me lots of energy the following day. My goal was a short cleanse with foods that had a longer shelf life, rather than weight loss or alkalising the body.
However, I did find that my clothes felt more comfortable, I had more energy, and when using pH test strips to measure the pH of my urine, by day three my body was more alkaline; I also felt much lighter.
If you’re planning on doing a 3-day juice cleanse, it’s advisable to discuss it with your healthcare provider. People that shouldn’t do a 3 day cleanse include pregnant or breastfeeding mothers, the elderly, children or those suffering from kidney stones.
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Written by best-selling author and integrative nutrition health coach Rowanna Watson, who has a passion for natural health. Rowanna is an expert in all areas of holistic health, plant-based nutrition, detoxification and personal development.
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