A juice cleanse (or a juice fast, as some people call them) is when you stop eating like you normally would. No breads, no pasta, no fast food, no chips, no candy. Nothing. You literally don’t eat any food, but instead juice everything and drink it. Stock up on your fruits and veggies, because you’ll be drinking a lot of them.
The idea behind a juice cleanse is to rid the body of anything unhealthy, and replace it with only healthy fruits and vegetables. If I had to guess, I’d have to say that most people subject themselves to a juice cleanse to lose weight and start on the right track towards leading a healthier life, slowly introducing food after a certain amount of time. Others combine a juice fast with another goal they want to achieve, such as quitting smoking, cutting out caffeine, or eliminating junk food from their diets.
A juicer is used rather than a blender as it separates the juice from the pulp and skin of whatever fruits and vegetables that you’re preparing to drink. You’re probably wondering “why someone would want to cut out all the fiber-dense pulp and skin?” since it seems like it would be beneficial. The idea behind a juice cleanse or juice fast is that you’re giving your digestive system a break. This is why it’s important to juice rather than blend shakes or smoothies.
A juice cleanse or fast lasts as long as you want it to, or as long as you can hold out. Many people participate in brief cleanses lasting just a few days while some fast for two or three months. Others follow in the footsteps of the documentary Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead in which a man went on a 60-day juice cleanse. The popular and inspirational film and subsequent book has inspired many people to try a juice cleanse to lose weight, become healthier, and feel better than they ever have before.