Juice cleanses have gained tremendous popularity in the past several years, and for good reason. They’re a great way to feel lighter and healthier quickly, and to jumpstart healthier eating after a period of overindulging. As with any major change to your diet, check with your doctor before starting a juice cleanse.

Ingredients to Include

Detox drinks and juice smoothies can be made with an endless variety of ingredients, but it’s generally best to include more vegetables than fruits to keep the natural sugars to a minimum. Look for juice smoothie recipes that include the following ingredients for maximum nutrients. Beets pack an antioxidant punch that promotes weight loss, and give juices a bright, invigorating pink color. Celery gives subtle vegetable flavour, and naturally cleanses the digestive system of uric acid. Ginger helps reduce intestinal gas, and aids in the digestion of fatty foods. Apples are high in fibre, are a great immune system booster, and also aid in cleaning the digestive system. Adding a pinch of cayenne to juice drinks acts as a circulatory stimulant, detoxifier, and supports weight loss.

Try Using Nut Milks

Many cleanses also include nut milks, which can be more filling than juices. Homemade nut milks are easy to make in your Vitamix blender, and taste much better than store-bought varieties. See Almond Milk or Cashew Milk for the recipe, and have fun experimenting with different types of nuts.

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