Let’s face it: While the idea of sipping on yummy juices all day sounds good in theory (and looks great on Instagram), anyone who’s actually attempted a juice cleanse will agree that they’re much, much harder than they sound. Though we love ourselves a good green juice, we also like having options—and we’re assuming you do too. That’s why we’ve rounded up best cleanses that allow you to detox and, you know, actually eat.
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So you like the idea of drinking your way to detoxification, but the thought of a liquid-only cleanse scares you. Enter supplemental powders. These types of cleanses include nutrient-rich powders that you can dissolve in water, blend in smoothies, and freeze into popsicles. You’re allowed to eat certain foods along with these drinks and smoothies. For example, The Bikini Cleanse promises to get you bikini-ready in just seven days by providing you with its signature teas and powders, along with meal plan ideas for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (poached eggs over sautéed kale and garlic for breakfast doesn’t sound too bad, right?).
Soups and juices—what’s the real difference, health-wise? For one, juices tend to take all of the fiber out of the fruits they’re made with, leaving you with lots of fructose—cue sugar crash, now. Soups, on the other hand, are made with those same veggies but have more fiber and a lower glycemic spike. You can do your own one-day soup cleanse at home (cabbage-based soup is said to remove toxins that build up in your body over time) or try a pre-made cleanse like Real Food Works’ Soup Cleanse.
Raw food entails uncooked veggies, fruit, plain nuts, and water—honey can make the cut, too. Raw-food proponents say that the highly processed and nutritionally depleted foods we consume on a daily basis have a negative effect on our digestive health—going back to a raw, plant-based diet for a few days can flush out toxins and help weight loss, increase energy, and encourage overall health.
Put down the chocolate bar and listen up: Sugar—at least refined sugar—is not your body’s friend. Not only has it been linked to worsening cholesterol and increasing risk for heart disease, but it contains no essential nutrients and can have a seriously negative effect on your liver. Kick your sugar addiction to the curb by swearing it off for a few days—your body will thank you.
What to try: reading The 21-Day Sugar Detox for delicious sugar-free recipes
If you’ve been experiencing mood swings, fatigue, and headaches, one surprising culprit could be to blame: yeast. That’s right—some doctors believe that an overgrowth of a type of yeast called Candida albicans in your intestines could be the cause. Yikes (and ew).
Why does this happen to some people? You can blame antibiotics, birth control pills, and your dietary choices for that. To restore balance, go on a Candida cleanse: basically, cut out sugars and yeast products while loading up on veggies, fish, yogurt, oats, and rice. It’s a toughie, but your body will feel the difference.
What to try: supplements (like this one) along with your cleanse to restore microbial balance
What do you think—will you give one of these cleanses a try? Tell us your thoughts below!