What you should know about doing a juice 'cleanse'

The festive feasting is almost over, and come January, we bet you'll be looking for ways to lose the weight you put on.

Most diets are faddish and don't promise healthy, lasting results.

A juice "cleanse", on the other hand, is generally healthy and can help jumpstart more wholesome eating habits.

Plus, it's a great way to reduce bloat, shift those extra kilos, reduce cravings, and give your digestive system a break from rich, heavy, and highly processed foods.

Technically, there is no real need to "cleanse" your system because the human body is naturally designed to rid itself of toxins.

But sometimes, just going one to three days without solid food can make you feel "cleaner" and "fresher" on the inside, and leave you a couple of kilograms lighter.

On a short juice "cleanse", as these mini diets are typically called, you can indulge in all your favourite fruit and vegetable juices while nourishing your body and keeping hunger pangs at bay.

But juice cleanses can be dangerous if done incorrectly. For instance, if you drink too much of the wrong kind of juice it can have the opposite effect of what you're trying to achieve, and if you don't drink enough, you may end up feeling light-headed, weak and hungry.

So before you begin a juice cleanse, you should find out how to go about one in order to reap its benefits.

These eight tips will help get you on the right track.

Also read: Juice cleanse: Yay or nay?

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