Your Guide to a 48-Hour Juice Cleanse

Reboot your body with these simple cleansing tips.

Feeling bloated? Dogged by low energy? A juice cleanse may be the perfect way to reboot the body and clear it of the toxins and gunk weighing it down. Here’s how to start taking charge of your wellness with a 48-hour juice cleanse.

What does a juice cleanse do? It delivers nutrient-rich ingredients your body can use to support its natural detoxification system, which includes the liver, kidneys, colon, and more. During the cleanse, you’ll say “goodbye” to added refined sugar, artificial sweeteners, and even caffeine, so you can super-nourish the body with ingredients that support cleanse and detox.

If you have a medical condition or take medication, always check with your doctor or healthcare professional to find out if a juice detox is safe for you.

How to Do a 48-Hour Juice Detox

1. Plan your juicing recipes.
Choose your recipes and get all the ingredients you need from the grocery store so you’re ready to juice. This reduces the temptation to reach into the fridge or pantry for processed foods because you’re missing a juicing ingredient.

2. Drink frequently.
Consuming juice and water consistently throughout the day will prevent blood sugar levels from dropping, which means you’re less likely to give into a craving. Plan to drink a juice about every two to two-and-a-half hours to help satisfy the appetite, and drink plenty of water between juices.

3. Expect to feel differently during the juice cleanse.
It’s not uncommon to feel crankiness or moodiness if your body has become accustomed to caffeine and sugar. A juice cleanse is also typically low in protein, which means you may feel like you have less energy.

4. Support the cleanse with other detoxifying activities.
Add power to a 48-hour juice cleanse by detoxing more than your diet. For example, dry brushing is a natural way to detoxify skin, the body’s largest organ. DIY Sea Salt Bath Detox is another method for eliminating toxins that build up in the body over time.

5. Ease back into solid food after the cleanse is finished.
You might be tempted to dive into a big breakfast the morning your cleanse ends—don’t do it. Ease your body back onto solid foods by choosing light and healthy options for the first two or three post-cleanse days. Discover recipes that won’t weigh you down with processed ingredients by checking out Clean Eating Breakfast RecipesClean Eating Soups & Sandwiches, and Clean Eating Entrées.

Recipes for a 48-Hour Juice Cleanse

Cleanse & Detox Smoothie

This smoothie contains many natural detox ingredients. For example, the chlorophyll found in kale helps the digestive tract remove environmental toxins while celery may support blood cleansing.

Spinach & Mango Smoothie
This creamy smoothie incorporates almonds, which support liver detoxification, and fiber-packed spinach.

Mean Green Juice
With natural detoxifiers like celery, cucumber, and apple, this juice is a natural fit for your cleanse.

Super Green Detox Drink
Along with spinach and cucumber, this drink can be made with cilantro, which may help the body remove toxic heavy metals, or parsley, an herb that flushes excess fluid from the body.

Green Juice Recipes
Discover four options for adding detoxifying greens to your juice cleanse. Each one contains ingredients like apple, parsley, kale, cucumber, and other cleansing ingredients.

Lemon Ginger Detox Drink
While this isn’t a juice, it’s still a good addition to your 48-hour juice cleanse. Drink one glass of this detoxifying drink first thing in the morning. You can also sip it throughout the day for added cleansing power.


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Amy Wagner

Amy is a writer specializing in health & wellness, business, and entrepreneurship. She's a long-time martial arts teacher who has earned a 4th degree black belt in tae kwon do. When Amy's not writing or kicking, she's wrangling sons, reading fiction, or crushing on BBC actors.

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    1. Yes, you can make them ahead of time. However they do taste better made fresh. You can also have all the ingredients prepped and ready to go.

    1. Joshua, That depends on the individual. When I did the cleanse, I had 3 smoothies per day and juice throughout the day. Consume enough so that you are not hungry, but satisfied, just like with solid food. 🙂

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