It’s October and that means that the cold weather is officially here to stay. If you haven’t already, it’s time to say goodbye to shorts and sandals and say hello to your winter coat, scarf and gloves. You may think that, because it’s getting colder, you should also say goodbye to juice cleansing until the Spring. Hold it right there! Juicing is just as beneficial in cold weather months as it is in warmer ones, maybe even more so. A fall detox can help you stave off illness and keep your immune system healthy at a time when it is most susceptible to colds or the flu. Whilst there is no need to stop juicing in Fall and Winter, you do need to adapt and change your juicing methods to accommodate the change in weather. Here are three changes we at RAWsome recommend on how to juice in the fall and winter.
Change Your Ingredients
A Fall or Winter juice cleanse should not be the same as a spring or summer cleanse in terms of ingredients. A juice cleanse will lower your body temperature significantly over the period of cleansing and this can be a source of discomfort for some people. The best way to deal with this is to change your ingredients. Making Fall vegetables such as carrot or parsnip the base of your juice can be beneficial, as can adding fruits that are high in natural sugar such as apples and pears because these ingredients will give you the extra energy needed to keep going in the colder weather.
The addition of body warming ingredients is also a key change that can be necessary to successfully juice during colder weather. Adding a little honey, lemon, lime or best of all, ginger, can really make you feel warmer when you juice, making the experience more pleasurable for those who really feel the drop in their body temperature when they juice
Change The Juicing Process
You can also change your Fall and Winter juice cleanses in terms of how you actually do them. Some people get hung up on drinking on nothing but their juice whilst they cleanse but this can actually be detrimental during a cold weather cleanse. Don’t feel like you have to stick only to your juice. Home-made vegetable broths, warm water with a dash of honey in or ginger tea all have plenty of health benefits for the drinker, won’t ruin your cleanse, and will keep you warm whilst you are in the middle of your detox.
Changing the length of your detox is also a possibility during colder months. If the idea of a long detox is too daunting, there is no reason why you can’t shorten your usual detox length by a day or two. Two day detoxes will have a significant effect on your body and may be the perfect length for you time wise. The important thing here is to try and listen to your body and do what feels right to you.
Change Your Lifestyle To Accommodate Your Cleanse
Changing your lifestyle to accommodate your cleanse is essential during the colder months. Because your body can spend so much of its time and energy trying to keep you warm, you should help it to do so. Planning to use a sauna or taking a long hot bath at the end of the day can be beneficial in helping to keep your body at the right temperature during a cleansing period, and as such will make sure all your energy goes into what it should be; detoxing your body.
Just because the weather is colder doesn’t mean you should stop juicing, the benefits are too numerous to give it up for six months. What you should do though, is change your juice cleanse as a way of accommodating for the change in temperature. This means changing your ingredients, changing your juicing process and changing your lifestyle outside of the juice itself. If you do all these things though then there is no doubt that your juice cleanse will be just as fulfilling and rewarding as it is during Spring or Summer.
Lastly here is one of our favourite Juicing recipes for the colder months; a juice that is sure to put a little pep in your step this Winter!
- 2 carrots
- 1 apple
- 1 pear
- 5 kale leaves
- Ginger root
- 1 lime
As a self-confessed ‘health freak’ I began my journey as a young yoga student. After several years as a student I decided I wanted to be a yoga instructor, and it was whilst studying to become an instructor that I learnt about the wonderful benefits of juice cleanses. I have been hooked ever since; creating, developing and learning about the amazing effects that juice cleanses can have on the human body.