Juice Cleanse FAQ

  • Does it really matter what order I drink the juices?
    The order in which you consume your juices affects how you absorb, assimilate, and digest nutrients. For example, when your stomach is empty first thing in the morning, it’s able to assimilate whatever you put in it much more than if you consumed something prior. We start with Master Cleanse, which has cayenne pepper to help jump start your metabolism, followed by a veggie-packed green juice. We also end our program with a filling option, to help you fall asleep and stay full throughout the night.
  • Will I be hungry on the program?
    Yes, you probably will feel some hunger in the first day or two. This is completely normal and should pass as your body acclimates to consuming liquids only.
  • What if I want to do a Fresh Start program that is longer than 5 days?
    We’ve designed our Fresh Start Program for 1, 3 or 5 days, and we recommend consulting with your healthcare professional before beginning any kind of special diet or program, especially if you’d like to customize it in a way that works best for you.
  • Do I need to do any preparation before the program?
    It is recommended that you cut out alcohol, processed foods, excess salt, white flour and bread products, and refined sugar a day or two before the program and load up on fresh fruits and veggies. This will make the transition a lot easier and help jump start the process. We also recommend consulting with your healthcare professional before beginning any kind of nutritional program.
  • Are there any side effects to the Suja Cleanse program?
    Some people experience headaches, dizziness, fatigue, and moodiness. This is completely normal. Drink lots of water and get plenty of rest and know that you will soon be feeling much better.
  • How many calories are in a Fresh Start program?
    This varies depending on the Fresh Start you select. Our Original Fresh Start is about 1180 calories per day and our Core Fresh Start is about 880 calories per day. Please remember that these calories are calories with no additives, just the organic produce.
  • Can I do the program if I am pregnant or nursing?
    We don’t recommend juice only diets while you are pregnant or nursing. You should consult your doctor.
  • Is it OK to exercise while on the program?
    Absolutely! Exercise supports the process. Just remember if you are doing heavy exercise that you need to consume more calories to balance it. Visit our blog to find some excellent workout tips to do while doing a Fresh Start program.
  • I’ve heard that our bodies naturally cleanse themselves. If this is true then why should I do the Suja Cleanse program?
    It's true that our bodies do cleanse naturally. However, by doing one of our Cleanse programs, you not only give your body a break but you also bring balance and perspective back into your life and reposition yourself for a healthy lifestyle. Giving yourself a “reset” may help in establishing new baselines that your body uses to determine what’s normal. For example, after going through an added sugar detox you’ll likely be more sensitive to sugars and more in-tune to what your body really needs.
  • How will I feel on the program?
    While we hope that you feel great from the start, usually effects get worse before getting better. As best you can, take a “this too shall pass” mindset and increase the alkaline water to flush. We also recommend getting fresh air, walking, moving, and/or taking a hot bath. Use this as an opportunity to take care of yourself and tune in to what you need.
  • I don’t have much time, but I’d like to do the Suja Cleanse program. Is it useful to do it for just one day?
    Absolutely! One day can be very helpful. For some, a brief cleanse can be a confidence-building exercise that leads to healthier habits. Others might add one day a week ongoing. It’s ALWAYS good to add more fresh, ripe, organic, plant-based food and juices and if you only have 24 hours, you’ll still reap the benefits.
  • During the program can I have seltzer or sparkling water? Gum? Tea?
    We recommend consuming exclusively fruit and vegetable juices and plain, pure water. However, we understand that the program can be challenging and sometimes you just need a little something. The best option is to consume decaf herbal teas. Sparkling water is ok, as long as it has no added ingredients. Gum is not recommended as it usually contains chemicals.
  • What do I eat when I finish the program?
    The first meals out of the program should be hydrating and light. Your digestive tract has been resting, so you don’t want to jolt it awake immediately. You want to slowly ease it back into operation. Blended smoothies, soups, and salads are all great choices. Re-introduce heavier proteins and higher fat foods slowly and one at a time over a couple days following your cleanse program.
  • What about juicing only until dinner? I have business dinners that I need to attend, and don’t want to seem anti-social.
    Many of us long-term juicers frequently "stay liquid" until dinner. Just make sure you drink enough food (blended) and juice (without fiber) so that when you sit down for dinner your hunger doesn't cause you to overeat. Most restaurants will also accommodate special diets. You can ask for a good bottled water (sans "gas"), a nice vegan soup, and a hefty salad (remember to ask them to add avocado, and other veggies you see on the menu or on the "sides"). Ask with a smile and you'll likely get a lovely, healthy meal that might even inspire your colleagues to do their own cleanse program!
  • What are the differences between Classic, Elements & Suja? Can I do a Fresh Start program with Elements or Suja?
    Classic is a convenient way to get your daily intake of fruits & veggies, Elements are available exclusively at Whole Foods Market & Suja juices are delicious, nutritious smoothies with less calories and sugars than most national brands. We recommend doing the Fresh Start Program with Classic as these juices have an emphasis on vegetables and we have especially formulated the Program to include a specified daily calorie count and nutrient profile.
  • I noticed your Fresh Start program has more sugar and carbohydrates than I normally consume. Is that healthy for me?
    Unlike added sugars like table sugar, agave or other sweeteners, fruits and vegetables contain natural sugars that are not linked to any adverse health effects. When you drink cold-pressured juice you are also absorbing the vitamins, minerals and enzymes from the fruit and vegetables. In fact, these foods are encouraged by health professionals due to their nutrient density. It is perfectly healthy to consume 180 grams of complex carbohydrates when you are doing our Fresh Start program since these carbohydrates will be your primary energy source throughout the program. Since no single food provides all of the nutrients your body needs, we recommend that you follow a balanced diet following any of our Fresh Start programs and consult your healthcare professional.