Frequently Asked Questions!

Y’all know I get TONS of questions on a daily basis about juicing and juice fasting! Here are some of the top questions and answers in one place.

What are some of the results I can expect from a cleanse?

Some of the typical results from a juice fast can include:

  • Releasing excess weight
  • Looking younger
  • Increased energy
  • Skin becoming radiantly healthy
  • Illnesses lessening or healing completely
  • Improved sleep
  • Eyes brighten
  • Scar tissue rejuvenates
  • Old waste is released
  • Whole body is detoxed at a deep level as the cells dump out the toxic carbonic acid that has built up from years of less-than-optimal living.
  • Dependencies to substances (alcohol, caffeine, cigarettes, junk food, etc.) are released
  • Deeper clarity of thought
  • Improved memory and concentration; an overall sense of “mind-fog” clearing
  • An overall sense of feeling lighter, stronger and happier

Please note that actual results do vary. Make sure to keep track of your progress and results as you fast!

What else can I drink while juicing?

  • Water: I’ll say it again… WATER! Water, water, water…and did I mention water?  Pure water is an important carrier – it helps to move toxins out of the body and should be a daily part of your routine. At first it may feel like you’re drinking so much juice that you don’t know how to fit water into the day too, but be sure to do it anyway–it will really help to cleanse and hydrate your whole body.  (And trust me…your body will adapt to all the liquid.)
  • Wheatgrass: Did you know that drinking two ounces of wheatgrass is equivalent to eating FOUR POUNDS of leafy green veggies? Yowza! Talk about a power-packed shot! This intensely healing green juice can be a great source of vitamins, nutrients and chlorophyll on a cleanse.
  • Coconut Water: Drink it as it is, combine with fresh green juice or stir in green powders for a quick, on-the-go juice alternative!
  • Herbal Teas: Who said hot liquid on a fast was a bad thing? There are masses of herbal teas that you may find beneficial or enjoyable during a juice fast. Some suggestions include chamomile (calming), dandelion (diuretic/liver support), peppermint (ease digestion), senna or cascara sagrada (laxative), cinnamon (blood balancer, spicy) or ginseng (raise metabolism). You may want to avoid any stimulating green, white or black teas while cleansing.
  • Kombucha: If you are used to drinking carbonated sodas and find yourself missing the bubbles during a juice fast, grab a bottle of kombucha! This fermented (cold) tea is RAW, ladies and gents, and is often paired with fruits and spices to make a yummy, bubbly drink that serves as a nice treat during a cleanse.

Can I drink those bottled juices from the grocery store?

Pasteurized bottled juices (such as Naked, Odwalla, Bolthouse Farms, etc.) may be good in a pinch, but I do not recommend using them for a long term cleanse. They may have additives (and definitely have extra sugar), and the objective of your cleanse is to rid your body of such things, right? Instead of store-bought juice, I’d recommend carrying a little green powder with you and tossing it in some bottled coconut water.  If you find yourself out and about without juice, find the cleanest, freshest alternative possible.

Can I make my juices ahead of time? How long do pre-made juices last?

Yes, you can pre-make your juices! Folks often worry about the nutrient value being completely depleted if you don’t drink them right away; however, it may not be convenient for you to make fresh juice all the time. Does that mean you should go without? No way! The nutrient value MAY be less than oh-so-fresh juice, but it won’t go bad! Juice stays fresh in the refrigerator for up to 72 hours if sealed in an air-tight container (such as a mason jar or canteen). When frozen, juices can stay fresh for up to 10 days.

What other supplements can I add to my juice for extra nutrients?

Here are some suggested supplements that you can add during your cleanse (NOTE: the following list is totally optional. Nothing wrong with just rockin’ straight juice!)

  • Hemp Oil: slightly nutty in flavor, mild, fresh and PACKED with nutrients. Hemp oil contains a huge amount of Vitamin E and THE most essential fatty acids (EFAs) of any nut or seed oil. Feel free to add 1 tablespoon to a juice.
  • Flax Oil: the richest source known of Omega 3 essential fatty acid. Can be used during a cleanse by adding a tablespoon to a juice, though hemp oil is preferable, as it has a more balanced ratio of Omega-3s to 6s.
  • Coconut Oil: raw, untreated virgin coconut oil can also be used while juice fasting, either by eating it straight out the jar or using it for oil pulling. Try to take a tablespoon every few days or so, not more. Besides tasting delicious, coconut oil is an amazing antiviral/antibacterial substance.
  • MSM (methyl sulphonyl methane): a sulphur compound that occurs naturally in every cell of our bodies and is necessary to produce collagen/connective tissue. MSM gives flexibility, tone and strength to the skin, hair and nails. Taken as a powder/capsules, MSM is excellent for restoring elasticity and flexibility to skin and joints and for healing scar tissue. Try taking 2 teaspoons a day of the powder (or the equivalent/suggested amount in capsules) and increase if you feel it is beneficial to you.
  • Bee Pollen: Bee pollen is said to be a “complete food” and contains an extraordinary amount of minerals, easily assimilated protein and enzymes, making it a great digestive aid. Take 1-2 tablespoons per day.
  • Digestive Enzymes: enzymes are needed for every single chemical reaction in the body. These help with digestion and the metabolizing of foods. Taken on an empty stomach, they actually work like a mini-cleanse. Take about 1/2 teaspoon three times a day before juices or 1 teaspoon on an empty stomach for a cleansing effect.
  • Kelp Granules/Capsules: Kelp is a very rich source of iodine, potassium, iron and organic sodium. It’s a great supplement for anyone with thyroid issues!
  • Green Powders: there are many different raw green powders available. Some are algaes such as spirulina, chlorella and blue-green algae. Others are grass powders like wheatgrass or barley grass. Many are blends of lots of different ingredients like vegetables, sprouts, grasses, algaes and more. All green powders are nutrient dense and help to alkalize and balance the body. Choose one that tastes good to you and use 1-2 tablespoons per day, stirred into juice, coconut water or water.
  • Cascara Sagrada: an herbal supplement with a laxative effect that is used to stimulate peristalsis, which are contractions within the intestinal tract and colon. These contractions help move the “spackle” through and out of the system.  It is likely that in the first few days of juicing, your bowel movements may be quite loose, but after that, it is recommended to start taking 1-3 Cascara Sagrada capsules a day to keep the peristalsis going and things moving out. Be careful with this herb and follow the directions – it is a powerful laxative! If you find that you are having too many bowel movements for comfort, ease off it for a while.
  • Probiotics: towards the end of a juice fast, once a lot of work has been done to clear out old waste, mucus, bacteria and parasites, it is advisable to start taking probiotics to replenish and help re-build the ‘good’ flora in your intestines. Before that, things are moving so fast out of the intestines that it isn’t really an optimal time to be trying to establish a good culture in there. There is nothing inherently problematic about taking probiotics before the closing stages of the cleanse however and if you feel they are useful for you, by all means take them. Choose a reputable brand of the highest quality and try taking two capsules a day.

Can I exercise during a juice fast?

Yes, you can…however, I would recommend light exercise (walking, swimming, rebounding, yoga, jogging) during the cleanse time for a couple of reasons. First, your body may not be taking in enough calories to recover after a heavy workout. Second, your body is already doing a great deal of internal work, and (in my opinion) all your energy should be focused there, especially during the first few weeks of your fast when your body is doing its most intense cleaning.  Trust me, that’s enough.

What’s the difference between juices and smoothies?

When you embark on a juice cleanse, you are physically extracting the pulp (fiber) from the fruits and veggies in order to just drink the juice. By doing this, you are getting the straight, unadulterated, easily assimilated nutrients into your system. The purpose of juicing (in addition to upping your fruit and veggie intake) is to give your digestive system a rest…that is why removing the fiber is important. Now, no one is saying that the fiber isn’t a vital part of the produce: you’re just taking a short-term break in order to recharge and rebuild the system.

I happen to love BOTH juices and smoothies. If you want all the benefits of juicing PLUS the fiber, smoothies are for you. This is where equipment like the Ninja, the NutriBullet, the Vitamix etc. all come in. They pulverize the veggies and fruit completely so that you’re getting the fiber AND the juice combined, and the fiber will help your digestive system keep moving.

As for which to do (juicing vs. blending), that’s up to you. It really depends on your goals, your time, and the equipment you are willing to invest in.

How much juice does each recipe yield?

Each recipe is designed to make between 24-36 ounces. I’m big on yield! It’s rare that one of my recipes only makes 16 ounces, and as always, it depends on the size of your produce. If you find that a recipe doesn’t produce enough juice, add a cucumber or zucchini to the mix. They are a great “background veggie” – water-based vegetables that produce a lot of juice without much taste.

What kind of juicer should I buy?

For beginner juicers, I always recommend the Breville Juice Fountain (Amazon link). Why? Because it produces juice quickly, easy to take apart and put back together and is so darned easy to clean! As you get deeper into the art of juice, you may want to upgrade to something fancier; say, a masticating juicer. However, making juice quickly in the beginning will save you a lot of headache and make you more excited about the art of juicing. I’m still rocking my Breville after years of juicing!

31 thoughts on “Frequently Asked Questions!

  1. which do you recommend out of the two..the plain juice fast or the juice/vegetable fast? and can you purchase your book say at a booksamillion or is it just through this site?

    • The Juice28 eBooks are only available here right now. The 101 Smoothie and 101 Juice Fast Recipes books are also available via Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook.

      As for which Juice28 meal plan is better (Fruit or Green), that TOTALLY depends on your taste buds. Both have combo juices – neither one is strictly fruit or veggie – so you will get a variety of flavors either way. It’s just that some people find fruit juices easier to tolerate, while others prefer to cleanse while really upping the leafy green intake. That’s why I provided both!

  2. I noticed that one of my juices today TASTED LIKE METAL!
    I am using the Breville Ikon juicer and I’m using the mason jars to store the juices in the fridge; what gives???

    • It could be the produce you used, also. What’s interesting is that you said “one” of your juices…not all of them. If it was all, I’d say it was the equipment or the jars, but if it was just one, it’s not an element that affects them all.

  3. I’m not big on veggies, but as long as I don’t really taste them I’m cool! I won’t get paid until Friday, will they still be available @ $35 on here? I would love to lose weight as well as detox my body. How soon do you see results? I’m anxious to get started? And will I lose my curves? Lol I’m a curvy black woman and don’t wanna lose those in the process!! Thanks for such a FAST turnaround….

    • Johnte: If you have a curvy structure to begin with, you will not lose that. However, you have to understand that any weight loss process involves losing fat from the body. Your curves will CHANGE, and that’s not a bad thing. As for results, that is an individual thing, hon. It depends on so many different factors.

      And if you aren’t “big on veggies”, you should go with the Fruit/Combo version of Juice28. It still has veggies blended into the juices, but they are masked by the fruit.

  4. Hi Carla,
    I’ve been meaning to start a juice fast for quite a while but have been lacking in really good advice, that is until I watched your videos! :) You are so inspiring and beautiful! Anyway, although I really want to start a juice fast, I am unsure as to whether or not I should do one because I am only 14 and also have epilepsy (medicated and I have not had a seizure in over a year :) ) . I am not fussed about my age as I believe that the earlier you get your health on the right track, the better! although, I am really unsure about how this will effect my epilepsy. To my understanding, I shouldn’t have any problems as long as I get enough calories and nutrients, drink enough water and don’t do too much vigorous exercise. Although, then again, I am still extremely unsure as I am most definitely not a neurologist or dietitian or medical professional of any kind. I really want to do a fast as I believe I am in serious need of a detox as I don’t have as varied a diet as I should and want to expel all toxins from my body ( and maybe lose a little weight as I believe I may have gained a little more than necessary during my teenage growing years from mindlessly eating junk food :/ ) . I believe that I do have an advantage over other teens (very few) who want to juice fast as I am already a committed ethical vegan and have been so for over a year ( and vegetarian for over two years) . Anyway, do you have any advice for me?
    Thank-you in advance,
    Emily.

    • Hello Emily!

      I am honestly reluctant to advise you based on your age and medical condition. I am not a doctor and don’t play one on YouTube, hon, so it would be irresponsible of me to give you an opinion. Do I think juicing is beneficial? Of course! I do, however, know that your body is still developing and a strict juice fast may not be the best for you at this time. I would speak with your doctor to see what he/she says.

  5. Hi again Carla,
    Just two more quick questions,
    Does juice fasting affect your menstrual cycle in any way?
    + also, what exercise would I be able to do? As I am at school, I do two dance lessons each week (currently jazz and contemporary with rather vigorous warm-ups including skipping, jumping, star jumps, crunches, stretches, etc) and two Phys Ed lessons where we are currently doing personal fitness programs where we get to go in the weights room and use a variety of exercise machines, weights, resistance bands, skipping ropes, etc and even box (my personal favourite!) – we are also allowed to walk around the oval if we wish- maximum of two laps. I also swim once a week- doing freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, sidestroke, survival backstroke and butterfly. We do 6+ laps and practice dives and entries, as well as treading water. I also work three shifts a week at a bakery, serving customers and cleaning. -So I am constantly on my feet and do lift heavy stacks of wires, slice bread and haul left over products into the tip bins out back (a sad waste, although our policy states that everything is baked fresh) . Any advice?
    Thank-you once again in advance,
    Emily.

  6. Hi Carla, You are amazing, so much energy! wow! I enjoy your videos. I have juiced several times before, the longest was 16days a few years ago. That was an extremely wonderful experience for me. Recently I have been wanting to go on a 30 day juice feast; but only make it 3-5 days. It seems that some serious emotions surface and I think I break the fast because I don’t want to deal with whats going on. I know I need to get past the garabage that needs to come out. I have recently stopped smoking 7weeks ago and I am at the end of a 23yr marriage. Should I seek 1 on1 counciling like as herbalist? I really want success with the juicing.

  7. Hi Carla, on day 5 out of 7 of post-juice fasting and it appears as if I’ve got the “runs” now… didn’t ever have them during the fast, though, LOL…I did smoothies, juices, mono-meals of watermelon and then strawberries. Yesterday it was blueberries in the AM then I nibbled on some raw peppers (just had a taste for them)
    What gives? Thanks!

  8. Hi Carla. What format does Juice 28 come in when you buy it on the website? Will I be able to download it onto my Kindle?

    • It’s a PDF file, hon. As long as your Kindle has a PDF reader (I think the Kindle Fire has that capability) you can read it there. If not, you can read it on your computer or print it out!

  9. Carla, you are beautiful! I have two subjects of concern. My husband and I made juice with various greens and fruits. We felt extremely tired after one or two hours. Is this normal? We are a billion pounds overweight, could it be too much sugar from the fruit causing a high blood sugar spike? This was one drink, what would a strict juice fast do to us?
    My other question is about the nutribullet. Supposedly it whirls fruits and vegetables fiber and all into a juice, so you don’t have to mess with separating them from each other. Is this as effective as juicing? Thank you so much for this wealth of information! You are so inspiring!

    • Sorry it has taken me so long to respond to this question! One of the reasons you feel so tired after juicing is because your body is working hard to clear out the toxins, and the energy of that is sapping you. You’re asking the juice to do so much work, and that’s NOT a bad thing. Just keep it up! As for the NB, it’s great! Definitely as beneficial as juicing, and it keeps the fiber in.

  10. I just had a baby 7 weeks ago and i am still nursing..I just want to do about 21 days.. but if that means harming my baby with “tainted” milk then i will opt out immediately..my question is would juicing be essential for me or should i wait? .

    • WAIT. I am not a doctor and don’t play one on YouTube. That being said, I have read two major things that caused me to know that juicing + nursing weren’t going to work for me. First, juice fasting can decrease the amount of milk you produce. Second, juice fasting can potentially harm your baby due to the toxins that may be released into the milk. Two major no-nos for me! While nursing, just focus on the baby, hon. Adding juice to your daily meal is a great idea, but juicing EXCLUSIVELY isn’t at this time.

  11. Hey Carla,
    I truly appreciate your “catching my balance” video. I have fallen off the wagon a few times only to find myself with the same thought of “What the heck am I doing?” I have also had my share of “swan dives” off the wagon and found myself with the same medical issues that pointed me to juicing in the first place. You are absolutely right when you say falling was the best thing that happened. I feel the same.
    I am set to “climb back on the wagon” on Friday.
    Actually my question is do you have any recommendation for juicing bars in the DC area. One of my issues is getting home from work in time (or with the energy) to juice my next batch or stopping at the grocery store to pick up veggies after driving through DC traffic (you know what I’m sayin). Not to mention going to a restaurant somehow “feels” normal and allows me time to people watch (which can be a great motivator).

    • You know I know what you’re sayin’, hon! DC traffic can be a BEAST, and juice can only help the time go by better! Downtown, there’s a great juice bar on Vermont Avenue NW – Juice Joint Cafe @ 1025 Vermont Ave. Love their stuff!

  12. I recently completed a 30 day juice and water fast, and go excellent spiritual and physical results. My question is, how long should I wait to do another 30 day fast. I would like to start another in January 2014. Thanks

  13. Hey Carla,
    I have to say you have such beautiful glowing skin. What are you drinking for this to happen? What’s your secret? Is it just juicing whatever drinks you drink throughout the day or is it a particular juice/ vegie combo drink? I would love to know. Thanks for your time.

    • Hey Sandra! I have to say that I have always good skin, and juicing/raw foods have improved it dramatically! Research says that cucumber-based juices do great things for the skin. You may want to test that theory!

  14. Hi Carla,
    for my new year resolution I want to become a vegan or at least a vegetarian, so I decided to embark on a juice fast. I’m totally new to the whole juice fasting thing and your videos really did help me understand everything! but I was wanting to know if I could drink smoothies while on a juice fast.

    • The most important part thing is to do what works best for you. As I wrote in the FAQs under “The Difference Between Juices and Smoothies”, for which to do (juicing vs. blending), that’s up to you. It really depends on your goals, your time, and the equipment you are willing to invest in. If you feel that smoothies are a way to get you through a cleanse, then so be it, hon!

  15. Hi Carla –
    Thank you so much for all of your information. I enjoy your videos on You Tube as well and they have empowered me to begin this juicing journey. I found it particularly inspiring seeing an African-American woman taking control but admitting things are out of our control and timing sometimes. So often we try to be and appear like superwomen and denigrate ourselves when we fall short. My question is about timing. What are your recommendations on what types of juices to drink morning mid-day, late afternoon, and evening?

    Thank you for your input!
    Nikki

    • Nikki! The only “restriction” I would have on a type of juice to drink is really more of a recommendation. You may want to drink your high-fruit drinks earlier in the day and a green/veggie juice at night. The sugar in the high-fruit drink may keep you awake. Enjoy the juice!

  16. Hi Carla,
    I’m on Day 17 of my first Juice Fast (can hardly believe it) and I am looking forward to continuing with you and the group into February. Even had my first Colonic this week! What an experience ;) but I have a quick question for you…
    After reading your FAQs, again, I’m looking to incorporate Spirulina and Cascara Sagrada into my Juice Fast. Is there a brand or a place you recommend purchasing these?
    I found Spirulina (in powder form) & Cascara Sagrada (in Veggie Capsule form) on Amazon.com with great recommendations, but wanted to check with you first, as I have no experience with these.
    I appreciate you and the website & Facebook page so much! Thank you for all that you do :)

    • The greatest thing about buying on Amazon (which is where I buy ALL my stuff that ain’t produce) is the ability to check the reviews of other people. They really give you insight how the product is going to work. So, I would go ahead and trust what it is that you’re thinking about buying, because you’re able to read up on it in detail!

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