Some may argue it’s a timeless practice. Some might pass it off as the latest wellness trend. Either way, there is no denying that juice cleanses are growing in popularity.

There are plenty of ways to get started. Businesses like BluePrint offer pre-made cleanses that can be delivered right to your door. The possibilities are endless – three-day vs. five-day; all-vegetable or all-fruit; even a combination of both. BluePrint has cleanses for everyone, from beginner to novice and beyond.

The information and multitude of choices can be overwhelming. And, to top it off, the average cleanse doesn’t come cheap. An order of pre-made deliverable juices can be anywhere from $150 to $200 for a three-day cleanse.

If you’re going the do-it-yourself route, high-quality equipment will run you at least $100. The value of time and money is enough to make someone think twice about limiting his or her diet to juice.

Are you on the fence for one reason or another? Find out more about how liquid diets work. Then give some thought to a three-day “beta test” to determine if this sort of detox is right for you. All it takes to get started is a trip to the grocery store.

What you’ll need:

  • Three 64-ounce bottles of all-natural juice (think brands like Naked Juice or Odwalla, which are free of artificial ingredients).
  • Plenty of water.

The health benefits of juicing
Day 1:

  • Label the bottles 1, 2 and 3.
  • Mix 8 ounces of juice from bottle 1 with 8 ounces of water.
  • Sip and savor.
  • Repeat the mixing process with bottles 2 and 3.
  • Do it all again. (You’ll end up with six servings per day.)
  • Don’t cheat! (Avoid caffeine, alcohol and any solid foods.)

Days 2 and 3:

  • Repeat the process!

    Some people have a few unpleasant side effects, like headaches, stomach pain and lightheadedness. But the thing to remember is that a juice cleanse isn’t meant to deprive you (six servings total about 1,200 calories). It is meant to reboot your system. It’s not about losing pounds, but releasing toxins.

    The great thing about this beta test is the flexible, no-pressure investment. You have a chance to experience the basics of a cleanse without sacrificing a ton of time and money, not to mention the fact that you can pick and choose your flavors and ingredients. So sit back and sip easy. Your body will thank you for it.

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Dulcy Gregory is a freelance writer based in Aspen, Colorado, with a knack for balancing creativity and organization. She learned everything there is to know about spas, well-being and how to live (and travel) well in six years of work for one of the world’s largest spa and wellness media companies, SpaFinder Wellness. Believing in writing as both a personal and professional passion, Dulcy enrolled in and graduated from a Master’s degree program in Creative Writing at the New School in 2012. She is an avid Vinyasa yoga student and considers kale one of the best foods on the planet. Follow Dulcy on her blog, D.A.G.