How to Juice Cleanse in Cold Weather

by Courtney on October 28, 2012


Can you Juice Feast when it’s cold outside?


I have done many Juice Feasts during cold weather, including the tail end of my 60-day Juice Feast, which went through a December. Many fasting centers still offer juice fasts during cold weather and many people all over the world have completed successful Juice Feasts when it is cold outside. All you need to do is take some extra measures! You might be able to do just a few of these things, or you may need to do all of them. Thus far, my clients who have done every single one of these steps have been totally fine.

1. Cayenne Pepper.

Cayenne is perhaps the most powerful tool for cold-weather cleansing. It’s also great for warming you up from the inside out by increasing your circulation in a way that will last longer than other methods. Get cayenne in a powder form, and again, add to juice, water, or tea. Cayenne has a near endless list of benefits, but some highlights are that it is anti-fungal, supports the digestive system, stimulates lymphatic detox, and supports weight loss by many processes, one of which includes speeding up metabolism.

2. Ginger.

Ginger is warming for the body. You can get either fresh ginger root and juice it, or, you can find ground powdered ginger and add it to your juice, water, or tea (more on tea later!). In addition to being warming, ginger has lots of antioxidants, reduces inflammation and pain, and does so much more. For you lovelies who experience “that time of the month,” ginger helps with cramps, too!

3. Hot Tea.

On a Juice Feast, you can have tea, but it has to be 1) non-caffeinated and 2) organic. You can enjoy some tea most every day if you’d like, and enjoy it hot. I like to use a lot of hot water even if I just have a little tea so that I can enjoy lots of liquid warmth.


4. Warm Water.

On any cleanse, even one where you’re drinking enough juice to float a humpback whale, you still need regular water. When you drink it, drink it warm.

5. Exercise.

Juice Feasts are a type of cleanse specifically designed so that you can exercise, even a lot, if you want to. So, do it! Exercise will warm you right up. Many of my clients run, do pilates, and even some weight training while Juice Feasting. But you don’t have to be intense about it; even 20 minutes of brisk walking or moderate yoga will get your blood pumping and circulation going. Get those juicy yoga-buns out there!

6. Hot Showers.

Mmmm, mmmm, good. Take ‘em. Take lots of them. Take baths.

7. Bundle Up.

It may seem obvious, but wear a lot of layers. Find cozy clothes, and layer them on top of each other. Wear two pairs of socks if you need to. Wear a tank top under a long sleeved shirt under a sweater. Wear leggings and pants on top. Wear a hat. On the bright side, you’ll be extra soft to cuddle with.

8. Room-Temp Juice.

If the produce you used to make your juice was cold, or if you made it earlier and it’s been refrigerated, you can try leaving it out for just a bit to move towards room temperature before you drink it. You also can try making juice from produce that’s been left out at room temperature for a little while and then drink the juice right after you make it. Never heat your juice, but you can do these things to get it to closer to room temperature.

9. Take a Sauna.

If you have access to a sauna, take one. Dry saunas and infrared saunas are much better for your health as steam saunas are often created using normal toxic tap water, and guess what that means? A lot of inhaling chlorine and other chemicals. And unfortunately, my friends, damaging your lungs while on a juice cleanse just doesn’t seem to make much sense.


10. Dry Skin Brushing

Dry skin brushing really increases circulation! Get a dry skin brush, which you can google for or might be able to find in a health foods store. This brush is supposed to stay dry, and you brush your skin when you’re dry too. It’s all dry! You brush your whole body aside from your neck and face. You’ll want to apply some pressure, and yes, it does feel scratchy and your skin is supposed to flush pink. Brush towards your heart, and do it for at least a couple minutes each day. The plus? This is one of the best practices for having youthful skin and alleviating cellulite and blemishes.

Now talk to me! Have you ever done a juice cleanse in cold weather? If so, how did it go? What did you use to stay warm?

May your little piggies stay toasty,



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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Antoinette October 29, 2012 at 8:55 am

I did my first cleanse during the winter and found that by going on quick walks in the crisp air was very refreshing. It was also a great for the soul when at times I felt like throwing plates at things.
I also pampered myself with coconut oil hand treatments and have started giving myself almond oil facials, which I’ll definitely be doing a lot on my next cleanse! By the way, I’m NEVER spending $$$ on beauty products again!
Oh and the hot tea/water thing. The. BEST!


Courtney October 29, 2012 at 7:22 pm

Yes you did and you did so great on it! Haha, yes, I agree that power walks are really refreshing as well as warming and that’s great that you found them to be an alternative when you felt like shattering some ceramic ;)

No need to spend $ for beauty products! So true. I use water to wash my face, coconut oil to moisturize, and wear no makeup as much as possible.

Great to hear from you, Antoinette!


Fresh Juice Cleanse November 1, 2012 at 6:55 pm

Juice cleansing is fundamentally a way of detoxifying the body with the assistance of natural fruit juices having biological process values. Definitely very informative post this is and very helpful for the people who wants to know more about the juice cleanse. In this post there are some new and fresh points. Thanks for sharing this.


Courtney November 2, 2012 at 6:20 pm

Thank you!


Sean Carey January 19, 2016 at 8:11 am

Hello Courtney!

I’m a bit late to the party here, but this is a great article that I’m going to have to share on Twitter! Good tips for sure, and I especially like the sauna idea. A sauna would be a good way to stay warm and also sweat out some of those toxins. A great combo when juice cleansing during cold weather!

My two favorite herbal teas when juice cleansing are chamomile and lavender. They are both calming and for me at least make me feel like I’m having something a bit different than the juice. The teas kind of become little meals of their own! :)


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