With everyone from celebrities to your cube-mate joining the cleansing craze, you’ve likely done at least one juice detox—and experienced the rollercoaster of highs and lows physically and mentally. Luckily, hangriness aside, none of the side effects of a short cleanse is dangerous.
“A three-day juice cleanse is not a harmful thing,” says Robynne Chutkan, M.D., an integrative gastroenterologist and author of Gutbliss: Feel Light, Tight, and Bright—the Healthy Way. “It’s not going to dramatically change your health.”
Still, knowing what’s going on to cause your headaches, euphoria, and soaring libido can help you be better prepared to face your next cleanse—or may convince you it’s not worth it since Chutkan says detoxes won’t make you lose a ton of weight. Check out this day-by-day snapshot of what you can expect to encounter, and decide for yourself.