The fad craze of “juice cleansing” has become exceedingly popular and has gained a lot of attention among nutrition junkies around the world. Many people view juice cleansing as just an easy fix to lose that extra weight. Often times, when I bring up juicing to various people they ask how much weight you can lose or if it helps you keep a certain amount of weight off. The truth is, juice cleansing is not made for losing weight at all, it has an entirely different purpose. While losing weight does come with cleansing, it is not the purpose, and the weight easily climbs back on once you start reintroducing other foods back into your diet. The only way to be successful at cleansing is if you have a mindset NOT focused on weight loss and rather a healthy mindset of cleansing your cells and riding your body of toxins.
What is juice cleansing?
There are various types of juice cleanses but by definition it means, “is a fasting method and a detox diet where a person consumes only fruit and vegetable juices to obtain nutrition while otherwise abstaining from food consumption.” There are many different ways you can cleanse and different programs/juices you can try. A juice cleanse is essentially a diet of mainly fresh squeezed fruit/vegetable juices. People can do a cleanse for 3, 5, and even 7 days. The key is to do it properly and safely. The main focus is to not get off track or cheat during your cleansing time. This would completely reverse the magical benefits that it accomplishes.
What are the benefits?
We, as 21st century humans, are constantly consuming solid foods, day in and day out. Our body’s are working extremely hard to metabolize, digest, and consume certain foods into our cells and out through waste. With this constant pattern of digesting solid foods and toxins can build up through many different avenues. Improper combination of foods, sugar, fast foods, waste build up, etc. are all factors that can contribute to health issues as well as various toxins within your body.
“When you cleanse, you’re taking all that energy usually used for digestion and using it for detoxification, healing and cleansing the temple that is your body. You give your body a chance to rest, you re-charge your system and you actually speed up your metabolism. While calorie reduction does initially slow your metabolism, your body is much more efficient after the cleanse is over – leading to higher energy levels and increased metabolic performance.”
All of that energy used for digesting solid foods is used to cleanse your cells, detoxify your liver, alkalize your tissues/cells, improve energy, clean your arteries, etc. There are countless biological benefits that happen within the body during cleansing. Cleansing, however, is not for everyone. If you have medical issues, are pregnant, or are an in season athlete, cleansing may not be the best choice for you at the present moment. You have to be careful and know exactly what your doing.
What to avoid before cleansing?
- meat and poultry
- refined starches like bread, white rice and pasta
- dairy and egg products
- alcohol and nicotine
Attempt to avoid these foods 3 days before
There are various companies that give you a step by step juicing program which is designed specifically for the “cleanse” purpose. Here are a few companies/recipes to get you started on your way to optimum health.
Kreation Juicery has beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels for juicing. There link is below. Click on it and read all about their juices:
Nektar, a juice bar, also has a juicing program:
One more great link is a company called Pressed Juicery.
- 2 cucumbers
- 4 med size apples – I used fuji
- 1 bunch kale
- 1/4 bunch parsley
- 2 small lemons
- 3 med sized apples
- 2 cups red grapes
- 1 small sweet potato – yes! you CAN juice sweet potatoes!
- 1 pear
Start researching these links and read all about the various companies. Each company has their own unique method and claim to fame but they all achieve similar results. There are thousands of juice recipes you can try and play with. Research what you like and drink up!