The truth about the Juice Cleanse


By Rachel Myles

Spring has finally arrived after some long and dull winter months. So that means lots more sunlight and a lot more cleaning! Spring-time is all about new beginnings and coming out of hibernation. It is also the time people are becoming more focused on their bodies, dieting and shedding Christmas pounds, knowing summer holidays are coming up fast.

One particular diet trend that has people talking is the ‘Juice Cleanse’. The juice business has become massively popular in recent years; promising customers everything they want. And with famous and influential celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow trying it, it’s become a catching craze.

Juice cleanse - Featured imageSo, what is a juice cleanse? A juice cleanse is a type of diet that can last from 24-hours to a few weeks, and it is meant to ease the digestive process and detoxify your system. You drink only the juices for the amount of time you’ve decided- no whole foods and definitely no refined sugars. The juices are made up from fresh fruits and vegetables, and tons of water. Some people opt to buy the juices ready-made and others will make their own.

There are thousands of different cleanses people try, from simple recipes for beginners to advanced for the seasoned cleanser. Now this all sounds great, so what’s the downside?

1. Cleanses are NOT for everyone. Anyone who is suffering with nutritional problems, diabetes or being treated for cancer is not eligible for a cleanse. It can cause nasty side effects to the body and will make your blood sugar massively high.

2. Having only juices leaves out some super important nutrients your body needs. No food could possibly contain everything the human body needs, so you have to be very careful when attempting a diet that gives you such restrictions. According to Dr. John Berardi of Precision Nutrition, the world’s largest online nutrition-coaching company, Many cleansing diets are also low in protein. Protein deficiencies can inhibit the body’s ability to eliminate toxins. So if you want to ‘clean house’, temporarily eliminating this macronutrient doesn’t make sense.” So it’s worth remembering that when you do a short juice fast, you  may not notice the lack of nutrients at first, as it is only for a few days, however the longer you continue, the worse the state of your body will become.

3. It is not the right way to keep off the pounds. Choosing to do any fad diet will certainly help you to lose immediate weight, but it isn’t real weight you’re losing! Its water weight. Yo-yo diet’s mean you will just put any weight you have lost, straight back on when you’re back to your normal lifestyle.

4. There is preparation to do. Before tackling a juice cleanse, you need give yourself at-least 4-5 days to get your system ready for the massive change it will be undertaking. Most doctors or nutritionists will advise that you cut out your ‘bad habits’ before you cleanse. This includes alcohol, smoking, dairy products, caffeine, red meat and more, and limiting yourself to fresh fruit, lean white meats and veggies. If you don’t do this you increase your chances of developing bad side effects and cravings.

Overall, there is nothing wrong with taking part in a short term cleanse and there are certain great benefits to doing this. After her cleanse experience, New York Times writer Judith Newman stated “So, what’s so bad about juice cleansing? Done occasionally, for a few days at a time, apparently nothing. Done regularly, for a week or more, quite a bit.”

After a 3-day cleanse, a lot people say they feel much more refreshed and believe they have broken some of their naughty craving habits, but anything longer than that can be very damaging to your health. You also shouldn’t use this as a way to lose weight; it’s not healthy and it isn’t a long term cure.


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