Juicing cleanses have recently exploded into the mainstream health consciousness, and they can have many benefits for your body. Natural fruit and vegetable juices have a nearly unlimited number of health benefits, and a juicing detox may be able to help rid your body of harmful toxins and improve your overall diet. Juicing literally floods your system with powerful nutrients and antioxidants, and it can help unleash the natural healing powers of your body. Beginning a juice cleanse could be the first step in a new healthier lifestyle, or it could just be a way for you to refresh your healthy diet.
However, like with any new trend in health and dieting, it is not without some level of controversy. While supporters of juicing claim that it helps to cleanse your body of harmful nutrients, there are opponents of juicing who claim that this is not true, and that juicing may not be as beneficial as advertised. As is the case with many such controversies, the truth is somewhere in the middle. Juicing is not a miracle cure, but it is not generally harmful to your body and can have some very real benefits.
The True Benefits of Juicing Detox
Part of the controversy around juicing comes from the use of the word “detox.” While going on a juicing diet can help you to rid your body of harmful elements and be the beginning of a healthier diet, there is not a lot of evidence that the juice itself actually detoxes your body. At the same time, it has not been scientifically proven that juicing does not detox your body, but in this article we plan to stick to the benefits that we know are true.
Your liver plays the main role in ridding your body of toxins, and going on a proper juicing regimen can aid in this process. It is also proven that juicing cleanses help to reboot your body and retrain your brain to eat healthier. While you are on a good juicing regimen, you are no longer taking in the harmful elements in processed foods and the standard American diet, so in this way, it does help to remove harmful things from your body. It also helps you begin a new way of eating and living, if you properly follow through on the post-cleanse regimen.
We also know that juicing floods your body with the beneficial nutrients and antioxidants that are abundant in fruits and vegetables, while allowing your digestive system to adjust to a more nutritious diet. This lack of harmful foods, combined with a flood of good foods, can have a laundry list of obvious benefits including:
- Weight loss
- Improved digestive function
- Jump-starting a healthy diet
- Building a psychological connection to healthy foods
While it is no miracle cure, juicing does have real benefits and should not be harmful to your body. However, it is important that you do the cleanse correctly and ensure that your body gets the proper amount of nutrients it needs before the cleanse, during the process and afterwards. If you are diabetic, juicing may not be a good idea because the large amounts of sugar in fruit juice can throw your blood sugar out of whack. And of course, before beginning any new diet, check with your doctor to make sure it is right for you.
Before you even begin your juicing detox, there are some very important steps you should take. For three days before you begin, you need to eliminate bad elements from your diet and begin to eat a light, healthy diet.
Eliminate: Alcohol, caffeine, excessive sugar, processed foods, dairy, red meat and gluten.
Eat: Organic fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains and eggs. Make sure to drink at least eight glasses of water a day during this period.
During the Cleanse
The length of your cleanse may vary, depending upon your individual health and goals, but average juicing detoxes last from 2-5 days.
First, begin your day with a glass of water with lemon. This will prepare your body for the juicing diet and can improve liver function to help remove toxins. If you plan to do the full juicing cleanse and get the full experience, you should drink only fruit and vegetable juice during this period. If you have to eat, eat only organic fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. You will also want to reduce your exercise regimen to only light activity such as walking and yoga.
Drink six juices each day, with two hour intervals in between each juice. To ensure your body does not lose out on important nutrients during this period, make sure to drink a healthy combination of fruit and vegetable juices, paying attention to the nutritional value of each ingredient.
For three days after your cleanse, you should gradually return your body to a regular solid diet. Eat organic fruits and vegetable for the first day and drink at least eight glasses of water. On day two, begin to mix in nuts, gluten-free grains, eggs and yogurt. By day three, you should be able to add meat, chicken and fish and begin to eat a more regular, healthy diet. This is your opportunity to begin a new, healthier lifestyle, so make sure you don’t just binge after the cleanse, as this will defeat the whole purpose.