Juice cleanses have gained popularity in the past few years as a detox diet. Essentially, you consume only fruit and vegetable juices while otherwise abstaining from food. Supporters claim that this purposeful cleanse is a way to reset and heal your mind and body. Naysayers warn of the dangers of trendy, extreme diets. Who’s right?
Read on to learn the pros and cons and decide if a juice cleanse is right for you.
PROS OF A JUICE CLEANSE
Many people report thinking clearer during a cleanse. While eliminating toxins can help, this may have just as much to do with perspective as nutrition. A juice cleanse can help bring your diet and lifestyle into focus. Plus, working towards and achieving any goal, including a juice cleanse, is an exercise in focus.
LIVING WITHOUT PROCESSED FOODS
By taking in only organic juices, you will be adjusting to life without the fillers, additives, white sugar and preservatives that exist in many foods. If your juice cleanse can help you to picture your life without processed foods and refined sugars, it can put you on the path to healthier living beyond your cleanse.
A lot of people have trouble staying hydrated. On a juice cleanse this is not an issue. While on your juice cleanse be sure to drink organic, low sugar, cold pressed juice. Also, just because you are on a juice cleanse doesn’t mean you should stop drinking water. Proper hydration helps your body function more efficiently, improves energy, and helps remove toxins.
SPEED WEIGHT LOSS
Doing a juice cleanse can help you stop bad habits like stress eating. Plus, after a cleanse you will feel more satiated with less food. This can provide a necessary jump start to a diet and exercise program.
CONS OF A JUICE CLEANSE
Most people know that muscles shrink from a lack of use. However, loss of muscle can occur even more rapidly with a dietary lack of amino acids, calories or protein. On a juice cleanse, where all of your nutrients are coming from fruits and vegetables, you may not be getting the proper amounts of protein or amino acids. This can force the body to break down the amino acids in your muscle for energy.
With less calories, no morning coffee and no glass of wine to relax in the evening, your juice cleanse can leave you in the doldrums. Combat a bad mood with positive affirmations, proper hydration and by making sure your cleanse provides adequate calories and nutrition.
NOT GOOD FOR INTENSE EXERCISE
While it is important to get exercise on a juice cleanse, it can be counterproductive to a serious training and conditioning program. Since it is difficult to maintain a high protein content while juicing only, this can lead to muscle catabolism if you are lifting heavy or exercising with intensity.
If you want to try juicing, but don’t want to sacrifice your protein intake, try creating a juice from these ingredients:
- 1 cup of green peas
- 1 cup of guava
- 1 cup of broccoli
- 1 cup avocado
- 1 cup apricots
- 1 cup kiwi fruit
- 1 cup of kale
- 1 cup banana
- 1 cup of peaches
Remember, juicing isn’t the only way to make sure you’re getting the vitamins and nutrients your body needs. A healthy diet is the best place to start, but supplementing with the Naturals Essentials line can ensure you round out your nutrition plan.