Here on Live Lighter, we’ve been blogging about the benefits of cleansing since 2008 when blogger Steph Miller took on the challenge and discovered amazing results (read How I Lost 25 Lbs in 3 Months). If you’re thinking about embarking on a juice cleanse, why not check out the pros and cons according to guest blogger, Jefferey Morgan?
If we were to believe what the media says, we would have to agree that juice cleanses are an excellent way to detox the body, thus helping it to lose weight and stay healthy. There’s definitely something enticing about having the ability to make broccoli, cucumbers, and kale become a delicious drink with the help of some extra blueberries and strawberries. The shake is an ideal lunch, and yes, it will keep you energized for longer than a salad or a pizza.
“Juicing" has become a popular term that goes hand in hand with “detoxing", “raw-vegan diet" and “gluten-free diet". It’s cool to do it, and in some ways it is also healthy. The problem is you can’t replace food with juices all day long. This is not a smart approach you want to take when attempting to get back in shape. Here are some pros and cons of juice cleansers.
Juicing is an excellent way to pack your body with concentrated amounts of nutrients, antioxidants, and vitamins found in fruits and vegetables. Available in the form of shakes and smoothies too, these drinks are low in fat and damaging ingredients, such as added salt or sugars. Some other benefits of juice cleansers are:
- Weight loss – cleansing your body with healthy juices will trigger weight loss. However, this is mostly water. You will feel less bloated and lighter
- A 4-day juice cleanse prepares your body for a healthy diet. It will make you feel amazing, although this form of dieting should only be considered for a short period of time
- Forget about processed foods with fresh fruit and veggies; a juice cleanse can help your body understand that it can feel good without pizza too
- Juicing is an excellent way to eat fruit; so if you don’t like them in solid form you may dig them in liquid form. Who doesn’t love freshly squeezed orange juice?
Studies have shown that including 7 servings of fruit and veggies/day into your diet will have an amazing impact on your lifestyle. Many people don’t have time to cook, so juicing is a great way of consuming healthy snacks on the go. Mix a banana, an avocado, coconut water and some blueberries and your breakfast is ready.
Juices are packed with phytonutrients, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that people need on a daily basis to feel energized and full. Also, they have a high content of water too, which means they will also keep you hydrated.
Freshly pressed fruits and vegetables have no fat or protein. For the body to function properly on a daily basis it needs to burn fat. While some commercial juices may contain added nut milk, it’s certainly not a good idea to cleanse your body with juices that you didn’t make yourself.
When the body doesn’t get enough protein it will begin to suffer. It won’t have raw material to build tissues; this is the main reason low fat diets are so harsh on people’s hair and skin. Furthermore, fat is required to process certain fat soluble vitamins such as K, A, E and D, which are all essential for the proper functioning of the body. Additional side effects of a juice cleanse:
- Excessive dizziness – this is one of the most common side effects of a juice cleanse
- Blood sugar spikes
Diabetics, people undergoing chemotherapy and those with kidney disease and other nutritional deficiencies are not advised to opt for a juice cleanse. When you’re body is already weak you can’t deprive it from essential nutrients and fibers found in whole foods.
Losing weight will happen when juicing, especially if you combine this form of dieting with dietary supplements. There’s a wealth of supplements available in the marketplace, starting from the most common and safest (plant-based) to the most artificial. It is important to consult with a nutritionist prior to going on a juice & supplement-based diet. Only a professional can advise you what supplements work best with your juices. Omega-3s for example, may be advised to fill in the gaps and compensate for the lack of fat in a juice cleansing diet plan.
About the Author
Jefferey Morgan is interested in writing about health and fitness related issues. He has a deep knowledge at this field. Also he writes for a site http://www.nuique.com/ offering high range of vegetarian and vegan Omega 3 supplements.
(Editor’s Note: Instead of juicing, I prefer blending because you retain the fiber AND you can add nuts, which provide both protein and healthy fats. Also, you can make sure your “green juices” contain fat by adding coconut oil, avocado, olive oil and other healthy fat sources.)