NOW THAT THE NEW YEAR is here, we're all thinking about juicing to get back on the right track, but it seems that many of you have juice cleanse questions, like whether it's even worth it to do a cleanse at all. That's why we're shedding light on all of those common juice cleanse questions you have.
IS JUICE CLEANSING WORTH IT?
Whether or not juice cleansing is really worth it has been a widely debated topic. And what it comes down to is the presence of fiber in the juices. Researchers are finding that blended juice cleanses that contain fiber, as opposed to cold-pressed, are the best for you because they contain the whole fruits and vegetables. Recently an investigation by The Harvard School of Public Health found that having whole fruits/veggies can significantly lower the risk of type 2 diabetes, whereas consumption of fruit juice without the fiber is associated with a higher risk.
And does a cleanse actually release toxins from the body? Again, fiber plays a huge role. Fiber is key because it's digestible by our gut bacteria, which make short chain fatty acids (SCFAs) out of it. SCFAs promote a number of health aspects, such as inhibiting the growth of bad bacteria and increasing mineral and nutrient absorption. A blended juice cleanse is basically an easy way to eat properly for several days, and that's what enables our bodies to function optimally and rid itself of toxins.
WILL I IMMEDIATELY LOSE WEIGHT?
You may see some initial weight loss, but while a blended juice cleanse option will flush your system of toxins and allow you to more efficiently absorb nutrients, most of this change in your body is associated with water weight.
The goal of the juice cleanse should be to get your body on a healthy track so that you can improve your lifestyle after the cleanse. Essentially, it kick-starts a great mindset and preps your body for eating right in the future—something that will aid in getting into great shape.
SHOULD I EAT DIFFERENTLY BEFORE AND AFTER THE CLEANSE?
The more you allow your body to prepare, the easier the cleanse will be. Prior to cleansing, start to cut out your daily indulgences (don't worry, you'll see them again soon!) like meat, dairy and sugar. Instead, enjoy as many fruits and vegetables as you want with each meal. It doesn't mean you have to cut out everything—Just don't chow down on things like ice cream and chicken alfredo.
Post-cleanse eating is all about slowly progressing from easily digestible, hydrating foods (think fruit, cucumbers, leafy vegetables, avocados or vegan soups) to the heavier, more filling foods (think grains, lean meats, eggs).
WHAT IF I GET REALLY HUNGRY?
Blended cleanses will make you feel more satisfied than cold-pressed versions because of the additional fiber. Yes, the goal of cleansing is to curb your solid food intake, but if you need something to chew on or a little extra boost, these are some good choices:
- Raw or steamed green vegetables
- Egg whites at dinnertime
- 1 to 2 cups of coffee or green tea, unsweetened or with a little Truvia/Stevia
IS IT OKAY TO WORKOUT DURING A CLEANSE?
If your body feels up to working out, go for it! Just remember, you may not be able to exercise as strenuously as you normally do, so take it easy. Low-intensity cardio, such as walking and yoga are some recommended options.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.