What Is a Juice Cleanse?

Green JuiceIf you are interested in health or dieting, you have probably heard of a “juice cleanse”. These new diets have become very popular over the past few years but they have been written about since 150 A.D.! So, why is it popular now? How do you know if it’s the right option for you? Read below to learn everything you need to know about juicing!

What is a juice cleanse?

A juice cleanse (sometimes referred to as a juice fast) is a diet where the only food you consume is juice. During this time you eat no solid foods. All of your nutrients come from rich juices filled with vitamins and antioxidants. You can choose to make these juices at home or purchase them from a grocery store. Just ensure that what you purchase is freshly juiced vegetables and not something from concentrate.

Why juice?

Many people believe that our bodies have a hard time pulling all of the nutrients from the foods we eat because there is so much additional matter. In the past decade the food we eat has changed and there is no way to know how this will effect our bodies in fifty, seventy-five, or even one hundred years. By juicing, you give your digestive system a break — instead of having to process heavy meals, it only needs to pull your vitamins from liquids.

Other people argue that juicing is a great way to kick of a weight loss regime. By drinking only vegetable juices, your stomach begins to tighten. This may make you less likely to have food cravings once you begin eating normally again. A juice cleanse also makes it very easy to regulate the amount of calories you consume each day.

How long should you juice for?

The length of your juice cleanse should depend on why you are choosing this dieting method. If you want to clear out your digestive system, a cleanse of three days will allow any food left in your system to clear through. Many people believe this allows toxins to be removed more easily from the body as there is no solid waste and your food is high in antioxidants. This is why many people call it a “cleanse”. Juice cleanses became more mainstream after a very successful film Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead by Joe Cross.

If you are looking to kick off a diet, 3 to 5 day cleanses are recommended. This gives your body enough time to change based on the amount of calories you’re consuming. Many people who are looking to lose weight begin with a cleanse and then replace one meal per day with a nutrient dense juice. This cuts a significant amount of calories without losing out on vitamins or minerals. Always consult your physician before making any severe changes to your diet.

No matter your reason, a juice cleanse is an easy way to remove toxins from your system or to kick start a new weight loss regime. At the end of the cleanse you will feel healthy, full of energy, and you’ll be amazed at what your body can do!

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