The Juice Cleanse – Are You Tempted?
The juice cleanse, like dozens of other so-called “cleanses,” has been around forever. Every once in a while, a new fad juice cleanse comes around and becomes all the rage. Everyone from your next door neighbor to famous celebrities begin singing its praises and they all encourage you to try it. But will a juice cleanse really do anything for you? Are they worth trying? Are they even healthy? Read on to find out more on juice cleanses and what they’re really about.
What is a Juice Cleanse?
Not exactly sure what a juice cleanse is, or why it's called a cleanse? Cleanses operate on the notion of removing toxins from the body. Toxins come from the chemicals we ingest in our food (colorants and preservatives), water, and air. A juice cleanse, or some other type of cleanse, will usually involve replacing all meals and snacks with natural juices, fruits, vegetables, or some kind of "specialty" item. The premise is that when the body is released of the burden of digesting normal food, it will more efficiently release the toxins residing in it. A typical cleanse will last anywhere from 3 days to a week, or even two weeks.
What Are Cleanses Supposed to Fix?
Cleanses claim to “detox” your system, flatten your stomach, increase your metabolism, boost your immune system, and address a multitude of problems. The build-up of these so-called toxins can contribute to chronic illness such as arthritis, asthma, and headaches, as well as weight gain, heart disease and cancer. The liver, kidneys, and colon are the components in the body specifically designed for expelling waste and toxins, but people who are fans of the juice cleanse and other cleanses believe that these organs can use a helping hand every once in a while. They also believe that our consumption of toxins has exponentially increased because of the high amounts of processed food we consume, particularly in the past decade or two.
Will a Juice Cleanse Help Me Lose Weight?
If you're consistent with your cleanse, then yes, you will drop weight. However, this weight loss is not permanent. Why not? For one thing, most of the “weight” you lose is in the form of water. When you eat whole foods, particularly carbohydrates, your body needs to hold onto water in order to digest them properly. After a juice cleanse, when you start eating normal food again, the water “weight” will come back very quickly.
If you’re on a long term cleanse of two weeks or more, you’ll definitely lose weight, but that’s simply because you aren’t consuming enough calories in a day to maintain your current weight. With most juice cleanses, your body will be operating at a deficit. As soon as you start eating normally again, your weight will come back. Your body needs calories and needs to pull from fat storage to give you energy. It’s dangerous to try to survive for very long consuming an abnormally low number of calories each day.
Can a Juice Cleanse Be Unsafe?
The fact is that there is no hard medical evidence to back up the claims for a juice cleanse. Science simply doesn’t substantiate the merits of cleanses. While a cleanse lasting a couple days is not likely to do you much harm, a long-term cleanse can have serious repercussions. Though you might escape with a few sluggish days and mild lethargy during a short juice cleanse, a longer cleanse, particularly if you’re taking any medication or have underlying medical conditions, can drop your blood sugar to dangerously low levels and cause you to faint, or worse.
Juice cleanses are largely unnecessary. There are definitely many benefits to consuming all-natural fruit juices, fruits, and vegetables, as they have healthy vitamins and minerals. Incorporate them into your daily life and you’ll see positive results. However, they should be consumed in conjunction with a normal diet that includes other healthy foods. While juice can be a good meal replacement every once in a while, subsisting on just fruit juice, or lemon water with cayenne pepper, or some similar concoction, is not a serious route to getting healthy. Nor is it a sustainable method of weight loss. As always, your best bet for both is a consistent, healthful diet and regular exercise. In fact, it’s a guaranteed formula!
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