After indulging in your grandmother’s homemade apple pie and other fattening sweets over the holiday break, the feeling of being weighed down and sluggish is all too common. To recover from a month of gluttony, many people turn to dieting. However, rather than just dieting, one of the best ways you can detoxify your body is by participating in a juice cleanse.
A juice cleanse does not include buying store bought juice, which has undergone pasteurization and contains less beneficial enzymes, but involves using a “juicer,” which extracts liquid from fruits and vegetables.
While eating fruits and vegetables is very beneficial for your health, juicing them is even better. According to nutritionists Cherie Calbom and Maureen Keane, authors of “Juicing for Life,” what makes juicing so beneficial for your body is the abundance of vitamins, minerals, and enzymes the juices possess which help to eliminate toxins in your body.
Because it is difficult for people to consume the amount of raw fruits and vegetables that are needed to properly nourish the body in a day, juicing can help you obtain optimal health and energy because of the large amount of enzymes present in plant-based foods which help promote quicker digestion.
According to juicing expert Joe Cross, who spent sixty days filming his experience in the documentary “Fat Sick and Nearly Dead,” the benefits he experienced on a cleanse were tremendous.
For a period of two months, Cross drank nothing but freshly squeezed fruit and vegetables juices and was able to clear his skin condition, discontinue his medications, lose body weight, and gain mental clarity. Cross’s website “Reboot with Joe” explains how removing the fiber while juicing enables the digestive system to rest and allows better absorption of phytonutrients as well as the chance for your body to focus on healing itself.
It is important to remember, however, that juice cleanses are temporary and should not substitute a diet. While they typically last anywhere from three to 10 days, they can last for longer depending on the individual. To prepare for a cleanse, most people consume only fruits and vegetables the day before. After the cleansing period, it is important to slowly reintroduce food groups back into your diet by again by beginning with fruits and vegetables.
While many people achieve great results while cleansing, it is necessary that you should receive permission from your doctor and know that some people can experience negative results while on a cleanse. Livestrong.com explains that fatigue, dizziness, and headaches are common negative side effects and warns that those who are pregnant or have blood sugar problems such as diabetes should not participate in a cleanse.
If juicing isn’t for you, the health benefit of consuming fruits and vegetables on a daily basis still remains crucial to a healthy lifestyle.
Millersville wellness professor Dr. Lombardi lists the many benefits fruits and vegetables provide: “Fruits and vegetables are a great source of water, vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, and antioxidants. They also lower the risk of some cancers, some digestive problems, some eye problems, blood pressure, and heart disease and stroke.”
Whether juicing or not, the best thing you can do for your body is to include a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet.