What Is A Juice Cleanse?

Fruits and vegetables are among the most important parts of a healthy diet. They provide nutrients and vitamins that you’ll be hard-pressed to find in any other food group and they contain plenty of antioxidants that pack an extra nutritional punch. After all, it’s no wonder that most nutritionists strongly recommend that we consume at least two servings of both fruits and vegetables per day.

How to Do a Juice Cleanse

The principles of a juice cleanse are simple. Most juice cleanses typically last between 3 to 10 days. 

Before the juice cleanse: It is important to set realistic expectations. For example, one may wish to reset their digestive system, curb sugar cravings, or lose weight. People on a juice cleanse tend to pee a lot, so it is recommended that you do it over the weekend at home.

During the juice cleanse: Drink at least six 16-ounce servings of cold-pressed juice within a window period of 10 hours. For example, consume one serving of juice every two hours from 8AM to 6PM. Increase the amount of juice if you need more calories to meet the body's basic energy requirements. Remember to drink plain water to stay hydrated. Beginners should consider stopping after three days and return to a regular diet.

After the juice cleanse: Eating snacks and smaller meals throughout the day helps people avoid feeling uncomfortable or nauseated. Incorporate nutritious foods such as whole fruits, sweet potatoes, oatmeal, and salads.

These juices are typically obtained via high-pressure processing of fruits and vegetables. This process, however, leaves behind the pulp. Some individuals advocate the consumption of the entire plant while others forgo the pulp. The decision is completely up to you; neither is right or wrong.

The amount of juice you consume on a juice cleans depends on several factors such as your age, weight, and gender. A juice cleanse may reduce the intake of complex carbohydrates, proteins, and fats, so it is important to keep this in mind before you partake. That said, this isn’t something to worry about; people typically consume enough fruits and vegetables on normal days to make up for the caloric deficit.

Benefits of a Juice Cleanse

Many advocates say that some of the benefits of doing a juice cleanse include the following:

  • By consuming more fruits and vegetables, you are also increasing your intake of vitamins and minerals. These additional nutrients may promote overall health and wellness.
  • Because juices consumed from anti-inflammatory fruits and vegetables (such as turmeric for instance) may boost the immune system, you may experience positive effects such as feeling more energetic and lively throughout the day.  
  • In our day-to-day lives, we are unlikely to regularly consume the minimum amount of fruits and vegetables needed. By actively seeking to consume more fruits and vegetables, we are making sure our body is constantly getting the nutrients it needs for healthy maintenance.
  • Consuming more fruits and vegetables may promote the development of healthy bacteria in our gut, which  may enhance better digestion and lead to overall good health.

Juice cleanse enthusiasts may also have additional health goals they are seeking to improve. For instance, some suggest juice cleanses as a healthy way of promoting quick weight loss. Because generally, fruits and vegetables contain fewer calories than processed foods, you may consume fewer calories over the period of the diet in comparison to that of a similar volume of food that you may normally consume.

Nevertheless, it is important to note that you should carefully monitor your health and speak with a trusted physician before embarking on a juice cleanse. If you have an iron deficiency for instance, you may find that a juice cleanse may not provide the required mineral in sufficient quantities and may lead to a deterioration of your condition.

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