What Is A Juice Cleanse?

Fruits and vegetables are amongst the most important parts of our diets. They provide nutrients and vitamins that you’ll be hard-pressed to find in any other food group and they contain plenty of healthy agents (such as antioxidants) that may have positive effects on the state of your body. After all, it’s no wonder that most nutritionists strongly recommend that we consume two servings of both fruits and vegetables per day.

How to Do a Juice Cleanse

It’s these principles that largely lead many juice cleanse advocates to promote juice cleanses as a short-term diet to promote certain health outcomes. The principles of a juice cleanse are simple, over the course of a very short period (mostly 3 to 10 days, dependent on your desired goals), you will consume nothing, but juices obtained from fruits and vegetables.

These juices are typically obtained by squeezing them out of fruits and vegetables and disposing of the pulp, though some hardliners may also advocate for the consumption of the entire plant by blending the desired ingredients instead. The amount of juice you consume is dependent on several factors, such as your age, weight, and gender, but you typically consume many more fruits and vegetables than you would on normal days to make up for the caloric deficit caused by cutting out complex carbohydrates, proteins, and fats from your diet.

Benefits of a Juice Cleanse         

Juice cleanse advocates typically make the case that the benefits of a juice cleanse are as follows:

  • 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.
  • By consuming more fruits and vegetables we may promote the development of healthy bacteria in our gut that may promote better digestion and overall good health.

Juice cleanse advocates 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.

That said 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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