Recently, diet fads like Atkins and South Beach have fallen off the radar in the world of health and fitness. But it seems a new trend is taking their place—juice cleanse diets.
In essence, juicing is extracting the juice from whole fruits and veggies. Most people choose to cleanse for weight loss and/or to detoxify the body. It may sound healthy, but the skepticism comes when a person is living off only juice and no whole foods.
The human body naturally detoxifies itself every day, eliminating and neutralizing toxins through the skin, lymph glands, lungs, kidneys, colon, and liver. But environmental toxins of life today, such as chemicals and pollutants in the air, are often more than an average human body can handle. When foreign substances enter into the body, it will store them outside of the elimination system, and they begin to build up in body fat.
In other words, if you just went on a European jaunt, and indulged in too much wine or gelato, or simply ate too much of the wrong foods, detoxifying for a short period of time through a juice cleanse diet may be the solution. A typical juice fast lasts 1 to 5 days; however, it is important to make sure that an only-juice cleanse is the right choice for your body. For many, cleanses including whole foods may be the best solution.1
1) The Blue Print Cleanse offers a few different levels of cleanses, depending on individual dietary history and preference. Level 1 is Renovation, and is recommended for new juice cleansers. It includes six bottles of juice per day: green juices, lemonade made with agave nectar, combination fruit juices, and cashew nut milk mixed with vanilla and cinnamon. Blue Print’s Level 2, the Foundation Cleanse, is similar to the Renovation cleanse; however, it’s more geared towards people who are already used to trying out new diets and maintaining an active lifestyle. Level 3, the Excavation Cleanse, is geared more towards people who are incredibly body conscious and already eat clean. It includes more of the vegetable juices, and less of the fruit juices. Blue Print is geared towards people with busy lives, who simply do not have the time to juice for every meal. Cleanse lengths vary depending on personal preference.
2) One three-day weekend juice cleanse was developed by a documentary filmmaker Joe Cross, who started juice cleansing as a way to lose 100 pounds, and to live a better life. However, his recommended cleanse includes whole foods (only fruits and veggies) at dinnertime. The rest of the three days include five juices, consisting of juices like Carrot Apple Ginger and the Mean Green, which includes kale, cucumbers, celery, apples, ginger, and lemon.
3) The 7-Day Juice Cleanse is a do-it-yourself plan, which calls for four to six juices per day, each with 16 to 20 ounces. The shopping list includes 13 different fruits and veggies, as well as garlic and ginger root, and it is recommended to take two trips to the grocery store. One warning of the cleanse, as well as many other similar cleanses, is there will be some dizziness and headaches, especially within the first few days of the cleanse, while the body is trying to adapt. While the juices are purely fruit and veggies, it’s acceptable to add spices like pepper, fresh mint, basil oregano, chives, or thyme, to give them a little kick.
If your body and mind desires, try out a juice cleanse, but make sure it’s tailored to fit your needs, physically and emotionally. Talk to your doctor or dietitian before moving forward with any juice fast to decide on the best cleanse to suit your lifestyle.