While juice cleanses may seem as though they are a new phenomena, they have actually been around for many hundreds of years. Many religions use a cleanse or a fast as part of a healing, regenerating, focusing or repentance ritual. Modern juice cleanses are used for a multitude of reasons.
Some of the ways in which they have been claimed to work include helping with; weight loss, detoxification, healing, addiction and focus of the mind.
Classic Green Juice: A popular juice cleanse recipe involving kale and apples
Essentially the Juice cleanse diet is a fast. If a participant sticks to a strict juice cleanse they have a reduced caloric intake of 1000 – 1200 calories per day. Particular combinations of fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices are made to encourage different reactions.
There are hundreds of different juice cleanses available. While some of the plans and recipes are available online, many of them have also been commercially packaged, delivered and include vitamin supplements.
The commercially available juice cleanses are more often than not marketed and made popular by celebrities. Some examples include; Gweneth Paltrow – Organic Avenue, Salma Hayak – Cooler Cleanse, Sarah Jessica Parker – BluePrintCleanse
A Juice cleanse can be done for three days to three weeks. Some use it as an intermittent part of their regular diet, cleansing for 3 – 4 days a week. There are generally three phases to a juice cleanse;
New to juicing? If you're interested in doing a juice cleanse you'll need to obtain a juicer that will remove the juice from the fruits and vegetables and leave the dry leftovers to be easily discarded. Make sure you choose a juicer that can easily handle all the fruits and vegetables in the diet including kale.
Kale is one of the worlds healthiest foods and can be added to just about any juice diet, as long as your juicer can handle it.
Three popular choices are;
Drinking green juice morning is one of the best ways you can protect your health and maintain a healthy body, as well as immune system.
Classic Green Juice
There are pros and cons to doing a juice cleanse. Depending on a participant’s mindset, it can be extremely beneficial or detrimental to a person’s ongoing weight loss and weight management.
Juice cleanse participants can lose a lot of weight very quickly. It’s a great way to get ready for a particular event like a party or a wedding. It can make a participant feel more confident and positive after seeing a change in their appearance. It can also be a good kick-start to a healthier lifestyle.
On the other hand, it’s hard. It’s hard to stick to a strict diet of juices, even over a short period of three days. Often those who do an intense juice cleanse will then return to their regular diet and exercise regime. Even though participants may lose weight and feel healthy and inspired, if their regular diet is high in fats and sugar, they will regain the weight almost immediately, with the added problem of having slowed their regular metabolism through fasting.
Juice clensing can be very hard on the first day but it works. I lost 5lbs in 3 days. However by the fourth day I started missing solid food again. I wouldn't recommend doing this for more than 3 days straight. ~Robert from Melbourne
The juice cleanse diet can be a good idea for those who are motivated and can stay committed to a healthy, clean lifestyle. For those who have trouble sticking to a clean diet, it’s probably best to steer clear.