Juice Detoxing: My Ultimate Journey
Going on a juice cleanse, or drinking nothing but pressed juices extracted from fruits and vegetables, has been all the rage lately. The idea sounds like a good one — combat the effects of a wild night out or a life of indulgent eating with a few days or weeks of “detox” to rid your body of lurking toxins. But is following a juice cleanse safe? Help me find out.
I have been an active vegetarian for 2 years. I switched to a vegetarian diet for environmental reasons. Nothing else. I had no idea the health benefits that would follow. My goodness. Cramps: gone! Migraines: gone! What I thought were allergy symptoms: gone! And I am more than ready to tackle this program head on.
The benefits of juicing are more anecdotal than scientifically based, but proponents of juicing are enthusiastic about it. Many claim that juicing vegetables and fruits allows you to absorb the nutrients easier than eating them since less digestive work is needed. Proponents also claim that following a juice-only diet can help your body detox, which may lead to more energy, clearer skin, and fewer digestive and other health issues. Which I completely bargain for.
The way I see it is this detox program is the promise of a clearer, less foggy mind, more nutrients in your diet, and possible healthier weight loss. And since we are what we eat, replacing processed foods high in saturated fat with fresh, organic produce can only help, and may even help determine if we are sensitive to any foods eliminated during the cleanse.
How does it work?
Well, its pretty much substituting 2 meals a day with a veggie/fruit juice that contains around 5 to 6 cups of fruits or vegetables in it. You can do it by completely substituting all of your meals , you can do it for a longer or shorter period. However you feel your body will adapt. Since I am already a vegetarian and I know my body’s reaction to change, I chose to trade 2 of my 5 daily meals for juice.
Here’s a cool info graphic to show you key ingredients to veggie juicing.
So this will be some kind of documentary about a woman’s 60-day juice diet and her subsequent healthy transformation (I hope). I will try to keep you guys posted on a weekly basis and 60 days from now I expect to give you the best review and encouragement to try it out!
Stay tuned fellas!