To juice or not to juice?

New Year’s resolutions are around the corner and getting healthy is on top of almost everyone’s list. From getting in shape to career goals, it’s time to reset your focus and make sure you’re still heading in the right life direction. It’s the time people try new things and vow to commit to something that’ll change their lives for the better. 

But should you reset your health with a good old juice cleanse? It’s a controversial topic, frequently discussed by doctors as well as the fitness industry. In this article, we look at the pros and cons of the juice cleanse trends as well as tackle some of the most frequently asked questions. 

So what exactly is a juice cleanse? 

People on a juice cleanse typically only consume juice in order to quickly gain nutrients and get more energy. The cleanses normally go from two to ten days. The process of juice cleansing is pretty straightforward – you gather fruits and vegetables that are high in vitamins and minerals and juice them. 

There are different types of juice cleansing, including sole juicing, combining your juice diet with supplements, combining it with colonic procedures, and drinking juices alongside other diets that tend to promote weight loss or a specific nutrition-boosting lifestyle.

While you don’t have to drink only juices, many juice cleanse diets recommend sticking to liquids to fully detox your body.

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Many experts agree that the correct combination of various fruits and vegetables can provide you with a daily intake of 1,310 calories. Along with some staple recipes, you can also create your very own unique flavors and combinations.

Some of the most frequent juice cleanse blends include:

  • Spinach – A source of many vitamins as well as iron, spinach is one of the richest vegetables. 
  • Kale – Containing huge amounts of fiber and other wellbeing-boosting vitamins, Kale comes close second as one of the most-used vegetables for juicing.
  • Ginger – Used to spice up the recipe with flavors, ginger also comes with plenty of medicinal properties.
  • Apples – Rich with antioxidants and dietary fiber, apples remain one of the healthiest fruit choices.

You can also add mint, celery, oranges, and practically any ingredient you can think of to your juices to test new flavors. 

Pros and cons of juice cleansing 

Due to the nutritional benefits of each individual ingredient, it’s assumed that when mixed together and consumed regularly, these will boost your health levels. It is also believed that the juices help to remove toxins from your body and improve your digestion. Certain ingredients may also aid you with digestion and further boost your immunity from sicknesses. 

Surprisingly, according to Health.com, a juice cleanse may not have as many benefits as we think it does. Doctors state that our bodies are already equipped with all necessary functions that fight off the toxins, including our liver. Consuming large doses of juice may also harm those with kidney disorders and cause further kidney damage

“The reality is that your body is a detoxification machine, fully built with its own elaborate way of ridding toxins and unwanted chemicals.” – Sharon Horesh Bergquist, MD, assistant professor of medicine at the Emory School of Medicine. 

So, what type of juice cleanse should you choose? Should you go with ready-made company juices, delivered to your doorstep, or make them yourself? What you choose depends on your lifestyle and commitment levels – if you don’t want to invest in your own juicer, it’s better to subscribe to a juicing service. If you prefer to make your own flavors, purchase a quality juicer for the best results. Whatever you choose, it is important to make sure you are committing to a juice cleanse for the right reasons, without overwhelming your body.

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