A top nutritionist from the U.S. Department of Agriculture has reported that opinion is divided as to whether the so-called juice cleanse actually works, and whether it really is necessary. Research has shown that the gastro-intestinal tract (GI) is set up to naturally detox, especially when a healthy diet is followed which includes plenty of fibre.
There is nothing wrong with drinking juice, but it is less healthful than eating fruit and veggies in their natural state which are packed with vitamins, minerals and fibre. A juice cleanse does not involve carton juices from the supermarket. Instead it requires expensive blends of fruit and veggies, which can be economically prepared at home if you have a blender. To get a beneficial effect, you will need to take about 500ml of the concoction every few hours.
There will be some benefits, but not everyone agrees that an all-liquid diet or juice cleanse is a way to real wellness.
Do people need to detox to be healthy?
The body is in a constant state of detox mainly through the functions of the liver, kidneys and the GI tract. These organs collectively help to remove toxins and harmful substances from the body. Maintain a healthy diet to keep them functioning effectively.
Will a cleanse improve my energy level and will I lose weight?
A juice cleanse will eliminate water from the body which will reflect as weight loss on the scale. But this is not FAT LOSS and the water will come back with time to reach a normal level which could show a false weight gain reading on the scale.
Sometimes cleansing can lead to side effects such as a lack of energy due to a sudden drop in blood sugar. Once you begin to eat normally again and follow a balanced, healthy diet your energy level will be restored and quite possibly improve.
Why do so many celebrities rave about the results of a body cleanse?
People in the public eye always enthuse about their participation (and success) in the latest fad diet. It brings attention and publicity to their persona than actual permanent results.
When the “ordinary people” hear about the hype, they all want to do the same, in spite of the fact that most dieticians do not recommend these cleanses or so-called detox diets, which only offer a quick fix.
Something to remember.
Many nutritionists agree that although cleansing may produce promising short-term results, the long-term benefits are actually minimal.
Some people may experience a psychological boost from a detox which could motivate them to adopt healthier eating habits in the future.
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