Have you ever tried a Juice Cleanse? I just finished a (one day) cleanse yesterday! Wondering if a juice cleanse is for you? If it even works? All good questions! I’ll try to give you everything you need to know about juice cleanses! First some background information:
A juice cleanse means drinking nothing but pressed juices extracted from fruits and vegetables. It can last from 1-5 days. Some of the most popular Juice Cleanses include Jus by Julie and Blueprint, and many juice stores sell their own cleanse programs like Cleanjuice and GrabbaGreen. I’ve only tried two. They are Jus by Julie and CleanJuice.
How it works: You pick up a carton of 6 juices. They are numbered 1-6 and you are supposed to drink them in order (but sometimes I honestly skip around in order).
Usually the greener juices are earlier in the day and the sweeter ones are later in the day.
The Research: The lack of peer-reviewed studies on the effects of juicing has led to conflicting information about whether it’s really all that good for you. It's been agreed that going on a juice fast is completely unnecessary for ridding your body of "toxins". Our liver and kidneys are already effective at eliminating any unneeded waste!
HOWEVER giving up junk foods and processed ingredients can only help (by giving your digestive system a break). So if you stop eating crap and do a cleanse..yes it's healthier! Not because of the juice, but because of the lack of crap you are consuming.
A juice-based diet can be a good way of getting more phytonutrients (if you don't normally have a lot of fruits and vegetables in your diet). The act of mentally going on a "detox" can also help jump-start a commitment to a healthier diet or routine.
The Downside: Depending on your juice program: you might experience dehydration, nausea, or fatigue (especially if you are caffeine dependent). They can also cause you to miss out on other much-needed nutrients (fiber and protein mostly). All valid concerns! But again: if you do it for a day it’s nothing to get too worked up about.
So why do I do it? It’s actually kind of fun! It makes the day really easy because I don’t have to plan any meals for the day, cook anything, or debate where I'll go to pick up lunch. By the end of the day I feel lighter and just “better”. I DO add more to my diet than just the 6 juices. Yesterday I had 2 Kombuchas (also all natural with nothing artificial), an apple, and some handfuls of raw mixed nuts throughout the day. I’d recommend adding any whole and unprocessed food or drink (so raw mixed nuts, fruits, veggies, unsweetened soda water etc). A juice cleanse is an effective way (for me) to jumpstart a healthy routine and to at least MENTALLY feel like I am hitting a "refresh" button.
Questions I usually get about a Juice Cleanse:
1) Will I lose weight? – I didn’t and I usually don’t.. but some people do. You shouldn’t’ go on a cleanse to lose weight. It’s not a magic pill to make you drop a ton of weight.
2) Can you exercise while on a cleanse?-You can.. but it’s not a lot of fun. You’ll need to supplement with extra nutrition if you want to exercise. The juices just give you bare minimum (calories wise) for a typical person's basal metabolic rate (about 1,200 calories). I didn’t exercise yesterday, but I taught 4 Pure Barre classes. According to my Garmin Vivoactive watch I covered 5 miles throughout the day so there's that.
3)How many days do you recommend people go on a juice cleanse?- So I’m not a Registered dietitian nor nutritionist and this is out of my scope of practice, but I’d only recommend 1 day juice cleanse if you are only going to do juice. Maybe you can do a 3 day cleanse if you juice until dinner and then have a healthy dinner at night.
Any other questions? Comment below!