What is a juice cleanse or “juicing?” Most juice cleanses entail you consuming juice and juice only for all or most meals, typically lasting anywhere from 3 to 7 days. Many may think of this as a juice fast or going a period of time without solid, intact whole foods while most of your calories come from fruits and vegetables. Basically, fruits and vegetables are processed through a juicing machine and the pulp, fiber, seeds, pits, etc. are left behind while you drink the vitamins, minerals and water coming from the juice. If using a blender, the fiber and skins of the fruits/vegetables are most likely still consumed. The health claims usually include the following: weight loss, “detox”, reducing risk of cancer, boost your immune system, and reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Just like any other fad diet or super miracle product, if it sounds too good to be true, it is most likely too good to be true. A few things to keep in mind in regards to juicing:
I love this scene from the movie, Mean Girls, where Regina George is encouraged to try Kalteen bars to lose weight. However, she later realizes they are the culprit to her weight gain. This is my way of encouraging you to be skeptical of certain fads, super foods, or miracle 3-7 day “detox” plans.