Juice detox benefits and review
Do you ever have those moments when you feel like you need to get away from it all? No cellphones ringing, no TV blaring, no emails or social networking. Sometimes it’s nice to get away from the busy 24/7 society we live in and just relax and enjoy the peace and quiet that nature has to offer. We call this a vacation but actually it’s a detox. The word detox often gets a bad wrap but really it’s just a special treatment that helps a person to stop using a product or substance.
Why am I doing a juice detox?
Most people juice in an effort to lose weight, improve their diet and eliminate the unhealthy foods they currently consume. This is not the case for me. I am at a healthy weight and I already eat a 100% organic plant based diet full of a variety of fresh, seasonal foods. So why do I want to do a juice detox? Bottom line — I’ve stopped listening to my body to give me cues. I eat breakfast, lunch and dinner everyday and mindlessly eat what is on my plate. Often times throughout the week I find myself feeling like I ate too much food. My life is busy and hectic and I’m putting most of my effort into outside influences and I’ve lost focus on my body. I want to give my body a break from the hurried eating routine that I’ve gotten myself into.
The benefits of juice detox?
While my main reason for doing a juice detox is to give me a chance to focus on my body there are other benefits that I’m looking forward to. Often times during a juice detox you will find that after the first day or so that you have an increase in energy, a clearer mental focus and a reduction in junk food cravings. While I eat a very healthy diet I still crave (and often times overeat) my fair share of desserts. A cookie is still a cookie even if it’s made with whole wheat flour and coconut crystals! Clearer skin and relief from chronic health issues are also well known benefits of juice detox.
The side effects?
If juice detoxing is so great wouldn’t everyone be doing it? I certainly don’t want anyone to assume that juice detoxing is some easy thing that you can wake up one morning and decide to do! While there are definite benefits to doing a juice detox, there are side effects as well. As with any type of detox the first few days usually present the same common symptoms – headaches (you’re more likely to experience headaches if your diet contains a lot of caffeine, sugar or salt), nausea, dizziness and sometimes bad breath. You’re also likely to have frequent urination (I drink a lot a water so this is something I have everyday), diarrhea and fatigue (this is a side effect you experience in the beginning, by the end you should have a vast increase in energy).
What do I need to have in order to start a juice detox?
First and foremost — you need a juicer! There are a variety of juicers on the market and picking the right one can seem daunting. Here is an article about the different types of juicers that are available that should help point you in the right direction. I have an Omega 8005 Juicer that I will be using for my juice detox. I currently use my juicer everyday and am very pleased with it. Aside from having a juicer you’ll want to load up with fresh fruits and vegetables. Some of my favorites are spinach, apples, kale, collard greens, blueberries, strawberries and carrots. Skip the bananas as they are not able to be juiced and if you have a sensitive stomach you’ll want to limit the amount of citrus fruits you use.
Juicing vs blending?
You might be wondering if you can still do a juice detox if you own a blender and not a juicer. Technically yes, there will just be a bit more work involved. When you juice your food you are eliminating the fiber from the foods and you decrease your digestion to almost zero. By placing your foods in a blender you are not eliminating any of the fiber and your body will need to digest the ‘juice’ the same way as if you were to eat it raw. To work around this issue you will need to strain the blended juice before drinking any of it. Use a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth to remove all of the pulp from the juice.
Do I need to peel my fruit and vegetables before juicing?
Generally, if you buy organic produce you can leave the peel intact. Non-organic foods should be peeled or at least washed thoroughly. Citrus fruits should be peeled because the rind tastes bitter and may contain pesticides, but you can leave the white pith. Hard “pit” seeds such as peach, plum, and cherry must be removed first. Apple seeds do contain a small amount of a cyanide compound so I recommend coring your apples before juicing.
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