The Benefits Of Juice Cleansing
Juice cleansing is more popular now than ever and there’s good reason for this. Dietary theories come and go but juicing for health purposes has been around for thousands of years. Some of the first evidence of juicing comes from 150 BC where produce was pounded and mashed to extract small amounts of juice for healing purposes (and of course it was all organic back then). Juicing is not a new ‘fad’ or ‘hip’ theory. It is simply an efficient and powerful way to deliver concentrated nutrition into your system.
A juice cleanse is a period of time, usually 1, 2 or 3 days, where you consume only fresh, raw plant foods in the form of juice. Cold-pressed juice is considered the highest quality juice because of the slow compression process. I’m sure that 2000 years ago it may have been an even slower process of smashing and mashing. Most home juicers are very efficient but considered sub-par to cold-pressed as far as the nutritional benefits. If you choose to juice at home be sure to consume your juice within one hour because centrifugal and mastication-type juicers heat the nectar mildly which compromises the cellular structure of the enzymes within the juice. When home juicing becomes a hassle, pick your juice up from a 100% organic, cold-pressed juice bar.
An Important Note on Juice cleansing
PLEASE only use 100% organic and raw produce for your juice cleanses. When you juice non-organic produce you are putting concentrated chemicals into your beautiful body. Yuck! This is exactly the toxins you are trying to flush out.
So, why a juice cleanse? Our top reasons:
1. Your Body Needs a Break
The digestion of food takes up more energy than you may think. Consuming only organic, cold-pressed juice gives your digestive system an opportunity to rest from the work you put it through daily. This gives your body more energy for healing, eliminating toxins and restoring cells. You are setting your system up to recharge itself.
2. Pump It Up
Your immunity that is. Now that the obstacles of digestion are gone the powerful nutrition from vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals and antioxidants are efficiently absorbed into your cells. According to Dr. Joel Fuhrman author of The Super Immunity Diet, “Juicing can help with headaches, elevated cholesterol, high blood pressure, asthma, heart disease, colitis, lupis, autoimmune disease (like arthritis, digestive problems and skin conditions) and help unleash the natural healing power of the body”. Pump up your immunity and take your health into your own hands.
3. Let It Go
Juice cleansing will help rid your body of heavy metals and toxins. ‘When you eliminate toxins from your system, your entire body feels better and reacts both internally and externally’, says New York-based registered dietitian, Stephanie Middleberg. Even if you eat impeccably you still absorb toxins from the air, skin products, cleaning products, fabrics, plastics, etc. Flooding your cells with organic nutrition will move these from your body leaving it detoxified and restored.
4. Settle Down
One of the best things about juice cleansing is the oxygenation from chlorophyll which improves circulation and therefore helps settle down inflammation. Inflammation can present as physical pain but it will often be silent within your cells and lead to a multitude of health problems. Inflammation, which is damage to your cells and arterial walls, can be caused by physical injury, poor dietary habits, sedentary lifestyle, pollutants, infections and/or toxin build-up. A juice cleanse is a great way to start healing your body of inflammation and send you on the road to recovery.
5. Somebody Stop Me!
Yahoo!!! Probably the most common reason people choose to cleanse is more physical ENERGY!!! Juicing is all about efficiency. Nutrients are efficiently delivered to your cells supporting your metabolism and increasing your physical stamina. Juice cleansing will also keep you properly hydrated. Without food slowing you down and with juice adding nutrient-based hydration, your energy level will get a big, bold, boost.
6. I Can See Clearly Now
Often people don’t know they are mentally foggy until they have mental clarity. The feeling of crystal clear thought and the ability solve problems in a calm, centered manner without distraction is very common feedback. Because you are absorbing high levels of nutrition, your system is stimulated and oxygenated and this leads to calm energy, improved focus and the ability to relax without feeling sluggish.
7. Lighten Up
Juice cleansing is a great way to jumpstart a healthy eating regime with a weight loss goal in mind or if you just want to feel lighter. Negative cravings are often eased and the desire to eat healthy food is increased. Joe Cross, creator of “Sick Fat & Nearly Dead” and author of “Juice It, To Lose It: Lose Weight & Feel Great” lost over 100 pounds, went off several medications and healed a rare autoimmune disease. His life changed dramatically and he is now a wellness advocate who shares his message about the powerful benefits of juice cleansing to the masses. Joe’s story is not unique.
8. A Happy, Juicy Life
Drinking healthy, raw juice helps regulate and balance blood sugar and as a result, elevates mood. You may experience euphoric feelings and deep contentment that helps in every area of your life. Clair Georgiou, Naturopath, B.HSc ND explains, “My juicing clients actually experience greater contentment and happiness…reducing moodiness and energy crashes”. Need to turn that frown upside down? Add a few juices to your day or try a 1, 2 or 3-day juice cleanse.
9. The Simple Truth
So we now know there are many reasons to cleanse with juice. A few more not mentioned thus far include better skin, better elimination, improved sleep, higher libido and the list goes on. The simple truth is, juicing makes you healthier and adds quality to your life. Boom!
My advice…don’t believe everything you read, try it for yourself. Take your health to the next level and see how your body responds to an organic juice cleanse.
Note: Before starting any cleanse, make sure to consult your physician, especially if you have a medical condition like diabetes. Also, don’t participate if you’re pregnant or nursing. Juice cleanses are also not a substitute for medical diagnoses or treatment.
Questions, comments, concerns, queries, conundrums? Don’t hesitate to ask.
Yours in health,
JUSU Holistic Nutritionist