After an especially indulgent week, the thought of doing a juice cleanse can be appealing. Celebrities such as Selma Hayak, Jessica Alba, Sofia Vergara, and Gwyneth Paltrow swear by them. Just a few days of drinking juice, and you are suddenly healthier. Below are just a few of the health benefits you can receive.
1) Rest the stomach
Juices are easier for the stomach to digest, so it works less to extract nutrients. This can be a big benefit for people on acid-suppressing drugs, or who just want to give their stomach a break after a season of indulgence.
2) Appetite reduction
Although you may think juicing shrinks your stomach, it just feels like it does. However, what juicing does is eliminate the habit of eating for comfort and makes you feel fuller with less food than you might normally eat. This gives you a psychological boost when trying to change your eating habits.
3) Easy food decision-making
Juice cleanses eliminate the need to think constantly about what you will eat at your next meal. Not only do you feel sated when drinking fresh, organic juices, you can begin to see that you don’t have to be controlled by the desire for unhealthy food.
4) Super nutrition
An all-produce eating plan gives you not only the essential vitamins and minerals your body needs, but also important phytonutrients that help keep your system healthy. Juices are raw food, so they retain nutrients that are destroyed by cooking, such as some B vitamins and enzymes.
5) Weight loss
It’s not just vanity—maintaining a healthy weight is critically important—the health risks of obesity are enormous. You’ll lose weight on a juice cleanse—some is water bloat and some is fat—because you are consuming less calories. There is data that suggests that fasting or severely reducing calories for short periods of time may have benefits such as improved metabolism and cognitive function. And for those who struggle with reducing calories on a regular basis, rebooting with a juice cleanse is appealing.
6) Improved energy
After an initial adjustment period, usually about a day into the juice cleanse, many people say they have more energy and clarity than they did when they were consuming frequent caffeine drinks.
7) Maximum detoxification
Juice cleanses support the body’s natural detox process by providing super-nutrient dense food. This gives the body more of the resources it needs to detoxify and it helps remove toxins that have accumulated in the body. Americans on average have 147 industrial chemicals in their bloodstream.
If you are not ready to go all the way with juice cleanses, try adding an organic cold-pressed juice to your daily DeliverLean meal plan to make your next serving of fruit and vegetables enjoyably delicious.