WHY BOTHER CLEANSING?
It gives the stomach and digestive system a break.
Juices require less of the stomach's digestive processing (churning, acid, and pepsin) than do solid foods. They also allow nutrients to be assimilated quickly through the intestine, giving the digestive system a much-needed break while at the same time rapidly absorbing vital vitamins and minerals.
It gives the liver a break.
The liver is the body’s main detoxifying organ. Every bit of food that is absorbed through the intestinal wall moves through the liver for detoxification before entering the rest of the body. The problem is that we sometimes take in too many toxins for our liver to effectively handle, and those toxins end up stored in our cells (mostly our fat cells), wreaking havoc on the rest of our body. A juice cleanse, especially one with organic fruits and vegetables, allows the liver a brief resting period to repair itself and catch up on its processes.
It reduces the appetite.
Although it may feel like it, juicing doesn’t actually shrink the stomach. Instead, it breaks the nasty habit of emotional eating and conditions you to feel satisfied with less food. This is a key psychological and behavioral factor for weight loss and healthy living.
It eliminates harmful foods.
A juice detox eliminates processed foods, dairy, wheat, gluten, coffee, and alcohol from the diet. For people who are sensitive to these foods, abstaining from them, then reintroducing them into the body can shed light on important, life- changing digestive issues.
It nourishes our bodies with super-nutrition.
When we consume a raw diet, we get not only important vitamins and minerals but also the phytonutrients that are powerhouses for the detoxification and healing process. Juices retain nutrients that would be destroyed by cooking and that our bodies absolutely love.
It helps us lose weight.
You will inevitably be consuming fewer calories and carbs and less fat and sugar during a juice cleanse, which means you will lose weight IF you maintain a healthy diet after the cleanse (obviously, an unhealthy diet can quickly undo any good the cleanse did for your body). Some of the weight you lose will be water weight, but some will also be fat. A juice cleanse also helps control appetite and cravings while supplying the body with a more concentrated shot of energizing and healing nutrients.
It heals our cells.
Moving to an organic plant-based diet allows cells to work effectively to re-establish proficient internal processes. The mitochondria are able to create energy without having to fight off a glut of free radicals and inflammation and many of the impediments of proper DNA functioning are reduced.
A juice cleanse is NOT recommended
for those who:
Are on medication to control blood pressure
Are on blood sugar or diabetes medication
Are pregnant or breastfeeding
Have recently undergone or will soon undergo surgery
Are taking anticoagulant or antiplatelet medication