Do Juice Cleanses Work?

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You hear about all kinds of cleanses and even celebrities doing them, so then the public is more inclined to try them… but the real question is, do they work? Weather its all veggie juice, fruit juice or that lemon, cayenne pepper cleanse that Beyoncé did, we’ve heard of them all and how wonderful they are supposed to be. You can buy a juicer and make your own, buy them pre-made at health stores or even get them delivered to your door….

What they promise is extreme weight loss, detoxification, clearer skin and mind, better sleep and many other claims, but do they really do that???  From cleanses that are one day up to two weeks they all basically claim the same things. Sure it may seem like a good plan to “get you on track for a clean diet” but in reality its kind of dangerous and may even be harming you if you don’t know what your doing and/or not doing it properly.

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Ideally I wouldn’t recommend doing a cleanse for more than 3 days max (but that’s just me…) . No matter how many fruits and veggies you may juice yourself or the juices you purchase may contain there still is most likely a high amount of sugar in it. It lacks that amount of fat that you need in your diet to help you absorb those vitamins that come from the fruits and veggies your drinking. Also most juice fasts claim that you’ll get all the nutrients you need, when in reality it actually removes some nutrients that that whole fruit or veggie have.

Some of the antioxidants that the skin of some fruits carry (like the skin of an orange) gets lost when you juice, also since your juices aren’t carrying the fiber that some of the skins have, your blood sugar levels could spike since your body absorbs fructose sugar (sugar from fruit) easier. This could be dangerous if you have diabetes, or any other form of health concern you may or may not know about.

As far as loosing weight, its most likely water weight you will loose. And if you do drop a lot of weight in a quick amount of time, you more likely to gain it all back, slower weight loss is ideal. And here’s what really gets me…. even though they claim that the cleanse will help you detox and clean out your body…. “get rid of toxins”….. Your body is already super good that this for one, the liver and kidneys are great for getting rid of unwanted things through normal everyday bodily functions. Along with that, if your wanting to “get rid of all the crap” that you put into your body, why just not put it there? Why not just not eat crap that makes you feel sluggish and eat your fricken fruits and veggies and not have to worry about “detoxing”? LOL

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Also its expensive…. have you ever bought pre-made juices? The good ones are not cheep! Plus if you order them off a website there is shipping on top of that! Or if you were to buy a juicer, those can range up to $300, plus not to mention all the fruits and veggies you’ll have to use to make the juice, a bunch of spinach doesn’t go as far as you’d think.

So..back to the main question… should you do a juice cleanse? Well the question is up to you. I like to incorporate 1-2 juices here and there every once in a while, but not all day, and not everyday. It works for me, but you have to find what works for you. Some people feel that it helps them fight off cravings that they had in the past, so they like to do them to “start off a new diet”. Some people state that they feel like they have more energy or a clearer mind. . . . all in all, make it a short cleanse if you do one, you’re body needs more nutrients then just juice all day every day for a month. And as far as if you’re mainly doing it for weight loss purposes, you better off just eating a healthy diet because most of what you will loose throughout the cleanse is water weight.

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The Power of Spices and Herbs!

So technically spices and herbs are veggies in a dried up, crushed or shredded form. They contain millions of healthy antioxidants, flavors and are known to heal the body with things like Alzheimer’s to cancer! Plus they are calorie free!!! So add them to everything and have some fun. YAY

  • Oregano : Contains six macronutrients of vitamin K, which is bone building and tons of antioxidants. This little herb can also help with the stomach flu, so next time your tummy is hurting put a little in your soup. 🙂

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  • Sage : Helps with sore throats and also helps with memory.

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  • Curry Powder : Very anti-inflammatory is shown to protect against cancers such as breast cancer, colon and stomach cancer! Put it on your meats, soups and veggies.

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  • Parsley : Another one that prevents cancer… did I mention you should add spices to everything? lol. Clears toxins in the body and helps with water retention. Also helps with PMS ladies!

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  • Rosemary : Helps with heterocyclic amines… your probably asking “what the hell is that?!” .. They are free radicals that can cause cancer from cooking with a too high of a temperature when grilling and sautéing foods. Add some rosemary before you slap it on the grill and you’ll be better off since rosemary prevents the formation of these little suckers. 😛 Also helps with memory and mental alertness so next time you have to cram for a big test, put some on your salmon for dinner and you’ll be set!

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  • Cinnamon : Helps with blood sugar level, helps you metabolize glucose better and helps with hunger pains. Also can help with heart disease and diabetes too! I add cinnamon to all kind of stuff! Toast, oatmeal, coffee, in my almond butter.. you name it.. I love it!

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  • Nutmeg : Can prevent cavities! But also can help with anxiety, digestion and can help prevent wrinkles too!  Put it in coffee, add it to some chili.. YUM.

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  • Cumin : Tons of Iron in this little spice! Helps boost immune system so you’ll be less likely to get sick, boost your brain power and help with energy level.

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  • Cayenne Pepper : Put it in any Mexican dish to spice it up, put it in hummus or some chili. This spice and warm you up in the winter and rev up your metabolism to burn some extra calories!

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  • Ginger : Add to muffins, pancakes, waffles, oatmeal, and even ice cream. This can help with an upset stomach, help people pay attention better, help with memory and can also help  with muscle pain.

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  • Turmeric : Works as an anti- inflammatory agent as well. Reduces toxins and helps with any kind of joint pain you might have.

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  • Basil : I love me some pesto! But its known to booth the cardiovascular system, helps with headaches, fevers and calms nervousness.

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  • Thyme : can help with anti-aging and heart health, put it in your tea in the mornings 🙂

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  • Saffron : This is a very good spice if your depressed because it helps as an anti-depression like Prozac does. You can put it in rice dishes and pastas.

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