The Ultimate Guide to Juice Cleanses

Juicing has been a very popular trend that’s not only tasty but good for your health as well. There are several benefits linked to juicing and it’s now very convenient to pick up a juice, anytime, anywhere. You can even make your own juices at home. But what is juicing exactly and how do you start? Let’s go back to the beginning, where juicing all began…. Lemonade was the first produced juice that dates back to 16th century Italy, as an import. The concept originally came from the Middle East. Orange juice didn’t come about until the 17th century. So why is juicing so important and should you hop on the bandwagon? Continue reading to find out…

Benefits of juicing

Not only is juicing delicious but it also has several benefits for the body:

·      Allows for quicker digestion and improved nutrient absorption rate into the body.

·      Leads to better detoxification and improved health.

·      Removes hard to digest fibers which in turn gives your stomach and intestines a rest.

·      If you can’t get your kids to eat their greens, give this a try.

Before you begin any type of detox or cleanse you should always assess your health first and foremost. Drinking juice causes a rapid rise in blood sugar. If you are an individual that keeps up with a healthy nutritional diet on a daily basis, trying a juice cleanse might not be a bad idea. Consult with a doctor or nutritionist before starting to make sure it is safe for you.

What is cleansing and how do you do it?

Juicing is a “detox” diet that lasts anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. During this time, you only consume fruit and vegetable juices to achieve proper nutrition while cutting out regular food. By cleansing, you’re basically pushing the restart button on your body. Through drinking juice and cutting out the foods you would normally eat every day, your body goes through several motions to adjust and “reset.” For starters, your metabolism slows down. By not reaching your caloric needs, which for most is around 1,200 calories a day, your body goes into conservation mode. Eventually you will experience caffeine withdrawal, weakness, headaches and low energy.

Although you may feel these not so great effects from juicing, the outcome is worth it. If you decide to jump on the juice train, listen to what your body is telling you. If you decide to juice for a few days or even weeks, power through and think of the way you’ll feel afterwards. Weight loss, increased energy, decrease in pain and improved sleep are just some of the benefits from this type of detox. After cleansing you should keep up with a balanced diet to continue to feel the benefits from the cleanse.

Juicing recipes for beginners

If you want to try your own juice cleanse at home but don’t know where to start, here are a few simple, delicious recipes to try:

Green Goddess Juice

·      3 celery stalks

·      ½ large cucumber, cut into quarters

·      1 medium green apple, cut into eighths

·      1 medium pear, cut into eighths

Ginger Zinger Juice

·      2 medium apples, cut into eighths

·      5 carrots

·      ½ inch fresh ginger

·      ¼ lemon, remove peel

Antioxidant Blast Juice

·      2 medium beets, cut into quarters

·      1 cup blueberries

·      1 cup halved, hulled strawberries

Immune Booster Juice

·      2 oranges, quartered and remove peel

·      ¼ lemon, remove peel

·      1 medium apple, cut into eighths

·      ½ fresh ginger

Recipes courtesy of wholefully.com

If you would like Dr. Corey to assess your health or if you have any questions, contact Dr. Corey at 239-325-6504 or visit howardhealthandwellness.com.

 

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