Juice Cleanses - Healthy Or Over-Rated?

Yesterday I embarked on a juice cleanse. Although this wasn’t my first juice cleanse, I can assure you that it will be my last. The day started out well, I enjoyed a delicious green juice for breakfast and was a happy camper. As the day went on, I tried to sip my second juice, but it was sweet! It gave me a terrible headache and took me until about 4 o’clock to finish. By 4, I realized how far behind I was and tried to drink up my lemon cayenne juice. By 7 o’clock, I felt like utter crap. My body was swarmed with sugar, I hadn’t had any water and I felt completely deprived. So you know what I did? I proudly raised my white flag (with a bag of pretzels in hand) and surrendered.

While I could have forced my body to keep going, I realized that I didn’t want to. I felt deprived, dehydrated and just plain terrible, how healthy can that be? As research proved, not so healthy.

Here’s what I found…

When eating whole fruit, the fiber (skin and pulp) helps the body to regulate the blood sugar during digestion. However, in order to make juice, the fiber-packed skins of the fruit are removed and the concentrate is extracted.Because the juice does not need to be digested the sugar goes straight to the blood stream causing blood sugar levels to sky rocket. In addition to sugar levels rising, the mind and body begin to crave food because the body is running on very little fiber. Without fiber, the body struggles with satiation or the feeling of being full.

In the end, I am not saying that juice is BAD. All that I am saying is that if you are looking to cleanse, try eating the real foods. Sure you won’t get the same amount of nutrients as juicing, but you’ll still feel pretty darn good and most importantly satisfied. Another great alternative for juice cleansing could be making smoothies. Smoothies incorporate the entire fruit and can pack in a great deal of nutrients!