Juice cleanses - Some questions answered
How often should I juice cleanse?
If a juice cleanse is the direction you decide to go in, try to limit it to three to five days once a month. Some people do it every Monday, just for the day, after a guilt-food-ridden weekend. Others do a three-day cleanse at the end of every season.
Is a juice cleanse the quick fix I am looking for to lose weight?
A quick fix solution to losing weight is never the way to go. But we understand how sometimes life throws us a curveball when we have to look great for that reunion or upcoming party. As far quick weight-loss tricks go, a juice cleanse is probably one of the safest. You aren’t ingesting any chemicals or sketchy fat-burners, so apart from withdrawals from caffeine and sugar, your side effects will be mild. Bear in mind though, the weight you lose is water weight and you will likely gain it back when you start eating normally again.
Are all juicers the same?
We have noted that juice cleanses are criticised for removing some vital fibre from the fruits and vegetables in the juicing process. When it comes to preparing juices for a cleanse, there are a variety of juicers on the market, the most common are centrifugal and masticating juicers.
Masticating juicers are more expensive, this is because they knead the fruit and vegetables at a slow speed, with no spinning action. This allows all of the nutrients to be extracted from the food, replicating the action we make in chewing our food.
Centrifugal juicers, on the other hand, use a high-speed spinning movement to grind the fruit and vegetables into a pulp, squeezing all the juice out into a separate container. Masticating juicers are considered a healthier way to juice food, as centrifugal juicers strip away many of the needed nutrients and fibre.
If you are looking into doing regular juice cleanses but don’t have a juicer as yet, it is well-worth investing in a masticating juicer in order for your body to get the nutrients and fibre it needs.