Juice Fasting: all it's juiced up to be?

Juice Fasting: all it's juiced up to be?

The idea of detoxification, purification and cleansing our bodies is not new. And the latest trendy way of doing this is the Juice Cleanse.

Beautiful cosmetic-style bottles of delicious sounding juices that come in colour-coordinated sets, offer to reinvigorate, revitalise and cleanse even the most die-hard of burger fans while eating into a substantial whack of your monthly pay packet.

What is a juice cleanse?

You can choose a juice plan which lasts from one to ten days, depending on how dedicated you are to shun solid foods from your life, and depending where you get your juices from.

Plenish, one Juice Cleanse brand, claims that “by consuming raw, organic green juices while eliminating processed sugars, coffee and alcohol, meat and too much cooked food, you assist your system in becoming an oxygen-drenched alkaline one which will help reduce inflammation and boost immunity and health.”

And the Juice Cleanse has quite the celebrity following – but then of course, they can afford it. Daniel Craig, Ryan Gosling, Rachel Weiss and Collin Farrell are all fans of the Liquiteria Juice Cleanse, one of the more affordable plans which clocks in at around $33 to $65 dollars each day. Due to its special cold-process method, the Liquiteria juices "could" contain three to five times more vitamins, minerals and enzymes than brands using different procedures.

In Plenish’s “Juice Boutique”, you can pick and mix your juices, priced at around £13.50 per juice, for bottles exotically named “sweet sexy green” and containing things like pear, cucumber, romaine, spinach, kale, basil and broccoli, or “pineapple2”, containing pineapple, apple, mint and aloe vera.

Urban Remedy offer juice plans that range from $74.99 for a one-day plan, to a whopping $374.95 for a five-day plan. That’s a hell of a lot more than buy a family pack of Tropicana, so there must be a whole lot of goodness in those little juices.

Urban Remedy qualify those high prices with the promise of an all over revitalizing boost. It claims “While your digestive system gets a rest from heavy meals and processed foods, your body gets a super infusion of healing nutrients. A cleanse can help you detox, shed weight, rebuild on the cellular level and bring out your skin’s natural glow. It’s a great way to reboot your health and kick-start a program from healthier living.”

So how exactly does it work?

Well, here’s the science folks.... or at least, here’s what the juice companies say we should do:

Three days before the cleanse, you drink eight glasses of water a day.

During the cleanse start the day with water and fresh lemon, and then drink six juices in 2 hour increments.

Three days after the cleanse, add in greens and fruits and drink eight glasses of water. The next day add in gluten-free grains and nuts, and then the following day bring in fish, meat and gluten-free grains. The idea is at this stage to form new, healthy eating patterns.

Does it work?

Well, it really depends what you want it to do. Form better eating patterns? Probably. Help you look like a super-model? Probably not.

Although the science still can’t prove that detoxing and cleansing actually works, it’s not to say that it won’t make you feel and behave in a more healthy way. That’s no bad thing, just make sure you don’t become obsessive over juicing. It’s meant to be a short-term plan. Don’t forget to eat like a proper human being when you’re done!

 


The Author

Laura Briggs

Laura loves running, Pilates and Yoga, and is forever trying to find the time to fit these activities into her life around a busy family. When she's got time to herself you might find her knitting, or in the kitchen trying out an elaborate recipe - healthy of course!.

Comments

Elliot M.
4 March 2015

Elliot M.

I think the fancy packaging and promise of cleansing can be a bit misleading. Not eating is just silly if you ask me - just eat your five a day and stick to whole fruits. Juice is also packed with sugar. Rotting teeth ahoy!

Sasha B.
4 March 2015

Sasha B.

Personally, I think smoothies are much better for you, You use the whole fruit and can even add spinach, kale, nuts etc, Nothing wasted.

Matthew C.
3 March 2015

Matthew C.

Juices are going to be short-lived. They are expensive and unnaturalm and raise blood sugar levels too much. Stick to the whole fruit.

Tom D.
28 February 2015

Tom D.

I'm really not keen on any of these diet trends. My wife absolutely loves juicing but just trying one of her creations was enough to put me off - I'm sure it's good for some people, but not me!

Sarah L.
28 February 2015

Sarah L.

yes, I'd agree with that - and those are some rather pricey juices! I try to keep an open mind but for now, I'll stick to using my teeth on the fruit and veg.

Trevor D.
28 February 2015

Trevor D.

sorry folks, but check out the SenseAboutScience campaign on the subject of detox. You may find it illuminating...

peter j.
28 February 2015

peter j.

There is an author on juice cleansing? If this is supposed to be a specialists subject, then it is my speciality. As I try to get by in London, sometimes I am paid late so I am a master of juice dieting. I regularly buy the cheaper Tesco, Aldi, Asda or Co-op banana and strawberry smoothies, Copella apple juices, any 100% orange juices from Sainsbury's, Morissons, or any of the above places, Waitrose grape juice, Welch's purple grape juice, cheapest 100% pineapple juices, juices that are from concentrate as long as it is 100% (concentrate - water and fruit pulp, still 100% as far as I know.) I never waste money on anything over £2 for the misleading life changing fruit juices. I got my inspiration from the movie - Blue Lagoon, but it is easier and quicker to drink juices. I happily have 2 or 3 bottles a day so the concentrated ones have plenty of water too. That with nuts, 2 pints of skimmed milk (has been normal for me for years to drink lots of skimmed milk), nourishment drinks, Mcdonalds cheeseburgers with spinach leafs from £1 supermarket bags. Any £3 meal deal with 100% juices and a bag of grapes or grapes with apples. I will stuff spinach leafs in the sandwiches too. Canned pilchards and tuna or salmon, bags of mixed nuts, seeds. And a warm meal with rice or pasta in which I stuff more spinach in. Or can go without the warm meal if I am really struggling. Juices are always the best way to fill me with my 3 or 4 or 5 or 6 or 7 a day !

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