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do or don’t: juice cleanse?

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I’m going to go on a juice cleanse with my friend, so that we can keep each other accountable. You cleanse with two days of raw fruits and veggies, three days of watered down juice, and again two days of raw fruits and veggies. You do this once a month.
Do you have any do or don’t for juice cleanses? Do you think they are healthy? Or just another diet craze?

Update:
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9 thoughts on “do or don’t: juice cleanse?

  1. I think they’re a great way to get malnourished. That diarrhea you get? That’s not “toxins” “leaving your body”. That’s your body freaking out because IT’S STARVING TO DEATH.

  2. Hi, I would put it in the craze category. I did a juice cleanse last month and didn’t see any reason to ever do it again. Nothing bad happened, but nothing noticeable happened either. Since doing it I’ve read more on the fact that the human body is more than equipped to self-regulate and remove toxins and rot on its own. If you’re doing it to lose weight, it is a quick-fix tactic, but I doubt this has long-term benefits.

  3. After seeing Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead I bought a juicer and started with just having the juice replace one meal. Even with that one change I felt a difference. I’ve never done a full cleanse though. I think a short term cleanse is a great thing. As the movie illustrates, it reboots your body. Good luck if you decide to do it.

  4. I haven’t done that particular one, in fact haven’t done one in years, but have friends that have done one similar and they all love it and find it really helps them feel better and kind of kicks their system back into gear. Always good to have a partner to hold you to it and help you through it. Good luck and stay away from places that smell like food.

  5. Maybe there is a health benefit to cleansing in this way, though I think 7 days every month is too often. I think it’s a better idea to just eat better food more consistently to begin with. Lots of green leafy vegetables (kale, romaine, spinach), sulfur-rich foods (cabbage, mustard, broccoli, mushrooms), and brightly colored fruits/berries (blueberries, peaches, mangos, etc.).
    I would definitely be careful, as others have said, not to deprive your body of necessary nutrients if you choose to do this on a regular basis.

  6. Fats and oils aid the movement of particles through our cells. These particles could be hormones, nutrients, or “toxins”. I don’t know how well your body will be able to “cleanse” itself the days that you only drink juice. I agree with enli10, try to eat better food more consistently. Instead of focusing on a cleanse for the next week, focus your energy on thinking about your relationship to food. Observe how you eat, the packaging your food comes in (or lack of), think about how far those greens or mango had to travel to get to your kitchen, think about how you feel an hour after every meal… Observing your relationship to food for the next week may have a longer lasting “cleansing” effect on your body than a juice diet. Plus, you don’t have to hold yourself accountable to anything. You get to just eat, and observe, allowing yourself the freedom to learn. Good luck with whatever you choose! :-)

  7. It is certainly a great way to get a large influx of the vitamins in juice as well as keep fluids up (if you aren’t good at remembering to drink water), so like some have said, once a day is great. But to consider it a cleanse seems to be mostly a craze. “Fat Sick and Nearly Dead” seemed to be an enormous infomercial for Brevel. I have a cheap one that I like just fine!

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