Let Them Eat Juice: The Benefits of Juice Cleanses

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With summer around the corner, many are looking into ways of slimming down, looking good and most importantly being healthy. There are many options to choose from when it comes to weight loss methods, but lately, one of them has had the attention of many.

Juice cleansing consists of “fasting” — saying no to food and yes to natural fruit and vegetable juices in replacement of regular meals. Nutrients are more rapidly absorbed in the body in liquid state, making “juicing” a quick and easy way to give your body a potent source, according to the documentary “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead.”

And it’s not about just drinking any kind of juice; the juice has to be all-natural. The bottled juice you find at stores has often been so processed that you don’t get much of the good stuff. The micronutrients that are essential to our body are predominantly found in plant food, and the closer this food is to its natural state, the healthier it is, the documentary said. Makes sense, doesn’t it?

Micronutrients bring a heap of benefits; they help build muscle, strengthen the immune system, prevent colds and maintain your overall health. Without them, our cells are weakened and we are susceptible to numerous diseases.

Though, juicing is not for everyone. It takes determination to give up food for juice and many struggle at first.

“It’s definitely a challenge,” said Jamie Scott, a sophomore English major. “I tried a 10-day juice cleanse but only made it to day three. I missed food too much. I admire those who are able to make it through.”

The changes people notice during a juice cleanse sometimes give them the motivation to keep going. Many claim to be astonished by the amount of energy they had and the clearer their thought process was during the fast, something they never noticed during their time with other foods.

“I first tried juice cleansing every other week about a year ago and have lost 23 pounds since,” said Christian Solis, a junior biology major. “At first, it seemed impossible going a week without food and purely juice. However, I noticed my mood change to a more positive one. I’ve never felt better in my life, and now I know it was definitely a change for the better.”

All-natural juice does have its downfalls, though. Unfortunately, fresh produce is more expensive than fast food, so juicing can put a strain on your wallet. However, there are some tips you can follow if you’re looking to try this out on a budget: 

Do your research

The first obvious way to save money is to compare which stores sell the products at cheaper prices. Some leafy greens are cheaper than others and give you the same amount of micronutrients.

 

Plan your meals

Have a variety of juices and balance the types of juices you’re consuming so you get the variety you crave while getting all the vitamins you need. That way, you purchase small portions of different kinds of fruits and vegetables and are still able to make good amounts of juice.

 

Don’t go for fancy

You don’t need the world’s most expensive juicer to make some good juice. There are some juicers that sell for $30, and hand-me-downs are not such a bad idea either.

 

Plant your own

Seeds are not expensive! Don’t be afraid to start your own garden. It saves you money and even gives you a new hobby. 

 

If you would like to try a new way to clean your body, then juicing might be for you. As always, be sure to check with your doctor before you make a significant change in your diet. Happy juicing!