What is a juice cleanse?
According to the Huffington Post "During a juice fast or cleanse, a person limits their diet to only fresh vegetable and fruit juices and water for anywhere from a few days to several weeks. The fast focuses on freshly made, unpasteurized juice, so the usual bottles of OJ that you would pick up at the corner store wouldn’t be allowed." Juice cleanses also tend to be expensive if you buy them from a manufacturer. If you do decide that you want to do your own juicing the juicers can be costly and can be up to $300 for a top of the line juicer says Huffington Post.
Do juice cleanses work?
The answer is not for long. Some (not all) juice cleanses lack in calories. When you are calorie deficient it can slow your metabolism down. When your body has an improper amount of protein it can also cause muscle loss. Usually people who do juice cleanses want to drop fat not muscle. Therefore you will only be doing your body more harm than good when you deprive it proper nutrients and calories. If you do drop a significant amount of weight from a juice cleanse you'll like gain weight immediately when you return to your normal eating habits. Therefore it is not a sustainable weight loss.
According to ABC News some people feel amazing after a cleanse. They say that they feel better physically and emotionally during a cleanse. Others have reported that they suffered from moodiness, irritation, depression, fatigue, constipation, constant thoughts of food, and rebound overeating.
Juice cleanses can also be dangerous for anyone who is doing chemotherapy, diabetics, people with nutritional deficiencies or people with kidney disease says Huffington Post. The high sugar in juice cleanses can increase blood-sugar levels in diabetics, This can can lead to problems with fatigue, blurred sight, hunger and thirst.
ABC News recommends that if you do a juice cleanse you should not workout at the same time. They state that the main reasons not to workout and do a juice cleanse are because it can cause tiredness, dizziness and leave you nauseas. They say that because of the lack of protein that causes the breaking down muscle mass can also increase your risk of injury.
If you do choose to try a cleanse make sure it is one where you are not depriving yourself of calories or protein. The moment you have negative feelings, dizziness, fatigue or any other negative symptoms stop the cleanse immediately and check with your doctor.