You might have heard that juice cleansing will help you lose weight or feel better, but many people dont clarify the many benefits of juice cleansing. Informal results and testimonials discuss the weight loss benefits, but most people dont talk about enzymes or antioxidants when they discuss last weekends cleanse. If you dont know what makes juicing such an appealing option for people, here are some of the hidden benefits of juice cleanses that you might not immediately think about.
You consume more fruits and vegetables.
If you dont eat many fruits and vegetables in daily life, you may need help consuming them. Some peoples taste buds arent accustomed to them, and juice cleanses will help reset your taste buds and make you feel like healthy foods are tasty and unhealthy ones arent as appealing. Youll up your intake of fruits and veggies, whether youre sticking strictly to fruits and veggies or you just replace one meal a day with juice.
You benefit from increased hydration and nutrient levels.
You may not be getting enough water every day. Juice is made up of primarily water, as fruits and veggies are primarily water, and will help hydrate you in the hot summer months. You will also get more nutrients from juicing fruits and vegetables, which helps you absorb them and receive nutrients rather than having them pass out of your body without you ever getting their benefits.
Raw juices give you enzymes and antioxidants.
Be careful to avoid grocery store juices, which are often laden with sugar and pasteurized to remove enzymes so it is shelf-stable. It is more expensive but healthy to choose raw juices for your juice cleanse. Antioxidants help to destroy free radicals and enzymes help your metabolism. Raw juices are also healthier and contribute to better energy levels. Phytochemicals also help you avoid disease, while the many vitamins and minerals help slow aging and supplement anything youre missing right now. Live liquids (raw, rather than processed juices) benefit you far more than “shelf-stable” alternatives.
Juice cleansing resets your relationships with food.
You may feel dependent on coffee, chocolate bars, chips, or other unhealthy food options to get through the day. Once you see that you can survive just fine without these junk foods, you are much more likely to start switching your dietary habits to better options. You will no longer have an unhealthy relationship with junk food and can treat it like an occasional snack instead of a dietary staple, which is very helpful if you currently struggle with it.
Many people swear by juice cleanses not just because they want to lose weight or get more energy. There are all kinds of health benefits associated with the ingredients in the raw juices you choose and the practice of cutting out potentially unhealthy foods and choosing better options. Allow yourself to reset your relationship to food by undertaking a short juice cleanse – just two to three days is safe for most people without existing health conditions – and experience the benefits of flushing away the toxins from your body!
Kimberly Connor spent years as a trainer, now counseling others on healthy living. She lives with her two daughters, spending time outdoors whenever she can. She recommends the use of raw juices for your juice cleanse for many benefits it has as discussed in the article.