Staff Writer Cora Sivak investigates the hype on juice cleansing
San Francisco is one of the few cities that are invested in well-being and natural remedies, so you may have heard of the latest health craze – juice cleansing. Maybe you’ve seen a juice bar around the city, or heard Kim Kardashian raving about her recent cleanse benefits, or have seen the famous juice-advocating documentary “Fat Sick and Nearly Dead.” If you’ve ever wondered what juice cleanses are all about, here are some tips to get you started!
A typical juice cleanse entails drinking nothing but specially formulated juices for a certain length of time. Some juicers take on a three-day cleanse, while some juicing extremists go for a 60-day fast. Juicers claim that the cleanse is a great way to clean out your system and give your body a sharp increase in nutrient intake, packing in vitamins and boosting your immune system.
To create a well-balanced glass of juice, you should throw in a diverse mix of fruits and vegetables, with an emphasis on nutrient-packed vegetables like kale, spinach, wheatgrass. Apples, carrots, or beets can provide a sweet base. Throw in some berries, pears or pineapple, and you’ve got yourself an exotic and tasty drink.
Additionally, you can stir in flax or chia seeds to your juice for added health benefits.In this day and age, though, buying the latest Omega juicer isn’t the only way to begin your juicing journey. Aspiring health nuts who may not have the time or budget for a pricy juicer can try out BluePrint juice or San Francisco’s very own Juice Shop, services that deliver ready-made juice straight to your door for a stress-free and manageable cleanse.
So, as an avid health junkie, I wanted to see if juice cleanse benefits were fact or fib. I decided to buy a juicer and create my own homemade juice concoctions for three days. People told me I would feel a renewed sense of energy if I could get through the first couple of days, and sure enough, on the third day I began the feel more clear-minded and alert than before.
Surprisingly, although it was hard to resist a hot homemade meal, the juice kept me full and satisfied. The best part about the cleanse was that once it was over, I was no longer craving fatty foods like macaroni and ice cream. Instead, I found myself reaching for light, healthy meals packed with wholesome veggies and nutrients!
However, not everyone agrees with the philosophy behind juicing. While nutritionists can agree that juicing is a great way to pack in your daily fruits and veggies, they also note that the juicing process extracts one critical element of a good diet: fiber. Other noteworthy drawbacks include a high intake of sugar and a lack of protein. Experts say there is certainly a right way and a wrong way to do a cleanse.
Given the proper research and doctor’s consultation, I give juice cleanses the green light. If that sounds like too much to handle, try a tall glass of juice as a supplement to your diet. Your body will thank you!