As I have mentioned in my Meet Jillienne page, I have tried many types of crazy cleanses. In college, I did a colon cleanse for a month. Last year before a Cabo vacation, I dropped 5 lbs on a seven day cleanse. (Talk about unhealthy! When trying to lose weight, the average person should only lose one to two lbs per week). But I would try just about anything to drop the pounds quickly.
About six months ago, I tried a juice cleanse. I did very little research besides watching Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead before I bought a juicer on Amazon. (This was problem #1! ) In the documentary, Joe Cross only drank fruit and vegetable juice for 60 days. He lost around 100 lbs and cured his autoimmune disease. I was convinced this was what I needed to try.
Over the next month, I went on mini juice fasts, though never longer than 3 days. I also drank one glass of fruit/vegetable with my normal diet every single day. During the cleanse, my skin started to glow, my acne clear up, and I lost weight. However, I was constipated, tired, and often light headed. Although drinking fruit/vegetable juice is a great way to get vitamins from many different sources because it takes a lot of fruit and vegetables to make one glass of juice, you remove most of the fiber.
On a juice cleanse you are not getting any protein or fats either, unless you throw in a few chia seeds, but that’s not sustainable. Your hormones will be thrown out of whack. The constraint spikes of sugar from the juices in your bloodstream increase the release of insulin, a hormone that ushers sugars directly into your liver where they are converted into glycogen to be used by your muscles. It’s important to maintain low levels of insulin so your body can more easily tap into your stored fat for fuel.
Since toxins from food are stored in fat cells and juice cleanses (and other detoxes for that matter) promote rapid fat loss, toxins may be released in the blood stream causing symptoms such as headaches, sore muscles, weakness, and irritability. Our bodies naturally remove these toxins as we sweat during exercise, thus avoiding said symptoms. Also, the lack of adequate protein intake from omitting animal products and legumes may diminish muscle mass, and therefore slow down your metabolism. Juice cleanses also mess with the probiotics in your digestive tract.
While I don’t think juice cleanses are necessary, I do think incorporating a fruit/vegetable juice with breakfast or lunch is a great idea. It is a fantastic way to consume multiple vitamins that can quickly be absorbed into the blood stream; however, our bodies need protein, fat, and fiber.
Fasting is not the answer to a healthy lifestyle. Eating clean, organic foods will detoxify the body. Food can be our medicine if we use it properly.
Below is a list of healing foods that can be incorporated in your diet:
- Apples: Tonic, Digestive Diuretic, Detoxifying, Laxative, Antiseptic, Lower blood cholesterol, Antirheumatic, Liver stimulant.
- Asparagus: Antioxidant, Anticancer, Anti-cataracts, Diuretic, Promotes Healing
- Beets: Antibacterial, Antioxidant, Tonic, Cleansing, Laxative
- Citrus Fruits: Antioxidant, Anticancer
- Garlic: Antimicrobial, Antibiotic, Cardioprotective, Hypotensive, Anticancer, Diaphoretic, Anticoagulant, Lowers blood cholesterol, Lowers blood sugar level, Expectorant, Digestive Stimulant, Diuretic, Antihistamine, Antiparasitic
- Ginger: Antinausea, Relieves headaches and arthritis, Anti-inflammatory, Circulatory stimulant, Expectorant, Antispasmodic, Antiseptic, Diaphoretic, Anticoagulant, Peripheral vasodilator, Anti-emetic, Carminative, Antioxidant
- Leafy Greens: Antioxidant, Anticancer
- Parsley: Antioxidant, Tonic, Digestive, Diuretic
- Pears: Antioxidant, Protects the colon
- Spinach: Anticancer, Improve memory, Antioxidant, Promotes healing, Anti-cataracts, Anti-anemia
- 1 apple
- ½ cucumber
- ½ lemon
- ½ kale bunch
- 1 handful parsley
- 1 inch cube ginger
- Wash and then combine all ingredients in a juicer. Note: peel the lemon before juicing.
This juice is a little tart and not very sweet, but it’s loaded with vitamins and antioxidents. What are your favorite juice mixtures?