The ABCs of Juice Cleansing

Both commercial and at-home juice cleanses are available, and the alleged benefits range from weight loss to reversing medical conditions. When deciding if juice cleansing is right for you, it's important to educate yourself on the ABCs of these programs. On the plus side, this may help you make long-term healthy lifestyle changes. On the other hand, any weight loss you experience is likely temporary, and the body doesn't really need help "detoxifying."


Juice Cleansing ABCs

Are you considering a juice cleanse and wondering where to start? You've come to the right place. Whether you are trying to find out more information on what juice cleanses are, or if you wonder if they are safe and effective, we are here to provide you with some of the basics of juice cleanses.
Let's look at some of the ABCs of juice cleanses, which include:
  • A -- Are they right for me?
  • B -- Benefits and pros
  • C -- Cons and costs.

Is Juice Cleansing Right for Me?

Juice cleanses have become quite popular, with proponents claiming that they could reverse many medical conditions -- from the natural aging process to even cancer. But what are they and do you really need one? While the choice to do a juice cleanse is a personal one, looking at what's involved can help you come to a decision that's best for you.
So what is a juice cleanse? For starters, juicing is fairly self-explanatory -- it involves using a juice extractor to grind food (usually fruits and vegetables) into small pieces and extract the juice from the pulp. Also sometimes referred to as "fasting" or a "detox diet," juice cleansing involves a person only consuming fruit and vegetable juices to obtain nutrition.
These cleanses can last anywhere from a few days to several weeks. Although many people use freshly juiced fruits and vegetables, several already-prepared juices are available as well. You can choose from a number of already-bottled juices, such as BluePrint™, Life Juice®, or Liquiteria™. While some of these products may contain more vitamins, minerals, and enzymes than others, they can be quite pricey. Some of these already-prepared juices can cost from around $30 a day up to well over $200 a day.
Other options for juice cleansing include some popular programs, such as the Master Cleanse Diet and Rebooting With Joe Cross. However, many of these plans are considered extreme and are quite controversial.
Although juice cleanses consist of raw fruits and vegetables, make sure you check with your healthcare provider before beginning one. He or she may recommend that you stay on it for only a few days at a time. In some cases, these cleanses may not be safe for those with certain medical conditions, such as diabetes or kidney disease, so it's a good idea to check with your healthcare provider first.
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