Most people sign up for detox programs or cleanses to lose weight quickly. This will work if they are fine with likely short term weight loss in the form of mostly water weight. If you imagine skipping a day without food, or at least cutting down your regular portion sizes, you would expect to lose weight. But your body is smart. It knows what it needs to function. But what is the real purpose of a detox or cleanse?
Your body requires not only macronutrients like carbohydrates, fat, and protein, your body needs micronutrients like vitamins and minerals. Many cleanses offer 1 to 5 days of juices to help clear the body of toxins. The concept is to flush your body with fluids, vitamins, and minerals – keeping a feeling of satiation with a tummy full of liquid. This sounds great, until your realize that oftentimes the juices are primarily, if not entirely, fruit. Juicing packs a bunch of vitamins and minerals into a relatively small amount of juice — but the fiber gets left behind. Fruit juices are also loaded with sugar.
While juicing can provide vitamins, minerals, and sugar for energy, what about the protein and fat?
Proteins and fats are mostly found in animal meat, seeds (inclusive of legumes and nuts), and some fruits (think avocado, coconut, olive). We need protein and fat for our muscles, our brain, our hormones, even absorption of vitamins A, D, E, and K.
If you want to juice, go with veggies. Vegetables have less sugar but chock full of vitamins and minerals. If you need your sweet fix, stick to how Mother Nature intended: eat the whole fruit.
If you are looking for a detox or cleanse to really, actually, truly restore your liver or colon, please email us or consult your trusted healthcare provider.
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