Alright guys, let's talk about a very popular fad that's been sweeping the nation for some time now - juicing. More specifically, let's talk about juice cleanses. Firstly, I'm going to come out and say that I'm no doctor or specialist (in case you couldn't already tell). Anyways, I've been trying to go on a health kick, and I heard a lot about juice cleanses from different sources. Advocates for cleansing claim that by going on one you can "flush" out unwanted toxins, "reset" your body, gain energy, and enjoy other health related benefits. There also isn't a lot of science to prove or disprove these claims though.
Curious, I decided to try a one day cleanse for myself and see what it was really all about. Let me tell you - there were some unexpected outcomes that were not covered in the warning label. All in all, I didn't find myself getting hungry at all. In fact, I was really full from drinking so much liquid throughout the day. They recommended that I drink a liter of water before each juice (six juices in total). The taste itself wasn't unbearable, but I think the greatest challenge was psychological - the fact that I knew I wouldn't be chewing on anything the entire day. One thing that I definitely wasn't expecting was huge mood swings. I went through happiness, despair, hopefulness, anger, and resentment all in a day. At one point I was even so frustrated that I dissolved into tears. Not to mention the fact that you'll be visiting the bathroom every 20 minutes (not mentioned to me at all before starting the cleanse).
All in all, I don't think I'd do another full cleanse. I just don't believe that the benefits outweigh the discomfort, and physical risk you put yourself in. After all, you really are fasting for a day (or more). There really isn't enough science backing up these cleanses to make me feel comfortable. Personally, the next time I want to "cleanse" my body, I think I'll just give it some rest with a vegan diet along with different juices throughout the day. You don't have to starve, or buy into fads, to be healthy and happy. After all, true healthiness takes time and you can't undo a lifetime of bad habits with one day of juicing.
If anybody has cleansed before, I'd love to hear how it went for you. If you haven't tried juicing, let me know your thoughts on it, and whether or not you'd ever try it out!