Get Jiggy with Juice: The Hype on Juice Cleansing

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,

A great alternative to pre-packaged juice cleanses is going out to your local market and hand picking your preferred fruits and veggies to juice.  (Photo: Mia Orantia)
A great alternative to pre-packaged juice cleanses is going out to your local market and hand picking your preferred fruits and veggies to juice.
(Photo: Mia Orantia)

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!

12 thoughts on “Get Jiggy with Juice: The Hype on Juice Cleansing

  1. Thanks for sharing your juice cleansing experience. I also believed that juice cleanse could be very beneficial for our health because everyday we take in chemicals from our food, water and pollution. It’s a treatment and prevention of everything from the common cold to cancer, it supply the body the nutrients it requires to get you going again. Taking it also to the extreme won’t do any good for the body so it’s also important to maintain a well balance intake of food. If you want to look good and feel great, juice cleansing can’t do it all, you still need to change your toxic lifestyle, but it is a positive and healthy way to reach your goals and to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Great article by the way!

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  4. Well written. Juice cleansing is no hype. Juicing has tremendous health benefits as well as the huge fringe benefit of weight loss. The greatest advantage is that you are 100% sure that you are eating super healthy diet with no artificial content. It is just a collection of fruits and vegetables and water – all natural, NO HYPE! For anyone who reads this, do yourself a favor and try juice cleansing. As the writer says here, your body will surely thank you!

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