guys, I've been hearing a lot about juice cleanses. One of my good friends recently did one and raved about it, even though she was pretty much angry at the world for 5 days...
What is this new(ish) thing?
this is what some people say about juice cleanses:
"Juicing is an awesome way to get all your nutrients, vitamins and minerals without all the chewing. When you drink fresh juice it goes into the body and can assimilate much quicker, which in turn gives you more energy and feeds your cells exactly what they need in order to function optimally. At the same time, the juice helps the body eliminate toxins in a very efficient manner. When you flush with juice, you give your digestive system a break—kind of a mini-vacation. I recommend doing three to five days of juicing at a time; it’s a great way to “reset” your whole body, gain mental clarity, increase your energy and maybe (just maybe) lose a little weight."
my initial thoughts?
this is dumb.
I mean, not eating solid food for 3-5 days?
Cleansing your body?
I get the whole 'easier for your body to absorb' thing, that makes sense.
But I didn't (don't?) buy into the whole cleanse thing.
Can't eating lots of salad and broccoli do the same thing?
I dug a little deeper and found an article on Yahoo where Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Spokesperson Marjorie Nolan weighs in on Juicing. "While Nolan believes that a cleanse may be a good weight loss motivator, she says they should be approached with caution. The average cleanse contains about 800-1200 calories per day and may not provide enough energy for active people. Often times, according to Nolan, people lose muscle weight as opposed to fat and tend to lose good bacteria from their digestive tract that is necessary to regulate digestion and boost our immune systems."
Honestly I don't know if my body could survive on less than 1000 calories a day. And if I go running that day? Forget it. It seems like that would be starving myself. Plus, remember my post about sugar not too long ago? Aren't juices like...ALL sugar? Even natural sugar your body has a crazy reaction to. All that sugar going into your body makes your pancreas produce insulin, which then moves that sugar stuff which is now glucose- right directly into your cells. Sick.
and check this out:
After 30 minutes
As your cells suck up the glucose, your blood sugar level can start to plummet and you may feel dizzy.
Meanwhile, lacking enough calories, your body is operating off its supply of glycogen, a form of short-term energy stored in the liver and muscles.
After two days
With each shot of juice, your insulin levels skyrocket, then crash. Your glycogen stores are pretty much gone, leaving your tank on empty—and you feeling weak and listless.
Since you're getting only about half the calories you need, your body draws on two long-term power sources: triglycerides, a type of energy stored in fat cells (woo-hoo!), and protein, taken straight from your muscles (oops). You begin to lose muscle mass, even if you're still exercising every day.
After three days
Your brain is not happy. It enters into semi-starvation mode and gobbles ketones, fuel that comes from the breakdown of fat. Ketones work, but they're like low-grade gasoline; as a result, you may feel unfocused or irritable. (Any "mental clarity" is likely due to a strong placebo effect.)
Sans a fresh protein infusion, your brain is also lacking amino acids, the raw materials that neurotransmitters need to maintain your mood. If you're prone to depression, you may start feeling blue.
The proteins in your shrinking muscles break down into ammonia and uric acid, unwelcome chemicals that invade your bloodstream. Now your kidneys are busy detoxing your detox.
Stay near the bathroom: The juice's high carbohydrate load causes a surfeit of water to enter the intestines. That extra H2O in your gut means you're apt to get diarrhea.
After four days
With no food to digest, your small intestine feels ignored. Its villi—the rows of tiny fibers that move food elements into the blood—start to atrophy. Your diarrhea may get worse, leading to dehydration... and there goes your rosy glow.
On the eighth day
Solid food! But uh-oh—you've lost muscle. Even if you go back to your regular eating habits, you now have less muscle mass to burn those calories; instead, the calories are more likely to be turned into fat. (Hence, one reason yo-yo dieting makes it harder to lose weight: Your reduced muscle-to-fat ratio messes up your metabolism and makes calories much harder to work off.)
copied from Women's Health.
Losing muscle mass? What the what! I hardly have any of that to begin with, I don't want to lose it! and mmm being apt to get diarrhea? Sounds GREAT. Now, I understand that some of these cleanses that you order have protein packed drinks, but still. Probably not as much protein that you could get from, I don't know, SOLID food?!
And I also get it is a great source of vitamins, because who normally ingests a huge amount of vitamins on a daily basis? I certainly don't. But, that said- your body can only absorb certain amounts and types of vitamins- water soluble v's are pretty much flushed out when you pee.
So far, from what I have read- the bad stuff outweighs the good with regards to a juice cleanse. What are your thoughts? Should I try a 3 day cleanse and report it back to you? Or should I just stick to eating healthy and eating clean?