This is a critical time of year when New Year’s resolutions begin to flag, but the drive for weight loss is gaining fresh momentum with the looming approach of spring and summer. For those seeking to achieve their weight loss goals, a juice cleanse can be a viable solution. It is a good way to jumpstart your metabolism into weight loss mode and transition to a healthier diet
“Juice cleanses have gained popularity over recent years, as many celebrities began programs and have even started businesses wholly devoted to selling organic vegetable and fruit juice, like Salma Hayek’s company Cooler Cleanse ,” says Martha Garcia of Voxxi.
Why the Juice Cleanse Craze?
Admittedly, not all popular obsessions are reasonable, (Bieber fever anyone?) but in the case of juice cleansing, the massive attention and popularity is entirely justified. More and more people are realizing the health benefits of this simple cleanse.
A juice cleanse detoxes the body while helping you lose weight. But why is detoxing important and how is it connected to weight loss?
We are exposed to many toxic chemicals, anything from
air pollution to cosmetic and lotions, and of course processed foods and drinks. Our liver, lymph, and digestive systems have to work overtime to cleanse our bodies of these toxins. Of course, this leads to a slower metabolism as our body doesn’t have the energy to burn fat and fight off the onslaught of toxic chemicals.
“Starting a cleanse helps the liver to rid the toxins and other harmful substances from the body. Drinking only juices for a short period offers the body a rest from metabolizing food and frees it to focus on purging the toxins from our system,” says Martha Garcia of Voxxi.
How to Get Started
All you need is a good quality juicer and some organic fruit and veggies. Then look for juicing recipes to try; there are plenty of them out on the internet or in books.
Try this recipe to start your juicing experience:
Green Goodness Juice
- A handful of kale
- A handful of romaine lettuce or spinach
- 3-4 stalks of celery
- 1 green apple
- 1 cucumber