Detoxing using Juice has become very popular in recent years as an easier way to consume lots of nutrients without having to eat lots of whole fruits and vegetables, as well as being friendlier on the digestive system, which is really the point of all this.
Detoxing is essential in these days and times, where we rely on fast foods, processed foods and takeaways, our body finds it hard to digest these foods, and we are not eating enough fibre, fruits or vegetables. Experts recommend you eat at least 6 to 8 servings of vegetables per day, which many people (myself included) have difficulty achieving.
Detoxing will help you clear your Gastro-intestinal system, also known as GI. Your GI consists of your stomach and large and smaller intestines.
You may not realise this but your GI system is the centre of your immune system in the body. If your GI is toxic, then this will create inflammation in other areas of the body, such as heart issues, breathing issues, joint issues, secondary inflammations such as cancer, lupus, fibromyalgia, ulcerative colitis etc.
In fact most illnesses are caused by inflammation in the body. Detoxing will help to reset some of these inflamed areas and will help to trigger your metabolism and fat burning.
So if you struggle to get enough greens and fruits in your diet, or suffer from a sluggish metabolism, inflammation or auto immune deficiencies, keep reading to find out how a juicing detox can help you eat more vegetables, and help detox your body.
How Long Should I Detox For?
You only need to use the juice detox for 3 days maximum. With a 3 day detox juice cleanse, you drink only juice and water for that time to give your liver and digestive system time to detox. During the cleanse, aim to drink every 2 – 2 ½ hours and try to be consistent. Skipping a juice may disrupt your blood sugar levels and cause you to go off the juice detox.
Juicing Vs Blending
So what is the difference between Juicing and Blending? The difference between juicing and blending is what’s left out of the process. When you juice you take away the fibre as you remove the skin from the process, with blending you can add fibre, protein and other minerals and nutrients.
Well you can use a juicer to extract juice or you can use something like a nutrabullet to create green smoothies. Either way you will get the benefits. I know some experts say Juicing is better that blending, but others say blending also has its benefits over juicing.
Personally I do a mixture of both!
Benefits of Detox
- Helps you lose weight quickly.
- Improves nutrient absorption.
- Feeds good bacteria in your gut.
- Helps lower cholesterol.
- Helps detox your liver.
- Lowers blood sugar levels.
- Improves your skin.
- Broadens the range of vegetables you eat.
- Improves athletic performance.
- Blended fruits and vegetables retain all their fiber for healthy digestion
- The fibrous parts of fruits and vegetables fill you up and also contain antioxidants
Green Detox Juice Ingredients:
- 2 green apples, cut in half.
- 3 stalks celery, no leaves.
- 1 cucumber.
- 8 leaves kale.
- 1/2 lemon, peeled.
- 1 piece fresh ginger.
- Sprig of mint (optional)
Carrot Juice Surprise
- 6 small carrots
- 1 broccoli
- 3 celery leaves
- 1 small peeled cucumber
Cut carrots, broccoli and cucumber in small pieces. Blend in a mixer or juice to form a smooth vegetable juice. You can add some salt and black pepper to taste.
You can research online for more green juice smoothies and juice recipes. Check out my Pinterest for some great ideas