Print Edition: January 14, 2015
This is the time of year that everyone is looking to make a change, and one of the most common obstacles people face is trying to lose weight. There are many different diets out there and I am sure we have tried and failed at a couple of them.
One way to start a new diet is to try a juicing detox. The detox helps cleanse the body of toxins and fill it with nutrients so you can start fresh. The detox can last three days or more, and each day you consume at least six bottles of freshly juiced fruits and vegetables, and nothing else.
Each bottle is a different assortment that loads your system with a variety of different nutrients. Research shows that a juicing detox can also help people quit smoking because nicotine is being removed from the body faster as the body cleanses. In order for this to work, sticking to the three to five days of juicing is required, and doubles as motivation to finally quit.
Now, if the idea of a detox seems unappealing to you, you don’t have to follow it exactly. Trying to eat enough fruits and vegetables on a regular basis is difficult for most people and especially for students who are on a budget. Juicing a large amount of produce — and drinking at least a glass a day — is an efficient way to get enough fruits and vegetables all at once, and is easier than trying to find time to eat the right foods. It is far easier to run to the closest fast food restaurant than to carry around a salad, a banana, and other healthy snacks to eat throughout the day. Juicing makes that transition into a healthier lifestyle slightly easier.
Of course, all diets come with a list of pros and cons, and it is up to each person to decide what works best for them. This detox is on the more expensive side, but in the long run, buying a juicer can help increase your fruit and vegetable intake, which can create a healthier you. The juice detox helps cleanse the body, and you can drop about three to five pounds, but it is not a cure-all.
After the detox is over, a regular workout routine and continuing to eat healthy foods is the way to go — juicing just gives you a jumpstart. There are many people who struggle with eating right and exercising regularly; the juicing detox is the first step to losing weight and feeling better.
The detox can be completed every three months, but if it is not right for you, having only a glass or two of fresh juice is better than the fast food you were planning to eat at lunch.