Since the Master Cleanse came into popularity in the 1970s, people have used liquid diets to detoxify their bodies and jumpstart weight loss. While these diets can have beneficial short-term effects, like increased nutrient intake from fresh juices, they aren’t a long-term health solution and should be undertaken carefully.
It can be difficult to determine whether a liquid cleanse is right for you, so today I’m going to demystify the process and provide you with some helpful tips and tricks for lasting well-being.
Most liquid diets act as a way to jumpstart weight loss or end a period of overindulgence in richer foods (like you may have just experienced after the holidays). They can bring order and structure to your meals, providing you with a guide for what to consume when.
Most cleanses consist of a regimen of fresh juices and smoothies taken at regular intervals during the day and can last for a day or a week. Consuming so much fresh produce in the juices and smoothies can give you a real nutritional boost and can even help you determine food sensitivities.
Many liquid detox diets are also low in calories, which can lead to rapid weight loss. Because of this low caloric and often low protein intake, you may feel lethargic or have little energy to do things like exercise. Liquid cleanses can also disrupt your normal metabolic rate and glucose levels, which is why they should only be undertaken in the short term.
People sometimes opt into a liquid cleanse with the belief that it will detoxify their body, but the body is actually very good at detoxing itself on a regular basis. Solid food can actually assist in removing toxins from the body because it contains fiber, which may be lacking in a juice-focused cleanse.
If you’re looking to start eating healthier without the risks associated with cleanses, there are cleanse diets that allow solid foods that may be more appropriate. They often eliminate sugar, caffeine, alcohol, processed carbohydrates and other foods/chemicals that may be dragging you down or contributing to weight gain. Opting for a healthy diet that includes regular meals of solid food is a great option for achieving long-term well-being.
If you live in a major city, you’re likely surrounded by juice and smoothie bars, which often offer cleanse packs containing their freshly made products. And if you’re not, you can order cleanse packs online that will be delivered to your house.
If you’re looking to have more control over what you consume or save money, consider making the juices and smoothies yourself. If you’ve decided that cleansing isn’t right for you but want to start eating healthier, consider adding a smoothie or juice into your daily diet for breakfast or a snack. When you do that, you can choose what ingredients go in them, including adding Miracle Essential Oils for a flavor and nutrient boost!
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