Hopefully you’ve been enjoying your summer and last weekend’s Fourth of July holiday. Maybe you’ve been enjoying too much- overindulging in unhealthy foods, desserts and are starting to see the effects on how you are feeling and how your skin looks. Many people swear by juice cleanses as a way to help you detox, reset your diet and get back on track. Is there truth in this and do juice cleanses have any effect on your skin?
The truth is, your body will detox naturally, primarily through the action of the liver, kidneys and gastrointestinal (GI) tract. These organs help remove toxins and harmful substances that should not be stored in the body. Since the body is always in a natural state of cleansing itself, a person does not need to do a juice cleanse to be healthy or detox. The short term effect you may feel from “cleaning out your system” with a juice cleanse, will not last if you revert to unhealthy habits and doctors warn that a deprivation diet may be worse on your body and skin then any short term benefits promised.
It is true that many people (celebs, health experts) have had success in using a juice cleanse to reset their systems to begin a healthier diet. If a juice cleanse is what you need to kick start healthier living then by all means do it. If you’d like to save time and money, you can have the same effect by skipping the juice cleanse and starting immediately with “clean”eating that focuses on vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and lean protein – basically, whole foods without a lot of processing. Fruits and vegetables contain important vitamins, nutrients, antioxidants and phytochemicals that support skin health. Getting vitamins and nutrients from whole foods is best for your body and skin. Consistent clean eating is not only good for you longer term, it is more likely to give you lasting results that you can see in both your skin and overall health vs an occasional juice cleanse. Changing your diet to clean eating is a journey and you can expect to see and feel results in a few short weeks.
Drinking juice is a viable way to supply your body with vitamins and nutrients. However, much like vitamins, drinking juice cannot make up for an overall unhealthy lifestyle. For example, drinking a green juice after a late night out drinking might make you feel a little better, but it won’t help overcome consistent unhealthy habits. If you are already living healthy, then incorporating juice into your diet can have positive effects on your skin. We love fresh juice as an occasional refresher in our day to help get glowing skin. Try replacing your afternoon coffee or sweet snack with a fresh juice. Not just any juice. For optimal health and to ensure you get maximum vitamins and nutrients, we recommend raw, fresh pressed juice or cold pressed juice from a juice shop or health food store. Opt for juices high in vegetable content vs just fruit to cut down on the amount of sugars. If you need some inspiration for what to ask for or want to make your own juice at home, check out these skin healthy juice recipes on our Pinterest board. If you are buying pre-packaged juice, check the ingredient list to make sure there aren’t any added sugars- just juice. And don’t forget, you still need to consume whole fruits and vegetables into your diet. Juice doesn’t contain fiber which is necessary for overall wellness. Aim for a minimum of 2-3 whole fruits and vegetables in addition to any juices you have daily. Choose fruits and veggies of different colors to ensure you get a good mix of vitamins and minerals.
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