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Are Juice Cleanses Right For You?

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Sometimes, a person needs a day off from dieting and counting calories….just to binge on everything in sight. After a few days of indigestion, guilt begins to set in. We say to ourselves: How can I possibly make up for all that I ate and drank over the weekend? The first thing that may come to your mind is a juice cleanse to lose weight you may have gained and remove all those toxins you consumed. However, are juice cleanses a safe option for you?

Why remove toxins? Daily, we eat foods and drink liquids which contain toxins like colorants and preservatives. These can cause inflammation and weaken our immune system. Toxins also make us more at risk to illnesses. Although our colon, kidneys and liver filter toxins, sometimes we overload them with more than they can handle.

How juice cleanses work: Simply replace all meals and snacks with organic fruit and vegetable juices for three to seven days. Our bodies will then be free from digesting solids and cleanse toxins in our system. However, some experts say that juice cleanses are not enough to remove accumulated toxins. Eating healthy also does this too.

Many people go on juice cleanses under the false assumption that they are an ideal way for shedding pounds. When we eat foods like carbohydrates and grains, our body needs water to digest them. When we no longer eat these types of food, our body naturally loses when on juice cleanses. However, once you go back to your normal eating habits, any weight lost usually comes back.

The downside of cleanses is that, for some, short term cleanses are relatively safe. However children, those with medical conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure and pregnant women breast feeding should avoid juice cleanses.

At the end of the day, eating balanced diets—which reduce our body's exposure to toxins and avoiding processed foods are best for good health. Juice cleanses are just a temporary option for some and let's face it you will spend most of the day in the restroom, and the weight you lose is water and muscle! When you eat food again you will gain it back.

Lisa DeFazio’s a leading nutrition expert and a Master’s degree level Registered Dietitian, so be sure to check out her website and follow her on Twitter for more tips and videos — and if U wanna know more about cleanses OR anything else, U can always email us at Questions@FitPerez.com!!

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