I did a 3-day Juice Cleanse of fresh Pressed Juices (http://rootspressedjuices.com/) to give a friend support while she was doing her Juice Cleanse. I’m a vegetarian, so I did not need any serious prep for this. I just woke up one day and ordered it, started the drill the next day. I will get right down to the point and say I am not doing a juice cleanse again. I might try a modified version, or substituting a meal with a healthy juice, but that is it.
1. Short Term Benefits– Going on a juice diet will give you results that are almost immediate. But none of these results are sustainable, or long lasting. Cleansing makes you lose a ton of water weight. Also since you aren’t consuming junk food or loads of Carbs, your tummy gets super flat. But it is going to go back to its normal size the day you order that In&Out burger. If you are looking for a way to just break your current routine, this might help – but it depends completely on your own will-power. I bounced right back to my normal eating routine.
2. Side Effects – You will feel dizzy, nauseous, constipated, (or opposite of constipated), hungry and might not be able to sleep at night. While the juice cleansing websites insist that this is OK, I don’t think it is. I come from a family of doctors, and my gastroenterologist uncle laughed when I mentioned I was going to do this juice cleanse. A way to reduce side effects would be to eat a little bit of solid food every evening (Boiled brown Rice / Quinoa, Steamed / Herbed Veggies and White / Herbal Tea with no Milk or Sugar).
3. Price – Bloody expensive. The amount of money you will spend on a 3 day juice cleanse could buy you six 30-minute personal training sessions. I realized after I did the cleanse that I could have put that money somewhere else. It is not an investment, people. It is a quick fix. One way to save money would be to make your own juices, but that would require a lot of time (which some of us don’t have).
4. Ingredients – If you are buying the juices like I did, you have no idea what went into them. Roots said they “try to use organic ingredients whenever possible”. That could mean they did not use any organic ingredients. That could mean they went to the grocery store and bought the cheapest veggies and fruits to make these juices. You never know what you are putting in your body 8 times a day for 3 days or more. Keep in mind that this is a gamble.
5. Nutrition – No protein, too much sugar. Feel free to Google this, but no protein in your diet is really bad for you. Your muscles, hair, skin, nails all need protein to thrive. Just vitamins and minerals on their own are not going to give you glowing hair. The longer you do the cleanse, the more you deprive your body of essential nutrition. A lot of these side effects are probably not even measurable in the short run, but just know that it is not free of consequences.
Ultimately, all juice cleanses are more or less similar (unless you make the juices yourself). Eating smaller portions of food everyday, cutting down on bloaty carbs and sugars and staying moderately active every day will give you similar results that last much longer. If all you are looking for is instant gratification, juice away at your own risk!