When it comes to the world of health and fitness, there is a lot of hard work and discipline involved for anyone serious about pursuing their best health. In today’s modern age, with fast-food drive-throughs and cheap, easy snacks and meals chocked full of chemicals, it’s hard to eat healthily. Eating a healthy meal when the convenience of overly processed, sugar-packed options are so easy just to pick up and enjoy can be a challenge.
This mostly comes down to a couple of factors. First, people are busy, and the daily grind takes a toll. At the end of a long day at work, whether you live by yourself or have a family to also take care of, it’s hard to find the time to prepare healthy food. The second reason most people struggle to eat healthy, nutritious food is that they feel like it’s hard to find. Everywhere you look, you see produce that’s been pumped full of GMOs, and it can feel hard to believe any label that claims to be healthy.
While it’s challenging to develop healthy, strong habits in a world that prioritizes hustle and makes unhealthy options so convenient, there are tools you can use that can help this process. One of them is a juice cleanse.
It is important to note that a juice cleanse is not a passive way of helping you kickstart a healthier routine or habit. A juice cleanse takes a lot of commitment and will challenge you quite. However, a juice cleanse has so many benefits that you’ll find it worth the work. One of the reasons that a juice cleanse works so well as a tool to help push you deeper into a healthy lifestyle is that it acts as a ‘reset’ option for your body.
A juice cleanse will never be a ‘cure’ for anything. For example, you can’t use a juice cleanse to fix a bad hangover or magically start making healthy decisions. However, what a juice cleanse does, is helps to reset your body, replenish your system, and can encourage you to start fresh. Therefore, you should think of a juice cleanse that you need to do throughout the year from time to time to give your body the love and encouragement it needs to keep pursuing healthy options.
This is in part because of what it means actually to cleanse. A juice cleanse is not just drinking juice every morning or regularly throughout the day. It’s a commitment for a set amount of time with a strict regimen, with intentional steps meant to help flush and replenish your body in meaningful and powerful ways. It can help you kickstart, further your weight loss journey, or reinvigorate your mind and give you a new radiance. Even the most serious juice cleanse enthusiasts rarely go on a juice cleanse for more than seven days.
A cleanse is a huge commitment with real results that make it worth the time and effort. When committing to a cleanse, you want to make sure you get the most benefit for your discipline and effort. Regarding juice, there are two general methods of juicing - heat based and cold-pressed.
Heat-based doesn’t necessarily use applied heat but instead utilizes speed and friction and typically involves a process where the fruit or veggies are torn. These methods often use blades that revolve at an incredible speed to destroy the product and then a centrifuge style of gravitational pull to separate the juice from the pulp. In the process, heat is developed and depreciates the juice's value.
Juice that is made in a way that exposes it to heat loses a large part of its nutritional profile. This is because heat denatures proteins and causes changes on a molecular level. So while this method is great for creating juice quickly and still tastes delicious, it’s not the most nutritious.
Cold pressed is the slowest form of juicing and involves no heat. While several different methods and machines use cold press, the concept is the same - juice is slowly squeezed out of the product. This involves no tearing, no speed, no friction, or heat but relies on cold pressure that slowly drains the juice from the pulp.
This creates the highest quality of juice you can make and maintains its flavor better than almost any other method.
A juice cleanse can have incredible benefits; however, it will often be a commitment to see through to the end. If you are committing to a juice cleanse, get the most out of it using only the best quality, cold-pressed juices.