With the holiday season upon us there’s a good chance you are looking for quick fixes to get your body ready (or to recover from) the excess you are likely about to indulge in. Try as we might, the holidays are the most difficult time for anyone to diet or maintain their healthy eating lifestyle.
Why? Well, you sit down at a large table covered in food and you are surrounded by your loved ones who are piling their plates up as if it’s the last meal they will ever have. It’s difficult not to follow suit.
You may find a quick juice cleanse is the ideal way to mitigate the consequences of overdoing it this holiday season. Look at these benefits.
1. Fights Inflammation
According to the Huffington Post, while fiber is an important aspect of your diet, your digestive system can become inflamed and upset. This is especially true if you’ve been overdoing it with roast potatoes, lashings of gravy, and extra meat. A juice cleanse means you’re giving your body no fiber, thus less work to do. This gives your digestive system a chance to recover and return to its normal, productive self.
2. Toxin Break
Another health benefit is that your body is getting a break from all of the toxins you’ve been plying it with. From rich desserts and too much alcohol, it’s no wonder we get so sick during the winter season. It isn’t just the excess germs flying around, it’s a shoddy immune system selling you out. Your body takes care of detoxing naturally, thanks to the liver, however, a juice cleanse provides your liver with a much-needed rest and a boost in its ability to properly detox the body. Therefore, it’s the liver you’re supporting with your juice cleanse as opposed to the juice being the reason for the purging of toxins.
3. Feel Great
You may initially feel fatigue due to the withdrawal symptoms that come from cutting out all of the nasties your body has become accustomed to. However, you will soon feel fantastic as your body craves healthy snacks and foods rather than the ones that are literally killing you. Once you start feeling better, you will find it easier to motivate yourself to hit the gym for regular exercise. Healthy eating and regular exercise fuel each other and will motivate you to keep it up long after the juice cleanse is over.
4. Detect Food Sensitivities
This is probably the best time possible for you to discover any food sensitivities you may have. Following your cleanse you should slowly introduce certain foods you may suspect of being the guilty party. This allows you to track your body’s response to them and rule out foods that may not be the cause of your issues. Don’t be tempted to try too many at once, though, as this will defeat the purpose and make it more difficult to narrow things down.
5. The Jump Start You Need
The Mayo Clinic advises that you should think of a juice cleanse as the jump start to your new healthy life. Don’t just let it all go once you’ve finished, keep it going. You’ll lose water weight during this period and you will likely find a change in your bowel movements, don’t ruin all that good work by diving back into a life of excess. Just ensure you are following a responsible cleanse and taking the necessary precautions to protect your health.
There are plenty of benefits to juice cleanses and the beauty of them is that there are so many different options available to you. Your body gets all of the vitamins and minerals that it needs while it enjoys a bit of recovery time.