Does a juice cleanse really work?

Does a juice cleanse really work?

The juice cleanse diet is among one of the popular diets I’ve heard of. Juice cleanses are a type of detox diet that involves only consuming liquids (squeezed from a mixture of fruits and vegetables) and not consuming any food. I’ve never had the urge to try one as I need the chewing aspect and constantly just drinking liquids doesn’t really appeal to me.

However, I’ve been asked this question multiple times from several of my friends: a) Do juice cleanses work? and b) Are they healthy for you?

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Unfortunately, I get asked the first question much more than the latter question, showing that many people would rather choose a diet’s result than its actual consequence on their health.

But here are a few pointers about juice cleanses:

  • While many think that drinking a high quantity of fruits and vegetables squeezed into a bottle of juice is healthy, juices fail to include fiber.
    • Juicing discards the fiber filled pulp of the fruit. Fiber is essential for good bowel movement, low cholesterol levels and low blood levels.
  • With no fiber, the percentage of sugar in juices is alarmingly high.
    •  At its core, fruits are natural sugars. And while natural sugar is great and all, sugar is sugar. Drinking too much natural sugar can cause high blood levels and high cholesterol.
  • Most of the time, these juices lack protein
    • Few fruits and vegetables have a significant amount of protein for your body. Without enough protein, your body cannot build nor repair tissues, making your daily workouts not as effective as they can be.
  • A short term fix
    • This is something I touched upon the other day, but short term health fixes will give you the material results, but will never make you feel good. Perhaps you’ll lose a few pounds from the (cough cough expensive) juice cleanse diet, but ultimately, you won’t feel fulfilled and free. This diet is unsustainable and something that requires a lot of brute force which in the long-term won’t help you. You can easily relapse back into your old habits and thus relapse back into your old body.

I hope this short post helped to clarify any confusions or questions about juice cleanses. If you haven’t caught on yet, I’m quite against them as they are unnatural and unsustainable. But of course, as always, all opinions are completely of my own and you are free to decide what you want to do with your body. 🙂

What are your thoughts on juice cleanses?

xoxo,

Stephanie

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Benefits of Korean Ginseng

Benefits of Korean Ginseng

A few days ago I talked about ginseng as part of the daily supplements I take.

After reading the comments as well as thinking over that post a bit, I obliged to write a blog post about the benefits of ginseng.

When we talk about ginseng, we are talking about specifically the ginseng root. There are two different types – the American ginseng and the Asian (also called Korean) ginseng (I take the Korean ginseng). Unlike other supplements, ginseng cannot be found naturally in foods. Thus, ginseng has to be taken in the form of tea, energy drinks and food.

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I’m going to talk about Korean ginseng here as this is the type that I take. Korean ginseng is grown 100% organically, takes 6 years to mature in soil, and requires a 10 year resting period between the planting season.

While they are sold at a high price, ginseng has a high amount of active, grown without the use of pesticides, and contains three amount of ginsenosides.

Ginsenosides are valued to be able to boost mental efficiency and relieve mental fatigue. They work as natural adaptogens in the body which means they allow your body to adpat to stress in a natural manner.

Korean ginseng is also said to work on the nervous system as a natural tranquilizer and to boost metabolism function.

In terms of nutrients, Asian ginseng contains vitamins, amino acids, essential oils, and natural enyzmes. It contains 42 natural minerals, to be exact. Like whoa … has unparalleled nutritional content.

It is also great for a natural detoxifier, reduces cortisol levels, and has anti-inflammatory properties.

Obviously, ginseng has a lot of benefits which is one of the reasons a lot of Korean people take it. I really encourage those to try it – although the bitter taste may deter some – the nutritional benefits are worth it!

 

Have you tried ginseng before?

xoxo,

Stephanie

 

 

Healthy Eating “Detox”

Healthy Eating “Detox”

Do detoxes really work?

Yesterday, my family and I celebrated Mother’s Day at a pancake house for breakfast, at a fair where we drank a lot of bubble tea, and then in Philly for a midnight snack-eating congee and crepes. Today, we’ll be eating at a Chinese restaurant for dinner.

In between these heavy comfort foods, I tried to “detox”- or reverse the adverse affects of the pancakes, etc. with healthy foods. For lunch, I had a spinach salad with couscous and avocados, then for dinner we had tofu, salmon, and asparagus. Today, I had veggie scrambled eggs, raw vegan bliss balls, a pomegranate, a load of pineapple, a lot of water, and a lovely beet smoothie before dinner.

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This isn’t my picture, but the result looked the same 🙂 I blended water with a beet, a carrot, a pear, an apple, and a small knob of ginger and ran the smoothie through a sieve to result in a juice!

Eating all of these healthy foods and drinks made me wonder if this “detox” was working, or if it was just a way to make me feel better about my diet…However, I did notice that I was feeling a lot drowsier after eating the pancakes and bubble tea. The healthy foods gave me a lot more energy.

So, do “detoxes” (eating unhealthy and then trying to balance it with extremely healthy) work? I can say that the healthy made me feel a lot better-mentally and physically. What do you think?

Happy Mother’s Day to all the hardworking mothers out there!

Love,

Serena