**Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Lisa at The Skinny on Health. I met Lisa recently at the Lorna Jane fitness event and have been impressed by her level of knowledge around health and nutrition. She’s currently getting her Master’s Degree in Nutrition and is well on her way to becoming a Registered Dietician. She really knows her stuff and I asked if she’d be willing to write a post for Fit & Awesome because I think you all will appreciate her perspective on health & fitness. She even designs her own juice cleanses (which I will be trying soon). She is great! Plus, we are from the same hometown. So cool. Enjoy! -Lindsay**
Hi Fit and Awesome readers! I am so excited to be posting on behalf of Lindsay today. I’m Lisa, the blogger behind The Skinny on Health. TSOH is a health, wellness, and lifestyle blog that talks about health, nutrition, and fitness. I’m currently getting my masters in nutrition and have a degree in human biology, so I explain how to actually lose weight and be healthy without all the craziness of fad dieting.
Juice Cleansing & The Real Benefits
Let me preface this by saying that juice cleanses are NOT recommended by dietitians and that they will NOT help you lose real weight or make you “skinny.” You might lose a couple pounds of water weight, but as soon as you eat again, that’ll change. That being said, I am an advocate for cleanses (well, obviously, I make my own and sell it). Here’s why.
No matter how healthy you are, your body takes in a lot of garbage. Everyone has their moments and eats junk now and then, healthy packaged foods are still packaged foods, and even if you are 100% clean eating natural foods, you’re still breathing. As long as you’re breathing, you’re building up yucky free radicals in the body.
Oxygen causes the buildup of free radicals. This is a wholeee long process that takes place in the mitochondria (oh yea, remember high school bio?) that I cannot wait to have the time to write about in an easy-to-understand way. (Look out for that post later this month!) In the meantime, basically, oxygen → free radicals → aging, cancer and other diseases, slower metabolism…the list goes on. If the human body were a bicycle, oxygen is rust.
So, before I get too off-track, let’s answer this: what does this have to do with cleanses?
Well, antioxidants are pretty much free radical killers. You all know berries and other foods have antioxidants, but I bet you didn’t know that your body naturally makes antioxidants without food, called superoxide dismutases. But, the process of eating and metabolizing food turns off these little guys, which further adds to the free radicals running wild.
When you are on a cleanse, a juice one or a calorie restricted one, you give your body the chance to not only cleanse the liver and other metabolic organs, but more importantly, your body has the time to build up its natural antioxidants (primarily SOD2) to alleviate the buildup of free radicals. These natural antioxidants prevent aging, cancer, alzheimer’s, diabetes, and so many other diseases.
I personally don’t like the idea of starvation and strict juice cleanses. That’s one thing I (and my clients) love about my cleanse: they are never hungry and you don’t have to give up eating food. My cleanse also pairs perfectly with Suja juice. Suja has their own line of cleanse juices that are so. freaking. delicious. I drink them even when I’m not cleansing. You can get Suja juices and have them delivered right to your door here.
If you don’t calorie restrict, I highly recommend a cleanse every month or few months. Not to lose weight, not to look thin, not to avoid dieting, but rather to build up the body’s natural defenses to fight disease and encourage healthy aging. You’ll thank me when you’re a healthy, active old lady! Actually, Lindsay is going to be trying out my cleanse pretty soon!
Thanks so much for having me, Lindsay! You can find me over at The Skinny on Health, or on Bloglovin, Twitter, Facebook or Instagram! If you are looking to lose weight, I am also launching a completely free weight loss program, The Skinny Docs, April 1st, and you can subscribe to that here!