The Fitness Reboot: Are Juice Cleanses Right For You?

Generally speaking, I’m not a strong advocate of juice cleanses. You can get many of the same effects of a juice cleanse by cleaning up your diet, dropping calories, or simply doing a water fast. The key in all of these endeavors is to temporarily reduce the load on your digestive system, freeing up your body to concentrate fully on healing itself. (By the same principle, food poisoning and illness don’t “cause” diarrhea and vomiting. It’s your body’s solution to the problem, blocking the road off so the repair crew can get to work.)

With that said, if you’re not on a tight budget and a juice cleanse sounds interesting to you, then it may be a good option. Juice cleanses minimize the load on your digestive system, delivering the vitamins and nutrients you need in the purest form you can get short of an IV drip. By the end of the third day, you will be feeling good in a way you haven’t felt since you were a kid. Lighter and healthier.

One issue with legitimate juice cleanses is the price tag. Most three day cleanses come in around $50/day. However, you can actually use this to your advantage. Chances are, if you spend $150 on a three-day juice cleanse, you’re going to follow the directions to a “t” simply because you spent so much. It’s just human nature.

And juice cleanses are only effective if you carefully follow the instructions the manufacturer lays out for you. These will generally involve extra hydration and eliminating most meat prior to the cleanse and lots of raw food immediately following the cleanse. It might not sound fun depending on what you consider a normal diet, but then again, that’s kind of the whole point.

Three things to remember about juice cleanses:

1.  Since these juices come off the press very fresh and without preservatives, you’ll want to make sure that your order can be shipped to you quickly. Most juice cleanse deliveries require a signature upon delivery.

2. Don’t think that you can make your own juice cleanse by just consuming only orange juice for a week. Qualified professionals design these products. If you want to do your own thing and you’re on a budget, you’re much better off doing a water fast. Not nearly as fun and tasty, but much cheaper and just as effective.

3. It’s not smart to think of a juice cleanse as a weight loss method. Yes, you’ll lose weight during the cleanse, but it will quickly come back once you restart a well-balanced diet. However, a cleanse is a great way to kickoff a long-term healthy diet plan.