Drink your greens!

Drink your greens!

So we have all seen photos of Blake Lively and Gweneth Paltrow walking around town holding their juices in the magazines and the ongoing trend of “juicing” or juice cleanses. Some say it can’t be good for your body to go a week or more at a time without eating food at all, and others say it is an amazing experience for your body and exceptionally healthy.

So what is the truth?

From what I have learned and experienced, it depends on the person. I personally have done juice cleanses and other “drastic” cleanses as some may say and have had great experiences. But what are the actual benefits? And why juice rather than eat or blend?

The reason behind juicing is to get a super dose of nutrients for your body to immediately absorb without having to work very hard. If you don’t like vegetables, but your body really needs vegetables, (which it does. Always.) you can juice 2 bunches of kale, 2 stalks of celery, a cucumber, and a green apple and get all of the nutrients (excluding fiber) but in the form of a light snack rather than a miserable salad eating session. It can be used as a supplement to your diet, which most people do not understand. Blending on the other hand is still great; however, if you blended all of those things, not only would it be entirely more difficult to “put down” (that just doesn’t blend up as well as a strawberry banana and milk smoothie), but it also will make you extremely full.

As far as the juice cleanses go, all I will say is don’t stress. It has worked for thousands of people and it is too intense for thousands of people. If you want to try it out, educate yourself. People have been practicing fasting for thousands of years through the four most popular religions and without all of the nutrients that you can get from juicing.