The words juicing, detoxing, cleansing, and toxins seem to be thrown around left, right, and centre in the health scene lately. Today we break it all down into bite-sized pieces to help you make a more informed choice on whether juicing is for you or not.
What is Juice Cleansing?
All your meals for a period of one to seven days are replaced with pressed fruit and vegetable juices. The idea is that when our bodies don’t have to digest solid foods they can focus more on eliminating toxins and we can regain a healthy balance.
Do They Work?
Let’s get one thing straight – the idea that you can flush all the toxins from your body and leave your organs squeaky clean after a few days of juicing (or a few days of anything else for that matter) isn’t possible, as much as we would like it to be. Our bodies have great ‘detoxing’ systems that successfully reverse all our mishaps everyday – the liver and kidneys. Even your skin and lungs are constantly cleansing away any impurities from your body as you are reading this. What you eat affects how these detox organs function, but this happens over weeks, months, and years and is a constant process. We cleanse all the time if we eat properly, because each organ in our body can function optimally all the time.
So juice cleanses might not wash out your organs, but they can have other benefits. They are a great way of preparing your body for a fresh start, boosting your energy levels, and getting you used to eating better quality wholefoods.
After the first-day adjustment period, juice cleanse followers usually find that they have more mental clarity and energy. There is no post-lunch slump and your body learns to utilise the little calories it is getting more efficiently.
If you have had an indulgent summer, a juice cleanse might be a great way of helping you get back on track with the health game. Think of it as a psychological jump-start to healthy eating, not the solution to long-term wellness.
Finally, we want to point out that cleanses are only suitable if you are not suffering from any health problems, are pregnant or breastfeeding, or on any medication. We recommend that you avoid strenuous exercise during the cleansing period too.
Providers in Cairo
A one-day cleanse kit including four 330 ml detoxifying juices and 1 detox salad.
Price: 135 LE
- Billie in the ForestBillie offers the most personalized detox experience to her customers. You fill out a questionnaire and your juice blend is customized to suit your specific body’s needs and preferences. Instead of completely limiting yourself to juices, Billie offers two juices per day to replace one snack and one meal alongside general clean eating.