You Asked: Should I Try a Juice Cleanse?

In 2005, it was the skinny b*tch diet, made popular after ultra-slim mom of four Victoria Beckham was seen toting the book around town. And there’s always the citrus-heavy grapefruit diet, which tends to emerge every so often as a metabolism-boosting miracle fruit of sorts.

But today, the weight conscious (and, if we do say so, the brave) are all about juice cleanses — and there are a ton of them, from Blueprint to Cooler and the characteristically lemony Master Cleanse. Mind you, the list goes on.

Without a doubt, there is a lot of noise out there in this liquid-laden world of juice cleanses, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. First and foremost, it’s important to determine whether or not a juice cleanse is a good idea for your body. Natasha Uspensky, a New York-based nutritionist who offers remote Skype appointments, gives a wonderfully detailed answer.

A juice cleanse can be a wonderful and perfectly safe detoxification for your body, and a great way to kick-start weight loss. That said, for first-time cleansers, you may want to complete a juice cleanse under the supervision of a nutrition professional.

Depending on your body type and specific health concerns, you may experience serious detox symptoms that can be intense for some people.

Another mistake many first-time juice cleansers make is consuming too little throughout their cleanse. You should consume a juice once every two to three hours to ensure that you can maintain healthy blood sugar and energy levels. A store-bought cleanse like Blueprint or Organic Avenue can be a great way to ensure you are getting enough nutrients throughout the day.

For those that want to make their own juices, do some research or purchase a book with recipes that will guide you through the process.

Detox symptoms like headaches, dizziness, and crankiness are normal and usually only last a day. After a juice cleanse, you will feel lighter and cleaner, both mentally and physically.

Opt for no more than five days of strict juice cleansing (three if it’s your first time).

— StacyAtZeel, Zeel.com

For personalized nutrition information, book an appointment with Natasha on Zeel.

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