Updated: Apr 19
Detoxes and juice cleanses are very popular right now. Most involve drinking a series of juices and while you may temporarily feel better, it is important to understand that you may not have accomplished as much as you think you have.
Hear me out. The goal of a juice cleanse is to detox your body. The idea is that by reducing your food intake and existing on raw juices, the energy that is not being used for digestion, can be used to remove toxins a person may have been storing. The nutrients in the juices may also support the detoxification processes of the liver. However, there are a few flaws in this scenario. First, our body is already very effective at removing toxins on a daily basis. So detoxing and eliminating food isn’t necessary. Supporting your liver is likely a better strategy. Second, juice does not contain fiber, which is essential for toxins that have been prepared, by the liver, to actually leave the body. No fiber, toxins do not leave. In a perfect world, your liver would remove all toxins and any excess hormones immediately. If we feed our liver correctly, it will have all the nutrients and energy to do the work daily.
Here are some key liver foods you should consume frequently to keep your liver happy:
Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage or kale,
Bitter foods like dandelion or collard greens
Sulfur-rich foods such as garlic and onions
High antioxidant foods like berries, carrots, tomatoes, asparagus, and other fruits and vegetables
In short, I’d recommend focusing on daily habits you can start to include that will support your overall health and wellbeing and skip the detoxes and juice cleanses as they often offer up short-term results.
If you are looking for a more healthy way to support your body in detoxing grab the 10 Day Sugar Detox Program (This detox doesn't involve juicing every veggie in the produce section. You'll be You will be enjoying plenty of well-balanced and delicious meals loaded with protein, healthy fats, and high-fiber veggies to help you get your blood sugar balanced and support healthy hormones.