Lifestyle

Juice detox

Many of us have heard of 'juice detoxes' and even researched them. I am tremendously guilty of researching juice detoxes, exclaiming I will do them in the New Year or for the Summer and never getting around to it. My reason for this is due to the hefty price of these 'juicing' companies that provide you with 3 days or even a weeks worth of juice.For example, one of the main suppliers of juices is 'Raw & Juicy' who will deliver the juices straight to your door. A '5 day mini cleanse' will cost you £295 and includes 5 juices per day along with a few extras such as lemon juice shots and kelp supplements to help your body adjust to this detox. I'm sure if you added up all the figures it would be worth the £295 but personally, this is unjustifiable for me.

I am still determined to fulfil my juice detox and plan on buying my own juicer and making them from scratch. So I have decided to do a little research and put together a guide on why you should consider a juice detox, what juicer to buy and some of the best recipes I've found.

Firstly, what are the benefits of a juice detox? Now I'm not saying you should go crazy and do a months worth of juices and only juices. A 'detox' is used simply to rid your body of poisonous substances. For example, if you've had a crazy month of drinking or have recently been on holiday and indulged a little too much then a detox would be beneficial. In particular, a juice detox.

Juicing is:

  • easy to digest and can increase your metabolic rate.
  • an easy way to get beneficial enzymes, which are primarily found in raw foods, into the body. Enzymes in fresh fruits and vegetables have the vital role of converting food into body tissue and energy.
  • ensures that the body is getting sufficient amounts of phytochemicals, substances in plants that are considered among the most powerful ways to fight disease.
  • a great way of getting your 5 a day if you're not a big fan of fruit and veg.
  • is high in antioxidants and other immune enhancing properties.
  • can help to accelerate recovery from illness and improve or alleviate symptoms.
  • can reduce cholesterol considerably

If you're not going to do regular juices and don't think buying a juicer is worthy of your money then I would suggest looking into the brand 'Raw & Juicy'. As mentioned before, they are rather expensive but worth the benefits if you are willing to pay. The company deliver customised juices straight to your door. Raw & Juicy is one of the best companies I have seen for these detoxes and they do a special 1 day 'post party pick me up' juice perfect for when you're feeling last nights tequila replaying on your mind.

But if,(like me) you are determined to succeed in being a regular 'juicer' then you may wish to invest in one of the following juicing machines:

Juicer

Two great recipes for juicing beginners:

Super Green Juice -
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1 cucumber, peeled

1 large handful spinach

1 large handful sunflower sprouts

1 small handful buckwheat sprouts

1 small handful clover sprouts

Cut the cucumber to fit your juicer’s feed tube. Juice part of the cucumber first. Bunch up the sprouts and wrap in spinach leaves, turn off the machine and add them. Turn the machine back on and tap with the rest of the cucumber to gently push the sprouts and spinach through, and then juice the remaining part of the cucumber. Stir ingredients, pour into a glass, and drink as soon as possible.

Serves 1

Cranberry pear fat booster -

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2 pears, Bartlett or Asian

1 cucumber, peeled if not organic

1/2 lemon, peeled if not organic

1/4 cup cranberries, fresh or thawed if frozen

1 chunk ginger root

Cut produce to fit your juicer’s feed tube. Turn off your machine to add the cranberries and top with the plunger before turning your machine back on (or they could fly out). Juice ingredients and stir. Pour into a glass and drink as soon as possible.

Serves 1.