Juice cleansing for weight loss? This is how good juice cleansing can be!
Guest blogger Klaus Menner on the many possible ways of carrying out a juice cleansing diet and how it can help us in everyday life
Hello from Mülheim! My name is Klaus Menner and I am the branch manager of Reformhaus Bacher (a health food store) in the beautiful Forum City. I have lived and loved my role at the store for many years. Helping People to develop a better awareness of health is a subject that is close to my heart and very fulfilling for me. One topic that many of my customers bring up is juice cleansing. Detoxing and losing weight with juice cleansing really is in vogue, especially now in springtime. I am very familiar with the concept, not least because of my own experiences.
When the Bottrop-based naturopaths, Farid Zitoun and Christian Rüger came to the store to film a new YouTube video with numerous tips and facts about the juice cleansing, I took this as an opportunity to delve deeper into the subject matter.
Juice cleansing, losing weight & detoxing – how does it all fit together?
I find modern naturopathy fascinating. From my point of view, it offers alternative and, above all, natural answers to many questions that conventional medicine often only knows how to answer in terms of pharmaceutical chemistry. Moreover, you often don't need to look far beyond your garden fence for a healthy lifestyle.
Scholars were already speculating about the healing power of homegrown plants centuries ago, and they developed recipes for how we could make use of them, e.g. for juice cleansing. There are all sorts of substances in juices that can help our bodies to best maintain our health. One good example of this for me is artichoke juice, which I myself like to take as part of a juice cleanse. Artichoke juice can be good for the liver, and there are now even conventional-medicine studies on this, such as here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26310198.
You can certainly argue about what the concept of "detoxification" means in detail. But if a juice has positive effects on the liver, then this will surely help our bodies to cleanse themselves.
Losing weight with juice cleansing? My experiences with the juice cleansing diet
For many People, detoxing is the primary focus of juice cleansing. However, there are also some for whom losing weight with juice cleansing plays a greater role. My (and my family’s) Personal experiences here are very good. I often shed several kilos with a juice cleanse, which would otherwise be impossible or at least very unhealthy over such a short period of time. Admittedly, it isn’t easy to stick to juice cleansing for several days and the craving for something hearty to eat creeps in again and again. But I've managed it and I always feel better afterwards. Fresher, lighter.
Looking at the scales is just an extra reward. Incidentally, there’s even clear scientific evidence of this effect on well-being, as I found out here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5438379/. Nevertheless, you should be careful in your choice of juices because if you drink too many sugary fruit juices, the weight loss effect probably won’t be so great. That's why I Personally prefer to use vegetable juices or herbal mixtures.
Juice cleansing & losing weight - recipes for perfect juice cleansing
If you want to try juice cleansing for yourself, I first recommend going to the doctor or a trusted naturopath because juice cleansing isn’t completely harmless for People with certain conditions and/or pre-existing illnesses if it’s simply tried without expertise and under self-regulation.
In principle, you have a free rein when it comes to choosing the type of juice cleansing. Specialist retailers offer prepared concoctions of plant juices, which you can buy ready-made. In my opinion, they’re very suitable and will save you most of the work. In addition, they usually include instructions and tips on how to use them correctly. However, you can also plan your juice-cleansing diet yourself if you have a juicer. At this point, here’s an important piece of advice: Don't use a centrifugal juicer, because unfortunately it destroys many of the ingredients.
My Personal favorite recipe consists of a mixture of different juices in two 330 ml bottles. The base is always carrot or tomato juice, depending on whether you prefer it a little sweeter or more savory. In addition to this, pour in 4 tenths of potato juice, 2 tenths of nettle juice and 2 tenths of artichoke juice until you've filled the bottle, and drink it over the course of a day.
Is this a guarantee of increased well-being and less weight? No, but from my point of view, it’s a great way to get there and the perfect start to a healthy springtime.
If you have any questions about juice cleansing or other health-related issues, you’re welcome to come and see me at the health food store, where I will be happy to advise you, or you can simply write to me in the comments section here. You’ll also find very competent points of contact in Farid Zitoun and Christian Rüger at Bottrop’s naturopathic practice.
More on the topic of Juice cleansing - healthy or harmful? can be read in the news section of the Naturheilzentrum Bottrop website.
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