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If your goal is to detoxify your body and boost your vitamin and mineral concentrations, it can be helpful to do a relatively short-term juice cleanse.
- For detoxification and replenishment, it is best to stick to juices, not smoothies. Contrary to many cleanse packages offered by juice shops and delivery services, it is advisable to avoid fatty fruits and seed/nut milks during a cleanse. The purpose of a cleanse is to reboot your system, and you don't want fatty ingredients slowing down your nutrient assimilation.
- By short-term, I mean three to ten days. Some people cleanse for as little as one day or as long as several months. One day juice cleanses are good practice, but, the truth is, substantive detoxification will not occur in a single day. On the flip side, when you do long-term juice cleanses, you run the risk of nutrient deficiencies, which can undermine the benefits of your cleanse. If you’re thinking about implementing a cleanse program for longer than 10 days, definitely consult a doctor prior to your endeavor. Also, if you have any chronic health issues, consult a doctor before commencing any juice cleanse program.
If your goals include weight loss/management and blood sugar control, smoothies are a better option.
- Including healthy plant-based fat and protein sources, like fatty fruits (e.g. coconut, avocado, durian), seeds (e.g. sunflower, chia, flax, hemp), and/or nuts (e.g. almonds, cashews, walnuts), in your smoothie will actually help you feel full longer. I'm not down with dairy for health and ethical reasons, but some people add yogurt to their smoothies. If you haaave to add yogurt, choose plain goat milk yogurt.
- A smoothie that combines vegetables, fruits, and plant-based fats constitutes a well-balanced meal. If you are looking for more of a snack, stick to vegetables and high-fiber fruits and go light on the plant-based fats.