Juice cleanses promise sweet benefits like glowing skin, heightened alertness and weight loss, but what do the experts really say about this detox diet? By Estelle Low.
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How does a juice cleanse work? One essentially skips solid foods and subsists on liquids in order to give the digestive system a break and allow the body to flush out toxins. Revolving around combinations of cold-pressed fruit and veggie juices, this detox diet has an ardent following of Hollywood hot bods, including Gwyneth Paltrow and Miranda Kerr, and the hype on social media regarding juice cleanses seems promising.
The juices have to be fresh, unpasteurised and cold-pressed, not just any ol’ juice. Echoing raw food enthusiasts, many juice cleanse champions assert that this method of juice extraction is best because other tools like blenders and centrifugal juicers generate heat that can destroy the healthful nutrients, minerals and enzymes in fresh produce. In addition to juices, some have added vitamins and minerals, and laxatives in varying amounts are often advised as part of the plan – and in the name of colon cleansing.
As one might expect, cold-pressed juices come at a premium: A 500ml bottle can cost upwards of $10 and a three-day juice cleanse can amount to at least $200 for 18 bottles – excluding supplements and delivery fees. Still, some may consider this a low price to pay for a better complexion, more energy and a slimmer silhouette. Or is it? Here’s what our experts have to say about the juice cleanse.