Read this first if you’re looking to lose weight through a juice cleanse. By Estelle Low
What to expect during a juice cleanse. (Photo: maridav / www.123rf.com)
Today’s much-raved-about juice cleanse is no longer about downing copious amounts of lemonade. Expect instead new-fangled combinations of cold-pressed fruit and vegetable juices. The results of such juice cleanses, if recent social media buzz is anything to go by, seem promising, but do they really work and are they safe?
The juice cleanse idea is not new and is often credited to Stanley Burroughs, who introduced the infamous detox lemonade – a concoction of lemon juice, maple syrup, cayenne pepper and water – in his 1976 book The Master Cleanser. His successor, Peter Glickman, took this further in his 2004 book Lose Weight, Have More Energy and Be Happier in 10 Days.
The new juice cleanse proponents have changed the formulas – presumably because of the criticism levelled against older detox regimens like the Master Cleanse – to incorporate new combinations of fresh produce, with added vitamins and minerals in some cases. And, in case you’re wondering, laxatives in varying amounts are often still advised as part of the plan – and in the name of colon cleansing.
Is it worth a shot? We find out.
Shape writer Estelle went on a three-day Skinny Genes organic juice cleanse sponsored by Beauty Cleanse. Every day, she drank six 500ml bottles of juice – each with a difference combination of fruits and veggies – at two-hour intervals.
The package, priced at $330, came with supplements (flaxseed oil, acai berry and “liver support” capsules, a green superfoods powder as well as spirulina powder), laxatives (colosan powder) and pu-erh tea. She was also instructed to prepare the body for cleansing and to drink as much water as possible over the course of the day to aid detoxification.
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