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To juice or not to juice detox? What’s the healthy alternative?

Welcome back to part two of our four-part series on debunking New Year’s resolutions. If you missed part one where we addressed the potential negative effects of what crash diets can do to our bodies. For the full article, you can catch up on by clicking this link

Now let’s dive into, in my opinion, is one of the most controversial resolutions: juice detoxing to start the year.

Firstly, I want to acknowledge a big kudos to you, for wanting to improve your health and take action. Acknowledging the need for change and committing to it is a commendable first step on your journey to a healthier you.

Many of us seek quick-fix solutions due to our busy lives or the allure of instant results. Finding something that is simple and will fit right into our daily routine would just be perfect!

Juice detoxes seem very appealing with their promise of healthy, rapid transformations. I, too, have been tempted by the idea of a juice cleanse, enticed by the fact they are nutrient dense and have quick results – because how could a freshly squeezed juice from fruit and vegetables NOT be packed with all the good stuff? it all sounds wonderful, right? 

Juice detox under the microscope.
You know several people who have completed the detox and have told you that they felt fantastic on it and can recommend multiple companies that will tell you that a juice cleanse/detox is good for you. Or you, yourself have tried the infamous juice detox and it works, the promised weight came off, and you felt great. It’s very likely you may be reading this and thinking to yourself, what could possibly be bad?
Let’s break it down.

Here’s the catch:  the initial weight loss is due to a drastic reduction in calorie intake. If you deplete your body from any form of sufficient calorie intake after several days, of course, you will lose weight. However, this type of weight loss is not sustainable long-term. Your body needs a balanced diet to function optimally, and solely relying on liquids deprives it of essential nutrients.

So, what else can a drastic reduction in calorie intake do to your body? More likely than not, it leaves you feeling weak, fatigued and irritable. Let’s face it, when someone is so hungry, they can also become ‘hangry’, I know I do if I don’t eat enough.

Another side effect that I would like to point out is that juice cleanses can cause dehydration and disrupt electrolyte balance within your body. A well-balanced diet provides fibre, electrolytes, protein and sugar which work together to give our bodies the perfect balance of nutrients. But when we don’t have this combination in our diet, it causes our internal systems to become all out of sync.

The most worrying factor for this drastic weight loss alternative is the potential for blood sugar spikes from the high sugar content in juices. Despite being natural sugars, they can still lead to blood sugar fluctuations, which might be a risk factor for those with diabetes or insulin resistance.

Juice cleanse adverts will claim to be nutrient rich, but there are healthier alternatives to obtain essential nutrients.

In conclusion, as we scrutinise the concept of juice detoxing, it becomes apparent that the promises of quick fixes and instant results may not align with the sustainable, long-term well-being we all aspire to achieve. If you’ve been swayed by the allure of juice cleanses, it’s crucial to recognise that the initial weight loss is a result of drastic calorie reduction, leading to unsustainable outcomes and potential health risks.

So what can we do instead of juice detoxing?
Let’s delve into a healthier alternative with the help of STMNA Bioactive supplements.

Here is a list of healthy alternative options:

  1. Smoothie alternative
  2. Stay hydrated
  3. Add more colour to your plate
  4. Consider supplements
  1. If you really want to spice up your routine, why not alter for a smoothie instead of a juice. For me, it makes no sense to eliminate all the good fibres and nutrients that are found throughout the entire food when it comes to juices. Therefore, by blending up a balanced smoothie will not only keep you fuller by allow you to benefit from all the good stuff you put in it. Balanced and nutritional packed smoothies are also seen to relate to sustainable weight loss. To add an extra layer when it comes to smoothies, try opting for water as the liquid in the smoothie, not only will it keep your calories controlled but it’s also hydrating.
  2. Speaking of hydration, try to reach for an extra glass of water or if you are super busy and may forget from time to time, I know sometimes my days escape me, grab a motivating water bottle and place it in front of you will encourage you to drink a little more. 
  3. Like our last blog my recommendation of adding more colour to your plate is a great go to. This will only ever benefit you when it comes to becoming a healthier and more sustainable version of yourself. With the warmer months in Australia why not utilise all the colourful fruits and vegetables that are currently on offer to add an extra salad to your weekly diet. I can’t accentuate enough that the word salad doesn’t have to be boring, bland and basic anymore.  With so much inspiration everywhere, look up delicious salad ideas and you will be surprised with how many alternative salads there are to replace, and even satisfy some junk food cravings.
  4. Consider supplements like STMNA HEALTHSPAN to support your daily nutritional needs. Designed to enhance liver function, metabolism, energy levels, and sleep quality, it offers a convenient way to nourish your body. 

In conclusion, achieving your health goals requires balance, consistency, and sustainability, rather than quick fixes or extreme detoxes.  By making small, manageable changes to your lifestyle and nourishing your body with wholesome foods and supplements, you can embark on a journey to a healthier and happier you.

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