After a December spent indulging in one too many glasses of champagne, most of us enter the New Year making resolutions that this will be our ‘healthiest year yet’, and quickly pounce on the latest detox craze to sweep Instagram: juice cleanses. But before you consider forking out a small fortune for your new liquid diet, consider the advice from Herbalist, Naturopath and IsoWhey Educator Amie Skilton, about why juice cleanses aren’t always the solution, and how you can still effectively detox your body this January.
Juice Cleanses – Are They Worth the Hype?
There are many different types of juice cleanses available, but the most common of the lot tend to involve anywhere from a day to a week spent consuming only juice and no other foods. This is an issue for a number of reasons:
A lack of protein – detoxification of the liver actually requires amino acids in order to be able to excrete toxins. Where do you find amino acids? Protein, of course! If your body isn’t receiving adequate amounts of amino acids, it will take them from the nearest available source- your muscle tissue! This actually in turn leads to more toxins in your liver, creating symptoms like headaches, bad skin and more – aka ‘common detox symptoms’. You may think you’re losing weight, but in actual fact you’re simply losing muscle mass- no doubt the exact opposite of what you want to achieve!
No fibre – Fibre is essential for carrying toxins out of our body when they are excreted from our liver. Without fibre, toxins can simply be reabsorbed by the body. Although fruit has fibre in its whole form, the juicing process removes the bulk of this fibre, meaning the detoxification you’re looking for isn’t really happening.
Sugar – You know the part about juicing stripping fruit of its fibre? Well, you’re often left with a huge amount of sugar. One juice can contain more fruit than you’d ever eat in one day, making it effectively a sugar bomb. Excess sugar can wreak havoc on your gut flora (the delicate balance of bacteria in your gut), so you may actually experience symptoms like bloating and sluggishness, and be left with consequences of an unbalanced gut- the last thing you want after a detox.
Detoxing Without the Need for Juicing
If you’re looking to rid yourself of toxins after an indulgent holiday season, there are some simple, effective steps you can take to give your liver and the rest of your body the helping hand it needs to start 2016 in your best form yet.
Cut the junk - Okay, this one is a bit of a no-brainer. But one week after cutting processed foods from your diet, and you’ll be sure to feel the difference. Don’t look at this as a diet- just crowd your plate with vegetables, healthy fats and protein, and there won’t be any room left for the rest!
Milk thistle – This ancient herb does wonders for the liver. It has both protective and regenerative properties specifically for the liver and reduces liver inflammation. Supplementing with milk thistle after the silly season can give your liver the extra boost it needs to detoxify.
Vitamin B – Excess alcohol (which we’re all guilty of over the silly season) seriously depletes your body of vitamins. Vitamin B3 in particular is actually essential for the function of two key enzymes that detoxify alcohol. Supplementing with a good-quality multivitamin on a daily basis can help replenish depleted stores of vitamins.
It’s important to keep in mind that not all cleanses are made equal, and if it’s something you are interested in, it should be done under the guidance of a healthcare practitioner (in which case you’ll often find you won’t just be drinking juice!). If you would like to know more about the newly-released IsoWhey 15 Day Cleanse box, speak to our customer support team on 1300 476 943.