Juice Cleanses: Good, Bad, Just Strange?

The juice cleanse. It’s a “new” phenomena, that isn’t really all that new.

But as they say, what’s old is new again. Many religions have used the idea of fasting and cleansing as a way to reconnect with your spiritual side (some would say by driving you to the brink of sanity), and of cleaning out the body. Although the new attention given to juice cleanses seems to center around detoxification and weight loss, it seems like something which such a long rich history must have some medicinal benefits. Although the popular made to order juice cleanses, such as The Blueprint Cleanse, Organic Avenue’s Cleanse, and The Suja Cleanse will set you back a few hundred dollars, many of the recipes can be made at home. It could also be argued that this would be the better option since the focus is on fresh, high quality produce, and somehow shipping juices cross-country seems counterintuitive. Most cleanses last three days, but they can range from one to five (and in some cases much longer I’m sure, although this isn’t suggested).

I’ve found a few interesting articles that discuss the “juice cleanse craze” and the the pros and cons to consider before jumping on the bandwagon.

(Click on images for a link to the articles)

The New York TImes “The Juice Cleanse: A Strange and Green Journey”




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