Are juice cleanses worth the hype?

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Hey there!
I am super excited to be interviewing some incredible experts over on my Facebook page in the coming weeks. One of the things I am often asked about is all the hype surrounding detoxes and juice cleanses.  

Recently, I was able to chat with Kimmye from the Weekly Juicery in Lexington, KY, about the benefits of juicing: particularly addressing some common misconceptions and myths. In the interview, she answers a ton of questions about juicing in general, along with some specifics about how to implement juices into a carb cycling and IIFYM routine.

Here are some of the highlights from our interview together!
What makes cold pressed juices so special?
When you drink juice that is cold pressed, and uses certified organic fruits and vegetables, you are getting all of the live enzymes from each fruit and veggie. One 16 oz. juice is about a week's worth of veggies! During the cold press process, the pulpy parts of the fruits and veggies are removed along with all of the fiber in those fruits and veggies.

What benefits are there to drinking cold pressed juice?
Juicing gives your body an opportunity to heal itself. Incorporating such a massive amount of produce into your diet, allows your body to get the nutrients it needs, without making your digestive system work.Your digestive system has to work extra hard when you consume fiber. However, because the fiber has been removed from cold pressed juices, your body can be replenished with tons of nutrients, while remaining in digestive rest.

How does utilizing fresh, cold press juices affect our gut health?
I've shared before about how important gut health is to burning fat. When you drink cold pressed, certified organic juices, you are repopulating your gut with healthy bacteria. These juices in their rawest state basically form a powerful elixir full of antioxidants, enzymes and good bacteria. These good bacteria help your body store less fat and aid your metabolism in working more effectively.



What is the difference between a juice cleanse and a smoothie?

K:  Juice is extracted using a special juice machine that removes all or most of the insoluble fiber. Smoothies are made using a blender that includes the insoluble fiber even though it’s a liquid-like consistency. Fiber is certainly a great thing to include in your diet through smoothies or salads and other raw foods, however it’s important to drink juice without the fiber to extend your bodies period of digestive rest. Juice allows our body to remain at digestive rest while still receiving the alive enzymes and nutrients from the vegetable. In periods of digestive rest, energy is diverted from the overload of digestion and directly towards healing and rejuvenation where needed.

What kinds of juices should I drink?
K:  Be sure that your juices aren't treated with either heat or pressure. The best place to find juices like these are from a local juicery. You also want to make sure they are certified raw, organic juices. In addition, you are going to want to choose juices that are vegetable-centric, as opposed to mostly fruit. These take a bit longer to enjoy in terms of taste, but they are truly the best in terms of overall health benefits.

Here's the bottom line ladies:
If you are just starting a healthy eating routine or want to simply reset your system after days of processed foods, I highly recommend incorporating cold pressed juices into your nutritional program. The incredible nutritional value found in juices will undoubtedly increase your energy levels, boost your immune system and aid in your weight loss efforts.

If you are ready to live your life in a healthier way, juicing will help you get there! 


p.s.  If you are ready to start a weekly or monthly juice cleanse routine, use the link HERE to order directly from The Weekly Juicery.  You will receive a special discount that's available exclusively to Sarah Cann Training friends!

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