I will assume that you know what a Juice Cleanse is. Now lets put some thoughts behind it.
The body is an amazing organism. What does it need to function fully? Oxygen , food, water, warmth, exercise, protection against the elements (shelter) and companionship.
As a living organism the body needs air, needs to be fed and needs hydration(water). The quality of these essentials affects how well the body can perform.
Poor air quality for example limits essential oxygenation of the bloodstream which carries vital nutrients to all its parts. Lack of good quality air over time will lead to restricted growth and dysfunction.
Similarly, impure water can have drastic effects and reduce the bodys performance, for example, affecting fluids in the joints resulting in lack of mobility and pain. Food which contains traces of pesticides used during its growth or added chemicals during food production can accumulate in the body and cause problems in the bodys defences against disease and cancer.
As a warm bloodied animal we need to be warm to function. Lack of warmth causes the body to use energy to protect its internal organs and in extreme cases, hypothermia, shock and even frostbite attacking the extremities. We all know that frostbite can mean loss of the affected parts.
Exercise is needed to keep our muscles from atrophying and wasting away. It also creates a strong heart for pumping blood throughout the body carrying essential nutrients to organs, nerves and muscles. The blood is also carried back to the heart to be re oxygenated. Sweating during exercise helps rid the body of waste.
Protection against the elements is necessary to prevent sunburn ( a form of radiation ), hypothermia, pollutants in the air, windchill and so on.
Although it is possible to live without companionship we are essentially a social animal and will be more fulfilled and stimulated through interacting with others. Touching and intimacy heighten our enjoyment of life.
Now lets say that we abuse some of these essentials and consume junk foods, sugars in large quantities , processed foods, alcohol or foods and drinks with added chemicals intended to prolong their shelf life. Our bodies take in these chemicals in small quantities. The body can filter out most of these impurities, however , some remain in the body. They can then leach into the blood and get carried all round the body eventually contaminating organs which will then not function to their fullest potential.
Advocates of removing these toxins by engaging in a body detoxification program such as a juice cleanse swear that this is necessary. This is because the body is under constant exposure in some form or another from chemicals or unnatural foods. There are also those who maintain that detoxification is unnecessary since the body is equipped with specific organs that filter out such impurities. It is true that organs such as the liver and pancreas do carry out this function and do it very well.
However, to me , it is a matter of the body functioning well and just adequately. Excess chemicals in the body will eventually lead to problems. Eating junk foods , whilst they satisfy feelings of hunger, carry little or no useful nutrients the body can use. The body can store excess food in the form of fat which again affects the bodys performance.
Those who have performed a juice cleanse , in the majority of cases, report benefits such as more energy , weight loss and a lift in spirits from knowing that they have done something to assist the body in performing better.
So it is essentially a question of quality of life. Yes the body can function without a juice cleanse or other detox plan but it can be more susceptible to disease, obesity and underperform. A simple and regular juice cleanse assists in eliminating toxins from the body making it better able to resist illnesses, function more efficiently and make you feel better. I can say this with confidence as I have undertaken a juice cleanse on many occasions and always feel rejuvenated and recharged afterwards. At the end of the day, it is not for me to tell you that you should undertake a juice cleanse for the reasons I have put forward. You should use your own knowledge and experience to decide. I wish you success whichever you choose.
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