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What A Nutritionist Wants You To Know About Juice Cleanses

With the promise of improved energy levels, a more efficient body and mind and a flushing out of toxins, it’s no wonder juice cleanses have long held their appeal.

But then comes the hurdle of actually committing to one. Because let’s face it, depriving yourself of your usual indulgences to stick to a diet of only liquids can be tricky, to say the least. And, for most, require serious willpower.

Which is why we decided to pick the brains of a health expert – Rick Hay, a nutritionist and director of health channel Healthista – to get to the bottom of what exactly juice cleanses do and whether or not they’re worth it.

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What exactly does a juice cleanse do?

According to Hay, juice cleanses essentially work as a reset. “They give your digestion a pause, some breathing space and a fresh start,” he says, adding that they’re also a great way to kick start a new diet.

“Drinking plenty of water while on your juice cleanse helps keep everything moving and supporting the liver, which is the main detoxifying organ.”

And why juices? Juices, compared to smoothies, are absorbed faster into your body as the enzymes and nutrients are liberated from fibre, Hay says.

How often should we be doing them?

If you live a busy, modern lifestyle but are otherwise healthy and fit, a three-day cleanse twice a year – ideally in early spring and at the end of summer – can help give your body the reset you’re wanting, says Hay.

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But a word of warning: “If you have specific dietary needs, are pregnant or nursing, have food allergies or are unsure if a cleanse is right for you, you should consult with your GP,” he advises.

How long should we juice cleanse?

The one thing Hay says everyone gets wrong about juice cleansing is that you don’t need to go on a weekly cleanse to reap benefits.

“In fact, juicing for an extended period of time can play havoc on your digestive system as the constant flow of juice is missing the necessary protein and healthy fats your body needs.

“Be mindful and, as mentioned, check with your healthcare professional before you start a cleanse.”

Three Australian juice cleanses to try

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Like what you hear and keen to try one? Here are three available in Australia:

Purenergy Protocol

Sydneysiders after a juice cleanse tailored specifically to their preferred flavours and juice cleanse needs shouldn’t go past Purenergy Protocol. Packages range from the gentle introduction, four-day Beginner protocol through to the 10-14 Emotional release protocol.

Pressed Juices

Founded by four Melbourne professionals who saw a need for a simple and effective way to nourish, relieve and restore bodies, Pressed Juices is now one of Australia’s biggest juice cleanse companies. Choose from basic, advanced and master cleanses.

Juiced Life

A weak immune system and the continuous catching of colds or other sicknesses led one of Juiced Life’s co-founders to create the cleanse. Working together with a nutritionist, he designed recipes juices that were effective in boosting immunity, free of the refined sugar and preservations used in many store juices and, importantly, tasty.

(Lead image: Purenergy Protocol / supplied)

Published 10 February, 2020