It all started with wheatgrass shots and kale smoothies and now it's developed into a full blown green juice revolution. Celeb fans like Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Miranda Kerr have been Tweeting their approval of nutrient rich juices and soups, with some sources indicating that they contain cucumber, kale and parsley and Japanese wholefood Chlorella - a kind of green algae.
So what's all the fuss about? Well, diets like the Green Juice Detox break down the fibre in vegetables ensuring that a rich supply of nutrients, anti-oxidants, phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals can be more easily absorbed by the body.
After three days, practitioners report surges in energy, lowered sugar cravings, less bloating and more regular bowel movements. If this sounds like something you might want to try, here are the facts...
What ingredients does the Green Juice Detox Diet use?
Cucumber, kale, carrot, celery, radish, beetroot, spinach, Cayenne pepper, ginger and a few key fruits can be included in juices as well as more unusual ingredients like potato, avocado, onion and dandelion.
How does the detox work?
Over a period of one to three days (depending on your ability to stick to just juices and no solid food) you will need to drink between four and six juices and four glasses of filtered water per day. You should avoid all solid food and do a low to moderate rate of exercise, like walking the dog, 20 minutes on the cross trainer or Yoga.
On the fourth day, don't jump straight back into solid food. Eat plenty of fruit, vegetables, lean protein and brown rice, combined with juices until you're system feels back to normal.
What benefits will I see (or feel)?
Because you're completely cutting out refined sugar, wheat and dairy for three days you will probably feel less bloated and could lose some weight. However, the quick change could leave you feeling weak, light-headed and head-achy. The high volume of fibre-rich vegetables should help you feel fuller for longer, but it might also make you crave something sweet.
Your liver, which processes toxins in the body, should get a nice little breather during these three days. This is perfect for flushing out toxins and reducing fatigue (although the extreme calorie restriction could have the reverse effect).
Can it work in the long term?
Sticking to a green detox for more than three days can starve your body of protein, so don't get carried away. It's crucial to listen to your body - if you start to feel light headed or faint you could be dangerously low on calories. For a more realistic approach, try a green juice daily either for breakfast or as a lunchtime snack.
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