A nutritionist spills about juice cleanses

‘Drink to health’ is a saying that is centuries old. Yet for some, they are no longer clinking glasses filled with wine, but freshly squeezed organic juice. These vegetable and fruit juice concoctions are believed

‘Drink to health’ is a saying that is centuries old. Yet for some, they are no longer clinking glasses filled with wine, but freshly squeezed organic juice. These vegetable and fruit juice concoctions are believed to promote good health through cleansing and stimulating healing in our body. As a result, we have seen an ever-increasing interest in juice cleanses, with companies and online enthusiasts sharing recipes or providing juice delivery to assist individuals in embarking on their own juice cleanse.


Yet, how valid are the claims of the cleansing properties of juice? Should we all be reaching for a glass of juice each day or embracing a regular practice juice cleansing? We wrote an opinion piece on the current juicing trends in many cities today. Let’s explore the ins and outs of juices and the proclaimed benefits of juice cleansing, and specifically whether a juice cleanse is right for you if your desire is to lose weight or absolve your sins of poor eating, smoking or excessive alcohol intake. Let’s spill it…


What is a juice cleanse?
A juice cleanse is a short-term diet where only juice freshly squeezed from organic fruits and vegetables with a cold pressed juicer are consumed. Essentially, a juice cleanse is a type of fast that can last one, three or seven days, or even up to several weeks. Unlike a fast, drinking juices ensures that the body is still obtaining some nutrition. The purpose is to clean out the digestive tract and promote detoxification.


Why cleanse with juice?
Fresh juice is incorporated in cleanses because it is believed that you will be acquiring a concentrated dose of vitamins and minerals that will promote detoxification and healing of the body. While it is true that through juicing you can concentrate the vitamins and minerals of more fruit and vegetables than you could ever imagine eating in one sitting into a single glass, juice is devoid some vitamins and minerals, not to mention proteins and essential fatty acids that are vital for proper functioning of your body. Because juice cleanses are adopted for a short period of time proponents of juice cleansing suggest that this is not a concern. Juice cleansing for just a few days is unlikely to be a concern for most healthy individuals.

A concern regarding juice cleansing is that many individuals embark on a juice cleanse on their own, making their own juices or by purchasing a pack of juices through a website.

Often the support available is limited and not customised to the individual. If you wish to embark on a juice cleanse it is recommended that you do so with the guidance of a qualified nutritional professional who can ensure the juices provide your body with as wide a range of vitamins and minerals as possible and that this individual is suitably experienced to support you should any health concerns arise during the cleanse.

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Is it necessary to cleanse with juice?
Our bodies are engineered to cleanse and detoxify toxins every day through our kidneys, liver, gastrointestinal tract, skin and immune system. The belief with juice cleansing is that through reducing toxin input by way of alcohol, caffeine, additives and processed foods we are giving our detoxification organs a rest, providing them with essential nutrients by way of the vitamins and minerals in the juices, and clearing out our digestive system of wastes and built up toxins.
It’s like a spring clean for our digestive system and detoxification organs. Keen on a detox? Read more here. Yet, is it necessary to go to the extreme of depriving yourself of food, and could it possibly cause more harm than good? Let’s squeeze some issues with juice cleansing with regards to absolving our sins and weight concerns in the next article: What you must know before embarking on a cleanse.


If you’d like to discover how to achieve a balanced diet for yourself you can schedule a nutrition consultation with an expert either in person in Singapore or via Skype. Schedule your consultation here: clinic@balancedlivingasia.com

Tansy is a nutritionist passionate about debunking diet myths and helping people find a way of eating that nourishes them and that they can enjoy and sustain long-term. She also provides private consultations at Balanced Living Asia, Singapore, where she provides nutritional counseling and workshops for people who want to put an end to their struggle with food and dieting.

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  • J. Sullivan^I ordered the Green Knights option. I love it!I used the sizing recommendations that are illustrated in the product images. I weigh upwards of 240&#44 and went with a XXL…it fits me perfectly. The same size in American equivalents would be quite large on me.The jersey feels comfortable while cycling. The fabric breathes well. I was a bit skeptical about being a huge American in a Chinese jersey&#44 but it looks nice on me. Most importantly&#44 it’s functional. The three back pockets fit my iPhone 6 Plus&#44 my wallet&#44 whatever…they are a good size&#44 but not too baggy.This is my first cycling jersey&#44 so take it for what it’s worth&#44 but I tried on a few at my local dedicated bike shop&#44 and though I like those&#44 too&#44 my Wosawe jersey provided a huge savings over my local store&#44 and the quality appears to be equally as good as those.It came all the way from China&#44 and it arrived sooner than I had anticipated. It was delivered wrapped in heavy duty trash bag style gray packaging…my little jersey in a bundle. It got here intact and in perfect condition.If my photo gets displayed&#44 note that my shoulders are together so though it may look a bit baggy&#44 it is not. I want to show how comfortable it is around my big American neck. I’m a mess&#44 I know&#44 but the color representation also matches what you would see if it were your very own Green Knights jersey.If you want to save money&#44 or if you enjoy the designs&#44 this is an awesome option for gearing up your cycling wardrobe. I love my Wosawe jersey!~5|Vita_et_Letum^I don’t know what the other reviews are deferring to when getting two sizes up. I wear a medium in standard shirts and a medium in riding jerseys&#44 so I purchased a medium and it fit like a medium. Same sizing as TwinSix and Louis Garneau.This thing feels really good&#44 amazing jersey for the price.~5|Marta W^Great&#44 but it wash in a mesh laundry bag. 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Pictures of mesh wash bag and kit after 1 wash in said bag.~4|Carlos C.^jersey came from China so it took a while to arrive but the wait was worthyJersey has a great quality&#44 looks really cool&#44 fit perfect my size and for only $12.99 WOW! you can’t beat this deal!!~5|Damon LeBeouf^im 5’11”&#44 155 lbs. i typically wear a small in usa purchased jerseys&#44 but due to reading here on reviews i decided to bump up to a medium. overall its still a snuggish fit&#44 and i could have possibly gone to a large&#44 but im overall happy with the medium. im probably going to get a couple more of these in different designs in the medium size as well.the zipper is a bit finicky as others have said. mine does seem ok&#44 hasnt broken yet. you do have to get kinda rough with it when you initially connect and zip it up but once it gets going it does seem like it works fine.as far as comfort goes&#44 i cant tell much difference between it and a $100 jersey from the bike shop. seems like a good cheap option to put in the rotation.shipping is coming from the other side of the world so give it a few days.~4|JackS^This is a very good jersey&#44 especially for the price. I purchased this jersey for a team I am riding on. It actually arrived much earlier than I had expected. I also expected that it would fit a little tight as I ordered an extra large and I generally wear a size large. I have heard that the Chinese jerseys fit a little small. I was surprised to find out it was just a bit large on me. That being said I think they are pretty true to size or maybe just slightly smaller than others. It is made of breathable material of good quality&#44 that wicks away moisture. It has a full length zipper which is really nice so you can unzip when you get too hot. I do wish the zipper was a little more stout&#44 and I really hope it holds up. I have not had a great deal of luck with some of the nylon zippers as they jam if you don’t get them seated properly. It has the traditional three back pocket arrangement for storage of all your supplies. The pockets have reflective strips on either side so you can be seen more easily by motorists. The waistband has a silicone band which helps to keep it in place while you are riding. I have had many jerseys that are not long enough in the body. That is not the case with this one. The length is perfect. I have also had jerseys without the waistband and they do rise when you ride. This one stays in place. Overall&#44 I am very pleased with this cycling jersey&#44 especially when you consider the price. I will definitely purchase more like this.~4|Kenneth D. Liming^I bought this cycling jersey for my husband but the XL was too small. So sad to say it didn’t fit. The reason I am giving 5 star is the the jersey is very nice and good quality. The seller was very helpful is getting me my refund and very nice to deal with and were prompt in their response. I would buy from this seller again.~5|ISUTubbs^I was worried about ordering this cool skeleton bike jersey because of the reviews saying the sizing was small&#44 plus the LONG expected delivery time of Sept 22 – Oct 15th. I decided the price was worth the risk and am very pleased I did. The sizing is comparable to other biking jerseys I have — i.e. size up one size. (All my bike jerseys are size XL&#44 and might T-shirts are L) Jersey manufacturers believe bikers are supposed to be lean cycling machines&#44 too bad we aren’t all in Tour shape! The jersey IS a little shorter than I’d prefer&#44 but the waist band appears like it will hold in place.My order arrived a full 2 weeks ahead of the earliest arrival date&#44 so I have absolutely no problem recommending this seller.~4|Adam Manganiello^Material seems fine and the color looks just like the images. I went by all the sizing suggestions here on Amazon and they were wrong for me. The sizing in the sizing chart is wrong for me as well. So the shirt seems to indicate I bought a US L. I wear a medium normally but I read multiple times to go a size up which I should not have done. The sizing chart says I should be a medium but the weight says a I should be a large. With the shorts the same issue. Waist is loose on me and the pad for some reason sticks out 2 inches from behind the shorts probably because the fabric is not tight enough. So if you want these I am not sure if you should go with your size or a size up so I can’t recommend taking the risk. Going to try and send these back for a refund.~4|BCH68^For the price&#44 I haven’t found anything that matches it. Wicks well. Material isn’t the absolute lightest&#44 but it is very comfortable in 90 degree Florida weather. Zipper can be finicky. I am 5’8″ 160 lbs. I wear a 39 or 40 suit coat.The medium fit perfectly with a tad more room in the chest than a medium Pearl Izumi Elite jersey that costs 4x as much. Length is perfect&#44 and it stays in place with silicon grippers. My only wish is for a few more attractive designs&#44 because at this price I’d buy ten of them.~5|

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