Even if you do not abuse your liver and kidneys and you eat healthy foods, it does not hurt to go on a detox diet now and then. The body has a way of cleansing itself, but going on a detox diet may make your body more efficient in expelling toxins. Plus, detoxing can help you lose weight as well.
Some people resort to juicing when they detoxify. It is because juice has no fiber. It is believed that fiber-free foods let the colon “rest” for a while, which is a good idea while you allow the body to naturally flush itself of toxins.
The blending process which produces smoothies does not strip away the fiber from fruits and vegetables. Thus, when cleansing is done by way of consuming smoothies, it takes much longer. A smoothie-based detox diet normally lasts for twenty-one to twenty-eight days. A juice fast, on the other hand, can be completed in a span of three to ten days.
Juice requires very little to nonexistent digestion; in short, the body absorbs juice readily. So, if a person has an irritable digestive system or needs to have a nutritional deficiency addressed quickly, then juicing is the best option. Some juicing advocates even claim that the blending action of making smoothies accelerates the oxidation (or deterioration) of the fruits and vegetables being blended. Oxidation changes the color of the drink, affecting its flavor and turning it sour, which may make it slightly unpleasant to drink.
When you detox by way of drinking smoothies, there is an added factor that makes the colon-cleansing much more efficient—the presence of fiber. Fiber slows down detoxification. That is why detox via juicing is faster than with drinking smoothies. But fiber makes the detoxing much more efficient. Fiber is an invaluable colon cleanser because it facilitates the release of toxins from the body. Smoothies are also far more filling than juices, because you will not feel hungry after just a few hours.
In addition, juice cannot be considered as a “complete” food because it cannot sustain the body’s nutritional needs. A properly prepared green smoothie, on the other hand, can serve as a balanced meal.
The method you choose for your detox diet depends on your lifestyle and your personal preferences. Choose whichever you prefer since both ways can achieve the same results.