Guest post by Olivia Parker, author of ‘Sensational Smoothies: Drink Your Way To Health Deliciously’
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.
Now, some people resort to juicing when they go for a detox diet. It is because juicing has no fiber. Fiber-free foods let the colon “rest” for a while, which is a good idea while the body flushes itself of toxins. The blending process which produces smoothies does not strip off the fiber from fruits and vegetables. Thus, when cleansing is done via consuming smoothies, it takes much longer. A smoothie-based detox diet normally lasts for 21 to 28 days. A juice fast, on the other hand, can be completed in a span of 3 to 10 days.
Juice requires very little to nonexistent digestion; in short, the body absorbs it readily. So, if a person has an irritable digestive system or needs to have a severe nutritional deficiency addressed quickly, then juicing is the best answer. Some juicing advocates will even tell you 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.
As for a detox diet by way of drinking smoothies, there’s 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 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. Plus, juice cannot be considered as a “complete” food because it cannot sustain the body’s nutritional needs. A green smoothie, on the other hand, can do that. Smoothies are also far more filling than juices, because you won’t feel hungry after just a few hours.
In the end, 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.
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