We're dipping a toe into the waters of wellness to give the Plenish juice cleanse a test-run; it promises to combat bad eating habits, just in time for summer...
Words Camilla Clarkson
Advocates sing about the health benefits of juice cleansing. It’s said to detox the body and reset the digestive system, as well as boosting immunity and improving mental focus. But there are those who shout that these claims are unfounded. Here at Absolutely we wanted to make up our own minds. We’ve trialled the award winning juice cleanse from Plenish to see if it could help conquer bad eating patterns in the build up to summer.
THE PLENISH JUICE CLEANSE – WHAT IS IT?
I’m recommended the cleanse four-day detox to combat unhealthy eating habits. It consists of six bottles of cold pressed juices, each 500ml. The juices arrive with clear guidelines – one juice to be drunk every two hours, with one glass of water in between. They are tasty – the Fuel (cucumber, spinach, kale, ginger and lime) and the Pump (beetroot, cherry, carrot and lime) are favourites. Although it turns out that is a huge amount of liquid to consume!
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
Die hard fans say a cleanse should be a minimum of three days, but even on day one I notice a difference. It completely breaks all daily routines, enabling a more mindful approach to eating. This is especially noticeable with my sugar and caffeine intake. And my body tells me about it – I experience dull headaches from abstinence. The next day energy levels are soaring however and my stomach feels flatter all round. Mentally I’m aware of investment I’ve made in this juice cleanse and with it comes a sense of responsibility to maintain it. Cue summer health all round.
WHAT ARE THE SIDE EFFECTS?
Hunger pangs aren’t really an issue, however by the end of the day energy levels are lower than usual and evening yoga proves to be a struggle. We suggest minimising evening activity if you’re thinking of taking on a juice cleanse.
The day cleanse is not extreme. However, the lovely people at Plenish recommend vitamin water to help with energy levels and to support a healthy diet going forward. These are helpful. They curb caffeine and sugar cravings and should help to combat boredom snacking in the weeks to come.