Fabio and I have recently gotten into watching documentaries on Netflix, and the other day we watched Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead.
For those of you who have never seen the film, it’s a documentary about an overweight man from Australia who completes a juice cleanse for 60 days in order to reset his body and lose weight. When he starts the documentary he is taking tons of medications for an obesity-related autoimmune disease he has, however when he finishes the cleanse he is healthy, thinner, and completely off his pills.
While he’s cleansing, the host drives around the United States and interviews people about their health. As you would expect, the documentary showed that the eating habits in this country are pretty atrocious. Many of the overweight people interviewed were baffled about how to eat healthy, and others just didn’t seem to care. They knew that their life spans would be cut short because of their weight, but they weren’t motivated to do anything about it. Although this information was depressing to hear, I have to say I wasn’t surprised. Working every day in an obesity-related nonprofit organization has really opened my eyes to this epidemic, and I’m happy to say that each day I try my best to make a small difference on the number of Americans with obesity.
One thing that did surprise me though was how beneficial the juice cleanse was for people’s health. Of course the cleanse made people lose weight (a drastic change in calorie intake will do that) but I was really impressed with its other health benefits. For example, the documentary showed one woman who suffered from frequent migraines, and after trying the juice cleanse for just 10 days, she didn’t have a single migraine even after consuming foods that previously acted as migraine triggers for her. The fact that the juices were able to cure the host of his autoimmune disease was pretty impressive as well.
In order to help explain how the juice does this, the documentary used really cute animations which demonstrated that micronutrients in the juice help repair cells and fight off diseases. Here’s the video demonstration:
Anyway, Fabio and I both thought the documentary was truly eye-opening, and when it was over we both vowed to incorporate more fresh juices into our diet.
In the past I’ve been somewhat against juicing because you have to buy so-much-produce to yield just 1/4 cup of juice. Fabio and I are pretty good about managing a budget, so all that extra produce just didn’t seem worth it. However after watching this video we’ve both decided that getting the nutrients from fresh juice is important enough that we’re going to give it a go.
At this point we are only at the very beginning stages – researching juicers, finding juice recipes, reading about the pros/cons of cleanses, etc. – but I promise to keep you guys posted about our progress along the way. I think this could be a fun venture to take on in 2015, and I’m excited to see what (if any) health benefits come our way after consuming more fresh juice! (Psst…I’m not ruling out smoothies either! That fiber is important too!)
Questions of the day: Do you drink fresh juice? If so, how do you make it? What juicers do you like? What recipes are good? How do you feel about juice cleanses?