There are many different types of detox cleanses, each with their own lengthy list of benefits, floating around on the internet. The acai berry cleanse is one of the most common. You may be inspired to rid your body of dangerous toxins with the cleanse, but should you?
Acai berries are filled with vitamins and minerals that can indeed help you detox and, because they’re purple, they can help with skin cell rejuvenation too. But here’s the thing, eating and drinking nothing but one particular food for a number of days isn’t good for you, no matter what it is. Sure you might lose some weight, but most of it will be water and you’ll put most of it back on as soon as you start eating solid foods again. Add to that the side effects of such a diet – lightheadedness and nausea, for example – and suddenly it doesn’t sound so fun.
Another downfall to the acai berry cleanse is that, because they’re a ‘health food’ and therefore not really regulated; they can say whatever they want to market their product with no real worry about consequences, you don’t really know what you’re getting. Some of the acai berry cleanse supplement products on the market contain as little as 5% acai!
It’s being marketed as something to jump-start a weight loss program (because everyone knows you can’t live off of juice forever), but it’s not necessarily the best choice out there. No detox is. The fact of the matter is that if you trade crappy, processed foods in for real, whole ones your body will detox itself.
Acai berries are definitely an incredible addition to a healthy diet, though. If you’re looking to lose weight and would like to incorporate these antioxidant powerhouses into your diet, you might want to consider something like the Daniel fast instead.
Daniel is a character from The Bible. While fighting with a King’s army, he’s said to have requested a diet consisting of only water and vegetables because the foods that the other soldiers were eating were against his Jewish dietary customs. The story goes on to say that by the end of ten days, Daniel and his friends looked better and healthier than any of the men who had been living off of meat and wine.
Plenty of people are still doing the fast today for a variety of reasons. On the fast, you mainly consume vegetables, fruits, and water (you can also make 100% fruit or vegetable juice if you’d like). If you want to detox, this is how you do it in the healthiest and most effective way. Acai berries are a perfect addition to this fast because of their antioxidant properties, fiber, and other nutrients.
What are the benefits of doing one?
In addition to not feeling nauseous because you actually get to eat food, there are a few other benefits to starting a Daniel fast and adding acai berries to it. The fast supports heart health, improves your cholesterol, and can even lower your other heart disease markers. Since acai berries are full of antioxidants and other phytonutrients, they can also help lower your blood pressure.
The fast will help with anxiety and bring fog too, but adding acai berries will increase the benefits even more. The high fiber content of the fast will help keep you regular and get rid of any free radicals and other toxins that you’ve built up as well.
As you can see, weight loss is just a fringe benefit on this eating plan.
So, what can you eat on this fast anyway? In addition to fruits and vegetables, kefir, almond milk, coconut water, sprouted grains, beans, sprouted nuts and seeds, and legumes are also allowed. You also need to remember to drink enough water to stay hydrated.
Are there any cons?
The Daniel fast is a safe plan for just about everyone, but women who are pregnant or nursing should consult with their midwife and/or professional medical care provider first because they often need a wider range of nutrients than this plan provides to support a growing baby.
Another small downside is the cost. It isn’t cheap to get an entire day’s worth of calories into you in mostly fruits and vegetables.
Though the acai berry is indeed super good for you, the ‘detox cleanse’ that’s been floating around your social media feed isn’t necessarily the best choice. Especially when you consider that most of the products and supplements tied to the cleanse have next to no acai in them.
Please remember to consult with your holistic or medical professional before starting the Daniel fast or making any other sort of sudden, significant lifestyle change.
Have you tried the acai berry cleanse, the Daniel fast, or something similar? What was your experience?