15 Low-Cost Alternatives to a Juice Cleanse
Juice cleanses may be a raging fad, but they're not the be all and end all of detox programs. In fact, many people find that juice cleanses make them feel worse, because the regimen lacks fiber and sufficient calories. Moreover, juice cleanses are often outrageously expensive, costing upward of $30 a day. Since there's argument whether there's even a scientific basis for the "detox," it makes sense to find cheaper and arguably healthier ways to cleanse the body, change up diet, and introduce detoxifying activities into a daily routine.
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Skin is the largest organ in the human body and, sometimes referred to as the third kidney, plays a large role in ridding the body of toxins -- yet is often neglected during detox routines. An easy way to help the skin detox and renew is by dry brushing with a regular natural bristle hair brush or special skin brushes costing less than $5 on Amazon. (Be sure the bristles are soft and full enough for comfort.) Dry brushing before bathing removes old toxin-carrying cells and encourages the growth of new cells.
Naturally fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kombucha, and kimchi contain probiotics, which promote healthy digestion and a strong immune system. Our bodies are home to thousands of bacteria, some very helpful and essential to proper bodily functions, and fermented foods are rich in them. Probiotics are alive when we ingest them, so there may be a noticeable burst of energy when eating fermented foods. Stick to locally made vegetable-based products for the best prices; transporting these life-filled foods requires temperature-controlled cargo space that adds cost to the consumer. Some people skip the food approach and seek out probiotic supplements to take like vitamins.