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10 Benefits of a Juice Cleanse You Didn’t Know

10 Benefits of a Juice Cleanse You Didn’t Know

Everyone is doing it! Well, maybe not quite everyone, but it seems that lately you can’t open a magazine without hearing about someone doing a juice cleanse. The juicing fad is drawing in people like fruit flies to a brown banana. Alright, maybe that imagery brings some negative connotation to it, but it isn’t meant to be a bad thing. Gulp down these 10 benefits of a juice cleanse.

1. Eat Eight Tomatoes in One Go

That’s right, by juicing your vegetables and fruits, you are able to consume a larger amount of them at once. For those that are having a struggle meeting the recommended 4–6 servings a day (also known as practically everyone) this is a great benefit.

2. It Breaks the Cycle

Junk food has evil powers; it definitely holds me under its spell from time to not-so-occasional time. A beautiful benefit of starting with a small-scale juice cleanse, say three days, is that it helps to ward off the control junk food holds over you. It helps to break the cycle and reset your stomach, making those urges a little easier to fight.

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3. Give Your Liver a Rest

The liver’s function in the body is to detoxify – in fact, it’s our go-to guy. Every single thing that passes through our mouth passes through our liver for a detoxification before it can enter the rest of the body. By doing an organic juice cleanse, you give the liver a little less to process. Which, with much of America’s diet today, is practically the equivalent of giving it a night off.

4. Rehydrate Your Body

Most people do not drink enough water, with other more inadequate beverages, like coffee and soda, being their main fluid intakes. By partaking in a juice cleanse, the amount of adequate beverages you drink helps your body out in many ways. It helps to ensure your body is working more efficiently, flushes your system and often increases your alertness. Afternoon crash? Say goodbye to that.

5. Your Skin Will Glow so Much You’ll Practically Have a Visible Aurora

Going on a juice cleanse will rehydrate you while filling your body with a lot of vitamins, nutrients, flavonoids, anthocyanins and the like. Just being well hydrated positively affects your skin; adding a surplus of easily absorbed nutrients skyrockets those effects. The result is the glowing complexion that would typically come with a lot of money or a long vacation.

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6. Reduce Your Stress Level and Catch Those Zzz’s

When you juice a variety of fruits and vegetables, you’re able to diversify the nutrients your body receives. Leafy green vegetables are high in magnesium, a relaxing mineral that has a mellowing effect that can help improve sleep quality. That’s not all magnesium does either. Magnesium and vitamin C help to ward of the stress hormone cortisol.

7. Diversify Your Diet

By juicing, not only are you able to consume more fruits and vegetables, you are also able to add more to your diet that you wouldn’t normally eat. Not the biggest fan of beets? Juice one with some greens and fruits. When juicing, it’s recommended to add a rainbow of produce to diversify your benefits. It is much easier to hide the taste of your least favorite but oh-so-good-for-you veggie with other flavors in a juice than on a plate.

8. Absorb Nutrients Faster

Many avid juicers argue that by solely consuming fruits and veggies your intestines do not have to work as hard to break down multiple types of nutrients. In fact, there is hardly anything to break down, so most of the nutrients are easily and readily absorbed. This is great considering 95% of the vitamins and enzymes our bodies need are found in the juice of raw fruits and vegetables.

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9. Shed Some Pounds

A juice cleanse is an easy and great way to jump start a diet. As I mentioned earlier, it helps to ward off cravings and control your appetite. Naturally low in calories, yet still delivering concentrated healing and beneficial nutrients, it supplies the body with everything it needs while helping to shed it of water weight, and in some cases, fat.

10. Increases Your Energy

It may sound backwards that drinking solely juice will give you energy, but it does. After your body adjusts, you will feel more clarity and have more energy. Some feel so much better that they never even miss their daily coffee.

These are just a few of the many benefits of a juice cleanse.

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Also check out the benefits of certain fruits that would serve you well when juiced!

Featured photo credit: Viktor Hanacek via picjumbo.com

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Last Updated on September 16, 2019

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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