There are quite a few brave souls that are trying out what is known as a juicing de-tox diet. What does that mean to you and me? Well, for one thing, the detoxification process entails a natural cleansing process. The daily exercise of taking in only freshly prepared home juice as part of your only natural diet for the next week or two can be a stringent one for those who have become accustomed to overeating, even on their good days.

To be quite honest with you, I’m more in favor of using juicing with your exercise. Instead of drinking sodas or even sports drinks to quench your thirst before, during and after exercising, you can replenish and strengthen yourself with freshly squeezed natural juice. This, to my mind, is a lot better than starving your body and mind of what it needs and what it desires. If you are one of those that need to lose weight yesterday, your body most certainly needs its exercise, never mind detox diets and fad crash diets that don’t really work on its own.

The reasons for not using sodas to replenish your thirst during and after exercise should be quite obvious by now. If you’re drinking from a can, that can already has at least eight teaspoons of white, processed sugar in it. This is not conducive to losing weight successfully and reducing your bad cholesterol levels. But sports drinks? Now that’s quite interesting. At least what I’ve come to learn about sports drinks so far.

While weighing up on what to write about on health and fitness for women, I also had to do a bit of reading to give some of my drafts some gravitas. And what I dug up was quite startling. Sports drinks may just only be safe to use by professional sportsmen and women or the most physically active among women. The less sedate exercisers, like you perhaps, should give sports drinks a complete miss. Because, guess what, just one single 500 ml bottle contains even more processed sugar than that bad old can of soda.

Nutritionists have also come out with guns blazing by recommending that parents don’t purchase sports drinks for their children. Supermarket juices are now a known health hazard as well. First of all, most supermarket juice products are packaged in plastic. This is not good for the environment and there are chemicals within the packaging materials. The cheaper store juices are also watered down, robbing the consumer of most, if not, all, of the health and nutrition benefits.

It’s safer to go juicing instead. Take time out to research your own recipes and then gleefully go off and do a bit of shopping for fresh, natural ingredients. Go organic with these, if you can. And whether you’re going to be enjoying your juice before, during and after your exercise, just remember that your tasty juice doesn’t only have to be all fruit. I often mix my concentrations with some of my favorite vegetables.

If I’m not using favorites, I’m using vegetables that complement the selected fruits nicely. For instance, a few sticks of celery, a sprig of parsley and freshly juiced tomatoes go quite nicely with apples. But in saying this, it’s also a matter of taste. Health benefits far outweigh those trivial matters of taste. Wouldn’t you rather be healthy and happy? I know I would. Finally, this is exciting, exercise.

Take a small juice bottle along with you on your run or to the gym. A vegetable-based juice for the gym is also loaded with protein and will give you plenty of energy during the course of your workout.