While giving birth is one of the happiest moment in many people’s lives, such joy does come for a price for many young mommies. Yes, it’s the weight gain we’re talking about right now.
Of course, one of the most obvious and immediate decisions many women want to make in order to get back to pre-baby shape is dieting or detoxing. To many of them detoxing sounds especially appealing as it seems to kickstart the whole weight loss process and help them rid of the toxins as well.
There’s a certain amount of heavy metals present in women's body during pregnancy. After a woman gives birth, these metals still remain in her body as well as appear in the breast milk.
This doesn’t mean that the number of toxins in breast milk is something that young mothers need to worry about. Even if their milk does contain some toxins, their dose is minimal and doesn’t affect baby’s health. Moreover, the benefits of breastfeeding overweight this drawback.
At the same time, it’s quite obvious why women are so keen on getting rid of the toxins in the first place. After all, no one wouldn’t want to experience the effects of intoxication because of the incorrect diet.
But is juicing really the best way to decrease the number of toxins in women bodies and to help young mothers lose weight? The opinions are quite different.
When a woman breastfeeds, she needs all the vitamins and energy she can get. One of the best and easiest ways to supply your body with all the nutrients needed for proper functioning and to boost your energy levels is to switch to a proper nutrition.
Juices are one of the best sources of vitamins. Therefore, when added to a healthy diet, they help women get a number of nutrients she needs daily. They help boosting energy too and also stimulate detox processes in woman’s body.
However, most of the doctors agree on one thing: while juices are a great addition to young mother’s daily diet, a young mother definitely shouldn’t pick a diet that consists of juices only.
While juices are rich in vitamins, they still aren’t nutritious enough for a breastfeeding woman. They don’t have a list of nutrients that are essential for baby’s growth and healthy development: iodine, selenium, vitamins A, B, and D, and some minerals.
Moreover, it’s important to keep the daily calorie limit in mind: young moms who breastfeed need to stick to at least 1650-1700 calories per day while drinking juices can provide them with 1200 calories maximum. While this means breastfeeding moms do start losing weight because of a calorie deficit, this also means that they won’t receive enough energy. This could make it harder for them to get through the day and could even lead to temporary milk reduction.
It’s also important to remember that a breastfeeding mom needs to receive enough protein with her food in order to supply the baby with all the necessary nutrients. The juices aren’t enough to receive a daily protein dose (67 grams for a breastfeeding mom).
So what should you do then? While sticking to a juice cleansing is definitely not the healthiest option for a breastfeeding mom, juices still can aid the whole weight loss process. The trick here is to combine them with solid food, making sure your daily ration is healthy and nutritious enough. The juices keep you full longer - therefore, you eat less, and so the weight loss process starts after all. Moreover, you receive a lot of vitamins and cleanse your body from toxins too. At the same time, eating solid food ensures that you’ll get all the nutrition you and your baby need.