If you take a look on any social media platform these days, chances are you’ve spotted at least one of your favorite influencers taking part in juicing or going on a juice cleanse. With high-profile actors and Instagram celebrities all jumping on the bandwagon, this craze has been almost everywhere in the digital world. You’ve probably been thinking about trying it out if you’re looking for a way to detox your body or to start a new diet, but we have some benefits and a few potential risks that come along with this trend to consider before you jump head-first into that bright green apple-spinach-celery juice.
Benefits Most juice cleanses typically involve eating/drinking only juice for a range of 3 to 10 days, during which time you can get a good boost of healthy vitamins and minerals that you might not be getting enough of on a regular diet. Juices are often rich in anti-inflammatory agents that have the potential to boost your immune system and give you more energy. Juicing could help you flush toxins from your body, lose weight, and help improve digestion by introducing healthy gut enzymes. However, it’s important for us to take a second here to note that most of these benefits have not been scientifically proven.
Potential Risks Even with all of juice’s possible benefits, there are more than a few potential risks involved with pursuing this method of detox.
– Juice that has not been pasteurized or treated to kill harmful bacteria can make you sick. These bacteria could have a deadly effect on the oldest, youngest, and weakest among us. – Anyone with a kidney disorder could be affected by juice that contains oxalate, an acid that contributes to kidney stones and other issues.
– As juice cleanse diets are based in “detoxing,” this can result in consuming too few calories to sustain a healthy level of blood sugar, causing fatigue, fainting, dehydration, weakness, headaches, and hunger. These effects can be especially dangerous for those of us with diabetes.
– The extreme weight loss that comes with cleanses is not typically lasting and will often result in a “swing” back to your former weight when the cleanse is completed.
If you’re going to try it… Take the necessary steps to protect your body.
Make sure you’re buying your juice from a reputable source and reading the labels.
Plan for a shorter 1-2 day “reset” cleanse, rather than a long cleanse that is going to zap your body of its energy and nutrients.
Supplement your juice with clean protein when you’re feeling hungry.
You can even try “blending,” which is focused on blending fruits and veggies, as opposed to just squeezing the juice out of them.
Blending has been shown to leave a higher number of antioxidants in the final product than fruits that have been juiced.
Most importantly, listen to your body! It will tell you if it’s hungry, needs a break, is not about the juice, or maybe just needs a nap to recharge, reset, and detox.
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