I’m not sure how and when the trend began, but one thing is certain: juicing is all the rage these days. It seems like everyone’s doing it. And those that aren’t, are planning on doing it in the near future.
And why not?
After all, it detoxifies your body and helps you shed weight fast, right? Not exactly. In fact, it may very well have the opposite effect – especially when it comes to the latter. With that said, let’s pick apart those two common claims and shed some light on the matter.
As far as detoxification goes, it’s pretty much a moot point. Look, your body has kidneys and a liver that do an amazing job of eliminating toxins. There’s absolutely nothing that can match their ability to do this – least of all a silly little “juice cleanse”.
So, instead of going on a sugar-loaded, liquid diet to supposedly purge the poison out of your system, take a better approach. Don’t put that stuff in your body to begin with. Eat clean, natural foods and you won’t have to worry about detox.
Moving on with the second claim: weight loss…
Can juicing help you lose weight? Absolutely. Then why am I against it? Simple: the reason why it often causes a rapid and significant loss of weight is because of cleaning up your diet – not necessarily because of the juice. If you were eating poorly before and then made better food choices – almost any diet or intervention would do the same thing.
Having said that, let’s examine the flip side of the coin. You see, not only is juicing itself not responsible for weight loss, it can actually cause you to gain it.
When you juice, you’re ingesting a LOT of sugar all at once – much more than you ever could than if you were to eat the fruits (and veggies) whole. To make matters worse, you’re not getting any of the fiber that naturally slows down the absorption of said sugar. This can cause all kinds of health issues, one of which is weight gain.
Of course, that’s not as big as an issue with vegetables, but here’s the bottom line: if Mother Nature wanted us to drink juice, you’d find the stuff growing on trees. You can be sure of that.
At the end of the day, here’s my advice. Save the money you’d spend on an expensive juicer and buy fresh, organic foods. Eat them whole. Furthermore, stay away from processed junk. Do these simple things and you’ll get all the benefits that juicing supposedly can give you… but without any of the hassle and/or potential risks.