Are juice detoxes good or bad?
This is a controversial topic for many in the health and wellness industry. So let's break it down.
Let's first take note that fruits and vegetables are essential in a healthy diet. They are good for our bodies and provide us with TONS of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. There are so many benefits of those fruits and veggies.
So what's the deal with juice detoxes?
Juicing is the extraction of juice from fresh fruits and veggies for a drinkable concoction of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients. Which sounds amazing, right?
Well, here's the controversy:
Juicing advocates claim it is a quick and easy way to consume those beneficial nutrients, making sure our bodies aren't missing out, while those opposed testify that juicing causes us to miss out on other essential nutrients and dietary fiber that are removed in the juicing process.
Juicing itself isn't necessary and is totally a personal preference. It's neither good nor bad - A juicer isn't healthier than a non-juicer and vice versa.
But when it comes to participating in a juice detox, we need to talk.
Juice cleanses / detoxes typically consist of a liquid diet of fruits and veggies for an extended period of time.
Fruits and veggies are great, yes, but they don't do all the work. Meaning, you need more in your system than just the juice.
Here's why juice cleanses and detoxes aren't the end-all-be-all:
detox diets typically do not provide you with all essential nutrients and calories your body needs, which leads to hunger, cravings, slower metabolism, and eventually over-eating once the detox is over.
detox diets are scientifically unfounded and unsupported, expensive, and unsustainable.
you’re forgetting that you already have a stellar built-in detox system - your liver and kidneys do all of that work for you (and they don’t need the help of juice)
an indulgent weekend or "getting off track" or the desire to quickly become thin doesn’t warrant starvation, detoxes, compensation, and negative self-talk. Your body doesn’t deserve to be punished.
Your liver has got your back and will continue to convert nutrients into energy, and your kidneys are going to keep regulating minerals the blood stream. They’ll eliminate any toxins found in your body for you.
If you're thinking of doing a juice cleanse, I'd encourage you to check your intentions. What's the purpose?
If you're simply looking for an easy way to get extra fruits and vegetables in your diet alongside other foods, juicing is a good option!