Is Juicing Healthy??

  • by Kim Lockard

Is Juicing Healthy??

Not everyone is jumping on the juice cleanse bandwagon. While some health experts feel it is an important step to get toxins out of the body, others think it’s nothing but a fleeting trend.

Juicing dates back to the 1930s, first with a strong presence in New York and Los Angeles. Juice cleanses have since become popular as the uptick in natural, healthy food has become more the norm.

Consuming nothing (with the exception of water and herbal tea) but raw juices for one to seven days helps release toxins and solid foods in the digestive system. Since the pulp and fiber are removed, it’s thought that the nutrients in juice are assimilated quickly into your body and bloodstream. This gives the immune system an immediate boost and feeds the cells nutrition.


The Pros

Toxins are removed.  Fruits and vegetables help release trapped toxins.

You’re consuming large amounts of vegetables.

Energy levels are increased. You may feel more alert and focused because there are fewer artificial additives and chemicals in your body.

Skin looks clearer and more radiant. As the liver is detoxed, the skin is purged and tends to look better.

Minimal weight loss.

The immune system may be strengthened. Immunity is said to be boosted, so it’s thought that you’re less susceptible to allergies and becoming sick.

The Cons

You may feel bloated or constipated. Lack of fiber can make the stomach feel full and uncomfortable.

Cravings for sugar and carbs. Changing your diet drastically, even if it’s only for a few days, can make you crave sweets and carbs. Any withdrawal from caffeine or sugar can cause headaches.

Weight may be regained.

Juicing omits fiber found in fruits and vegetables and strict juicing eliminates other nutrients.

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