Juice Cleansing Cons

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  • The Don't Do It Juice Cleansing Critics

    In my prior post, "Juice Cleansing Pros," I wrote a bit about juice cleansing in a general way. This article will address those who warn us to steer clear although concessions are made if the cleanse is done safely. It is the extreme but popular methods they warn against and rightly so. Some of their claims that have been made are open to challange, so here are a few bits of info to consider. 


    Consider This

    To begin, juice cleansing is dangerous for some people. Those undergoing chemotherapy, those with diabetes, and those with nutritional deficiencies should not attempt a juice fast. 

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    The high levels of antioxidants and low levels of protein can prove dangerous for people undergoing chemotherapy. Those with diabetes can have their blood-sugar levels rise dangerously because of the high degree of sugar in juice cleanses and those with kidney disease can suffer from the high levels of potassium and minerals that build up in the blood during a juice fast.


    Juicing is not better than whole fruits and vegetables whereas it removes some  nutrients. Because the fiber is often eliminated through the removal of the skins from fruit and vegetables, the body absorbs fructose sugar more easily and can affect blood-sugar levels.  


    Juice cleansing leaves out critical nutrients that you need and and also lacks protein and fat. if you do not get enough calories, your body will begin to use muscle tissue instead of fat for energy. While cutting the fat from your diet will probably result in the desired weight loss, you will most likely put the weight back on once the fast in over. In addition, longer fasts can result in electrolyte imbalances.


    Frequent fasting can result in permanent lowered metabolism. Denying your body food creates a situation where the body thinks it is starving, and the metabolism is lowered. Should this happen enough times, the metabolism can be permanently lowered.


    Detoxing is not really neccessary whereas the body does a good job already. The liver, kidneys and intestines dispose of what is not wanted through urine, bowel movements, breath and sweat.       


    Some proponents of juice fasting claim it can treat cancer. There is no scientific evidence to suggest that juice fasting does anything but increase vitamin intake. While this is beneficial, the calorie and protein restriction might slow healing. In addition, the American Cancer Society has stated that juice fasting or any other fasting is not viable for treating cancer. 


    If You Are Going to Fast

    If you are going to juice cleanse, keep it short. It does have benefits. It is a must to check with your healthcare provider before undertaking such a radical dietary change.


    You will feel a sense of accomplishment if you complete the fast, and you will probably be getting the recommended amount of fruit and vegetables you need per day. You may detach from the cravings that once controlled you, and some people maintain that is has helped them to break poor eating habits.


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    If you are juice cleansing to lose weight, you might want to try a more traditional approach. It is not healthy to deny your body nutritious food that it needs for an extended period.     


    Up next: To Juice or Not to Juice


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Published On: September 12, 2014