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Depending on who you talk to, detox drinks and cleanses are a pure genius healthy idea or a 100% hoax from hell. I’ve gotta level with you, in my opinion, they can be both.
The idea behind drinking juices, smoothies, or soup is to detox the body and give the digestive system a rest so it can fight inflammation and other chronic conditions.
But the truth is, your body doesn’t need any help detoxing – it does that just fine all by itself – thankyouverymuch.
Now, an occasional juice or cleanse can be a fabulous way to kickstart a healthy eating plan and take in more vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
Still, it isn’t going to make you feel like Mary freaking Poppins after a few days in. Here’s what nobody tells you about drinking juice, but I will. Because there are a few things you need to know before you go all-in on a juice diet.
Juicing Myths vs. Reality
You’ll Feel Like Crap
Reducing your daily caloric intake from the Standard American diet to juice only is going to leave you running on low energy mode.
You may get headaches and start feeling weak. You need to know that on the front end.
And you know what you do when that happens? Eat. Go eat real food so you’ll feel better and circle back to the juice if you want to. There is no need to make yourself suffer in the name of losing weight. Now that I’m think about it, there’s no need to make yourself suffer through anything. Period.
You’re Digestive System May Hate You For It
You may experience digestive issues – also known as running to the bathroom every five minutes. This checks out because you are drinking liquid fiber. Vegetables and fruits contain healthy amounts of vitamins, minerals, and fiber – and fiber is fabulous, but if you go from eating garbage to straight juice – it’s going to impact your stomach – big time. Expect it – embrace it if you’re committed to it – just make sure you have plenty of toilet paper and time for bathroom breaks.
What Is Juicing Anyway?
Juicing is all about the extraction of juice from fresh fruits and vegetables to make a healthy cocktail of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. As I mentioned, juicing for weight loss or health is a controversial subject in the world of nutrition, especially since juice fasts and cleanses are trending.