We’ve all heard of ‘juicing’ – one of the hottest trends in the health community, especially during the new year.
Whether a juice cleanse or detox, many experts are divided as to whether ‘juicing’ is the amazing health fix it’s claimed to be.
I, for one, am a huge fan of a green juice.
In fact, I make sure to enjoy one each day.
Mid-morning is green juice time, typically kale, spinach, celery, cucumber, lemon and ginger. I often sip it with a handful of raw walnuts or raw veggies with nut butter or hummus.
Whilst I believe in enjoying a green juice daily, I would not suggest living off only juice for days at a time. It has always been my belief that we can cleanse the body quite efficiently with whole foods, and by eliminating the liver loaders – such as alcohol, caffeine, dairy, wheat and sugar.
It is important to understand that there is very little evidence of significant health benefits from juicing. That said, there’s not much evidence that it’s particularly bad for you, either (so long as it’s within 1-3 days)!
Juices that are made mostly of fruit contain a lot of sugar, and when drinking a handful of these daily – you’re getting way more sugar than your body needs! And even if you’re drinking juices made only of veggies, your body is missing out on the necessary protein and fibre it requires to function properly.
Basically – you’re missing out on a lot of necessary vitamins and nutrients!
Juice cleanses can also be incredibly risky for those who have a troubled relationship with food and body image. Getting back into what is clearly a restrictive diet can make it even more difficult. The fact is that while it’s a quick fix for many people, it’s simply not sustainable.
Juicing for 1 to 3 days as part of a seasonal cleanse is reasonable, but I would recommend incorporating smoothies, soups, raw veggies, nuts and seeds so that you still get the necessary fibre and protein your body needs.
Remember, if your diet consists of healthy whole foods, plenty of water, regular exercise, and enough rest – you’ll have a healthy liver, healthy gut and healthy mind. You’re giving your body exactly what it needs to function at its optimum level.
What are your thoughts on juice cleansing? The JSHealth team would love to know!