Raw fruit and vegetable juices are increasingly used. We use these drinks believing that cleanse the body and gives us a good amount of produce. Especially after the New Year holidays and similar occasions, when we are simply fed up with food. It may be easier and sometimes healthier, but is it always?
Juice Cleanses, healthy or not?
Before we conclude that juices are only good and healthy for us, let’s deal with some tips and facts below:
- All raw. The fruits and vegetables are not cooked, so they can contain bacteria. If you juice all the time and you have a weaker immune system or a chronic immune disease, you have a higher chance of getting a bacterial infection in your gut or stomach. So, you should be taking a daily probiotic, or eating yogurt, fermented veggies/foods.
- The danger of developing diabetes. There are about 79 million prediabetics in America (blood sugar readings are higher than healthy but not yet high enough for a diabetes diagnosis). When you are one of them and you drink a lot of juice you have a higher chance of developing diabetes.
- Too much sugar. Sweet fruits and veggies like watermelon, apples, and carrots may be very nutritious, but consuming too much juice is not good for your organism. That is too many sugars and fructose for your daily diet. Also, not great for your teeth.
- The risk of dangerous drug interactions. Vegetables with very high in vitamin K can be life-threatening if you take blood-thinning medications, like warfarin. Also, grapefruit interferes with drugs for high blood pressure, anxiety, allergies.
- You could damage your kidneys. You should consider limiting your intake of potassium to 1,500 to 2,000 mg per day. Because, fruit and vegetables with high amounts of potassium, such as bananas and kale can be dangerous if you have kidney problems.
- Food poisoning. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, if your juices are not heated to 154 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes to kill germs, they are susceptible to bacteria like salmonella.
- Not enough protein. Whit juice you only getting: vitamin A, vitamin K, and vitamin C, plus iron, calcium, and antioxidants. That is not enough protein.
- Threaten your thyroid gland. Veggies such as kale, bok choy, cauliflower, collards, and spinach can form a compound associated with hypothyroidism.
- More weight than lose. Because of the large amount of sugar contained in fruits and vegetables, if you consume too much juice, instead of losing weight the opposite can happen.
- Weight loss – short term. If you do lose weight, be aware that it is only for the short term. You losing weight because you have created a calorie deficit. When drinking your meals, then you’re probably consuming fewer calories than you would normally.
- Not sustainable. If you change your diet drastically it is very likely that the diet will not be sustainable.
- Pretty unhealthy. Consuming juices in large quantities without intake protein and fat certainly can not be healthy.
- Juicing doesn’t work. Our bodies are naturally detoxing itself using the liver, intestines, and kidneys. So, do we need the juices then?
Although, juices serve with good purpose. They helping you find new ways to get more fruit and veggies into your diet. So, consider these above 13 reasons prior before starting to juice, and decide if it’s worth it.
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