The truth about juice cleanses

The truth about juice cleanses

You've heard the sales pitch: go on a juice cleanse to lose weight, rid your body of its impurities and jump-start your metabolism. There are a lot of myths floating around about juice cleanses and weight loss, so we're here to help you separate fact from fiction.

Fiction: You can rid your body of toxins by going on a short-term juice cleanse.
Fact: Your body routinely and naturally cleanses and detoxifies itself through the functions of the liver, kidneys and gastrointestinal tract. These organs already ensure your body isn't storing up anything that could harm it, so there aren't any remaining toxins in your bloodstream for a juice cleanse to remove.

Fiction: A juice cleanse will help you lose weight.
Fact: A juice cleanse will help you lose water weight and decrease your muscle mass. A healthy diet causes you to lose more fat than muscle. While you might lose a few pounds on a cleanse, it's not the kind of weight you want to lose, and it's not a sustainable long-term weight loss solution. Once the cleanse is over, the weight comes right back.

Fiction: Juice provides all the nutrients your body needs.
Fact: Fruit and vegetable juices only contain a portion of the nutrients that whole fruits and vegetables offer. Many nutrients, like fiber, are present in the pulp and skin of fruits and vegetables, so when you consume them in juice form, you're missing out on those extra health benefits.

Fiction: Cleansing is a natural way to boost your energy.
Fact: Cleansing causes low blood sugar, which could lead to decreased energy, headaches and shakiness. When you deprive your body to such an extreme, it goes into survival mode. While you may feel a psychological lift or an emotional preparedness to start dieting, this cannot be physically attributed to going on a cleanse.

The bottom line is that are no quick fixes when it comes to your health. If you're looking to lose weight, it's best to adopt a healthy diet that includes whole foods. Talk to your physician to see what type of diet might be most beneficial to your health.

Posted: 6/10/2015 by Goshen Health
Filed under: Cleanse, Juice, Loss, Weight

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