Oh boy. The ever, so controversial topic of cleanses and detoxes.
Instead of headlines claiming to “Detoxify your body, leaving you refreshed, and with more energy!” they should read: “Starve your body, lose lean muscle mass, ruin your metabolism, and may cause severe electrolyte balances!” 🙂 haha…. okay, that was a little harsh, but really?
A nutritious juice here and there can be healthy for your body, but adhering to an all juice diet for days or weeks can do more harm than good. Detox diets are extreme, quick weight loss plans that claim to flush toxic chemicals from your body. Detoxing is based on the concept that your body needs help getting rid of unwanted toxins from contaminants in processed foods and the environment. In theory, once free of toxins, your body functions better and your metabolism soars so you can shed those extra pounds. Hmmm… sound too good to be true? You be the judge.
According to the Mayo Clinic, there is no scientific evidence that juice fasting provides any of the benefits that it’s proponents claim it does: it won’t reduce the risk of cancer, boost the immune system, aid in digestion or promote any kind of permanent weight loss. There are no studies available to document the benefits, instead most claims are based on testimonials.
You have the most complex detoxification system available. Your body’s organs: kidneys, liver, colon, lungs, spleen and skin have evolved over millions of years. All of the body’s natural “built-in” systems function continuously; it isn’t possible to “stimulate” or “repair” with a juice fast.
Cons (these are the cons of an all fruit/veggie juice detox):
Everyday Health wrote a great article about cleansing: A Guide to Common Cleanses
Rather than go on a juice cleanse, why not follow a healthy diet of lean proteins, fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy, and whole grains? Restrict processed foods, alcohol, soda and sugar & salt loaded treats. You would be surprised how great your body would feel if you simply ate what the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics recommends 🙂
Although, you can clearly see I am not a fan of detox diets… if you are going to do them anyways: