Whether you’re flipping through the pages of a Hollywood magazine or scrolling through the newsfeed on your favorite social media site, you’ve probably noticed that just about everyone is singing the praises of juice cleanses. From glowing skin to increased energy, those who have successfully completed a cleanse have nothing but good things to say about them.
Or, so it seems.
It turns out that juice cleanses aren’t always what they’re cracked up to be. In fact, some believe that they do more harm than good in the long run. Below are four of the dangers documented by reputable news sources and doctors. While it’s ultimately up to you to decide whether or not to try a cleanse, you’ll be able to make a more informed decision with the information below.
1. You Won’t Get Enough Calories
The average adult needs between 1,500 and 2,000 calories a day to feel full, focused and energized. If you’re drinking juice for every meal, you won’t be getting that many calories; you won’t even come close. You typically take in about 1,000 calories per day while juicing, which has plenty of negative side effects on your body.
Your body will recognize the fact that it’s not getting enough fuel from food, so it will slow down your metabolism. This will continue after the cleanse, which means that, once you reintroduce normal foods, you’ll have a hard time burning them off. In layman’s terms, this means you’re very likely to gain weight in the days and weeks after a cleanse because your metabolism has stalled. Some cleansers find later that their metabolism is permanently out of whack, which could spell disaster for any attempt you’re making to get into shape.
2. You Won’t Get Enough Protein, Either
Think of how you typically get protein; the meat, cheese, beans and eggs that you eat aren’t typically the ingredients in a pressed juice. This means that your body will be wanting for protein for the duration of the cleanse. Unfortunately, your body relies on protein for fuel. It’ll find it in your muscles and break them down so that you keep running smoothly. After your cleanse is finished, you might find that you’ve lost weight, but it’s probably not fat that you’ve burned: it’s the muscle that your body burned up in its quest for protein. Clearly, this isn’t a forward step in any sort of attempt to get in better shape.
3. You Won’t Get As Many Nutrients from Juice
Many juice bars tout the fact that their raw juices contain just as many nutrients as a vegetable or fruit in its original form, but don’t be so sure. Juicing often gets rid of the skin and seeds of the produce, which just so happen to be jam-packed with nutrients. It also eliminates some of the fiber, which is especially detrimental if your juices contain lots of fruit. Fiber helps your body flush out many of the natural sugars that are contained in the fruit you eat. While this sugar is natural, it can still cause a spike in blood-sugar levels if it’s all absorbed. Juicing makes it easier for your body to do the latter, which can be especially dangerous if you’re a diabetic (more on that below).
4. You Won’t Be Helping Your Fight Against Other Diseases
Some juicers believe that, by drinking raw juice, they’re helping to cure the lingering issues that already plague their bodies. It’s perhaps most common for people to partner their chemotherapy treatments with juicing. Experts say that this isn’t the best move for you to make in this time of healing. Juices flood your body with antioxidants while depleting its protein stores, which will just make you feel worse while undertaking a chemotherapy regimen. To that end, you should also avoid juicing if you’re a diabetic or if you have kidney problems; the latter can be exacerbated by high levels of potassium and minerals in the blood.
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