Do Juice Cleanses Cause More Harm Than Good?
DANGERS OF JUICE CLEANSES
Have you ever heard that you don’t have to do a detox because your body detoxes itself? Well, it’s true; allow me to explain & discuss the dangers that follow a juice cleanse.
CAN CAUSE LIVER & KIDNEY DAMAGE!
The function of the liver and kidneys is to detoxify the body. The liver regulates the blood’s chemical levels while the kidneys help remove waste from the body to be excreted in the urine. These processes occur in the body naturally. A juice cleanse can overwork your kidneys and liver leading to medical issues in the future!
CAN ACTUALLY CAUSE VITAMIN DEFICIENCIES!
Your body can't use essential vitamins such as A, & K because they are fat-soluble vitamins. We require some type of fat in the diet, or else the absorption rate of these vitamins drops dramatically.
Juicing removes other essential vitamins and minerals that your muscles need to grow and function. Vitamins D, E, & B, essential fatty acids, and fiber are all filtered out of the fruits and vegetables when juicing; especially if you remove the pulp. If we don’t have these vitamins and minerals, we actually begin to lose muscle mass. When the body doesn't have sufficient carbs and fat in the diet, it will use (burn) muscle tissue for energy.
COULD CAUSE WEIGHT GAIN IN THE END!
You will lose weight while on the cleanse, but it will be from your muscles and from water weight. Losing weight like that can cause dizziness, nausea, constipation, and fatigue. It’s very likely that you will gain all the weight back once you’re off the cleanse because you have less muscle mass to burn the calories, and your metabolism is also functioning at a much lower intensity.
CAUSES DROP IN BRAIN FUNCTION!
juice cleansers may experience confusion because limiting important nutrients like protein can lead to decreased brain function and disruptions in neurotransmitters, which rely on protein to do their job.
Your health is not equivalent to hair that grows back after a bad decision to follow a new “trend” haircut. The damage left could take years to repair, or quite possibly a permanent reminder that decisions have consequences—some good, and some horrible.
My hope is that everyone makes sound decisions based on reason, and proven evidence. A good rule of thumb to go by: if you’re primary care doctor rejects the idea, you probably should too!
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