SHOULD YOU DO A JUICE CLEANSE?

SHOULD YOU DO A JUICE CLEANSE?

As Spring hobbles into view, we're already prepping ourselves for the summer months and shaking off the last of the winter colds. Juice cleanses sound like a perfect idea to boost health, shed the winter stodge and up that vitamin intake.

Do juice cleanses actually benefit our bodies though?

WHAT IS THE IDEA OF A CLEANSE?

The concept is simply to replace a normal diet with the juice squeezed from fruit or vegetables. The theory is that going juice-only will rest your digestive system, detox it and ‘reset’ it, allowing good bacteria to thrive.

IS THERE ANY EVIDENCE FOR THE BENEITS OF JUICE CLEANSING?

There have only been small studies into juice cleanses, and they have yet to produce any positive evidence. The digestive system only needs to be rested after gastric surgery, not when someone is in normal health. Similarly, healthy kidneys and liver do all the detoxing that the body requires unless someone is abusing alcohol or drugs.

ARE THERE ANY REAL BENEFITS TO A JUICE CLEANSE?

Restricting food intake to a limited selection of items can mean that allergic or intolerance symptoms stop, as the trigger food is simply not there. Careful selection of the juiced fruit or vegetable can also result in a reduced calorie intake and so possible weight loss.

WHAT ABOUT RISKS?

Juiced fruit or vegetables have none of the dietary fibre that is an essential part of digestion. Taking in too much fruit can mean too much sugar, which is a risk to anyone with diabetes. The combination of less fibre and more sugar can actually upset your digestion, which is not the required effect. A juice fast is also risky behaviour for anyone with a history of disordered eating.

Registered dieticians are the real professionals, and they advise caution with juicing. There’s nothing wrong with a glass of fresh juice, but overall a balanced normal diet is probably the best bet.

 


The Author

Jessica Ambrose

Jessica is a fitness writer who loves long distance running, yoga, strength training and healthy eating.

Comments

Jim R.
30 March 2019

Jim R.

diplomatic as the article is.... all the reputable sources (the ones not trying to sell anything) say that the concepts of internal cleansing and detox are nonsense. Have fruit juice if you enjoy it - not too much of it of course, like anything.

Hugh M.
29 March 2019

Hugh M.

It's crazy now that we used to think this sort of thing was healthy. Nutrition has come a long way in the last 10 years.

Amber J.
23 March 2019

Amber J.

I think juice cleanses are going out of fashion now that people are becoming more aware of the sugar load of fruit,. So i certainly wouldn't bother.

Debra G.
21 March 2019

Debra G.

reading between the lines it looks as if the simple answer is 'no'! Everything I read says that 'cleanse' is for bathtime.

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