Are Juice Cleanses Worth It?
We’ve all heard of juice cleanses—they’ve been all the rage for the last few years. In fact, juice cleanses have been downright trendy. The idea is to cut back on processed foods and inject your body with micronutrients that are easily absorbed into your blood stream.
But are these cleanses really as healthy as they seem? Here are 3 reasons why juice cleanses can do more harm than good:
The Sugar Spike
When you are consuming nothing by juice (even if it’s organic fruits and veggies and nothing else!), you’re consuming a TON of sugar. Defenders may claim that it’s okay because the sugar is naturally-occurring and not added, but it doesn’t matter.
Sugar is sugar.
All that added sugar affects your energy levels, as well as your insulin production. To combat the effects of sugar, your body goes into fight mode and your organs take a hit. So what’s the difference between consuming juice versus whole fruits and veggies?
Fiber. Which brings us to…
Bye, Bye Fiber
Fiber is the key to slow and steady sugar absorption. When you eat a piece of fruit or a portion of a vegetable, the fiber that those foods contain help to regulate how you absorb the associated sugar.
But when you juice, you remove the fiber. That means you won’t get a slow and steady sugar fix—you’ll get a huge one, and then you crash.
And your body feels the effects immediately.
A Temporary Fix
Aside from the sugar and fiber issues, cleansing of any kind (especially liquid cleanses) is only a temporary fix for an underlying issue. Sure, you may lose 10 pounds and your energy might spike.
But only until you begin to actually eat food again, gain it back as quickly as you lost it, and feel the emotional toll.
The real way to lose weight and keep it off (as well as gain energy that is sustainable), is to change your lifestyle and the relationship you have with food.
This is where natura fiber comes in.
Learning to eat the right kinds of foods and be consistent with those practices, is what will help you lose weight and keep it off forever. By incorporating natura fiber into your already-healthy meals (like smoothies, oatmeal, soups, and stews), you give your body extra fiber, omega fatty acids, and other fabulous nutrients that your body craves.
It’s not about depriving yourself; it’s about learning a new way that’s healthy and sustainable.
This article was published by O3NC in B.C, Canada.