By: KIMBERLY RUDD
Edited by: CHRISTINA COLAVECCHIA
Juice fasts. Most people are appalled by the thought of drinking juice all day every day. Others say it is the best thing they have done for weight loss. Celebrities all over are trying juice fasts to lose weight. The ultimate purpose of juice fasts is weight loss and detoxification, but are they safe for everyone?
Juice diets offer many benefits, including detoxification. Detoxification is getting rid of all the toxins in your body. Juice dieting means drinking the juice coming from raw fruits and vegetables and therefore never consuming any toxins. In the meantime, your body is also eliminating all of the existing toxins and, as a result, also cleansing the body. Juicing allows the body to get the maximum amount of vitamins and minerals from the juice. To many people, they consider rapid weight loss a benefit of juice dieting. Cherie Calbom, known as the “Juice Lady,” states that, “[The benefits of juicing range from] more energy, better sleep, healthier skin, fewer wrinkles, shinier hair and skin, better mental performance, [and] happier mood, to the healing of a host of ailments.”
Some of the dangers that are caused by juice fasting are weakness and dehydration. On a juice diet, like many other diets, you reduce the amount of calories that are being taken in, causing you to feel weak. It can also take a toll on your emotional health. With this type of dieting, your blood sugar drops, which may cause you to experience bad moods. According to MSNBC Health, juice fasting for a long period of time can cause muscle breakdown and a shortage of blood glucose.
Juice dieting can be healthy when done properly and for the right amount of time. People mostly use juice dieting for rapid weight loss, but not for an extended period of time. Pregnant/nursing women and people with any diseases or illnesses should not try juice fasting. According to LIVESTRONG.COM there are steps to take when coming off a juice diet:
1. Eat vegetables, soup, nuts and seeds as solids for the first couple of days.
2. Eat small amounts of low-sugar fruit.
3. Eat small amounts of protein like eggs and cheese on day 5.
4. Chew food slowly to get your digestive system back on track.
5. Stay hydrated by drinking lots of water.
There are many different types of juice diets out there. If you’re looking to try one, do the research and pick one that best fits you. Consult your doctor before trying a juice diet to ensure you’re healthy enough to be on one and, most importantly, diet safely.