Here's the problem…
A dietitian tells you one thing, but a health guru tells you another.
So who's right?
The answer is simpler than you think.
First, let's examine these 5 sneaky things skeptics say about juicing.
#1. Eating fruits and veggies is better than juicing them.
Sneaky factor: That's like telling your 5 year old that brussel sprouts are good for you.
The fact is, if you're not eating them, it doesn't matter how good they are for you. Most of us are too busy to chow down the fruits and veggies we should be eating.
In practical terms, the USDA recommends we eat daily the equivalent of:
- 2 whole pieces of fruit
- 3 servings of veggies (leafy greens require 2 cups per serving)
Are you enough? It doesn't look like that much..
Most of us aren't eating even half of that.
So the goal is to get more plant based foods into your body! You choose how.
That's why we're looking to juices for help.
Fruits and veggies in juice form are way healthier than missing out on them entirely.
#2. A juice contains no fiber.
Sneaky factor: This implies juicers will never consume fiber again.
Drinking juice with no insoluble fiber is the whole point..for the duration of the diet.
Fiberless juice means we get more nutrients into our body faster, without exerting extra energy digesting fiber.
Even if you're eating your normal diet, juice will boost your nutrient intake.
Oh btw, your normal diet contains ample amounts of fiber.
When you're on a juice cleanse, you'll cut your fiber intake, sure.
That's on purpose, to give your digestive system a break.
If you've ever heard of people going on elimination diets as a way to pinpoint dietary issues, a juice cleanse is the same idea.
They're not diets meant for forever use, but as a means to achieve a goal.
A juice cleanse is a purposeful diet you take to rebalance your body.
#3. A juice detox is a hoax.
Sneaky factor: The argument is your body detoxes itself naturally, so a juice detox is unnecessary.
So what about our immune system?
It's constantly fighting off germs, so it never needs help right?
What do you do when your immune system fails you and you're sick?
You don’t just wait it out because your immune system will naturally fix you.
You get meds to help your little disease fighters out.
Juicing is like giving nutrient power ups to your body.
Juicing allows your body to heal and reenergize, so that it can return to tip-top performance.
#4. Juices have too much sugar.
Sneaky factor: This assumes you eat really healthy already.
The real question here should be: What am I getting in return for my sugars?
1g of sugar from a soda nets you nothing nutritionally.
1g of sugar from juice could mean a day's worth of micronutrients.
If you're drinking empty sugars, make the switch to water.
Start adding in juice and your body will thank you.
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So for everyone who's skipped too many fruits and veggies and had too many processed drinks, juice will change your life.
Let's trade the sodas and lattes for fruit and veggie juices, then think about how to gradually cut down on the fruit content.
Just remember, it's all about balance. The old adage of "too much of a good thing can be bad" rings true here.
#5. There are no proven health benefits of juicing.
Sneaky factor: This implies that because cleansing hasn't been studied, you shouldn't believe it works.
Let's be pragmatic.
Health experts come together and formulate an ideal diet.
Would juicing be better than their suggested ideal diet? That's a question better left to researchers.
Would juicing be better than your current diet?
That's the question you need to ask yourself.
If you're not eating the fruits and veggies you want to be eating, then consuming them as juices will absolutely benefit your health in a meaningful way.
You don't need a scientist to tell you that!
So is juicing good or bad?
Juicing works because it's simply an easier way to eat your fruits and veggies.
Does it work for you? That all depends on how awesome your diet is.
So if it's been a takeout kind of week for you, dust off that juicer and get your body some fresh help.