CLEANSING: HEALTHY OR HYPE
Do you know anyone who has done a juice cleanse? Did you think they looked sicker rather than healthier? There’s a good reason for that. Health fads come and go – and this is one that could hit the highway and many physicians would gladly bid it adieu.
Some people adopt a juice cleanse as a way to detoxify their bodies. Others do a juice cleanse as a kind of annual spring cleaning for the body. Still others do it for weight loss. You may have heard about celebrities crediting liquid diets for their fabulous figures. However, a juice cleanse may not be the solution to your weight loss problem.
A juice cleanse or detox can have a variety of different flavors or varieties, but basically the ideas is that for a period of time (one day or several weeks) a person consumes only fruit or vegetable juice (and maybe some nut milk). The caloric intake varies from 800-1800 calories per day.
The problem is that when you eat less food for a prolonged period of time, your metabolism slows down to conserve energy. When you stop juicing and go back to your usual diet, your lowered metabolism may cause you to store more energy. You will likely gain back the weight you lost and possibly even put on more weight when eating the same calories as you did before the cleanse.
Some juice cleanses begin with a detox in which you drink only water, juice or herbal teas to help rid the body of toxins. But guess what? Your liver, kidneys and digestive system are well designed to rid the body of waste! You are your own self-enclosed detoxification factory.
According to the Mayo Clinic, “There’s no sound scientific evidence that extracted juices are healthier than the juice you get by eating the fruit or vegetable itself.”
So eat the fruit.
If you’re beyond a certain age, you’ve already had one form of a colon cleanse and it’s the one you had before your colonoscopy.
A colon cleanse is designed to rid your intestinal tract of bad stuff, toxins, unwanted bacteria and other sludge that accumulates when you eat food. Fans of colon cleansing believe that it improves health by removing toxins, boosting your energy and enhancing your immune system.
However, there’s no evidence that colon cleansing produces these effects.
According to the Mayo Clinic, colon cleansing can actually be harmful. “Coffee enemas sometimes used in colon cleansing have been linked to several deaths. Colon cleansing can also cause less serious side effects, such as cramping, bloating, nausea and vomiting.”
COLON CLEANSING MAY
- Lead to dehydration
- Cause bowel perforations
- Lead to infection
- Change your electrolytes (dangerous for those with kidney or heart disease)
Once again, your body is designed to remove the toxins as part of the normal digestive process.
Our unofficial diagnosis: Cleansing is more hype-full than healthful. So eat your fruits and veggies!