Why Your Juice Cleanse is Hogwash

by Z Living Contributor

Juice cleanses as a form of inner body cleansing hit an all-time high over the last several years. But despite the popular belief that trendy, hyper-focused diets like juice cleanses are detoxifying, researchers and The New York Times bluntly state, “fancy juice doesn’t cleanse the body of toxins.” 

Also on Z Living: To Juice, Or Not To Juice, That Is The Question

Here's What You Need To Know About Juice Cleanses:

  1. The kidneys and liver are efficient detoxifiers that work fine without the aid of special drinks and expensive juice cleanses.
  2. Dr. James H. Grendell, chief of the division of gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition at Winthrop-University Hospital in Mineola, NY, says, “There is no good scientific evidence that a juice cleanse, or any other food for that matter, is particularly relevant to removing toxins.”
  3. Juice is still valuable to the human body, but mostly when it contains all parts of a fruit or vegetable. Consumers with a juicer that strips juice of its pulp should replace it with a blender for optimum nutrition.
  4. Colon cleanses like hydrotherapy can flush out important microflora from your GI, so be weary of such practices. 
Still debating whether or not to juice? Don't miss these other articles about food trends and healthy meal planning too: WATCH on Z Living: Flip My Food, which "flips" the favorite dishes of award winning chefs, celebrities, and everyday people to make a healthier version that's just as mouthwatering. 

Tell us in the comments: Do you believe a juice cleanse is right for you? Why or why not?

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