If you are new to juicing or if you’re older than about five years of age, you’ve probably seen or heard of juice cleansing, or a juice detox. They are, and have been popular for a very long time. Anything that is popular among the masses usually gets monetized at some point, it just does. So, whether the health food industry came up the juice cleanse/detox, or some enthusiastic juicer did, it’s big business, a bazillion dollars big.
I’ve been juicing off and on for decades, I know the health benefits from firsthand experience. If someone tries to tell me that there’s no benefits to derive from juicing, well, I let it go, but I do know that’s wrong. Unfortunately, some of those that don’t believe the good juicing does, are doctors and those in medical field. Those types don’t believe in such things unless there is much data from controlled studies, but there’s not so much data from juicing.
Anyway, my point is this – many very educated people don’t see the benefits in juicing, probably because they’ve never tried it, but there are many many people making a ton of money by selling juice cleanses detoxes. I mentioned that I’ve juiced a lot of years, but I don’t like people making money by offering false hope.
I just read yesterday where a user commented on an article, that his father and terminal cancer, but then he started juicing and it cured him. Does good nutrition play a part in resistance to disease? Of course, we all know that it does. Is it wise to say “juicing cures cancer?” I don’t think so. Of course the guy can say what he wants.
As I mentioned, my problem is those misleading companies that advertize these cleanses and detoxes and make claims that, as far as I know, have never been proven.
The bottom line is this – yes, juicing is fantastic! It is not a miracle drug. It is not known to cure any disease, as far as I know. Will it make you lose weight, all other things being equal? No, if you’ve been gaining weight and you start start juicing, you’re gonna gain it a litter quicker, again, if nothing else changes.
Here’s the deal those – it’s not a miracle drug, but juicing does provide lots of great nutrition from vitamins, minerals, enzymes and more. The antioxidants are known to help prevent cancer, you can get them from juicing broccoli and even several times more by throwing cranberries into your recipe(s).
Juicing doesn’t make you lose weight, but it does give you that great nutrition in relatively few calories, if you’re not juicing a lot of vegetables that is. By throwing in a little natural peanut butter or finely ground flax seed you can get some protein in your juices. Kale, cabbage, romaine and dandelion greens are great sources of beta-carotene.
So by cutting down on your portion sizes of the foods that you eat, cutting out the fattening junk you consume and using juicing to add lots of nutrition value, and to curb hunger in the process two, three or even four times per day, juicing can play a big part in health. It provides nutritional to help your immune system combat disease. It isn’t however, a magic drug.
It can be a big help when you’re trying to lose weight, but you can’t keep making the poor choices that got you to where you are now and expect that you can drink (juice) your way out of it. I love juicing, I know, from experience the health benefits from juicing. I don’t believe that it will magically remove some horrible ‘toxins’ from my body that my liver and kidneys couldn’t take care of. Nor do I believe that if I spend enough on juicing products that it will make the weight melt away without me dieting and exercising.