Juicing and Juice Fasting – Good For You?

We hear so often that juicing is the way to go to get healthy and balance the body.

How true is this?

A recent study published in the British Medical Journal found that people who consumed fruit in the form of juices (more than three glasses of fruit juice a week) actually increased their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 8 percent, while those who consumed their fruit whole lowered their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 2 percent.  Interesting stuff!

I’ve always advocated that you don’t combine fruit and vegetables, this is due to the acidity of the fruits, and that fruit is often best eaten alone, before other foods – this allows the stomach to begin the digestive processes.

Fruit juice mix

Fruit juice mix (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One other consideration when juicing is to realise what is removed from the fruit and vegetables – FIBRE

And the other consideration when juicing is to realise what is concentrated when juicing – SUGARS

For example, a juice containing three beets, two carrots, two stalks of celery, one cucumber, and one small apple is about 40 grams of sugar—compare that to the 39 grams of sugar in a 12 oz. coke – OOPS – So a juice can have as much sugar as a coke!!!!!!

It’s because of the sugars that poor blood sugar control occurs, resulting in potentially chronic disease.

Another issue to consider is when undertaking a Juice Fast

Remember that the reason for a fast is to reduce the calorie intake.  The resulting reduced calorie intake will stimulate fat metabolism.  When fat is metabolised the body releases toxins that we need to support the body to remove them.

How do we support the body to remove the toxins?

The body requires certain nutrients when detoxifying, e.g., B vitamins and certain amino acids, protein and fibre

JUICE FASTS DO NOT PROVIDE THESE NUTRIENTS, PROTEINS OR FIBRE!!!

Any juice fast lasting more than two days is also sure to lead to muscle breakdown because of lack of protein. Protein is vital for maintaining muscle while calories are being reduced, because any reduced-calorie diet, including juice fasts, can result in weight loss, but without proper protein, muscle will be lost as well

Fibre helps to keep the body regular also, and this assists in detoxification too, the toxins have to leave the body, and they’re best transported out through the normal elimination processes 🙂

I’m happy to promote intermittent fasting as a way of cleaning up the body, but you need to ensure that you are supporting the body with vitamins and nutrients at the same time.  I don’t think fasting for more than 1 or 2 days is a valuable way to lose weight. Be sensible in your goals, ask for advice too.

I can let you know how to do this, message me to find out how.

Reference:

Muraki I, Imamura F, Manson JE et al. Fruit consumption and risk of type 2 diabetes: results from three prospective longitudinal cohort studies. BMJ 2013;347:f5001.

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