Whether you’re bouncing back from the holidays, envisioning your goals for the New Year, or wanting to feel more confident in your body for summer – eating well and losing weight may be on the list. If you think “juicing” is a path to higher health and weight loss, please proceed with caution. For the following reasons we encourage our members to refrain from juice cleanses, instead we recommend juices are always treat, and never a staple. Every now and then, I enjoy a beautiful fresh juice but I only get fruit-free juices such as a greens juice with lemon and ginger and I never use it as a meal replacement.
Here are five reasons NOT to juice:
In order to reduce the burden of sugar on your body, it’s better to have a smoothie than a juice – because the fibers in the fruit slow the absorption of sugars in the body, and you can mix it in with healthy fat and protein which reduces the glycemic load. Both slower absorption of food and higher fiber content are associated with a lower risk of diabetes, lower blood pressure and weight loss.
Instead of a juice cleanse, we believe a safer and more effective way to reset is our doctor designed 7 day detox . Our detox is food-based with a mix of blended protein shakes loaded with targeted nutrients such as omega 3 fatty acids, magnesium, methylated B vitamins, fiber and antioxidants and plant-based paleo meals.
It’s the perfect way to reset, improve your digestion, boost your energy and focus and start to develop healthier habits.
Jackie is the Director of Coaching Services at Parsley Health. She has over eight years of health coaching experience, both in person and virtually, in functional medicine settings. Before joining Parsley Health she worked for Dr. Frank Lipman in his NYC practice. She holds a Health Coaching Certification from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition as well as additional training from the School of Applied Functional Medicine.