Pros & Cons of Juice Cleanses: Are they worth it?

Pros & Cons of Juice Cleanses: Are they worth it?

Juice cleanses have become a rather popular diet for many people in this day and age. The majority of people opt for a juice cleanse that lasts for a brief period of time, a few days to a week, to rid the body of toxins and to even jump start better eating habits and weight loss. Though there are benefits to a juice cleanse, cons are also a possibility as the cleanse can lead to some unpleasant side effects.

The pros of such a juice cleanse is that the body is fed raw and whole foods that are juiced and drank fresh. This means that the person going through the cleanse is not ingesting chemicals, preservatives or additives and is essentially eating a vegan and raw diet. The fruits and vegetables are juiced and drank for meals and snacks. This does hydrate the body and provide one with plenty of essential vitamins and nutrients as the raw fruits and vegetables are not compromised in any manner.

The drawbacks to a juice cleanse is that is just simply not suitable for everyone. Those with medical conditions where issues of blood sugar levels are of importance may find that a juice cleanse provides the body with too much sugar which is found naturally in fruits and thus insulin levels can be thrown off track. In addition, some people experience lightheaded feelings, dizziness and even stomach cramps when going through such a cleanse as their body may not be accustomed to so much raw fruits and vegetables. This is key as the fibrous matter of fruits and vegetables and can also cause digestive issues that are both bothersome and rather painful for some people.

Juice cleansing can be beneficial for some and not for others. It is best to assess one’s own personal medical condition before attempting such a cleanse and when in doubt; seek out the opinion of a physician. Even those bound and determined to do a juice cleanse should start off with just a one or two day cleanse and then try for longer after a few weeks or a month to make sure the body can handle such a change in diet.