Juicing Does Not Cleanse the Body of Toxins

Put down the straw and reach for your forks again.

Adriana Lozano

Adriana Lozano

Feature Writer at RYSE
Adriana Lozano is a creative type with a passion for writing, fashion, traveling and art (not necessarily in that order). She is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in English in hopes to become a published writer and author.
Adriana Lozano

Fitness and health are trending everywhere you look, from social media to watching celebrities on the red-carpet to your own physician giving you advice on how to shed extra weight. It seems nowadays everyone is posting pictures and obsessing over their latest work-out regime, sharing their favorite low-cal recipes for their prefixed meals, and juicing everything!

Speaking of juicing… whether it’s your favorite fitness bloggers sharing their new favorite ginger-spinach smoothie recipe or Beyonce’s trainer sharing her infamous lemon-cayenne pepper water, we are all under the impression that drinking these fruit and vegetable concoctions will somehow help our body rid itself of the gross toxins (such as lead, pesticides, alcohol, inorganic chemicals like antifreeze, etc.) that are found in most foods and products that we consume. And in ridding these fat-soluble toxins (which supposedly makes our bodies store extra fat) our body can shed the extra pounds that are no longer needed to retain the toxins in and can evidently give you a quick fix to a leaner figure.

Although this sounds legitimate, there are no studies that successfully prove juicing help eliminate the body’s extra toxins. N.Y. Times even went as far as saying, “drinking juice detoxifies the body isn’t quite the same as claiming leeches suck out poisons, but it’s fairly close.” Toxins are actually ingested on a daily basis and they are hazardous, but the body is designed to get rid of these toxins on its own.

Dr. Glendall explained to NY Times how the body does this so well:

“The human body is well designed to eliminate wastes and toxins, and a number of organs play a role. The kidneys and the liver do the main removal work. They draw substances out of the bloodstream and process them for the body to excrete as feces and urine. It’s hard to understand [how juicing aids detoxification] because there is no good scientific evidence that a juice cleanse, or any other food for that matter, is particularly relevant to removing toxins.”

Juicing is not a magical cure all to shedding those pesky pounds. Sure, it doesn’t hurt the body to provide it with extra vitamins and minerals and other nutrients found in these juices, but it’s certainly not meant to be a meal replacement. Instead, skip the juice cleanse and try to incorporate more colorful foods into your diet.

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