Uh oh. Before you drop another month’s rent on a juice cleanse, you might want to watch this video. Juice cleanses are all the rage lately especially with the wellness/yoga lot, and it being spring and all, everyone wants to purge their toxins by stopping eating all together and consuming only liquified produce. Some may say this is a healthy time out, while others may say it’s a mask for an eating disorder. Now, hold on green police, juices, in and of themselves aren’t so bad — they can be super yummy and nutritious, unless you’re piling on lots of fruity sugars — but what about this detoxifying cleansing thing? Do you really rid yourself of toxins this way? What are those toxins, anyway? Is cleansing healthy? Sarah Court wants to clear that up for you.
Sarah is a IAYT Yoga Therapist and yoga teacher working towards doctorate in physical therapy. She appears to be a what we’d call a body, movement and nutrition nerd who enjoys learning the ins and outs of our humanness. What she has to say about juice cleansing may shock some of you, frustrate others, and confirm for others, still, what their inner skeptic has been hinting at all along. What’s the deal with juice cleanses? Detoxify or big lie?
Sarah’s final advice? Take the hundreds or thousands of dollars you would have spent on a juice cleanse and go see a registered dietician or nutritionist who’s studied science and biochemistry, not at Jamba Juice University, and work together with them to figure out the best plan for you. Eat whole foods and make healthy choices on a regular basis. Also, move around. A lot. And sometimes just eat the damn cookie and have a good time. Or, hey, just eat ice cream for a week.
Here’s some further reading on the subject:
- The Truth About Cleansing via The Daily Beast
- Do Juice Cleanses Work? 10 Truths About the Fad via Huffington Post
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image via The Blonde Vegan