In a materialistic world where how you look on the outside can outweigh how you feel on the inside, juice cleanses have been looked upon as the happy middle ground. But what is it about this new fad diet that has people positioned on their high horse when it comes to optimum health and wellness? Our nutritional counselors at Mauricio Chiropractic would be happy consult with you to determine if a juice cleanse is the right choice for you.
What is a Juice Cleanse?
A juice cleanse, in theory, allows your body to gain the correct amount of nutrients without having to work hard to process fats, proteins, additives, and toxins. A raw juice cleanse is a way for the body to shift its focus to concentrate on shedding other toxins that have built up over the years. In theory this paints a pretty picture for juice cleanses and it makes sense to people who do not have an in-depth knowledge of how our body works.
How will a Juice Cleanse Affect You?
The effectiveness of a detox juice cleanse to change your life depends on a few factors. The length that you plan on remaining on the cleanse is important, as well as how strict you will be. Here are some of 6 negative effects a juice cleanse can have on your body:
1 Slower Metabolism
Cutting calories for a prolonged period will make your body go into conservative mode which will slow your metabolism down. This can actually result in weight gain in the long term.
2. Loss of Energy
When your body doesn’t get its required supply of calories on a daily basis, your body’s energy levels can take a hit. Be aware of this if you’re attempting a juice cleanse during a particularly hectic period in your life. Prolonged lethargic states can also have a negative impact on your mood.
3. Increase in Dizziness
As with any juice cleanses there will be a surge in fruit intake during the detox diet. Fruits have an abundance of natural sugars in them which will result in your body producing insulin faster. This will cause your blood sugar level to drop, making you feel dizzy or lightheaded.
4. Premature Aging
If you keep the detox juice diet up for a prolonged period, you could physically age at a faster rate. Low calorie consumption will cause the water stored in your muscles to be used, drying out and aging your skin.
5. Increase in Depression
Omega-3 is an important fatty acid that your brain requires to produce serotonin. This will result in elevated levels of depression.
6. Loss of Concentration
It is normal to feel tired and sluggish during a cleanse, but these ailments can transfer over to mental fatigue. Maintaining high levels of focus and concentration can become difficult, which can have a negative impact on your daily life.
Nutritional Counseling at Mauricio Chiropractic
At Mauricio Chiropractic we not only provide chiropractic care to treat physical ailments but also nutritional counseling. We believe that a full 360-degree health and wellness program is the key to unlocking a brighter future for you and your loved ones. We do not condone detox juice cleanses but think they can be beneficial within a structured diet. If you want to unlock your body’s natural ability to achieve ultimate wellbeing, speak to one of our nutrition counselors at one of our 9 clinic locations. We would be happy to offer our expertise in aiding in your health and wellbeing goals.