The public is bombarded with health fads proposed to be the next miracle cure for all of our health woes. Juicing has gotten a lot of attention as yet another prescription for healthy living. When you consider the substantial time and monetary cost of a pool or gym membership as a way to get your daily exercise, it is easy to understand why a shortcut like juicing is attractive. Comparatively, it's a relatively fast and cheap solution.

The challenge to live a healthy lifestyle is deciding exactly what that looks like.

It becomes difficult to determine which ideas you are constantly bombarded with are worthy of your attention and which ones you should ignore. Anytime you are considering a lifestyle change related to your health, it is important to do your research. A bad decision could actually harm you.

Juicing Expectations

It is no surprise that juicing has caught on when you consider the promise of removing toxins from your body and weight loss as two of the main benefits touted by juicing enthusiasts. Who can resist the allure of losing a few extra pounds before that dreaded high school reunion event or a wedding? We all want to look our best.

Since cancer has been associated with toxins, many people juice as a preventative measure to ward off the "Big C." Considering that most people have family members or friends who have been impacted by cancer, the public is focused on ways to stop this dreaded disease in its tracks.

Juicing Results Related to Expectations

Since weight loss is one of the main objectives dieters have when they consider a juicing fast, it is important to evaluate results. While a juice cleanse is likely to take a few pounds off due to your intake of fewer calories, the results don't typically last for long. Since water weight and the loss of muscle in longer cleanse routines can be attributed to any weight loss experienced, temporary juicing benefits are not typically sustainable.

The other main benefit juicers hope to gain is the elimination of dangerous toxins from the body. While there are many claims that juicing can accomplish this, it is impossible to state with conviction based on medical proof that juicing can do this for you. Metro reports that your liver and kidneys are designed to detoxify your body. Keeping these organs healthy and eating healthy foods is the best way to guarantee that your body remains free of dangerous toxins.

Juicing Concerns

Short-term cleanses of three days or less are generally not considered particularly dangerous for otherwise healthy people, but that does not mean that there aren't some health concerns associated with juicing. U.S. News & World Report quoted registered dietitian Lauren Blake who warns that juicing puts people at risk for developing nutritional deficiencies.

Live Science warns people about some of the side effects associated with juice cleanses. Moodiness, headaches, foggy thinking, stomach pain, and fatigue are a few of the common health issues experienced. A change in bathroom habits with more frequent trips can also be expected.

Elevated sugar levels are a real concern for people who are sensitive to sugar. Obviously, anyone with diabetes or prediabetes should steer clear of this trendy fad diet. The fiber in fruit that is eaten prevents the liver from being overloaded with sugar, but juicing eliminates the fiber, which effectively overloads the liver with sugar.

Conclusion

The public is always searching for a quick-fix answer to losing weight and achieving health goals. Unfortunately, there is no substitute for healthy habits followed regularly over a lifetime. The research indicates that juicing seems to fall into this category of miracle fad diets that gullible dieters flock to as a fast way to weight loss and health.

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Mikkie Mills is a freelance writer who's passionate about health, fitness, organic cooking and eating, and yoga. When not writing she loves traveling, hiking, and cooking. Find more from Mikkie on Google+.

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