The Hidden Dangers Behind Juicing

Juicing may be one of the known trends to lose weight lately, but that might not be the only thing your green juices can do. In fact, some health experts stated that juicing can do some serious damage to you, both physically and mentally. So before you start reaching out for another glass of your liquefied kale, you might want to first consider these juicing dangers.

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1.       Elevates Blood Sugar Levels. Since the fruit sugar became more concentrated in juice, it only means that drinking it will only cause a drastic increase in the body’s glucose level, or also known as hyperglycaemia. However, it doesn’t just end with that. Over a short span of time, it will also cause an inevitable drop in your blood sugar, more commonly known as hypoglycaemia. If this dramatic shift continues over some time, then there’s a possibility that an insulin or glucose instability might occur, leading to more drastic shifts in your blood sugar level.

2.       Causes Tooth Decay. Fruit juices are known to be have an extremely high natural sugar content, which if drank often, can cause as much tooth decay as candies and sodas. These juices are also believed to be highly acidic, making your teeth more susceptible to decay and erosion. To decrease your chances of experiencing these damages, experts recommend using straw when drinking to minimize direct contact between the juice and your teeth’s enamel. Also, make sure that you wait for about 30 minutes before brushing your teeth to allow your teeth to return to its normal pH level.

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3.       Alters Your Stomach’s pH Balance. Although juices work great as a supplementary drink for your diet, you shouldn’t use it to replace your meals as it will only result to ulcer, leaky gut, gallstones, IBS and diverticulitis. Not only that, skipping on your starches and fibres also causes you to throw away half of the nutrients that your body needs, resulting to nutritional deficiencies and even weight gain.

4.       Stresses Out Your Body. If you’re using juicing as a cleansing method and not as a supplement to your diet, then you’ll surely experience short-term starvation, which might elevate your cortisol and cause a significant stress response in your body. If you’re already suffering from excessive stress, then this is the furthest thing from healthy for you.

5.       Leads to an Eating Disorder. Other than the physical dangers, juicing can also cause some serious mental harm. A good example would be ignoring your body’s natural cues of satiety, hunger and fullness, resulting to formation of patterns of disordered eating and the deregulation of your appetitive system. This is why juicing isn’t recommended, especially if you are prone to experiencing disordered eating patterns.

Juicing can be a great way to lose, but only when it’s done the right way. So before you start taking on various ways to lose weight and stay fit, ensure that you’re doing it right and that it has lesser side effects than its health benefits.

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