It’s interesting, though. Everyone is so anti-sugar – but a juice cleanse is essentially just ingesting liquid sugar for a few days. When you drink juice, you’re missing out on all the fibre from the fruit – which is really the important part for your gut health.
You’re also not getting any protein or fat, you’re purely subsisting on sugar and the vitamins and minerals in the juice. That means that over an extended period of time, your energy levels are going to crash. There’s also likely to be a short-term influence on your hormones because they rely on the fat that we produce to function normally.
From a general health perspective, there are even more risks involved when it comes to juice cleanses. You’re potentially altering your blood sugar levels by restricting food to just juice calories ¬– which can add extra and unnecessary stress to the body. In particular, cleanses can be problematic if you’ve got an existing health issue, like diabetes or an eating disorder, and can create serious complications.
The other common trajectory with a cleanse is that you tough it out until the end, and then immediately go on a binge because you’re so hungry. In this scenario, you’re just going to end up undoing the minimal benefit you’ve achieved in the first place.