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Juicing: Should You Give It a Try?

By Genevieve Cunningham

There are so many diet options out there. Some people swear by low carbs and high protein. Others swear by a vegetarian diet. And still others are completely sold on a raw foods diet. There’s a diet for everyone, it seems. Amongst all of the diet talk, you may have heard of one relatively popular option: juicing. But does juicing work? And is it necessary in the quest for weight loss? To determine whether juicing is right for you, take a look at this quick guide.

What Is Juicing?

Juicing is, quite literally, making juice from various fruits and vegetables and a bit of water. You’ll need a juicer, though some people make it work with a simple blender. Proponents of juicing say that it’s a quick and easy way to get a blast of nutrients while also flushing the digestive tract in one simple move.

What Are the Benefits?

Juicing allows you to get a ton of nutrients at one time. And because you’ll also have to add water in order to create the liquid texture, you’ll also be hydrating the body at the same time. For those seeking weight loss, juicing can jumpstart the diet. Though it shouldn’t be used (for weight loss) long-term, it can get you moving in the right direction, as it works as a modified fast at the beginning of a new diet venture.

What Are the Drawbacks?

Most of the drawbacks of juicing come from misuse. Juicing shouldn’t be your staple diet. It shouldn’t take the place of regular meals, and it shouldn’t be a quick way to drop a few pounds. Instead, it’s a great supplement to add to your regular routine. You may be able to use juicing as a healthy breakfast, or you can use it as a snack or post workout pick-me-up. When used appropriately, it brings mostly benefits and very little negatives. When abused, it can cause weight loss that doesn’t last, headaches, stomach issues, and various other unwanted side effects.

Whether or not you decide to use juicing is a personal decision. But if you decide to give it a try, make sure that you discuss it with your doctor and that you use it appropriately. With proper use, juicing might enhance your health and keep you feeling healthier than ever before.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Nashua, N.H.

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