Are Juice Diets the Way to Go these Holidays?
December 18, 2013
By Tiffaney Nish, ANutr
Are Juice Diets the Way to Go these Holidays? - Photo by Ramzi Hashisho
It's that time of year. Christmas parties and get togethers end up loading your body full of cakes, chocolates, alcohol and more food than it can handle.

But between one holiday get together to the next, who has time for healthy eating and detoxing? Everyone is on the lookout for a quick fix in between Christmas parties and juice dieting is one that is particularly popular at the moment.

So what are the benefits and drawbacks of the juice diet? And is it a safe detox method?

Juice diets are a popular method of weight loss and detoxing programs as a way of 'cleansing' the body. Juice diets can be purchased, plan based or self-directed.

They generally exclude normal foods for exclusively juiced vegetables and fruits. They can last anywhere from between a couple of days to a couple of weeks.

Health Benefits of Juice Diets
  • Juice diets mean increased vitamin, mineral and antioxidant intake to improve overall health and optimise bodily function/processes
  • Juice diets mean you are consuming more vegetables and fruits
  • Juices are easily digested thus alleviating stress on the digestive organs and helping them to "cleanse"
  • Juice is low in energy which may support weight loss
  • Juice diets may trigger better digestive health, and improve gut dysfunction such as constipation, bloating and gas

  • The Drawbacks of Juice Diets

  • The high fruit intake from juice dieting may trigger symptoms of fructose malabsorption such as diarrhoea, gas or bloating
  • Increased digestive transit time may interfere with prescription medications and alter or reduce their effectiveness
  • Juice dieting may accelerate a dangerous condition in diabetics known as ketoacidosis
  • Juices are generally low in protein which could lead to a loss of lean muscle mass
  • Juice diets are not suitable during pregnancy or lactation
  • Juice diets can trigger headaches, diarrhoea, nausea and breakouts as the detoxing organs try to eliminate different degrees of toxic load
  • Juice diets can lead to lethargy, and decreased ability to participate in high intensity or long duration exercise safely
So what is the conclusion on juice diets?

Short term, juice diets are generally safe and can have benefits to your health, particularly when incorporated into a healthy diet.

However, long term 'juice only' diets would not be recommended as part of a balanced diet.

For healthy ways to detox these holidays, check out these articles: Tiffaney Nish, ANutr, graduated with a Bachelor of Health Science (Nutrition & Exercise Science) from Deakin University after studying Nutritional Medicine at Endeavour College, and has worked for Healthy Life, the YMCA and Belgravia Leisure. When she's not inspiring good health through health coaching and group fitness classes, you'll find her in the kitchen whipping up delicious, healthy, and often raw sweet treats! You can contact Tiffaney at tiffaneynish@gmail.com.
"Juice diets are a popular method of weight loss and detoxing programs as a way of 'cleansing' the body. They generally exclude normal foods for exclusively juiced vegetables and fruits."