Bitches LOVE their juice cleanses. Except, juice cleanses are something that some marketing asshole made up, and we fell for it. Hard. Yup, yet another case of bro-science, or whatever the equivalent is for the basics.
Juice isn’t some magical elixir that will remove toxins from your liver. The only way to ‘detox’ is to not eat/drink crap in the first instance, or you know, at least try and minimise it. So why then do people claim to feel “AH-MAY-ZING” after doing a juice cleanse or detox or whatever? It’s probably because they’ve stopped binge-drinking and rehydrated with actual water instead of some weird artificially sweetened cancer bomb. Or their headaches have disappeared because they’re not strung out on caffeine. Or maybe they say they’re not so bloated, but it’s because they’re not filling their pie hole with, well…pie. I know it’s not glamorous, but eating a sensible diet and living a healthy lifestyle are the best ways to avoid needing rehab in the first place.
That said, there may be some benefits to drinking juices as part of a healthy diet, like increasing the bioavailability (basically how easy it is for your body to get the nutrients from food) of certain nutrients like, beta-carotene, beet juice may help improve athletic performance, and kale juice may stimulate the immune system and reduce cardiovascular disease risk factors.
Because fruit and vegetable juices can be high in natural sugar, there some concern that they may increase the risk for type 2 diabetes. I had a look at the scientific literature and there’s a bunch of conflicting studies. For instance, this study from Japan found that drinking juice was not a determinant of whether men and women got the diabeetus, but this one from the states did! So science still has some sciencing to do to figure this whole thing out. To do this though, they need to ask the right questions. How does juice affect blood sugar levels in someone who eats a healthy diet vs a shitty one? Do fruit and vegetable juices affect blood sugar differently? What about if it’s a blend of fruit and vegetable juice, and lastly, what if you’re eating juice with a meal?
So what does that mean, well here are the things I think about when I juice. Juice is now a verb.
*Don’t drink the stuff that comes from concentrate or the kind of shit that would survive the nuclear holocaust. I only drink 100% fresh-pressed fruit and vegetable juice.
*Juices are NOT a substitute for whole foods or meals. I recommend drinking juice alongside a bowl of oatmeal or a piece of fruit.
*If you want to drink juice on the reg, opt for fruits and veg that aren’t super sweet: spinach, cucumber, celery, ginger, parsley, lemon etc…
*Cool your jets when it comes to very sweet juices, ones that are primarily fruit based like the recipe I’m sharing here. Only drink these in moderation.
*If you want to go bananas with the fruit (not sorry) then opt for smoothies, the fibre will help keep your blood sugar levels stable.
*Add greens to your smoothies for an extra burst of nutrition. Spinach and cucumber are mild tasting and a good place to start if you’re a bit scared.
This juice was inspired by a juice I had while in Milwaukee a few weeks ago. It’s super refreshing; the lime cuts the sweetness and makes it nice and tart.
- 1 Medium red beet
- 2 Red apples (I used Gala)
- 8 Strawberries
- 3T Lime juice
- Juice the beet, apples and strawberries in your juicer and then add the lime juice from freshly squeezed limes. Serve over ice if preferred.