But Juicing Is Dangerous!
I have been writing about juicing for health and safe rapid weight-loss for over two decades now and the ‘juicing is dangerous’ line has been thrown at me many times. However, like most of the project fear being spouted about juicing, it’s utter nonsense. There are many things in life that are dangerous – putting your head in a hot oven or jumping on a trampoline without a safety net, for example, but drinking cucumber and carrot juice, not so much. Although this may seem obvious to any rational, normal-thinking person, it’s amazing how many people say this, and mind-blowing how many believe it. Often, those behind project juice fear are medical professionals and many people blindly trust what anyone in a white coat says as they are ‘qualified’.
I wouldn’t mind if there was a plethora of people in hospital because of the side effects of juicing, but it doesn’t happen, despite the millions of people who embark on a juice diet every week. The irony is that those in hospital with serious conditions are there nine times out of ten because of the side effects of medical drugs, not spinach juice!
I often look at the reaction people get on social media when they say they are going on a juice diet or coming to my retreats. There are some positive comments, but there is always the ‘Why are you doing that, it’s dangerous and not good for you’ brigade making up the majority of remarks.
I frequently see the comment, ‘Have you consulted a doctor?’, but if anyone says they’re off to Ibiza or Vegas to eat junk, drink shedloads of alcohol and party into the wee hours, that question isn’t asked. Surely it makes more sense to ask your doctor if it’s ok before you binge on junk and alcohol than if you’re about to embark on a fresh juice plan?
Common sense often goes out of the window when it comes to the juice fearmongers and they carry on trying to scare people off juicing, with no actual argument that holds any sort of water. Often, well more than often, the people with the largest fear voices have never tried a juice plan themselves. If they did, they would know how amazingly positive the body’s reaction can be. In 20 years, I have heard all kinds of nonsense from, ‘If you juice, your hair will fall out’ to ‘It will cause diabetes’. The reality is that in the vast majority of cases, the results for general health and weight are nothing short of remarkable. I made a movie, Super Juice Me!, which I thought would finally close project juice fear down, but even that wasn’t good enough for them. So, to put this ‘juicing is dangerous’ myth finally to bed, I will be filming Super Juice Me! II in 2020 where I intend to extend the ‘juice experiment’ and prove, once and for all, that not only is juicing not dangerous, but it has the power to be truly life changing for many, many people.
If you are on the fence, try a juice plan and make up your own mind. Remember, just because someone is a qualified dietician or doctor doesn’t mean they are always right – qualified medical professionals told us fat was the problem and sugar-laden cereals were fine and dandy, but are now reversing all they said for years. Doctors .also once encouraged people to smoke too, perhaps the most compelling argument for being open-minded about advice and doing your own research.
I bring these arguments to life on my Jason On His Juice Box series on my YouTube channel, JuiceTube, so pop over to get a more in-depth look at what I am talking about. That’s also a great place to send the juicing fearmongers, as it may help shut them up. One thing is for sure though, no matter what any ill-informed naysayer states, juicing is clearly not dangerous.
‘But Juicing Doesn’t Detox The Body!’
This is an odd one, because I am not shattering a myth, as it’s not a myth – juicing doesn’t detox the body. However, I want to clarify why the word ‘detox’ is often used to describe juice diets, even though it is your liver, kidneys, lungs and skin which ‘detox’.
Over the years, words change meaning, even if their definition remains the same. When I was growing up, if something was ‘bad’, particularly referring to music or art, it actually meant it was ‘good’. When the definition of ‘bad’ can be changed to mean the exact opposite, it shows how general understanding of a word can be far removed from what it says in the dictionary. These days, ‘sick’ means ‘amazing’ which again proves that words are fluid in meaning. I don’t mind people saying, ‘I am going on a juice detox’. Although not strictly true to the dictionary definition, I think it safe to say the majority knows exactly what people mean by it. That meaning is, ‘You are going for a period of time without certain food and drink and consuming nothing but juice’.
What I will say is that although juicing doesn’t detox the body as only your organs do that, it’s safe to say the organs have a much better chance of doing what they are designed to do if you stop putting rubbish in and they have less work to do.
I can breathe quite easily but if someone were to squeeze my neck slightly, my body would have more of a challenge doing what it is naturally designed to do. Take the hands off my throat and I can breathe easily again. When you stop putting alcohol and junk food into the system and replace them with good natural foods, the body has the time and space to do what it is naturally designed to do – ‘detox’.
A Clean House
People also get confused with ‘detox symptoms’. If someone goes on a juice plan for the first few days, many experience headaches, tiredness and sometimes a slight negative change in emotional behaviour. They will often refer to this as detox symptoms, but in reality they are ‘withdrawal symptoms’.
If a smoker stops smoking, they aren’t suffering nicotine detox symptoms, they are withdrawing from nicotine. The headaches, nervous energy and negative changes in emotional
behaviour are not caused because the person stopped smoking, but because they started in the first place.
This isn’t ‘detox’, it is ‘withdrawal’ and it’s what some people experience as they remove junk from their diet. With a ‘detox’, any negative symptoms aren’t caused by the freshly extracted juice, but rather the removal of certain foods and drinks. We often refer to this as ‘detox’ rather than ‘withdrawal’ and what’s wrong with that?
As I say, if someone refers to something amazing as ‘sick’ and that has been understood, then what’s wrong with that? The truth is the general meaning of words changes, expressions evolve and the vast majority of people who say they are going on a ‘detox’ don’t usually think they will be getting rid of ‘toxins’ that are already in their system. They will be living for a short period of time without ‘toxic’ foods and drinks, hence describing it as a ‘detox’.
There may be some people who believe that certain food or drinks are helping to rid their body of ‘toxins’, but it’s safe to say the vast majority of us simply use the term ‘detox’ in a generic way. Plus, as mentioned, when you do take your foot off the junk food and drink gas, the organs have a much better chance to clean house. One thing is for sure, whatever you call the process, when you go for a period of time without ‘toxic’ food and drink substances, your body will go into repair and healing mode more readily than if it had to deal with junk hitting the body’s systems.
Once again, I have filmed a video about this on my Jason On His Juice Box series on my JuiceTube YouTube channel, so feel free to pop over there to hear me speak about this, and send those juicy naysayers over to get a better understanding too!