Side Effects of Juicing
Adverse Reactions are Only Temporary
Because your body is ridding itself of accumulated wastes and toxins, you may temporarily experience some unpleasant side effects of juicing during the first few days, especially if you’re replacing more than one meal with juice. Don’t worry – this is completely normal. The good things that you will begin to experience will far outweigh these temporary side effects, so stick with it. Following are some things to expect:
- A drop in energy for the first day or two may be expected because the sugar levels in your blood will be lower since you’re not consuming all of the carbs that your body is probably used to. Also, since you’re drinking pure juice, the sugars that you ARE getting are rapidly absorbed. This may cause your energy levels to fluctuate and is why juicing may not be a good idea if you’re diabetic.
- You may experience headaches, especially if you’re used to consuming caffeine and sugar on a regular basis. Just remember – a headache isn’t caused by the orange-carrot juice that you had for breakfast. It’s caused by the fact that your body is craving the bad stuff that it’s used to!
- Nausea or vomiting may occur because your body isn’t used to such high doses of nutrients without the accompanying fiber and protein. This may also be another withdrawal side effect or it may be a reaction to herbs or spices that you add. It can also be caused by the sheer concentration of some of the juices. To minimize your risk, drink the juice diluted with pure water.
- Bad breath, acne and/or body odor may occur because your body is flushing out waste and toxins and two of the ways that your body does this is through your skin and through the exhalation process. These side effects should disappear within a few days.
- You may experience constipation or diarrhea. The constipation may be caused by the sudden lack of fiber and many juice experts recommend adding a natural herbal laxative to your regimen while you’re juicing. Conversely, diarrhea may occur because you’re not eating as much solid foods and your digestive tract is being cleansed. If you experience more than temporary diarrhea for a day, you may want to add some fiber back into your diet because you can become dehydrated.
If any of these side effects linger for more than the first few days, or if they are severe, you should stop juicing and talk to your doctor.
Don’t Give Up!
After the detoxification process is well underway, these side effects will fade and you’ll start to feel invigorated. Your energy will increase, your skin will start to glow and your mental clarity may improve. You may find that aches and pains decrease or go away completely and many digestive problems may disappear.
Though there may temporary side effects to juicing, most people feel that the health benefits far outweigh a bit of initial discomfort. It’s important to remember that the reason that you’re feeling bad isn’t because you’re drinking the juice but because your body isn’t getting all of the garbage that it’s used to. Since it’s also adjusting to an influx of nutrients and has the extra energy to “clean house,” it’s no wonder that you may feel badly in the beginning. Stick with it and don’t give up!
Now that you know why and how to juice, and what the side effects of juicing may be, let’s talk about some good recipes to use. You’re going to be surprised at some of the stuff that you can add to really rev up the effectiveness of your juice fast! Check out Healthy Juice Recipes for Beginners to learn more.
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