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.

If you’re a juicer and would like to add anything about side effects or what to expect during a clease, please feel free to share with our readers in the comments section below.

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5 Responses to “Side Effects of Juicing”
  1. CaliDrmr says:

    I like to juice for a week about twice a year. It’s a great way to clean out your system and detoxify. The side effects can be pretty brutal for a few days but I’ve found that the cleaner I eat and the better I care for myself, the less severe the side effects were.

    The best thing is the way that you feel after your body adapts to being on the juice – you literally feel lighter and healthier. My advise? Stick with it because it’s worth it!

  2. I’m a juicer, too. I’ve been doing it for 2 weeks every 4 months for the last several years and I truly believe that it’s the reason that I’ve remained disease free and healthy for as long as I have. I don’t even get colds anymore.

    The first few times were really tough for me but then I started really noticing the health benefits. My skin cleared up, my digestive issues went away and I just felt lighter and more energetic. I can’t see myself ever stopping!

  3. Darlene says:

    I’m currently trying this out and I feel myself being super grouchy, weak and I also get an allergic reaction to juicing. On a normal basis I can eat all the vegetables and fruit that I use for juicing, could the fact that I am taking them raw make a difference? Will this to, disappear after a few days?

    • Theresa says:

      Hey Darlene!
      Moodiness, lethargy and upset stomach are all normal for the first week or so but will subside after that. It’s a result of switching from solid foods, eliminating fats and flushing toxins from your body. Basically, you’re just adjusting to the detox. You may also notice bad breath or body odor, and possibly even acne. These are all good signs though because your body is pushing the toxins out. That, too, will subside after just a few days or a week.

      When you say “allergic reaction” though, what exactly do you mean? If you’re having problems breathing or something like that, you should probably stop juicing and talk to your doctor immediately. If, however, you’re dealing with any of the symptoms above, you may want to try cutting your juice with water, or drinking a glass of water with your juice. That seems to help most people get over the nausea.

      It sounds, though, like you’re right on track to complete a successful juice. How long are you planning on doing it for, and why did you choose to do it?

  4. Janet says:

    I started juicing this past week and had no problem until last night. I had a bad attack of gas, indigestion and nausea. Last night was very uncomfortable. Do you more experienced Juicers think this is part of the detox? I still feel bad but better. I was also constipated. I haven’t stopped and plan to juice for another week. I am looking forward to feeling the good aspects of juicing.

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