The Dangers of Juice Fasting

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Juice fasting and juicing in general has come under some scrutiny lately with the death of Peaches Geldoff and the hospitalization of many after doing juice fasts. Although the reports are still inconclusive, Peaches was known for consuming nothing but juices and water for months at a time and many are speculating that juice fasting and nutritional deficiencies may have played a role in her death. While this may not be the case, the speculation has brought controversy to the juicing front with many questioning the safety and benefit of juicing, especially when subsisting primarily on juices as in juice fasts.

Using Juicing in a Helpful Way

Although juice fasting may be done in a healthy way, it is difficult to meet all nutritional needs and is not usually recommended for long periods of time. The assistance of a nutritionist is recommended for those who feel they might benefit from a juice fast, sometimes called a “reboot.” When doing a juice fast, participants must typically consume about eight twenty-ounce juices with a range of ingredients to meet nutritional needs and not put their health at risk. Many that attempt juice fasts without doing proper research may have the misconception that three juices a day will suffice. This misconception can be very dangerous. Carefully selecting varying ingredients is also essential to juice fasting without threatening health.

Kids and Juicing

While adding fresh juices to a child’s diet may be an easy way to integrate vegetables and fruits that the child would otherwise not eat, children should not participate in a juice fast, under most circumstances. Children require well-rounded nutrition for body and brain development, and nutritional deficiencies can cause developmental disorders and threaten the health and well being of the child. Before using juices as any type of meal replacement for children, parents should consult a pediatrician.

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