PSYCHOLOGY OF OUR PHYSIOLOGYIs Juicing Helpful or Harmful?

Is Juicing Helpful or Harmful?

If you love juices, there’s just one thing you need to ask yourself. Do you enjoy your juice as an occasional energy boost, or are you using juice as a form of food? The most common way of juicing is to have only juices twice a week, or sometimes more or less. Some of the popular juicing plans including having  different juices on a day, and advise doing this twice a week. Juicing has been controversial. Recently at a talk that I gave, someone saw my chart on juicing causing blood sugar challenges and asked me what I meant by juice. She assumed that I was talking about canned juices loaded with sugar, but I clarified that I also meant the trend of healthy juices.

Juicing has been targeted at those searching for the eternal perfect weight, those on the hope of cleansing out their body of all the toxins and those wanting an extra boost of energy. The thinking behind juicing is that it is meant to give you huge amounts of vegetables or fruit or a combination of both, a rich supply of vitamins and minerals in one boost. There is also the idea that it is meant to alkalise the body which is now the magic word for all things healthy. Vegetable juices do alkalise your body. It does give you a boost of energy, in body and mind. It is a way to allow your detoxification to work powerfully, but definitely not if you eat terrible on the other days. It can counter the effect of pollution and toxic waste from all around you, as some ingredients can act as binders to draw out toxic overload within your body. It is supposed to give you glowing skin and shiny hair. It really is being sold as the magical quick fix to all the toxins that you take in, both consciously and unknowingly. A lot of this is true. What are the areas requiring your concern then?

As I said, a lot of the thoughts are true. You do need to eat more fruits and vegetables in a day. So why is it a problem then? However many excellent ingredients juice contains, the fact is that it is robbed and stripped away of fibre. Even if the bottle claims to have retained its fibre, in orange juice for example, it is only the inner fibre. The juicing process has taken away the fibre in each segment of that orange. What this does is speed up the rise of blood sugar, causing that spike, and then subsequently a crash. If your blood sugar spikes and crashes in that manner, it also upsets your adrenal function, thyroid hormones and sex hormones. Below your neck, your body does not know the difference between white sugar and a load of sugar. Juices without fibre can become a load of sugar, and your body reacts in the same way that it will to any form of sugar.

How is juice safe to have?

When does it creates havoc? The first problem with juicing is that you’ve stripped away all the fiber and concentrated the sugars into one serving. This means that digestion occurs more quickly, and blood sugar can spike and crash, which is why you need to keep drinking so often. Even when they have vegetables and greens, they can be low in protein, fat and fiber, making them impact your blood sugar. While this might be working for a few people, many people have different stages of adrenal dysfunction and are overtraining, making juicing a dangerous trend that is leading towards cortisol dysfunction and many more interlinked problems.

It can also impact you with certain medication that you are taking. Those on blood thinners, should exercise a lot of caution before drinking huge amounts of green juices where the Vitamin K can become life threatening. And the juice might be way more dangerous than eating a bowl of sauteed greens. Those with hypothyroidism should be careful when they drink juices as some juices can impact the thyroid. You might be fooled thinking that greens are loaded with goodness, but certain people with specific challenges, especially adrenal issues, must try this with caution that it can upset their adrenal function badly.

If you are really sensitive to picking up infections and your immune system is compromised, raw juices can be very unsafe. it can be the source of microbial infections. If your microbiome is weak and compromised from excessive antibiotics, while juice can be alkalising, it can also make you pick up those infections easily. One of the ways that you can work around this is to make your juice at home, where you know that you are cleaning the ingredients well, and making it hygienically.

So if you do enjoy your juice, here are some ways that you can have them safely:

  1. Have your juice after a meal with enough fat, fibre and protein.
  2. Avoid having a day full of juices where you get an overload of sugar, greens or cruciferous vegetables.
  3. Have it occasionally to boost your energy when you have a day of low energy
  4. Make sure that you eat something after juice, or chances are, the sugar crash post the spike will trigger hunger and when ignored, headaches ot mood fluctuations.
  5. Make your juice with one sweet ingredient and one low glycemic vegetable
  6. Avoid excessive greens if you are on blood thinners

What should you do instead? Eat balanced meals and get your required amounts of phytonutrients from vegetables and greens along with good fats, fiber and protein. This allows you to balance your blood sugar. Stabilise your system and build, rather than try to detoxify and cleanse, especially when you have health challenges. Get your fruit as fruit, or as a smoothie, where you don’t lose the fiber. If you do enjoy juice, keep it as a treat along with a balanced meal, or just before a meal where the sugar spike can be contained by a balanced meal that follows after. It can also help you as an energy boost on days when you feel you need the boost or when your digestion is weak and you are struggling to digest food. My pick would be to have it as part of a very balanced meal where the rich colours from beetroot or carrots can add some phytonutrient power to your day!

 

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Truth is tricky. It’s so easy to try a new diet or protocol and slip into denial over symptoms that arise. A classic version of this is missing a period after intermittent fasting but trying to ignore it. For a woman your cycle is as vital in information as a lab test!⁣


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Have you tried a new diet or protocol and ever convinced yourself that it’s working for you just because you’ve lost a lot of weight? Weight loss has become the highest parameter of efficacy even when there is chaos happening within which can include and not limited to:⁣

💛Frequent headaches ⁣

☸️Dysfunctional cycle⁣

💮Low iron or B12 within few months⁣

💜Frequent fevers and coughs⁣

💛Bad skin⁣

☸️Poor quality of sleep even if you are sleeping nine hours⁣

💮Mood fluctuation that includes anger, sadness and overwhelm⁣


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Weight loss should not be enough if all this is happening as well. Health should come before anything else.⁣

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Fasting is great! But I’m seeing a lot of people who are unable to get benefits from this ancient practice. My guess is that this has a lot to do with sequence, present diet, level of stress and what’s happening within their body.⁣


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Some of the indications that the specific fasting approach you are following is not working for you are:⁣

💙Feeling more stressed and having poor resilience to stressors around you. This can include feeling weepy, angry or overwhelmed.⁣

💙Struggling with fatigue and forcing yourself to get through the fasting period irrespective of tiredness, dizziness or giddy.⁣

💙One of the greatest signs of impact is struggling with sleep. This can include inability to stay asleep and not being able to stay asleep for enough time.⁣

💙Not getting a period when you have always had a perfect cycle is a huge red flag. If your body thinks that it’s a state of emergency it shuts off reproductive function and you can miss ovulation and menstruation. I’ve actually heard women say they are happy about missing a cycle but this is really dangerous!⁣


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Does this mean fasting is not good? Far from it! I call the fasting approach that I use in practice as Strategic Fasting. This refers to using fasting techniques in specific ways at specific times with specific foods in the feeding window. It can be immensely therapeutic provided you bring it in correctly. ⁣




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It’s so strange that so many women do not place stress as the greatest root cause of all their menstruated challenges. One episode of high stress can wreak havoc on your hormones and impact the flow of your cycle. This is why you’ll have an early period, a later period, no period or a heavy period after you’ve had an argument with someone or a bad day at work.⁣


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🌸The reason for this is that your body takes cholesterol and produces both cortisol which is the stress hormone and progesterone which is your sex hormone. ⁣

🌺When your body thinks that it is a state of emergency then it shuts off non essential functions including the production of sex hormones. ⁣

🌸Instead it prioritises the production of your stress hormone cortisol. ⁣

🌺This means you can go a whole cycle without ovulation or making progesterone.⁣

🌸This makes you stressed, anxious, unable to sleep, overwhelmed, depressed and a whole lot more!⁣


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Women’s health and women’s bodies are beautiful spaces where there is harmony deep within. Your body just tries to help you when something is off. The beauty is that you can bring everything back on track with the right steps in the right sequence. If you want to guide your health back to harmony, reach out!⁣

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