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17 April, 2011Juices
Often people are having juices for health, as some sort of detox or simply a time factor. However as an owner of a personal training facility based in Wellington I dont believe these are needed for any of the above and indeed may actually take us away from the health that we are truly seeking. Quite simply it is the sugar in these juices that make this a formula for weight gain. When sugar is undeniably the cause of the obesity epidemic, whether they are natural or not, sugar is sugar and the fruits in the juices cause fat to be stored via the release of insulin.
If having a juice in the morning to replace breakfast is being done as a health choice it can actually be doing the opposite. When your body detects nutrients need to be broken down, it releases Hydrochloric Acid (HCL). This helps to break down the food. However with a juice or shake their is no food to be broken down, and so this can cause the stomach lining to be eating away which can lead to leaky gut syndrome. This is only a problem with people replacing food with juices or protein drinks, especially with Juice detoxes and also people who replace breakfast with a shake or live on 2 – 3 shakes per day. If you wan to get lean – take the juice away.