It seems no matter where you look, you see claims that a green juice detox is either the healthiest thing you could possibly do for your body or the most destructive diet you’ll ever undertake. It’s a polarizing concept, and it truly doesn’t need to be.
The truth is that juicing, like so many of the things that we do for our health, is perfectly good for us — in moderation. Juicing too much or juicing the wrong way can be detrimental to your health.
Worried that you’re not juicing correctly? Never fear — we’ve got 9 tips to make sure your juicing habits stay well within the realm of healthy, helpful, and delicious.
1. Be Wary of Over-Detoxing
Choosing green juice as a detox tool is a good idea, in principle — after all, it’s the chlorophyll in green plants that does the work of detoxing. “Chlorophyll is a chelating agent,” explains naturopathic doctor and inventor of The Rockstar Remedy, Dr. Gabrielle Francis. “This means it binds to toxins, heavy metals, and pesticides and pulls them out of our cells and into the blood.”
That said, detoxing can go too far. When chlorophyll pulls toxins out of cells, the gut and liver can go into overdrive and make you feel sick. Dr. Francis addresses this by including a gut repair powder as well as protein, which builds liver enzymes, in her green juice drink. You can also boost your liver by drinking lots of water and avoiding all manner of processed and artificial foods.
2. How You Drink Is as Important as What You Drink
The detoxing power of chlorophyll doesn’t discriminate – it pulls toxins from anything around it, including plastic. If you drink green juice out of a plastic container, Dr. Francis warns, it will pull the plastic into the juice. And we all know what that means: all of those nasty chemicals in the plastic are floating around in what should be a healthy beverage.
In other words, when it comes to green juice, stick to glass.
3. Balance is Key with a Green Juice Detox
It’s easy to get stuck in a rut, particularly when you find a green juice recipe you particularly like. But balance in your green juicing regimen is key to making sure you’re helping and not hurting your body.