Winter/Spring may be winding down, but here in Southern California where it’s always bathing suit weather — people are always mindful of their waistlines. Juicing advocates have long touted the benefits of liquid diets, including weight loss and health benefits. But experts are now warning that the science behind the craze can cause harm.
Side Effects of Juicing
In the short term, experts say juicing and liquid diets can lead to fatigue and dizziness. In the long term, they can lead to migraine headaches, muscle loss, and fertility problems.
Research shows that migraines are linked with juicing when whole citrus fruits are used in the blend.
A 2004 study found when orange juice is squeezed with the rind on, it release synephrine, a vasoconstrictor, meaning it narrows the blood vessels.
There have been links between migraine headaches and synephrine as well as related vasoconstrictors, so it makes sense that this could be a trigger.
Citrus fruits also cause magnesium deficiency in some patients, and magnesium deficiency has been linked to migraine without aura.
Other problems include extreme fatigue, irritability, and constipation.
Always Consult a Medical Professional
Bottom line: People who stick to juicing diets for weeks and even months — which is NOT recommended by any of the mainstream diet plans — may be putting themselves at risk of some serious health problems.
When in doubt, always consult a doctor when beginning a new diet. And, talk to pain management professional if you suffer from chronic headaches and migraines.
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