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In the last blog, we talked about why juice cleanses aren’t the smartest way to lose weight. In this post, we’ll look at how they’re also not a good choice for detoxing.

Put simply, if you’re only drinking juice, you’re overloading your body with sugar. Yes, it’s natural sugar, but even natural sugar isn’t awesome for your body in overwhelming amounts.

Actually, juice cleanses won’t really even touch the toxins that are built up in your body. Toxins such as heavy metals, pesticides, medications, and lead are not going to be thrown out of your system through juice cleansing alone.

You know what is already at work for you?

Your kidneys and liver.

They are specifically designed to detox, eliminate, and filter waste. The kidney’s job is to regulate sodium and mineral levels, excreting extra salts so that toxins do not build up in your body. The liver, the body’s largest internal organ, aids in digestion, produces bile to break down fats and absorb nutrients, and rids your body of toxic substances.

And no amount of juice is going to help them out. 

If you really want to help the detox process out, make sure you’re treating your kidney and liver well by eating a whole foods diet–low in animal protein and saturated fat, and avoiding alcohol, caffeine, tobacco and unnecessary medications. Whenever you can, try to get organic produce to avoid pesticides and filtered water to avoid contaminants. You can also take supplements that will aid your body in what it’s already doing. 

Your kidneys and liver know what to do. 

Be wise and treat your body well!

If you find yourself in need of a proper detox, there are some simple, wholistic things you can do that don’t involve tons of processed sugar. Drink lots of water. Make it a habbit. Eat lots of live, whole fruits and vegetables. Use one of our Detox Essential’s products to give your body the jump start it needs.

You can find out more in this article in The NY Times or watch Joe discuss healthy detoxing in the video below!