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Warning: Juicing May Deplete You- An Ayurvedic Perspective

By on July 25, 2016

Lately there has been quite a trend around raw pressed juices. Celebrities are photographed left and right walking out of yoga class with one of those apple-kale-cucumber concoctions. Your friends are doing juice cleanses. You might even starting to wonder if juicing is the magic key to weight loss, vibrant health and a clear mind.

But are we going a little too far with this fad?  Actually, is juicing even good for you?

Ayurveda teaches us that nothing is all good, or all bad, for anyone all the time.  Depending on your dosha and your state of imbalance, juices might help or hurt.  As Dr Claudia Welch says in an interview with Nadya Andreeva-

There is no one diet routinely prescribed for all people. Cleanses are at least initially depleting to the body and should be undergone with care and caution. First of all, we would want to consider which is stronger: the person’s constitution, or their disorder. Raw food and juice cleanses could be beneficial for folks who are pretty strong to begin with, and under appropriate guidance of an experienced health care practitioner.

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Effects of Juicing

In terms of energetic effect, at first juices are:

  • Lightening
  • Cooling
  • Clearing
  • Energizing

By their very nature juices increase the Vata dosha. The intense sugar rush can create a cycle of highs and lows that sends you crashing. These crashes are prone to happen if you don’t include protein and warm and nourishing foods in your diet.  Unless your digestive fire is very strong, drinking a lot of cold and sweet juices will lower your agni. Weakened agni will deplete your capacity to properly digest food when you do get back to normal eating.

Keep in mind, doing a juice cleanse might help you lose a few pounds in the short run. However, if you have any amount of vata dosha (as most of us do) it could result in an imbalance in your body and mind.

Moderation, Temperature & Spice

If you are a healthy, strong and reasonably balanced person, a juice once in a while could be an enjoyable and healthy meal replacement.  To help the digestive fire, add fresh ginger or turmeric. Also be sure to drink your juice at room temperature, this will make a big difference in the digestibility.

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About Suleyka Montpetit

Suleyka Montpetit is a Media Entrepreneur, Explorer, Writer and the former Managing Editor for Everyday Ayurveda. She has studied Yoga, Health, Spirituality and the Arts for over 15 years, rubbing elbows with luminaries and making stuff happen everywhere she goes.

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