Are Juice Cleanses Recommended By a Doctor?—We Got The Scoop

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Detoxes and cleanses have become more and more popular recently, but have you ever wondered if they're actually doctor-recommended? Our viewer, Robin, decided to ask one of our pros, family medicine physician Dr. Jen Caudle—and her answer might surprise you.  

"I was at a friends house and she was telling me how she's starting a cleanse," Robin says. "She's trying to convince me to join her. We talked about how I want to lose some weight and how I'd like to increase my energy levels, but I'm just not sold on it. I'm kind of on the fence. So, I was wondering...are [detoxes and juice cleanses] healthy? Are they things that you would suggest?" Robin asks. 

"The truth of the matter is—no! Let's just focus on juice cleanses—the idea of drinking juice, only juice, for an extended period of time to get more energy or lose weight, [is ineffective]," explains Dr. Jen.  

"First, it's a lot of sugar. Second, it's probably not enough protein. Third, you're going to be hangry, tired and fatigued. This is not what we want you to do," she says.  

"But, I have some suggestions for you. What I do love is a balanced diet. We've got the fruits and the vegetables—all the colors. And also, lean proteins like salmon, chickpeas, legumes, peanuts. A balanced diet is ideal because your brain needs energy and that's really going to keep you the healthiest. And, exercise as well," Dr. Jen adds.  

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