British model Peaches Geldof passed away recently at the young age of 25. There has been no cause of death confirmed but some are speculating as to whether her extreme juicing diets could be to blame. Doctor Keri Peterson says that she does not ever recommend juicing. She says that for a few days it is harmless, but if you take it to an extreme and do it all the time, you are not doing yourself any favors.
The problem with juicing is that you are getting no protein and no fiber because it is all discarded in the pulp of the veggies and fruits that you are juicing. This means that whatever your body has left, it uses up during the digestion process. If you are on a liquid diet for an extended period of time like Geldof was you will lose weight, but you will also lose muscle. Your metabolism will begin to slow down as well. Once you go back to eating normal foods after juicing you will gain weight due to the fact that your metabolism is much slower than it was before.
National Eating Disorder Association chief Russell Marx, M.D. says that when you are drinking the juices you are depriving yourself of proteins, carbs, and healthy fats. This is not good for your body in any way. When you do this for an extended period of time your body will adapt to it but will make things that much worse once you stop juicing. When you begin to eat food again you will have levels such as your phosphorus, potassium, and magnesium take a dive. These are all important for heart function and when you mess with the balance of the three you can end up having heart failure. Your heart will overwork itself trying to fix the damage that was done while juicing for so long. Marx says that this is something that can happen in anorexia patients as well.