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Smoothies, Juices + Detoxing; essential or unnecessary in a modern, healthy diet?

It’s hard to escape the message that smoothies, juicing and detoxing are essential elements to a healthy diet these days. If you buy any cookbook or follow any of the big names in healthy eating on social media, smoothies and juices are a prominent feature, as is the promotion of regular detoxing to systematically cleanse the body of the toxins and the effects of a modern lifestyle. There is a lot of hype, but is in there any truth in this message and is it worth buying in to? My answer would be yes, sort of 😉 A lot of the arguments that you would hear against smoothies and juicing and detoxing is that humans have survived just fine without these modern incarnations of food and that the body detoxes itself regularly without the assistance of a 3 day juice cleanse. And there is scientific and research based facts to back all of those arguments up.  However, there is myriad anecdotal evidence out there from people who have incorporated smoothies and juicing into their regular …