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Juicing, Meal Replacement Shakes Lead to Better Health

Local health and wellness coaches want people to be aware of those benefits and possible drawbacks.
(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) The total amount of nutrients that your body needs can fit into one cup.

Juicing and meal replacement shakes make that possible.

"You know its got all the vitamins, minerals, nutrients in it your body needs," said Chad Vann.

Vann, a Health and Wellness Coach at Changez to Wellness, is a walking testimony of how the body can transform from shakes.

He started drinking meal replacement shakes a year and a half ago.

He's now 89 pounds lighter.

"I'm off all my blood pressure medicine, all my cholesterol medicine, and certainly, because of the good nutrition, I feel amazing," said Vann.

People may turn to juicing or meal replacement shakes because they're quick, portable and usually contain less calories; which helped people, like Vann, reach their weight loss goal.

However, nutritionists say you should not solely count of them for your body's only source of fruits, vegetables and protein.

"Egg whites, or chicken beasts. Everything in its natural state. No preservatives, no additives. Lots of fresh fruits, fresh vegetables," said Angie Buskey.

Often times, people also use juices and meal replacement shakes for a body cleanse.

Buskey, also a Health and Wellness Coach at Changez to Wellness, feels cleanses do the body more harm than good.

"You can lose weight quickly with a cleanse, but the problem is with a cleanse, your body goes into more of a starvation mode. And, when you get off that cleanse, your body's actually going to store the back fat. You could gain more weight with a cleanse," Buskey.

Buskey and Vann said they have always seen great changes from juicing and meal replacement shakes.

They just want to make sure people understand the importance of knowing what's going in your body.

"I really think people need to understand the nutrition side of it, and stick to the program. Find a program that works for them; this one works for me," said Vann.

"You cannot out-train a bad diet. It's 80 percent nutrition and it's 20 percent exercise," said Buskey.

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