Quality, cold-pressed juices are everywhere right now – from Starbucks to the grocery store. And while they're not just being sold to people on so-called juice cleanses, the act of giving up all food but juice for better health is trending too. The idea is to give your body a break from all the garbage you normally put in it and, for three days up to a week, consume nothing but nutrient-packed fruit and vegetable juices. When done correctly, these cleanses can help rid the body of excess sugar and stop the flow of synthetic food ingredients, which get backlogged in our bodies and can make us feel sluggish, achy, bloated, and generally like crap.
"The point of any detox program is to optimize the body's natural ability to detoxify itself," says Dr. Mark Hyman, author of The Blood Sugar Solution 10-Day Detox Diet. "Juice cleanses are a way to rapidly reboot your system."
But there are many myths swirling around about juice cleanses – that they'll make you drop 10 pounds in as many days, or they'll magically cure long-term ailments. Here's the truth.
Myth #10: Cleanses Reverse Arthritis
People often say their bodies feel younger, spryer, and less achy during a cleanse. They're probably not lying. Loading up on all the vitamins, minerals, and other antioxidants in juices can help tame inflammation, which is the root cause most joint aches. But you're not going to completely stamp out arthritis just by pounding juice for a week. After you're done cleansing, you need to commit to a diet rich in anti-inflammatory fruits and vegetables and exercise regularly. That will keep your joints strong and flexible and keep pain low.
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