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 #4: You'll Feel Great Immediately
Ideally, you'll feel reinvigorated a few days into juice cleanse, but the first couple of days can be rough. "People usually feel a little funky at first," Haas says. "It usually takes three days to really start feeling good."
The reason is your body is screaming for all of the things it has grown accustomed to – like excess sugar, which Hyman says is eight times more addictive than cocaine, so withdrawals can be brutal. If you don't start feeling better by day three, Haas says you're probably dehydrated. Since you're peeing out so much fluid while cleansing, you really have to pound the water.
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