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 #6: Juice Cleanses Cure Diseases
Some juice cleanse companies claim say their programs can cure conditions like type 2 diabetes, fibromyalgia, or even acne. Don't buy it. Not only is it illegal to make disease claims for any product that's not an FDA-approved drug, there's just no science to back them.
What juice cleansing can do, however, is put you on a path to better health. By eliminating toxin-packed foods for a stretch and then, after your cleanse, sticking to mostly whole foods, you'll help get your body in prime working order. That's what can help clear up skin, ease aches and pains, and get blood sugar levels back on track.
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