When I was in college, I decided that doing a juice fast was the perfect way to get my health back in order. Six hours and two glasses of juice later, I gave up; I was hungry, weak, and supremely grumpy. If this was how I felt after just a few hours, how on earth could I last an entire week?
I may lack the willpower to go on a juice fast, a regimen where you subsist only on fruit and vegetable juices for as many as several weeks, but plenty of other health-conscious people swear by them. And yet, despite claims that juice fasts detox the body, help you lose weight, and even cure serious illnesses, most mainstream medical professionals are speaking out against the practice.
So who should you believe? Let’s take a closer look at the claims, and the science, behind juice fasts.
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