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New Year’s ‘detoxes’ are a waste of time

WASHINGTON POST

DetoxJuiceFrom a scientific standpoint, there’s no good reason to do a ‘detox’ unless you’re in rehab. No amount of juicing will atone for the health sins of 2014, and you might be doing yourself more harm than good.

It would be great if the right combination of freshly squeezed juices could make us all healthier and happier, but that just isn’t the case. This isn’t news: As quickly as juice cleanses have emerged as a popular diet option in recent years, scientists have emerged to debunk their usefulness.

For starters, the idea of a need for a detox — that your body is full of things that shouldn’t be there, and can be flushed out by more “natural” food and drink — is a tad misguided.

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