Cleanses: Not All They Are Cracked Up To Be

Is this trend actually hurting you?
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Cleanses: Not All They Are Cracked Up To Be

Is this trend actually hurting you?

-Libby Keatinge

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You know the look, the vacant but bitchy gaze your pal at work has because she is “cleansing.” “I’m doing the Master Cleanse,” she tells you as you scratch your head and wonder why someone needs to drink only lemon juice and cayenne pepper for days on end. Although the Master Cleanse has been around since 1941, when Stanley Boroughs created the “lemonade diet,” “detoxing,” cleansing,” or “juicing” are all fads that recently seem to be just as trendy as iPads. It seems like everyone is getting rid of those toxins via liquid concoctions.

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Despite those foodless fasts promising to flush toxins, rejuvenate your health, and make you lose weight, many health and nutrition professionals believe these cleanses are really not necessary, and even have negative effects on your health.


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