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Clean Program

The Clean Program involves a combination of liquid meals and a restricted diet. The goal: purging toxins.

By Zeel Editorial Staff, Last updated: August 15, 2012

Clean Program Overview

The Clean Program was invented by Uruguayan doctor Alejandro Junger, who created the Clean Program in order to eliminate toxic foods from the daily menu.

The Clean Program is an involved regimen that requires, for instance, that cleansers eat only approved foods, pee at least once an hour, "lubricate the colon" by taking two tablespoons of olive or coconut oil every evening, alternate between hot and cold water in the shower, undergo colonics, take saunas to encourage sweating, and brush the skin to remove dead skin cells.

Who invented it: Dr. Alexander Junger invented the Clean Program in the 1990s. After moving to New York City, he found that the dietary changes in his new home manifested themselves in the form of depression and irritable bowel syndrome.

He became very interested in detoxifying his body. Through his medical knowledge, Dr. Junger created the Clean Program, meant to eliminate toxic foods from the daily menu.

Length of diet plan: The initial length of the Clean Program is 21 days. However, an "intake" phase that lasts at least three days is considered an essential part of the program. During the intake phase, only foods from the Elimination Diet are eaten, though not the liquified breakfast and dinners.

Celebrity Devotees

The Clean Program seems to be extremely popular among the boldname set. Devotees include Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr., Donna Karan, Martha Stewart, Debra Messing and Demi Moore.

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