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Cleanses are designed to detoxify the body, though weight loss is often a happy side effect

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

Cleanses Overview

Cleanses typically involve drinking anywhere from six to 12 glasses of fruit and vegetable juice per day. Depending on your goals and your willpower, they can last anywhere from a day to a month.

Most cleanses are staunchly liquids-only, but some, like the Clean Program, also incorporate a very carefully curated list of acceptable solid foods. While it’s clearly likely that consuming nothing but eight glasses of pulverized kale and jicama per day will cause you to lose weight, weight loss is typically not the ultimate goal of cleanses. Rather, advocates say cleanses “detoxify” the body and promote healthy immune systems.

The jury is out on the efficacy of the juice fast for detoxification. Most doctors believe that the bowel is already self-regulating and needs no assistance from liquefied beets. In addition, many cleanses are high in sugar (blame all that fruit) and even potentially dangerous to diabetics and pre-diabetics.

Still, celebrities and plebes alike love them some cleanses. Well-known cleansers include Salma Hayek (cofounder of the Cooler Cleanse), Gwyneth Paltrow (natch), Sarah Jessica Parker and Demi Moore.

Sip The Good And Flush The Bad Popular ways to detox, or just slim down for important events like the celebs do
Cleanse Description Duration
BluePrint Cleanse The BluePrint Cleanse consists of six daily bottles of freshly pressed fruit and vegetable...more The BluePrint Cleanse lasts three days. The juices go bad after a few days since they are...more
Clean Program The Clean Program was invented by Uruguayan doctor Alejandro Junger, who created the Clean...more The initial length of the Clean Program is 21 days. However, an "intake" phase that lasts...more
Colon Cleanse Colon cleansing is based on the theory that the colon (also called the large intestine) can...more Most colon cleanses are about a day or two in length.
Cooler Cleanse The Cooler Cleanse is a juice-based diet regimen. People undergoing the Cooler Clease...more The Cooler Cleanse can be done in a three-day or five-day plan. It can be done as often as...more
Master Cleanse The Master Cleanse is a strict 21-day liquid-only diet designed to detoxify the body. ...more The classic Master Cleanse lasts 21 days, though not all dieters choose to participate for...more

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