By Alyssa Shaffer
woman drinking juice The claim is that it clears your body of toxins and can help you lose weight. But is a cleanse really necessary, and more important, is it safe? Photo credit: iStock
The alternative medicine expert says...On occasion, a cleanse can be useful.
Your body generally does a good job of flushing out toxins it absorbs from the environment, but sometimes it doesn't work as efficiently as it could. When this happens, you may feel tired or irritable, and an occasional juice cleanse can help your body get back on track. A cleanse involves eliminating solid foods and drinking your nutrients in the form of fruit and vegetable juices. A good cleanse lasts about three days, during which you drink anywhere from 48 to 72 ounces of a variety of freshly squeezed produce, such as spinach, kale, beets, carrots, apples and pineapple, and ideally nut juices (like cashew or almond milk) for protein and healthy fat.
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