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Do Cleanses Work?

Lemon water with cayenne; expensive herbal supplements; 7 day juice fasts: "Cleanse for the new year!" Or should you?

Cleansing is often promoted to improve health by 'cleansing' the bowel and removing toxins from the body that come from the air we breathe, the food we eat and the beverages we drink. Supporters claim the goal of cleansing is to promote healthy intestinal bacteria, boost energy and immunity, and start weight loss. However, there's little evidence that cleansing produces these effects. In fact, some forms of cleansing can be harmful. Cleansing diets, also known as detoxification or detox diets, are not recommended for preventing disease or improving bowel or overall health and especially are not for growing children and teens.

What is a Cleansing Diet? Cleansing is the removal of material from the bowel or colon. It can be done by a variety of methods, either alone or in combination: using a herbal or medicinal or laxative preparation fasting or following a strict...

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