Healthy Hollywood: Wellness Wednesday Part II — Are Celebrity Cleanses Healthy Or Not?
Juice fasts and detox diets are more popular then ever thanks to celebs like Demi Moore and Gwyneth Paltrow, who’ve boasted about their cleansing success stories. Nutritionist Keri Glassman stopped by our new show Access Hollywood Live on Wednesday to give Billy Bush and Kit Hoover the skinny on this latest celebrity trend.
“A cleanse is really a general term. To some it may mean no alcohol and sweets and to another it may mean no fast food,” states Keri.
These days most celebs and us regular folks think of cleanses as fruit and veggie juices and / or raw food. A cleanse typically lasts 3 to 5 days and eliminates most (if not all) solid food.
“Proponents of cleanses claim everything from increased energy, to improved immune system, glowing skin, better sleep and increased sex drive,” adds Keri.
Most importantly, the goal of a good cleanse is to put the body back on a healthy eating track — not to shed pounds fast!
“The big problem is that many people abuse them and use them as a quick weight loss tool. Going from fries and donuts to cleansing and then fries and donuts to cleansing is NOT healthy,” Keri notes. “If you are to do a cleanse, use it as quick start way to begin a healthier lifestyle. Have a game plan to incorporate more fruits into a balanced diet for the long haul! Some people do experience nausea, fatigue and dizziness on cleanses and others feel super energized.”
If you’re curious to cleanse, here’s a breakdown of 4 of the most popular ones featured on AH Live.
Master Cleanse (most extreme):
Celebrity Fans: Demi Moore & Ashton Kutcher
What it is: Mix together fresh lemon juice, cayenne pepper, maple syrup and water. Drink 6 to 12 glasses per day. No solids.
*Too few calories
*No essential nutrients
Izo Cleanse (moderate):
Celebrity Fans: Melissa Rivers & Eva Mendes
What it is: 12 different juices, plus liver detox capsules and laxatives. The juices vary from apple & beet to super-greens. Drink throughout day.
*Makes you crave healthier foods
*Floods your body with natural whole-based nutrients all day long
Blueprint Cleanse (moderate to mild):
Celebrity Fans: Olivia Wilde & Bethenny Frankel
What it is: Drink 6 bottles of 16oz juices during day. Offers 3 different cleansing levels – from expert to beginner. As an alternative, can drink 4 juices plus eat a snack and dinner.
*Boosts immune system
*Elevates mood & sex drive
*Reverses signs of aging
Cooler Cleanse (moderate to mild):
Celebrity Fan: Salma Hayek
What it is: Drink 6 different juices during the day; including both fruit and green juices. As an alternative plan, can drink 4 juices plus raw food options.
*Feel more energized
*Juices are nutrient-dense and very healthy
*Raw food alternative satisfies need to chew
*Boost body functioning
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