Despite spending over $40 billion a year on diets, 1 in 4 Americans is considered obese. This may explain why diet cleanses are becoming more and more popular. People are looking for a quick and easy way to shed weight and feel healthy. But do they really work?
Dr. Roshini Raj, author of ‘What the Yuck?!’ discusses some popular cleanses like the maple syrup and cayenne pepper cleanse and colon cleanse. While both tout weight loss and ridding your body of toxins, Raj says your body was naturally built to digest food and rid waste on its own. If you want to lose weight and improve digestion, the best thing you can do is eat a healthy and balanced diet full of nutrients and fiber from natural sources like fruits and vegetables. Make sure you wash it down with nature’s best cleanser, water!
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