The benefits of a seven-day cleanse include a reduction in bloating which in turn leads to weight loss, as well as clearer, smoother skin and shinier, healthier and softer hair. Cleanses are designed to clear the body of toxins from processed foods, pesticides and other pollutants, giving the stomach and liver the opportunity to rest.
There are several versions of seven-day cleansing diets, including the Master Cleanse, an all-juice liquid diet, or clean eating plans. The Master Cleanse requires consuming only a mixture of lemon juice, cayenne pepper and maple syrup for seven days. Other cleanses require consuming only fruit and vegetable juices for a week. Others allow for solid foods, but restrict the diet to organic vegetables and fruits as well as free range meats. Check with your doctor before attempting any of these cleanses.
Liquid-only cleanses result in more immediate weight loss, though the weight may quickly return after the cleanse once processed foods are reintroduced to a diet. As many cleanses rely wholly or in large part on liquids, the body is rehydrated over the course of the week. Proponents of seven-day cleansing diets claim that the cleanse boosts energy and promotes brain function, leading to clearer thinking.