As more people seek alternatives to conventional medicine, some are doing periodic ''cleansings.'' The highly specialized diets purportedly clear the body of the toxins produced by food.
There are many different types of cleansing diets, depending on the organ that you want to focus on. Most people cleanse their digestive tracts and kidneys because food toxins may build up there.
Does cleansing make you feel better? Healthcare reporting intern Kristine Crane is about to find out. She's going to try the Master Cleanse, also known as the Lemonade Diet, and post online about it this week.
This kidney cleanse has been around since the 1940s, but it's recently become popular among stars like Denzel Washington for fast weight loss. Other people do it to feel rejuvenated.
The liquid diet consists of a drink made out of lemon juice, grade B maple syrup, cayenne pepper and purified water. You drink up to 10 glasses of this spicy lemonade each day, plus salt water in the morning and tea in the evening. That's all you eat for several days.
Kristine will be writing this week about her diet on the Health page of CharlotteObserver.com