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Mariska Hargitay Tells Health Magazine She Cleanses to Stay Energized

Mariska Hargitay Keeps It Clean

Here are two awesome reasons to like actress Mariska Hargitay: she's completely happy with her body and is the founder of the Joyful Heart Foundation — an organization that provides support to survivors of sexual assault, child abuse, and domestic violence. Besides her acting gig on Law & Order: SVU, Mariska also has another full-time job as mother to August, her 3-year-old son. Despite a crazy schedule, the star manages to always keep her energy up, which she tells Health magazine is due in part to detoxing.

To stay awake and alert, Mariska follows the program laid out in Clean: The Revolutionary Program to Restore the Body's Natural Ability to Heal Itself. Written by detoxing expert Dr. Alejandro Junger, MD, Clean puts forth the argument that so many of our ailments (including low energy) are due to toxin build-up in our bodies. Dr. Junger's three-week cleanse promises to "reactivate our detoxification system to its fullest capabilities." Besides Mariska, stars like Gwyneth Paltrow have also followed Dr. Junger's program, which comes with a hefty $350 price tag. The cleanse consists of one solid meal comprised of whole, organic foods and two meal-replacement shakes per day, along with a variety of pill supplements.

At the time of the interview, Mariska had just finished the 21-day cleanse with one little hiccup. When her neighbor, chef Ina Garten, invited her to dinner, Mariska went and ate wholeheartedly. While stars like Mariska and Gwyneth are obvious fans of the Clean program, the jury is still out on the validity of cleansing. I for one don't think I want to give up solid food for such a long time. How about you?

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