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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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kastarte2 kastarte2 7 years
She would have to be crazy to turn down a meal cooked by Ina. I am glad she doesn't take this whole detoxing thing to an insane level.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I love Mariska, but I'd never be able to do a cleanse like that. Your body has it's own built-in detox systems...they're called your liver and your colon. If you eat enough fiber on a daily basis, your intestinal flora builds up and is able to deal with all the food you put in. And your liver and kidneys take care of all the toxins you ingest. Bottom line, eat lots of fruits and veggies, drink water, and let your body take care of itself. I could see maybe giving up alcohol and processed foods for a while to give your body a bit of a break, but that's as far as I'd go.
Now this is a great cover. She's not in some ridiculous bathing suit and she doesn't look photoshopped down to a bobble head.
fuzzles fuzzles 7 years
No f@cking way. I love cooking and food way too much. I'd go batcrap crazy before the first day was over. That, and I don't believe in cleansing.
heathbar6 heathbar6 7 years
I think a good detox is definitely beneficial for the body, but I do prefer to do a food detox like the 24 hours detox Dr. Gillian McKeith has in her book 'You are What You Eat'. I might be willing to try the Clean detox, if I had a spare $350.00 laying around. :o)
chequettex chequettex 7 years
I saw Mariska once, with August, and I have to say in real life she looks a lot more... feminine? And healthy and just bright. She smiles a lot more with August than she ever does on TV, which only makes sense. But cleansing? Doctors don't stand behind it, and I'm not a fan. If you're eating junk, then lay off the junk and your body will cleanse itself. I think it's better to just eat regular, healthy meals.
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