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We know (unlike Gwyneth Paltrow) juice cleanses are no good

Actress Gwyneth Paltrow went on a juice cleanse and says it left her hallucinating after 10 days.


Gwyneth Paltrow has come out with a new admission, apparently shocking to some, that the rest of us have known for a long time: juice cleanses suck.

Sure, now she's all health conscious , yoga guru , cookbook-pushing , fairy blog writing celebrity – but evidently the actress and singer didn't know in her 20s that drinking juice for more than a week straight would end poorly.

"I did the Master Cleanse, which left me hallucinating after 10 days," Paltrow writes in The Telegraph. "Be aware: a juice detox can crash your metabolism and lead to future weight gain."

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The cleanse of which she speaks is particularly insane, asking its followers to only consume lemonade, maple syrup and cayenne pepper. Sounds far closer to starving oneself, no?

Young, naive, and too busy sliding doors in her 20s to realize the error of her ways? Maybe.

Still, though, she recently advocated for this five-day juice cleanse, on her blog Goop: She encouraged readers to DIY juice cleanse, with tips from a "NYC juice guru," with "different degrees of gnarlyness ."

The mother of two and wife to Coldplay frontman Chris Martin offers healthy tips in the Telegraph piece – from avoiding the scale to loving thyself.

Makes you wonder if this is just another Gwyneth attempt to awkwardly relate to the regular, non-celebrity folk? Why the, er, wishy washy juice cleanse advice – and is she attempting to be sanctimonious or approachable? I can never tell.

As a proud new owner of a juicer, I will say this: drinking celery and cucumber makes you feel like a superstar for only so long. In my case, it's about 24 hours until I lunge for the nearest solid, chewable food.

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