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Do detox cleanses live up to the hype?

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Alexander Mendez displays the juice of the 'Green Giant', which contains cucumber lemon, celery, spinach and kale, at the Silver Lake Juice Bar on September 17, 2013 in the Silver Lake district of Los Angeles, California. In the past two to three years Juice Bars have been growing in popularity and juice cleansing has become a 5 billion dollar industry nationwide, appealing to those who want to lose weight and 'detox' their bodies. FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images

It's the new year, so people are getting back on the treadmill and cutting back on food to recover from holiday eating.

Body cleanses that claim to rid the body of toxins through juice fasting and diet restrictions are considered a popular fad to some, but a way of life for others. But do the benefits actually live up to the hype? 

For more on the effectiveness of these cleanses, we turn to Liz Applegate, director of sports nutrition at U.C. Davis.

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