Russ Einhorn/Splash News Online
07/09/2009 AT 11:15 AM EDT
Detox diets aren't just for people on a New Year's health kick. Ask Gwyneth Paltrow
"I am finishing the amazing three-week-long 'Clean' detox program," the Oscar winner, 36, writes in her latest GOOP
newsletter. "I feel pure and happy and much lighter."
Paltrow, who earlier this year detailed a detox
that she says helped her to shed unwanted holiday pounds, claims slimming down was her motivation this time, too. "I dropped the extra pounds that I had gained during a majorly [sic] fun and delicious 'relax and enjoy life phase' about a month ago," she writes.
Paltrow turned to cardiologist and detoxification specialist Dr. Alejandro Junger for advice. His tips included avoiding processed foods and allergens and eating organic, as well as "[making]] time for 'detox-enhancing' habits such as sauna, massage, hot and cold baths and skin brushing," he writes. "All of these improve circulation and increase perspiration, which help fuel your body's natural cleansing system."
For Paltrow, the best part of the program may have been her sense of renewed energy. "This program allowed me to work and exercise regularly, something I cannot do if I am on a liquid-only detox," she says. "I followed it to the letter and I can report that it worked wonders."