JUN 2013

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HEALTH WISE THE JUICE IS OUT THERE sees clients with a variety of needs. She agrees that juicing can provide a necessary detox for the body. "A healthy gut equals a healthy immune system, which leads to increased energy and enhanced mood," Middleberg asserts. What makes juice cleanses effective for weight loss, she says, is that they are pre-made and pre-portioned so that the calorie intake is "true." • Use FreeInfo #52 102 DAYSPA | JUNE 2013 ©ISTOCKPHOTO.COM the body rest and recover while it's being nourished. "Food gives us energy but it also gives us a lot of work to do," she says. "Thousands of chemical processes are required for the body just to convert a tiny piece of apple into energy." She stresses that juicing to cleanse and juicing to lose weight are two separate endeavors, but adds, "If the body is filled with chemicals and toxins, they will attach to the fat cells. That causes water retention. The body can't lose weight until it detoxifies." Nutritionist Stephanie Middleberg, MS, RD, CDN, and founder of Middleberg Nutrition in New York City, (CONTINUED) blends. Some companies add proprietary mixes of nutritional supplements. Some offer soups or raw food additions for people who are leery of a juice-only program. Most provide telephone or email support to help indviduals choose the right products for them. Beyond the products themselves are additional recommendations for a successful cleanse. Most juicing proponents recommend designating "going in" and "coming out" days, during which processed foods are gradually removed and then gradually reintroduced into the diet. For instance, the juicer might start by eliminating packaged foods, then meats, then dairy and then grains until her diet consists of only vegetables and fruit. And, of course, in returning to a solid food diet, it is recommended that processed foods, alcohol and sugar never make their way back into any healthy eating plan.

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