JUN 2013

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HEALTH WISE However, the sensations that some juicers experience don't seem to indicate distress—in fact, many report feelings of high energy and euphoria, and this, says Whynot, can be misleading. "Those feelings occur because the body has gone into starvation mode," she explains, adding, "My views come from Traditional Chinese Medicine [TCM] teachings that anything taken to extreme or excess is very damaging to the body." What is extreme to some, however, may not be to others, and Whynot concedes that a liquid cleanse of three or fewer days might work to help "jump start and motivate" people for a future, ongoing lifestyle change. She believes that, in accordance with TCM, such a cleanse should take place only in the spring or in September, which she says are natural times for cleansing. She also advises clients to juice on a weekend or during a vacation, so "they don't have a real-life day filled with normal activities." Zeratsky urges those considering detox diets to get their doctors' blessings first. "It's also important to consider possible side effects," she says. "Detox diets that severely limit protein or that require fasting, for example, can result in fatigue. Long-term fasting can result in vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Colon cleansing, which is often recommended as part of a detox plan, can cause cramping, bloating, nausea and vomiting. Dehydration also can be a concern." Like side effects, results of juicing vary, but for those seeking weight loss, lasting success seems unlikely, as most people regain the weight they lose with juice cleansing (or through any other type of rapid loss, for that matter). Whynot suggests an alternative: a detoxification or weight loss plan based around the elimination of sugar and alcohol; eating food in season; avoiding pesticides; and eating non-meat protein. "In the end, it's only the long-term changes that are going to matter," Whynot concludes. Belen subscribes to a long-term measure that actually includes juicing. "I've been taking only liquids one day a week for the past 30 years," she states. "I'm about to be 75 and I don't take any medication. I don't have any pain. I've never even had a headache. I can dance for three hours and go to work every day like I was 20. I nourish my body by cleansing." Andrea Renskoff is a freelance writer based in Los Angeles. • Use FreeInfo #56 106 DAYSPA | JUNE 2013

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