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JUN 2013

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HEALTH WISE All Juiced Up "A path to total wellness"… "a dangerous practice"… "an unnecessary exercise"… what will you tell your clients about juice cleanses? By Andrea Renskoff 98 DAYSPA | JUNE 2013 it's essential that you're able to provide clients with reliable information on the topic. GIVING IT JUICE Many cultures around the world have historically used fasting for purification, as a devotional or as a conduit to spiritual enlightenment. In these instances, no nutrition is taken in. Juicing for the purposes of weight loss, improved energy, cleansing the body of toxins or cravings, and even to address allergies, skin conditions or other illness, does supply some nutritional fortification. It's what it doesn't supply—the so-called toxins regularly ingested by the average consumer— that makes all the difference, say proponents. "Substances are absorbed by the body that are not of value," explains Susana Belen, co-owner at We Care Spa, in Desert Hot Springs, California, which offers juice cleansing in a resort-style environment to optimize the experience and the results. The spa supplies guests with its own proprietary powders, supplements and teas, and uses fresh juices and soups. It ©ISTOCKPHOTO.COM Every few years, new diets and diet philosophies emerge that promise to help people lose weight, increase their energy, avoid disease and drink from the fountain of youth. Liquid (and partial liquid) diets are back in fashion, encompassing everything from juices to smoothies, protein drinks, teas and herbal concoctions. The "juice cleanse" has become especially de rigueur, striking the fancies of certain celebrities whose enviable complexions, bodies and lifestyles have generated publicity for the phenomenon. Because the nature of spa is to enhance total wellbeing, clients may seek advice from you on diets in general, and juicing in particular. Do you know what to tell them? Your advice isn't to be given lightly. Juicing simply isn't a "one size fits all" proposition, and clients who try it without clearance from a trusted physician or primary care provider may be taking a risk, especially if they have a medical condition such as heart disease or diabetes. The bottom line is, whether your core wellness philosophy embraces juice cleanses or not,

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