Is a juice cleanse diet right for you?

Is a juice cleanse diet right for you?

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by Collette Wieland

kgw.com

Posted on August 31, 2012 at 9:37 AM

Raw veggies or fresh fruit, there are a lot of things people are using to create juice.

Many dieters have turned to a juice fast in order to slim down or flush the toxins from their bodies.

“Cleansing can be getting off of the coffee, getting off of the sugars, getting off all of the pastries and breads, and getting all of that out of your system,” said Christy Whitney.

Whitney started juicing six years ago. She started with a lemon, maple syrup cleanse that lasted 10 days. The life-long yogi loved the results so much, that she started a juicing business called The Feel Good World.

“I really started to realize how, when you start to get the food and really heavy things out of your body, how well you can start to feel,” Whitney said.

Most of her clients are hoping to lose weight and are given a “green” drink along with five other juices to drink daily.

“The base is kale, cucumber and celery,” she said.

Sounds healthy enough, but what do doctors have to say about an all-liquid diet?

“Certainly for weight loss, anything that means you eat fewer calories, of course, if it’s going to contribute to weight loss,” said Dr. Miles Hassell with the Providence Integrative Medicine Program.

Dr. Hassell believes there can be some health benefits from a short-term juice cleanse.

“Most of us have more than enough calories hanging around our body,” he said. “We’ll be able to get through with no trouble at all.”

But Dr. Hassell would rather see people making long term changes.

“If we put you on a Mediterranean diet, with plenty of vegetables and some meat, fish, eggs and no dairy, no sugar, no white flours, no white rice, then you’re probably going to feel better as well,” he said.

If you’re looking to cleanse, Dr. Hassell suggested eating foods with fiber, drinking plenty of water and exercising.

Whitney agrees with the doctor and see juicing as a way to jump start your way to a healthier life.

“The phrase goes -- green on the inside, clean on the inside,” she said.

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