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Juice Cleanse: A Safe Way to Jumpstart Your Weight Loss?

From the Show: Mindful Medicine
Summary: A three-day juicing cleanse can seem appealing after a week of binge eating. But is it healthy?
Air Date: 11/12/14
Duration: 10
Host: Holly Lucille, ND, RN
Guest Bio: Ray Doustdar, CEO Buiced INC
Ray Ray Doustdar is the CEO of BUICED Inc., and the creator of the all new BUICED Liquid Multivitamin, as well as the curator of Everyday Juicer, a website dedicated to helping people add fresh vegetable juicing to their daily lifestyle.

Through fresh vegetable juicing, Ray was able to bring down his cholesterol from 234 to 168 (down 28%) by incorporating juicing into his daily lifestyle.

During this time, he discovered that although the leafy greens are packed with phyto-nutrients, they lack many essential vitamins and minerals.

He tried taking vitamins in pill form after each juice, but they upset his stomach. Then Ray learned liquid vitamins are more readily available for easy absorption, so he decided to solve his own problem and created BUICED to "boost his juice."
Juice Cleanse: A Safe Way to Jumpstart Your Weight Loss?
Three-day juicing cleanses have become a hot commodity within the past few years.

You may have been hesitant to try this approach at first, since the thought of drinking something that contains beets, kale, lemon and apple doesn't sound all that appealing.

Then, you began to notice more juice stands and tiny bottles at your grocery store. And, after a week-long (or three) binge of unhealthy eating habits, starting a juice cleanse can sound very tempting. However, there is a healthy and right way to do a juicing cleanse so you're not depleting yourself of nutrition and causing more health issues.

What is the correct way to do a juice cleanse?

A juice cleanse is a detox method for ridding the toxins from your body by strictly consuming fruit and vegetable juices. Juicing cleanses can be quite controversial, and many believe this method can be dangerous to your overall health. Juicing cleanses can be safe, but it's very important to check in with your doctor before and after you start.

What are the positive benefits of juicing?

Juicing raw vegetables is a great way to incorporate your daily needs of vitamins and minerals. If you're someone who just can't stomach raw vegetables, juicing is a great way to get your nutrients. Even better? The nutrients are absorbed much faster into your body as opposed to your body slowly digesting that food.

Not to mention the other health benefits of juicing, such as increasing energy, boosting your immune system, helping with weight loss, and supporting your brain health.

But, why would you embrace the benefits of just three days when you could be having fresh juice everyday?

One of the biggest mistakes you might be making is buying pre-made juices from your grocery store, Groupon or pop up stands. The downside with these is that you never really know how fresh that juice is. Many companies are using a technique called high pressure processing (HPP), which can increase the shelf life of juice up to four weeks.

Whether you're someone who is just getting interested in juicing or you're known for doing multiple juicing cleanses throughout the year, your best bet would be to invest in a juicer so you're in charge of the quality of the juice.

What about weight loss from juicing?

If you've been participating in a juice cleanse for a few days, you may notice some weight loss. However, it's also very common to gain all that weight back (and then some) in the weeks following the cleanse. A cleanse can be an effective jumpstart, but permanent weight loss requires long-term lifestyle changes.

What else do you need to know about juicing cleanses?

Everyday Juicer, Ray Doustdar, discusses the benefits associated with a juicing cleanse, as well as how to jumpstart your path to healthy eating and living.