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1, 2, 3 Day Juice Cleanse

Give your figure a fresh start!  New Year, New You. 

Juice Cleanse on sale January 2014

  • $120 for 1-day Juice Cleanse.  On sale for $69.99
  • $199 for a 2-day Juice Cleanse.  On sale for $119.00
  • $289 for a 3-day Juice Cleanse.  On sale for $159.00
  • Includes online instructional guide and local shipping

The Juicy Details

Fit into your jeans by the weekend, try on a 1, 2 day or 3 day size juice cleanse! Nasty tasting juices not allowed!  As a Family and Integrative Medicine physician, I often have patient’s ask whether they should cleanse or detoxify their bodies and how often.  For those of us who don’t always eat “clean-whole-raw-grassfed-organic-super” foods, who have recently partaken in fast food, who indulged in too much holiday “cheer”, those of us who don’t have regular bowel movements, are looking to shed a few pounds or start a healthier lifestyle then a juice cleanse is a great option. 

This juice cleanse consists of three daily lemonade based juices and two daily fruit / vegetable blend juices (sweet greens and pineapple blend).  To boost the detoxification process, the detox kit also includes a scheduled combination of fiber drink, probiotic and herbal cleanse pills. The 2 and 3 day cleanses also include Vanilla or Chocolate protein meal replacement shakes. In addition, the cleanse also comes with an online guide to educate and walk you through the detox process. If you’re the type that finds it impossible to survive for a day or two on juice alone, the guide has a list of approved foods and recipes that you can supplement during your cleanse.

 The Fine Print

  • Juices are raw and unpasteurized.  Must be kept frozen or consumed within 3 days of thawing.  Please keep this in mind when scheduling your delivery.  
  • Please allow 2-3 business days for delivery after order is scheduled.
  • Price includes shipping to local area.  Shipping available outside these areas for an additional fee.  Please call to verify before purchase.
  • Local shipping: Georgia, most areas of Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, and South Carolina.
  • If you are being treated for high blood pressure, diabetes, digestive heart problems or are pregnant/nursing please check with your physician before starting a juice cleanse. 

WHEN TO CLEANSE?

 Well, that’s a good question.   There are two main reasons to cleanse- periodic health maintenance and detoxification.  Even though your body may be a lean, well oiled machine, just like a vehicle it benefits from a tune up every so often.  Cleansing every 90 days can be beneficial to health maintenance.  Taking a cue from Ayruvedic medicine, I often recommend cleansing with the change of seasons (especially summer to fall and winter to spring) to my patients.   Ayurveda is Sanskrit for “life knowledge” and is a 5,000 year old system of healing that is rooted in the Vedic culture of India.  This ancient medicinal practice focuses on inner balance.  To restore and maintain balance, seasonal cleansing, purification, and renewal process is encouraged.  The focus of seasonal detoxification is to release physical and emotional toxicities that have accumulated, allowing the mind-body to return to a natural state of balance and health.

The second most common reason for cleansing is detoxification.  A detoxification cleanse is useful after you’ve had one too many shots of liquor, triple cheeseburgers or double mocha lattes chased with whipped cream.  Clearly, you need to hit the reset button.  Cleansing helps to overhaul your system to heal and nourish it from the inside out.  Listen to your body, it will tell you if need to cleanse—excessive fatigue, headaches, stomach bloating, and difficulty concentration and skin rashes.

Who shouldn’t cleanse?  If you are pregnant, nursing, or have chronic kidney or liver disease then a cleanse is not appropriate for you.  If you have other medical issues such as high blood pressure, diabetes, or heart disease I recommend checking with your physician before a cleanse.  Food and herbs are powerful medicines and many ingredients in a juice cleanse may have properties or interfere with medicines similar to what you are taking.  For example, parsley is a powerful diuretic (promotes urination) if you are on a “water pill” such as HCTZ or Lasix, you will likely want to avoid or limit your parsley intake.

CLEANSING FOR WEIGHT LOSS

A juice cleanse can be a healthy way to drop a few pounds fast.  I typically recommend at least a two day cleanse for weight loss.  The first day, your body burns stored glucose called glycogen for energy.  By the second day, glycogen stores are depleted and your body is forced to break down fat for energy. Stored toxins are also released into the bloodstream, where they filtered through the liver and kidneys and then are excreted from your body.  Healthy weight individuals (Body Mass Index 19-25) can expect to lose 1-2 pounds a day.  Overweight (BMI greater than 26) typically lose 2 or more pounds per day.  I typically do not recommend extended cleanses because the severe limitation in calories causes your body’s metabolism to slow down.  When the metabolism slows, weight loss slows.  Even worse, it you return to old eating habits, you’ll gain the weight back plus additional weight.

The goal of the juice cleanse is not only to detoxify from chemical additives, hormones, antibiotics but to help get you off of the addictive carbohydrate cycle.  After completing the juice cleanse, you are less likely to return to your old eating habits and thus more likely to keep the weight off. My hope is that you feel the benefits of the juice cleanse and are empowered to make a healthy lifestyle change that includes 7-9 servings of fruit and vegetables daily.

The question often gets asked, “Is the weight loss just water?”  Even though you will notice increased urination while on the juice cleanse, the weight lost is not due to diuresis. Drinking at least half your weight in fluid helps to flush out toxins. The weight is lost, it’s from the extra energy your body expends converting fat stores to a usable form of body fuel. The reality is that while you’re getting close to 1,000 calories or less per day during the juice cleanse, and your typical diet is likely 2,000 or more calories. Losing weight is not magic or rocket science.  Calories eaten – Calories burned = weight loss or weight gained.  The challenge lies in that you must burn 3500 calories more than you eat to lose just 1 pound.  Many people have trouble losing weight due to a slow basal metabolic rate also know as metabolism. The slower your metabolism the more you need to exercise and boost your BMR in order to notice consistent weight loss.  How incredibly unjust!  It’s way easier to over indulge and pack in 3500 extra calories than to cut back and work out like a maniac to burn 3500 calories.  Weight loss from the juice cleanse occurs as a combination of decreasing calorie intake, improving digestion and eliminating stored waste.

BASAL METABOLIC RATE

Often, the key to losing weight is in the equation known as your basal metabolic rate (BMR), i.e. how many calories your body burns BEFORE you work out.  Individuals with slow BMR’s have a much harder time losing weight.  Not to mention that your metabolism or metabolic rate slows down with age, menopause, and certain medication conditions including low thyroid.  How do you determine your BMR?  To get an accurate measurement , you need to visit your physician or nutritionist to have your BMR measured.  The BMR can be measured in a variety of ways.  I use a calometric body composition scale in my office.

SUPPLEMENTING YOUR CLEANSE EXPERIENCE / Relaxing Breath

As previously stated, cleansing is not only beneficial for the body, it helps to restore the mind-body connection.  Therefore, it is important to incorporate meditation, massage, yoga, relaxing breath, or tai chi during your detox to help restore the mind-body connection.  Even if you just take a 30 minute walk and be mindful- experience and live the moment without the everyday life distractions.  As Dr. Weil taught me the relaxing breath, I also teach it to my patients as a means of handling stress and relaxing

WHY CLEANSE WITH THE ADVODOC?

I encourage you to try a juice cleanse however you choose to do it.

Check out the top cleansing foods and recipes provided to get you started down the right path.

The juice cleanse combination that I have put together takes advantage of the medicinal and healing properties of foods and herbs.  The ingredients in the juices were specifically formulated not only for flavor but also to aid your body’s natural detoxification process.  No nasty tasting juices allowed!  The sweet greens juice is a special blend of apple, lemon, ginger, kale and other greens specially chosen for their medicinal properties.   Apples contain soluble fiber and glucaric acid which help rid the body of toxins while ginger aids in digestion.  Parsley is not only a diurectic but is packed with vitamins.  The lemonade juice contains lemons which adjusts the body’s acid-base chemistry to allow for better elimination of toxins.   The pineapple juice contains fennel which has been used for centuries for appetite suppression.  Referred to by the Puritans as “meeting seed,” fennel seeds were chewed back in medieval times to suppress appetite during long meetings and church services.  As a midday appetite suppressant, the pineapple-fennel blend juice is just what you need to get you through your detox day.

 In addition to juices, the cleanse system is combined with a fiber drink containing psyllium (insoluble fiber) with pectin (soluble fiber) for maximum elimination of toxins.  As a bonus, the herbal cleanse supplement contains senna for gentle elimination, silymarin (milk thistle) and B vitamins for liver detoxification, cranberry power to cleanse the kidney.  A probiotic specific for the GI tract that contains both Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium is also included.

 I recommend this cleanse because of taste, ease, cost and convenience (read my juicing story below).  If you have the time, energy and culinary skills to make your own juice- you’re totally awesome, go for it!  If not, take advantage of the green goodness someone else has prepared for you.  Another key point is that many juice cleanses are extremely low in protein which in turn can lead to loss of muscle mass.  In turn, loss of muscle mass can slow your metabolism, accomplishing the exact opposite of your well intentioned cleanse.  This cleanse combination includes a protein shake that is balanced with an equal ratio of proteins and carbohydrates. The protein shake acts as a meal replacement to curb hunger but also provides essential proteins that are needed in the stage 2 liver detoxification process.

Including the liver, the body has 4 major detoxification organs with the kidneys, intestine and skin comprising the other 3.  The liver clears toxins from the body whether it be chemicals, medications or other harmful substances by production of bile as well as a two step enzymatic process.  The phase 1 enzymatic process is known as oxidation and requires antioxidants and phytonutrients (including B vitamins) found in fruits and vegetables.  The phase 2 enzymatic process is known as conjugation and requires amino acids to complete its detoxification.  Amino acids are the building blocks of protein and are only minimally found in some fruits and vegetables.  1 cup of spinach, for example contains approximately 1 gram of protein. Thus, protein is an important nutrient to complete liver detoxification and is often lacking in most juice cleanses.