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The Cleanse Craze, Part 2: There’s a right way and a wrong way

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By Neda Iranpour

SAN DIEGO - With the juicing craze taking over store shelves, smoothie shops and our kitchen counters we want to know if there's a real benefit or if this is just another quick fix, weight loss fad.
Dr. Gordon Saxe with UCSD’s Integrative Medicine says “the trouble is we lose a lot of the nutrients that are contained in them and we certainly lose the fiber.” Dr. Saxe says its best to drink up and eat up.

The healthy juices the doctor is talking about would not include ingredients like cane sugar or purees they would include pure fruits and vegetables like kale, apple, and ginger.
At Farm 2 Fork in Bird Rock, they have a die-hard following of customers who add juice to their daily diets.

A long-time customer John Harrison says “you’re getting all the nutrients of all the vegetables so quick so easy so painless.”

His wife Debbie says “I have so much more energy and I feel so fresh rejuvenated.”
The Harrison's pick up their fresh fix at $11 a bottle, nearly every day.
The owner of Farm 2 Fork John Hart says “we get a number of customers who have serious health problems who look at this as a daily necessity.”

The owners John and Jamie believe in the healing properties of juice. John says “we have a drink called the veggie bomb that’s equivalent to eating 3 salads I know I'm not going to eat 3 salads.”
By drinking cold-pressed food, John says you’re getting 2 pounds of fruits and vegetables, minus some of the fiber, absorbed in a matter of seconds. “The nutritional value of our food has declined so much over the years we used the example you have to eat 28 apples today to get the same value as 1 apple 100 years ago.”

At Farm 2 Fork, where all food comes from organic California farms and all profits go to charity, the owners have seen senior citizens get their spunk back, patients with severe illnesses feel good again, while others are grateful to drop pounds.

Even doctors have seen juice work as a daily dose. Dr. Saxe says “we teach people how to use food as medicine.”

In fact, UCSD offers courses on eating to benefit your body and juicing to heal.
Whether you buy the organic bottled versions from Whole Foods or indulge in juiced fresh farm produce, even doctors agree it can help you but only as a supplement to an already clean diet.
Some patients have reported feeling better by juicing but Dr. Saxe warns if your immunity is very low, be careful of the bacteria that may remain on the fruits and vegetables in your juice.

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