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Dr. Alejandro Junger On Over-Cleansing

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This column features weekly tips and advice from a revolving cast of industry leaders on hand to discuss your beauty dilemmas, from blemishes to Botox. To submit a question, e-mail celia_ellenberg@condenast.com.

You obviously are well aware of the health benefits that come with cleansing, but there are many people who constantly flit from one to another. Can you over-cleanse?

“We are living in a toxic world. There are toxins in our food, in our water, the air we breathe, our soaps and cosmetics, cleaning products, and our furniture. Our bodies have an amazing natural detoxification system, but we are so overwhelmed with toxins and heavy meals that most of us can’t adequately support that natural process fully. That is why a dedicated period of cleansing can be really helpful in optimizing health and wellness. The Clean Program is a wonderful way to rest your digestion, fill the body with good nutrition, and support that natural detox system.

“However, you can cleanse too much. Cleansing for an extended period of time can be very taxing on the body. So going from one cleanse to another, or being on a constant cleanse, is not the best route. We see more benefits from periodic cleansing followed by a reduction in your exposure to toxins between cleanses. You can reduce your overall toxic load and support your body’s daily maintenance work with better food choices and nontoxic cosmetics and cleaning products.

“How often someone should cleanse is very individual. The Clean Program can be done up to four times a year, but most people will do the full program only once or twice a year. How often you should cleanse will depend on your daily diet and your specific needs. It is always a good idea to discuss with your doctor before adopting any program or change in diet.”

The Uruguay-born, New York-based Dr. Alejandro Junger is a pioneer of the modern detox movement. His first book, Clean: The Revolutionary Program to Restore the Body’s Natural Ability to Heal Itself, was a New York Times Bestseller, and he is a favorite of Gwyneth Paltrow, among countless other well-known fans. Most recently, Junger teamed with L.A.-based The Detox Market to offer his groundbreaking Clean detoxification program to the masses.

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Dr Alejandro Junger’s De-Bloating Advice

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This column features weekly tips and advice from a revolving cast of industry leaders on hand to discuss your beauty dilemmas, from blemishes to Botox. To submit a question, e-mail celia_ellenberg@condenast.com.


A stylist once told me that an Epsom-salt bath before an event will help relieve bloating and make it easier to fit into tight clothing. Any truth to that? Any other good solutions for diminishing bloat?

“Epsom-salt baths have a lot of great benefits. They can help relieve bloating as well as muscle aches. Other than Epsom-salt baths, colon hydrotherapy helps relieve bloating and constipation. It also flushes the digestive tract and typically offers immediate relief. Whenever considering colon hydrotherapy, it is best to consult with your colon hydrotherapist to discuss what is the best protocol.


“Incorporating warm lemon water and fresh green juice (celery, cucumber, spinach, kale, lemon) while also reducing your overall intake of processed and sugary foods and dried fruits may help reduce bloating. Taking the Indian spice Ajwain seed for post-meal bloat is very helpful in easing digestion as well.


“A longer-term approach to battle bloating is finding a diet that works well for you. Avoid processed, refined, and fried foods and adopt a diet rich in quality whole foods such as vegetables, fruits, healthy fats, and protein. Some foods, like nuts, beans, and lentils, can cause more bloating than others, so see how they work for you. Overall, having regular bowel movements, staying well hydrated, and supporting your gut flora with probiotics and whole foods are your best bets to battle bloat.”


The Uruguay-born, New York-based Dr. Alejandro Junger is a pioneer of the modern detox movement. His first book, Clean: The Revolutionary Program to Restore the Body’s Natural Ability to Heal Itself, was a New York Times Bestseller, and he is a favorite of Gwyneth Paltrow, among countless other well-known fans. Most recently, Junger teamed with L.A.-based The Detox Market to offer his groundbreaking Clean detoxification program to the masses.

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Dr. Alejandro Junger on Diet Truths

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This column features weekly tips and advice from a revolving cast of industry leaders on hand to discuss your beauty dilemmas, from blemishes to Botox. To submit a question, e-mail celia_ellenberg@condenast.com.


Here are a few dietary fact or fictions I’d love to get your verdict on:


Is there a difference between drinking ice-cold or room-temperature water? I’ve heard the former can help you burn calories, but the latter is better for digestion.

“Room-temperature water does enable optimal digestion, although drinking chilled water has been found to burn calories, although very minimally. Your best bet is to be sure you are staying hydrated either way. Staying hydrated is essential to vital health. Shoot for eight to ten glasses of water daily, either lukewarm or ice cold.”


I’ve heard there are benefits to having water with lemon as the first thing you drink in the morning. True?

“Lemon water is very detoxifying, high in vitamin C, and is actually alkalizing to the body. Warm lemon water is a great addition to your morning routine for many reasons. It’s a gentle, natural diuretic, it gives you a daily dose of vitamin C, it helps impart clearer skin, it hydrates the lymph system, it aids in digestion, and it balances pH.”


I’ve been reading a bit about how eating foods in certain combinations (fruits alone, vegetables with a starch) can help improve digestion and nutrient absorption. Have you found that to be true?

“Optimal digestion and absorption through food combining is unique to the individual. However, some people find these basics helpful: fruits alone or on an empty stomach or before your meal; protein only with non-starchy vegetables; grains with starchy or non-starchy vegetables; and avoid protein and grains together. Healthy fats like avocado, coconut oil, and olive oil go well with all foods and are a great addition to your diet, no matter what.”


If I’ve been getting pretty abysmal sleep lately, could that affect my diet?

“Getting adequate rest and sleep is essential for proper functioning. Our bodies do the bulk of their regulatory cleansing and repair work overnight, while we’re asleep. Without enough sleep, the body cannot properly rest and repair, a must for keeping hormones balanced and releasing toxins. All of these functions are crucial in maintaining weight and/or weight loss.


“Even one night without enough sleep affects the hormones that regulate appetite. The body will produce more of the hormone ghrelin, signaling that we are hungry, but less of the hormone leptin, which signals when we’ve had enough to eat. Consistently not getting enough sleep can affect blood-sugar levels and contribute to insulin resistance. Chronic sleep deprivation has been linked to diabetes and obesity. Adequate sleep amounts vary for each individual; however, we typically suggest at least eight hours of sleep.


“Eating shortly before bed can have a negative effect on the quality of sleep, as well as your metabolism, so eat at least one to two hours before bed. A lighter meal in the evening can also promote a deeper, more restful sleep.”


The Uruguay-born, New York-based Dr. Alejandro Junger is a pioneer of the modern detox movement. His first book, Clean: The Revolutionary Program to Restore the Body’s Natural Ability to Heal Itself, was a New York Times Bestseller, and he is a favorite of Gwyneth Paltrow, among countless other well-known fans. Most recently, Junger teamed with L.A.-based The Detox Market to offer his groundbreaking Clean detoxification program to the masses.

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Carbs: Friend or Foe

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This column features weekly tips and advice from a revolving cast of industry leaders on hand to discuss your beauty dilemmas, from blemishes to Botox. To submit a question, e-mail celia_ellenberg@condenast.com.


Is cutting out carbs really the best way to lose weight, or can it be debilitating to your body’s ability to digest properly, especially once you reintroduce them?

“We don’t feel that eliminating carbohydrates entirely is the best way to long-term health or maintainable weight loss. Incorporating carbs from whole-food sources like fruit, vegetables, and whole grains is important for a balanced diet. Our bodies need the carbohydrate macronutrient for proper functioning. Carbs are used as fuel for the body, and they are an important energy source for the brain, nervous system, heart, and muscles, and all of your tissues and cells. Fiber is also an important part of the carbohydrate equation. This carb component supports healthy elimination and balanced blood-sugar levels—very important for weight loss and long-term health.


It is important to note that not all carbs are created equal. We emphasize carb intake from fresh produce like vegetables, fruit, and starchy veggies such as squash and sweet potatoes. Some amount of whole grains, like brown rice, quinoa, and millet, work very well for some people, too. Others find that they don’t digest these grains well, and they prefer to limit or avoid these. Soaking your grains overnight before cooking them can make them much easier to digest. We encourage you to try both ways and see what works best for you.


There are some carb sources that are best to avoid completely, like processed and refined grains, flours, syrups, and sugars. These carb sources are lacking in vitamins, minerals, and fiber, and they are usually very high in sugar. Processed and refined carbohydrates can spike blood-sugar levels, deplete the body of necessary nutrients, and cause excess glucose that isn’t used as energy to be stored as fat. It’s best to stick with whole-food sources of carbohydrates, balanced with protein, healthy fats, and lots of greens.”


The Uruguay-born, New York-based Dr. Alejandro Junger is a pioneer of the modern detox movement. His first book, Clean: The Revolutionary Program to Restore the Body’s Natural Ability to Heal Itself, was a New York Times Bestseller, and he is a favorite of Gwyneth Paltrow, among countless other well-known fans. Most recently, Junger teamed with L.A.-based The Detox Market to offer his groundbreaking Clean detoxification program to the masses.

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Dr. Alejandro Junger Says: For Cellulite, Oil Up

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This column features weekly tips and advice from a revolving cast of industry leaders on hand to discuss your beauty dilemmas, from blemishes to Botox. To submit a question, e-mail celia_ellenberg@condenast.com.

Do cellulite creams really work or are they just a marketing ploy? Are there any tried-and-trusted solutions or anything you can do with your diet to fight cellulite?

“Unfortunately, there’s no magic bullet for cellulite. There are some natural contributing factors, like genetics, that can cause the condition. However, making changes in your diet and skincare routine can help. Our bodies store toxins in fat and cellulite, so cleansing can be beneficial in helping the body to release those stored toxins and reducing cellulite. Maintaining a whole-foods diet with an emphasis on a variety of fresh produce, lots of water, and healthy elimination can help reduce cellulite long-term. Skincare practices like skin brushing, bongers (an ancient massage tool, available at bongersmassagetool.com), and essential oils that increase circulation can also help get your lymph moving and reduce cellulite. One of my favorites is grapefruit essential oil. When used in massage, grapefruit essential oil can help to reduce cellulite. Blend two drops of grapefruit essential oil with two drops of lemongrass essential oil in 5 ml. of organic macadamia oil and massage into the affected area twice daily until dimpling reduces. Another favorite of mine is the Pure Energy Elixir by Lotus Wei; applied to the bum and thighs, the essential oils and flower essences are excellent for circulation and detox.”

The Uruguay-born, New York-based Dr. Alejandro Junger is a pioneer of the modern detox movement. His first book, Clean: The Revolutionary Program to Restore the Body’s Natural Ability to Heal Itself, was a New York Times Bestseller, and he is a favorite of Gwyneth Paltrow, among countless other celebrity fans. Most recently, Junger teamed with L.A.-based The Detox Market to offer his groundbreaking Clean detoxification program to the masses.

Photo: Courtesy of The Detox Market