Detox cleanse: A healthy jumpstart?

By: Alex Hambrick Email
By: Alex Hambrick Email

GRAND JUNCTION (Colo.) KKCO -- Swimsuit season is not far off, but shedding those extra pounds can be daunting. However many are willing to go to extremes to look good.

Body flushes and cleanses can be a popular way to jump-start a new healthy eating routine, but are they safe?

One yoga teacher and breast cancer survivor breaks down a cleanse that helped her eliminate toxins after chemotherapy.

"The thing that really hit me was it was really good healthy food and that she explained why I couldn't lose the weight that I had gained," said Demi Garner.

Garner said one day she walked into the book store and read a book called the Fast Track Detox Diet, cover to cover. Garner said she was ready to feel good again and hoped the high vegetable and fiber diet would help her get there.

"I just felt great, and I lost 14 pounds which isn't typical in an 11-day cleanse, but I had packed it on in such a short amount of time I guess my body was like, 'OK I don't need this anymore,'" said Garner.

Local Nutritionist Bill Shumate said there are some concerns when it comes to severe cleanses.

"Probably my preference is a high fiber, low cholesterol diet that is going to continue to give us everything that we need. If you go in and rip away stuff with a seven-day cleanse, it's abrasive and it can send your body into a shock," said Shumate, owner of Alpha Sports and Nutrition.

But for Garner, she said the beauty of the plan she follows is the emphasis on eating healthy and knocking out sugars and processed foods.

For some, the change can cause side effects like headaches and nausea.

"You eliminate a lot of the things people really like to eat like sugar, caffeine, alcohol, wheat and dairy," said Garner. "Those are all things that can clog up our system, so once you eliminate them your body is going, 'hey where's my sugar, where's my caffeine?'"

Garner is finishing up an 11-day cleanse. She said it is important to ease off the cleanse so you do not shock your system, but she said the goal is to create a new healthier eating habits as a result of the detox.

Recently Demi Garner started a business with a few of her colleagues called Everyday Wellness.

Her goal is to share the cleansing plan they created with others looking to detoxify their bodies by offering group cleanses four times a year.

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Both Garner and Shumate said it is important to consult your doctor before making changes to your diet.

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