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Considering A Post-Holiday Cleanse? Which One Is Right For You?

As the season of over-indulgence kicks into high gear, solid routines of wholesome living often get sabotaged by decadent diet choices that cause bloating, imbalances and just feeling out of sorts.

To combat post holiday digestive stress, a clease makes perfect sense. The problem is there are tons of them out there some great and some terrible, even dangerous. How do you make a good choice?

YogaCity NYC’s Elysha Lenkin sought out three different and highly respected detox programs to help determine which may be right for you. She spoke with Arul Goldman founder and director of SanaVita Holistic Center for Cleansing ( and Gabriel Hoffman, the Center’s Pharmacy director about their new 28 day program. Joe Cross, of Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead ( about his Juice Reboot. And Scott Gerson, M.D., Ph.D (Ay), Medical Director, at Ayurveda. MD ( about the Ayurvedic detoxification known as Panchakarma.

Elysha Lenkin: What makes up your cleanse?

SanaVita: Our 28 day clinically nutritional cleanse consists of a detox protein shake, a super strength probiotic and liver caps. The goal is to comfortably detoxify the liver, reduce inflammation and rebuild the digestive system. In addition to the shakes, you eat a modified elimination diet. People don't realize you can eat and detoxify at the same time, and that's ultimately the healthiest way to do it -- it’s what will stick for the long term.

Joe Cross: During a Reboot, you’ll commit to consuming only fruit and vegetable juices for a period of time to ultimately help you break a cycle of an unhealthy lifestyle and enhance the quality of your diet. You’ll have warm lemon water in the morning, about 4 – 5 juices throughout the day, a coconut water, and lots of water. Juices that are only vegetables might be a little too strong for a juicing novice, so any juices that are loaded with greens but also have an apple or a pear with lemon are great choices. Juices with carrots and oranges also seem to be a favorite because they are sweet and appealing to the eye! Just make sure throughout your Reboot you are following the Reboot Golden Rule which is: consume 80% veggies and 20% fruit.

Scott Gerson: One of the important features of Panchakarma is that it is individualized. Everybody must first have an initial evaluation to decide exactly which herbs, oils and procedures to use. The Panchakarma therapies are therapeutic vomiting to expel excessive accumulation of toxins from the stomach and the respiratory system. Laxative therapy to purify the liver, the gall bladder and the small intestine. Herbal enemas to purify and nourish the large intestines and the rectum, and the administration of medicated oils and powders through the nose to cleanse and strengthen the sinuses, draw toxins from the neck and also from the cranial region. We basically use all the different orifices of the body, and we up regulate their natural eliminative functions. Panchakarma clients also eat simple easily digested food 2 or 3 times daily.

EL: What kinds of activities will support the cleanse?

SV: The bottom line is the more you sweat, the more you're going to eliminate toxins. Personally, what I love about this cleanse is I don’t have to slow down. I can still be a full time single mom, run a 7 day a week business, go to yoga, spin and dance, and socialize. Whatever is your typical, you can keep doing! Here at SanaVita we provide cleansing services – colon hydrotherapy, lymphatic drainage therapy, ionic footbaths, biofeedback and Reikki to help support the detox. And for those 28 days, our cleansing clients can receive any of those services for a 27% discount.

JC: Moving your body with light activities can be beneficial during a 3 Day Reboot but you have to listen to your body. Yoga is an excellent choice during a Reboot! I reckon it’s one of the best workouts to do when you are Rebooting because it helps you relax but also moves your body to assist the elimination of toxins.

SG: The three most important activities which are emphasized in all the ancient text without exception when one is undergoing Panchakarma is 1. Rest, 2. Rest, 3. Rest. You also want to indulge in fairly light exercises, and stay hydrated. Panchakarma retreats are designed to make all these activities extremely convenient to follow.

EL: What kinds of results have you seen from the cleanse?

SV: Energy levels rise pretty quickly. Cravings subside. And weight loss. When you’re on a program with consistent protein for 28 days, the weight loss you'll experience is a result of healthier metabolism and blood sugar balance. If you commit to the 28 days, you can transform your health.

JC: When you consume only juice, your system is flooded with an abundance of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients that help your body stay strong and vibrant. A 3 Day Reboot can be a gateway to change your eating habits and lifestyle for good. Many people share that they lose weight, their mind is clearer, they feel more energized and their skin is brighter.

SG: The result is a release of emotional negativity as well as the physical toxins. Once these old patterns begin to release, space opens up for the seeding and growth of fresh new energies and perceptions. As a result Panchakarma can profoundly and positively effect one’s physical, psychological and spiritual growth.

EL: How can the benefits from the cleanse be sustained once it’s over?

SV: Since 28 days is long enough to change a habit, you’re actually building a post-cleansing lifestyle while cleansing. After eliminating certain things from your diet you may decide you don’t want them once the cleanse is over. You can also replace the detox shake with a protein shake and take a daily probiotic.

JC: By continuing to consume juices on a regular basis, you’ll help to sustain the amazing benefits. You’ll notice that your body will start to crave them so you won’t want to give them up. When you reintroduce food back into your body, do it slowly. Stick to only fruits and veggies the first few days and then gradually start to add in more whole foods like nuts, beans, and seeds, and eventually add in the foods your body enjoys eating. You’ll notice you may not want to eat the burger and fries and if you do you’ll feel like rubbish.

SG: There are activities that are done for the month following Panchakarma which are very important called Pashakarma. It’s actually very simple. Correct diet. Correct exercise regimen. Correct sleep. Correct behavior. In general correct living is what Ayurveda prescribes for sustaining the benefits from Panchakarma.

EL: How can we get started on your program?

SV: On Jan 1st we will begin our group detoxs with the moons. For the launch on 1/1/14 – we’re offering one complimentary colonic or biofeedback session. 

JC: My new book, The Reboot with Joe Juice Diet, will soon be available for purchase. It’s filled with tons of information around juicing, Reboot plans with detailed shopping lists, my favorite recipes, and everything to help you feel and look amazing. HYPERLINK ""

SG: The traditional way to do Panchakarma is for people to come to a facility and stay there. My next Panchakarma retreats will be February 6—9, 2014 and Mar 20 -23, 2014. I also see people on an outpatient basis. For more information, click here.

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The Healing Initiative: Interview with SanaVita’s Gabriel Hoffman

How would you describe what you do to people who are unfamiliar with it?

I use natural, clinical tools such as biofeedback, homeopathy, nutrition along with counseling and emotional processing to help people, not only become healthier but gain clarity on what to do with this new found health. Being healthy and feeling good is the first step, the next is asking ourselves why am I here and what am I here to do? We do not have to feel optimal to begin to ask ourselves these questions, however I find that it's almost impossible to connect to our "why" from a place of chronic symptoms and discomfort.

How did you first get involved with this?

When I was 17 I was diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease. I had no relationship to natural medicine at the time and went with chemotherapy and radiation. I was in remission for about 18 months and on the day before I went to my sophomore year of college, I was told that I had relapsed and had to begin aggressive treatment immediately. After more chemo, radiation, a stem cell transplant and 10 days unconscious in the ICU, as a family we had had enough. Once out of the hospital we were introduced to a biochemist by a family friend. He put me on a diet and supplement regimen. This was my introduction to natural healthcare and I never looked back.

Tell me about some of the people you've met while doing this.

I've met some of the top healers and nutritionists in the world, from Deepak Chopra to Andrew Weil to Gary Zukav and others. They are all incredibly inspiring and effective at what they do. Dr. Lenny Izzo, a chiropractor and clinical nutritionist on Long Island had the biggest impact on my development in this field. He's been my mentor for the last 6 years. Before that Joshua Rosenthal, founder of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, taught me the difference between having answers and helping people. A crucial lesson.

What is the greatest gift you’ve ever given yourself?

The compassion to pursue a career that matters to me. At a young age I started following my heart and looking for how I could be of service to other people. I know that sounds corny but it did happen. The truth is though I did it for myself. I was unhappy doing what I thought I was supposed to do. And I believe the more that we do things for ourselves the more people we begin to help. Finding a way to live an inspired, healthy and successful life sets an example for those around us. I take enjoying my life seriously because I want to inspire others to do the same. Its a win win.

Who inspires you?

My clients are the people that continue to help me become the person and force I want to be in the world. The clients tend to be a reflection of myself and so as we work together it helps me learn more about who I am. I have seen so much courage from them. It's a constant inspiration for me and keeps me pushing myself in my own health and personal development.

What empowers you today?

I'm empowered by my accountability. I always look for where I can take responsibility for everything "good" or "bad" in my life. This is a critical choice. It can be scary to think that we are responsible for it all, and yet, once we do that, once we stop blaming other people or circumstances, the actions that are in our control become clear. We start to become a force of change in our own life. At the end of the day, our life is our work of art. It's what we create; we are not victims, we are artists, and if we don't like what we have made, we can always start over.

What advice would you like to give people looking to find a way to heal the world?

Start with yourself and work outwards. There is a tendency to want to save the world or to look at all of the tragedy thousands of miles away and to feel guilty or try and solve it. And that same person will have a personal health crisis that they are ignoring. Or a destructive relationship with their partner, or just be unhappy. We have to start with ourselves, our health, sometimes I say with our "Kingdom" before we can save anyone else. Our body is our castle, our family friends work environment. That's where we start. Start loving the people closest to us then move outward. And if all we get to do is create a healthy body and a strong family that will have been enough. Each person has to play their part and that is how the world will heal. One kingdom at a time.

What advice would you like to give people looking to be healed?

Where is your stress, where is your life issue, because that is the cause of our health issues. Diet, nutrition, meditation, they are all important. At some point though we have to confront our life head on to fully heal. Take accountability for everything, and then ask for help. No one can do it for you but we can't do it alone either.

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Detoxing with Smoothies
Workshop offers recipes for cleansing your body naturally
By Mary Esparra

When she was 18, Beth Garrison said, she almost died from a kidney infection. After that, she suffered from irritable bowel syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome and kidney stones.

"Every five years I got sick," she said. "When the doctor wanted to give me diuretics and another pill,

I knew it didn't make sense to me. It was my last bout of fibromyalgia, where I was on disability, when I said 'I don't care what I have to do, but I have to get my power back.' It began my journey of focusing on the solution rather than the problem."

Today, Garrison — who has studied with well-known alternative medicine authoritities including Dr.Andrew Weil and Dr. Deepak Chopra — is a health and detoxification specialist, coach, lymphatic drainage specialist, hydro therapist and Reiki practitioner in New York City and out of Cornwall-on-Hudson.

She recently conducted a "Smoothies & Detoxification" class at the Newburgh Free Library.

Smoothies a staple of her diet

A wife and mother, Garrison said that she and her family hardly ever get sick. "Maybe three times in 15 years we've used Tylenol, and we don't use anything else," Garrison said. "Completely nothing. We go to CVS to develop pictures."

Garrison said she exercises and drinks healthy green smoothies, a staple in her diet.

"People who look good and feel good do so with that intention 90 percent of the time," she said. "The first ingredient is always a desire to feel great and know we are well.

"When we're not feeling well and not looking well, it helps when we shift our focus and attention to what we desire."

Working with her clients, Garrison addresses many topics including physical issues, diet, breathing, mental and emotional issues, and trust.

"If we're a person who doesn't trust or forgive others, how are we going to love ourselves and change?" she asks.

Says Garrison,"The benefits of detoxing and incorporating smoothies can be increasing energy, strengthening the immune system, balancing pH in the body, improving the function of the five organs of elimination, balancing or losing weight and improving absorbsion of vitamins and minerals.

"I want people to know that it's possible for them to get well, feel better," she added. "I went from almost dying, being on disability, to feeling like I'm 16 again."

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This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. Consult your doctor if you plan to do any detoxification.

'GREAT TO GLOW' — Bella's Favorite Green Smoothie

Makes 3 servings

Says Garrison: "This smoothie tastes great, and it provides one of the best nutritional starts to your day. The water provides hydration. The apple provides fiber and malic acid to help detox the liver.

Strawberries are low on the glycemic index. Collard greens are a natural blood thinner and energize and prevent cancer. Coconut oil destroys viruses, is an antibiotic and is known to support metabolic and heart health, improve energy and create beautiful skin. Lemon is alkalizing. Protein powder sustains you longer and help you feel grounded."


Desire and willingness to feel great and know you are well

3 cups water

1 organic washed green apple

3/4 cup strawberries

3-6 rolled organic collard greens

2 tablespoons coconut oil

1 squirt lemon juice

2 scoops raw vanilla protein powder

Place ingredients in a Vita Mix or Bullet blender in order as listed above. Blend all ingredients in a blender at low, medium then high speed until smooth consistency is achieved for about 1 1/2 minutes total. Drink and enjoy!

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On TV: Arul appears on Myth Defying with Dr. Holly tonight!

Arul Goldman on Veria Living TV's Myth Defying with Dr. Holly

Arul stopped by the new Veria Living TV studio to chat with Dr. Holly about the myths and truths of detoxing.

Watch or DVR Myth Defying with Dr. Holly tonight -- Tue, Feb 19 at 7:30 pm EST -- on the Veria Living Network.

Veria Living is currently available on DISH Network (Channel 218), Verizon FiOS (Channel 162), Cablevision (Channel 164), Frontier Communications (Channel 162), RCN (Channel 202 in the Lehigh Valley, PA area and Channel 226 in all other markets including New York, Philadelphia, Boston and Washington DC) and GCI (Alaska).

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We'll let you know when the episode (Detox)  is available online.

Stay tuned.

A Visit from Big Ang

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When VH1 first contacted us, I had no idea who Big Ang was as I don’t watch a lot of television. Big Ang’s producers were looking for a state-of-the-art cleansing center where she could get a little detoxification. After scouting out several places in NYC, her producers visited SanaVita and said they were thrilled to have finally found a beautiful place where Big Ang would feel comfortable.

Big Ang had been to the doctor and needed to cut back on her hard living and eliminate cigarettes completely. She thought that she was ready for a detox and felt that getting a colonic would be a “quick fix”.

When I met Big Ang, I explained to her that although there are no quick fixes, a colonic is a fantastic jump start to eliminate some of the toxins our bodies hold onto in the intestines and could be a wonderful complement to living a healthier lifestyle. She was very excited to get started, but getting a colonic can be a sensitive experience for many people, especially for a first timer. Sometimes it can be extra challenging for the body to relax and open. And, it can be even more difficult if you are surrounded by people, lights and cameras!

So after a few attempts, Big Ang decided to forego the colonic and asked what other methods we could use to help facilitate her detox. I suggested an ionic footbath, which helps to draw out toxins from the feet while they are submerged in ionically charged water. She was thrilled with the idea, especially since she spends so much time on her feet at the bar.

We got her all set up and chatted for a good while during her footbath. Big Ang was kind and lovely and we were happy to have her at SanaVita!

Although Big Ang isn’t quite ready to change her lifestyle, we hope she can find a way to make some small changes to lead a healthier life. And, she knows that SanaVita is here to cheer her on and support her along the way.

The Beauty Bean

The Beauty Bean

Colonic Hydrotherapy: Cleanin’ Out The Colonic Closet

By Sierra Fromberg

When talking about spring-cleaning, most of us think about getting rid of the junk we’ve hoarded all winter long: the impulse purchases with the tags still attached, those bridesmaids dresses you tried to convince yourself (and your newly-married-bff) you’d wear again and those bulky sweaters from LL Bean you’ve had since 1994. You clothes closet, though, isn’t the only black hole in need in of a clean-out.

In the same way clutter builds up in our closest, minds and lives, it also builds up ever so pleasantly in our colons. Yup, you read that right, we’re talking about our intestines. And when the clutter – or “toxins,” if you will – build up, they too could use a clean out, with an invasive (pun intended) colonic irrigation.

The basic idea behind (haha) colon hydrotherapy is somewhat like an enema, but with much more H2O and none of the odors (thank goodness!) or discomfort (double thank goodness!). Plus, you don’t have to do it yourself (for better or worse). Instead, you lay comfortably on a table as a machine or gravity-driven pump flushes up to 20 gallons of water (and sometimes enzymes, herbs, coffee or probiotics) into the colon through a tube inserted into your…wait for it…rectum.

Not into the colon cleaning? Try our Detox Diet instead!

For my colon clean-out (or, more properly, my colon hydrotherapy), I headed to SanaVita, a holistic cleansing center in New York City designed to bring holistic services to the mainstream. For my treatment, I was referred to Arul Hope Goldman, a woman who is serious about practicing what she preaches. After having dealt with years of serious abdominal issues herself, Arul found her cure in the form of colon hydrotherapy. These days, she is adamant that not only the body, but also the mind cannot function with all that fickle fecal matter clogging your internal pipes.

The treatment began with disrobing from the waist down and then laying down on my side, with my tush nicely covered up. Arul made sure to explain each step, and its importance, before doing anything. The first, and most uncomfortable (mentally, not physically), was the insertion of the tube.

With that taken care of, Arul began the process of slowly pumping water into my colon and then, every few minutes, doing a “release,” during which all the shizz that’s been setting up shop in my tum-tum is flushed out. For pumping water, SanaVita uses the highly-specialized and FDA-approved Dotolo machine. This particular machine, according to SanaVita, “not only provides unsurpassed sterility but makes the experience what is should be: comfortable and pleasant. Water pressure, temperature, and volume are carefully controlled and adjusted according to individual preference.” Arul kindly let me know each time before we did a release and made sure that if at any time the pressure was too much, we could take it down a notch.

But, you know me, if I’m doing something, I’m going full force. So, full force fecal annihilation is was.

After a few minutes, Arul asked me to lie on my back and, as she continued the pumping and releasing, she gently massaged my tummy to help break up the tougher bits. The whole process took about 30 minutes and, when I was finished, Arul instructed me to use the loo, which is the last release of the colonic.

When I met Arul in the waiting area, she offered me a shot of Blue Print green juice and a magnesium supplement, which may have been my favorite part of the whole process. (Heck, I’m such a sucker for BP’s green juice that I asked for more.)

In the days following, I can’t honestly say I felt much of a difference. But, then again, I’m a pretty regular releaser (I’m sure you’re all really happy to know that fact about me now) so colonics may not be a necessary part of my spring (or any other season) cleaning.

That being said, I highly recommend trying it for anyone curious about the treatment or if you’re interested in holistic treatment for any constipation-related issues. I even more highly recommend seeing Arul. She not only knows her stuff, but she also happens to have an incredibly warm and calming energy. And, if you’re a regular reader of my columns, you know how much I appreciate calming energy!

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Beauty Equation

A cleaner and greener me!

By Nigel Barker
Over the holidays I did what most Dads do, I polished off my kids left over food after dinner. Now I stopped eating eggs and bacon sometime ago because I had high cholestrol but I thought it wont hurt me to have a few mouthfuls….boy was I wrong. A couple of hours later I developed a terrible stomach ache that lasted for 3 days! Now my kids who ate plenty of the food were absolutely fine, it was my constitution that had become delicate since I cut out those food types. So long story short I decided to detox and cleanse my system in 2011 as one of my new year resolutions.

I chose a brand called The Blue Print Cleanse as they are all the rage with my friends and they have it all mapped out for you so you don’t need to think about it – just drink! Now cleansing and detoxing isn’t fasting. I wouldn’t recommend fasting to anyone nor could I do it as I love food too much. The great thing about this cleanse is that they provide you with a variety of juices that are pre-packed and labeled 1-6 for you to drink in that order throughout the day. I went on the 5 day cleanse and am happy to tell you that I look and feel like a new person. Sure I lost a few pounds, anytime you shake up your diet that tends to happen, but more importantly the equivalent of 20lbs of vegetables you are drinking everyday makes you radiate health and well being from the inside out. I also made a visit to SanaVita which is recommended by Blue Print for Colonic hydrotherapy, trust me it isn’t as scary as it sounds! It’s a little scary for sure but the therapist was super gentle and nice and I felt incredible afterwards. And yes when I said I was going to cleanse and detox I meant it!!

So be good to yourself and clean out your system whether with Blue Print or your own home made juices. Try it for 3 days and be prepared for a little roller coaster as your body rejuvenates and eliminates all that unwanted stored up waste…. I can do it, so can you.

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Finding Balance In a Shaky Economy

By Allison Haunss

Jim Monahan is a small business owner who is stressed out with the markets, work and life in general. These days the stock ticker is doing a number on his own ticker.

"I've been hanging on by a thread," he said.

"I think the way for myself to get through these periods is to have some balance," said Monahan.

And balance is the focus at the center, which uses cleansings, acupuncture and meditation, to get the mind body and spirit connected again

"Right now there's so much uncertainty and people are so afraid," explains Hope. "They feel like they don't have power or control over what's going on and they resort back to their vices because that's familiar."

Vices like smoking, drinking, overeating even online pornography which give people a sense of calm but can zap one's energy. Hope says instead, take a breath and start with the basics like drinking plenty of water and exercising. She also suggests avoiding sugar, alcohol and caffeine.

"Take control of what's happening inside your body," she explains.

Anthony Macagone who owns the nearby Sal Anthony Movement Salon has the same advice. He says to avoid losing yourself, you have to be present physically and mentally and that's what he teaches at his center where yoga and movement on specialized machines are key.

"It's more about remembering yourself through a movement and that usually brings a person more present then we think we are," said Macagone.

While people with a history of addiction may need to monitor their health with the help of a medical professional, those who feel they may just be indulging a bit too much, may just need to keep moving to keep sane.

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Metro: February 11, 2008

For full detoxing

Though cleansing basically works because it flushes toxins out of your body, flushing said toxins is difficult. Therefore, in addition to liquid cleansing, a colonic is also recommended (check out SanaVita, a holistic wellness center that provides this service in a warm, FDA-approved and highly specialized environment and also offers holistic nutrition, energy healing and rolfing, among other treatments; 145 E. 16th St., 212-777-4900,

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