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What better way to start the new year than to do a 3-day cleanse (gulp!) ? After surviving a 3-day detox last summer, I felt it is time for another one, especially after the holiday-binging. Being in health-conscious California, I easily found a juice place that provides the “cleanse juice blends” fresh. Located in a strip plaza in Encinitas, Fountain of Youth Juice was founded by a husband and wife team in mid-2006 and shortly thereafter, the husband was diagnosed with cancer. After rounds of chemotherapy and radiation, he would drink organic fruit and vegetable juices that resulted in improved immunity and made him feel much better — and he has been cancer-free after four months. Fountain of Youth is a very simple, non-assuming, mom-and-pop juice bar. However, every time I drop by they are busy

I am given a 64-ounce bottle of fresh juice blend for the day and asked to drink an 8-ounce glass every hour, alternating with a glass of water every half-an-hour. It is suggested that no solid food or any other drinks to be taken (a cup of black coffee is allowed for breakfast) until dinner time, which is comprised of a healthy protein meal (eg. broiled chicken or turkey breast, fish or boiled eggs). The 3-day cleanse is designed to boost the immune system, flush toxins, feed vital organs with oxygen, and cleanse the intestines and colon.

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Located beside a wine store…

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The first day blend is called V6: a Liver and Bladder Cleanse (Apple, Beet, Carrot, Celery, Parsely & Ginger). I was surprised that I never felt hungry and still had energy at the end of the day! I had a piece of broiled salmon and a hard boiled egg for dinner.

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Day 1 V6 Cleanse

I wake up the next day feeling good. Day 2 is the Green Juice blend (Celery, Cilantro, Cucumber, Parsley, Romaine & Spinach) and it tastes just like how it sounds – very, uhm, veggie tasting! Unfortunately, I have never been “friendly” with the green family which made the taste a bit unpleasant for me. I found it more of a challenge this day as I had a couple of  hunger pangs that would go away every time I had the hourly drink. And this is compounded by the fact that it was my nephew’s birthday and I had to watch everyone around the table savour their Italian dinner with the smell of mozzarella and tomato sauce wafting in the air, and all I can have is water! Prior to joining the dinner, I did have a piece of broiled salmon and hard boiled egg.

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Day 2 Green Juice (left) and Day 3 V10

I had a real good sleep and woke up well-rested. The cold that I have been nursing for a few days is gone. [Although I did have a shot of their “Wow” concoction (fresh apple, carrot, ginger and cinnamon), a blend specifically for cold and flu remedy, two days ago.] The Day 3 juice blend is V10: Ultimate Intestine and Colon Cleanse (Carrot, Celery, Cucumber, Cilantro, Ginger, Garlic, Tomato, Parsley, Romaine, Spinach & Lemon/Lime). There is only one word to describe the V10 blend – it tastes awful! I kept telling myself that this is the last day —  there is a light at the end of the tunnel! I end the day with a quarter of steamed white meat of chicken (without the skin, of course) for dinner.

Conclusion: The total cost for the 3-day cleanse is $65. They also offer a 5 or 7-day cleanse. This was a better detox than Sambazon, simply because it is fresh and easier to follow. I also kept my energy level throughout and did not feel that I was hungry most of the time. I do feel refreshed. The icing on the cake is that it appears that I have “misplaced” 8 pounds!

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