- Are Juice Cleanses Good for Your Digestive Health?
- What We Know About Juicing and Health
- Why Juicing Is a Dangerous Fad
- 5 Ways to Juice Wisely
- I Tried a 3-Day Juice Cleanse, and Here’s The Lightheaded Diary I Kept
- 4 Ways to Have a Detox-Symptom-Free Cleanse
- Sometimes Juice Cleansing Isn’t All Rainbows & Unicorns
- Juice Cleanse Side Effects and Symptoms:
- 4 Ways to Avoid These Common Juice Cleanse Symptoms
- How To Do a Juice Cleanse
- PRE JUICE CLEANSE GUIDELINES
- CHOOSING YOUR ORGANIC JUICE CLEANSE
- During The Juice Cleanse
- After The Juice Cleanse
- We are Here to Help
- Improve Your Digestive Health – Juice Cleanse?
- What is a Juice Cleanse?
- Benefits of a Juice Cleanse
- Digestive Health and Juice Cleanses
- How to Do a Natural Colon Cleanse at Home
Are Juice Cleanses Good for Your Digestive Health?
Juice cleanses (or juicing), and other detox diets, have been touted for their ability to eliminate “toxins,” control weight, and improve the workings of your digestive health.
Although fruits and vegetables are an essential part of a good overall diet, health experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) caution that fad diets generally don’t work long-term and may not be as healthy as they seem. And, in some cases, they might even be risky, according to a review of studies examining the effectiveness of detox diets published in the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics in December 2014.
There is no credible scientific evidence that a detox diet or juicing is actually effective, the study states. According to the review, the few studies that suggested these diets may have some benefit were small and flawed.
What We Know About Juicing and Health
The first step in juicing extracting juices from raw vegetables and fruits. To do this, you use a juice extractor that grinds up and then spins down the food, separating the juice from the pulp.
The idea behind the juicing movement is that raw fruit and vegetable juice can cleanse or detoxify your body and help you lose weight, according to the National Center for Health Research (NCHR). Some people also believe that juicing can help ward off disease and certain problems associated with aging, including dementia.
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The NCHR also reports that there are claims that juicing is beneficial for your digestive health — that juice, which lacks the fiber found in whole fruits and veggies, is more easily absorbed by the body.
However, eliminating fiber from your diet might not be such a good idea.
“Juicing may be a good way for individuals who do not consume enough fruits and vegetables to get important vitamins and minerals by creating tasty concoctions of fruit and vegetable juice,” says Debra J. Loder, RD, program director at Remuda Ranch, a program for eating disorders in Wickenburg, Arizona. But, she adds, fiber plays a key role in digestive health and helps people feel more satisfied for longer after eating. Fiber also reduces your risk for heart disease and helps keep your cholesterol levels in check, the NCHR notes.
There is also no evidence that drinking fruit or vegetable juice is better for you than eating whole fruits or vegetables, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS). The idea that the enzymes found in raw fruits and vegetables have any special powers is also misguided, because these enzymes are broken down by your stomach juices during digestion, the ACS adds.
A healthy digestive system is designed to break down carbohydrates, like fiber, and is capable of extracting the nutrients your body needs from all types of foods, including whole fruits and vegetables, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Your body is also designed to remove toxins on its own. That’s the job of organs like the liver, kidneys, and colon, the NCHR states.
Why Juicing Is a Dangerous Fad
For certain people, juicing poses additional risks:
- Some say that juicing should be part of a cancer-fighting diet, but the ACS warns that people with cancer should never consider juicing an actual form of treatment.
- Those with chronic kidney disease who consume too many oxalate-rich foods while juicing — such as spinach and rhubarb — could develop kidney failure, found a study published in 2013 in The American Journal of Medicine.
- Among otherwise healthy people, overuse of juicing can cause sudden weight loss, nausea, fatigue, and diarrhea, the NCHR warns. Because juicing limits fat and protein intake, following a juice cleanse can also slow your metabolism and lead to weight gain, the group adds.
5 Ways to Juice Wisely
If you want to incorporate juicing into your diet, here are five ways to do it safely:
- Preserve fiber. Instead of using a juice extractor, opt for one of the many juicers on the market that preserve the fiber in fruit and vegetables, Loder advises. “Either use a juicer that does not remove the pulp or add the pulp to a batch of muffins or soup,” she says.
- Control portions. Juice in small quantities to avoid excess calories and weight gain.
- Don’t forget veggies. For a healthier alternative to all-fruit juices, make juice with vegetables and include one fruit for a hint of sweetness.
- Add protein. Incorporate Greek yogurt, nuts, or seeds into juices to balance your carbohydrate intake. Add some protein, and help your body absorb fat-soluble nutrients.
- Eat whole fruits and veggies too. A diet high in fiber from whole fruits and vegetables is key for digestive health, Loder says. “My recommendation is to juice if you want to,” she adds, “but also remember to enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables in their whole state to help keep you full and satisfied.”
Mary Elizabeth Dallas also contributed to this report.
I Tried a 3-Day Juice Cleanse, and Here’s The Lightheaded Diary I Kept
One morning in October, I woke up to find chocolate in my navel, melted. I could tell it was the stoneground kind because it still had its grainy texture. It was this time last year that I moved to New York, with some vague hopes and dreams that haven’t panned out in whatever vague way I thought they might.
Perhaps it was the internal feeling of a year passing, though, that made me crave change. The most obvious way to do this was to reevaluate some of my lifestyle choices, like how I needed at least five beers to feel as drunk as my friends, or how the stairs coming up from the subway had become a daunting form of exercise.
I started going to yoga with a dedicated frequency. I stopped eating gluten and was embarrassed to tell anyone. And with this zeitgeist of healthfulness like a wind at my back, I did a rather stupid, shameful thing that I regretted immediately: I bought a 3-day Juice Cleanse.
Now you might be thinking — juice cleanses are well and good, as far as fads go, but isn’t a juice cleanse expensive? Jane, are you rich? I’ll answer your questions respectively: Yes! No!
I purchased the juices, 18 to be consumed over three days, for $150 on Gilt. Now, only a moron who doesn’t look at her finances because it upsets her would spend so much money on juice. Especially since, according to my research, our organs are actually capable of flushing out toxins by themselves, without the help of expensive green elixirs or delicious cashew milks.
But I had the urge to do something drastic, something that would change my life forever, and I had a giddy feeling pressing that “Purchase” button on the Internet. And once I had bought the cleanse, there was no going back. That was my good money, nonrefundable.
I chose the most intense level of the cleanse, “Excavation,” as it was called, because I figured I could take it. The others included fruit juices, which I felt were a waste of time.
At some point the night before, I realized I wouldn’t be chewing for three days. So I ate three peanut butter cookies. And some chocolate. Why had I done something so foolish as to pay money not to eat?
Full of abject terror, I was sure my body would have something to say about this crazy plan. Here is the diary I kept during my three days on the bottle.
I’m on Juice #2 (it’s green, like two-thirds of this cleanse), and I’ve got to say, I don’t hate this. The juice is delicious. There are also so many juices that my fear is no longer having enough sustenance but actually not finishing the juices fast enough. Seriously, I am going to have to start chugging these things. I’m not very hungry right now, because my stomach is full of liquid. Besides juice, I have consumed a few glasses of water and green tea. I have had to pee quite a bit.
I thought the juice cleanse-converted were lying about the sudden bursts of energy, like how I used to lie about vegan cheese tasting like the real thing, but they totally weren’t. I feel like I’m on speed. My room is now photographable. I’m eyeing my closet and wondering if now is the time to go through my “important papers” box, which contains blank checks and some of those W-forms and hopefully my passport.
#3. I’m just blazing through! And farting many smelly farts.
#4, spicy lemonade. This cleanse is giving me a strange sense of lucidity. I took a short walk around Maria Hernandez Park a bit ago, and everything seemed sharp, I noticed so many details. The face of a child in a stroller, who looked exactly like his mother. The weight of my clogs on my feet and the feel of cobblestones underneath. The name of my favorite grocery store, which I had never before remarked upon: Hi! Mango Natural Foods. I passed many smells of food, skewers of meat smoking over grills, and the vanilla aroma coming from Chohula’s Bakery. The smells were pleasing, but not appetite-provoking.
Writing now, though, is difficult, because I have to pee constantly. Bubble bath time. Pee first.
Lying in the tub, I soak like a dirty dish. I’ve romanced myself with a candle, Lianne La Havas, and chamomile tea. I feel like I’m retreating. For three days, I have an excuse to go to yoga and take baths, and be alone. I realize how much I desire, need, to be alone.
Juice #8, and I’m feeling like a green god. The Hulk? Maybe the Mark Ruffalo zen Hulk. I could cure Ebola, or rip a phone book in half. I don’t remember the last time I used a phone book. My tongue has turned green from the green juice.
Surprising: I’m still pooping. Where is this coming from? Confirms my theory of a two-day poop cycle.
Last night, I dreamt I ate a few bites of grilled cheese at a bar before remembering that I was cleansing. “Well, sh*t,” I said in the dream, “I’m not supposed to be eating grilled cheese now, am I?” I took a nap this afternoon, and likewise dreamt of eating a plate of fluffy pink macaron pieces (they were broken). Again the feeling was, “Well, f*ck.”
The cashew milk. I very much look forward to this, more than one third of my daily caloric intake. The thing about the cashew milk is that there’s an aspect of solidity to it. A lot of the ground nuts gather at the bottom in a sediment, clumped together with the agave and cinnamon. So I find myself knocking my head back, beating furiously at the bottom of the plastic bottle until these cashew chunks make their way to my mouth. If I leave any of the nut residue in the bottle, I’m cheating myself. And the fact that the cashew is a solid that I can even chew — this pleasure is not lost on me. I chew with vigor.
Finally getting around to watching the depressing-but-acclaimed films I’ve been avoiding, such as The Dallas Buyer’s Club. Matthew McConaughey’s performance is remarkable. I cannot believe this was the man who once shouted “Ladies of New York, frost yourselves!”
Juice #13. I’m STILL pooping! Where is this coming from? Is my body a poop silo? “You must be eating your organs,” my roommate Maria says.
I could definitely eat something right now. Like, a large meal. I am more dependent on the juices. I came home from yoga, which might have been overkill, thinking repeatedly on the subway: “Juice. I must have juice.” Walking up stairs, I reeled from low blood sugar. It has been four hours since my last juice, way too long. I can tell my body is less than amused.
Juice #17. I drink my “dinner” green juice with my brother at Chipotle while he eats a burrito, not because I’m masochistic but because I love my brother. I babble to him for an hour about this cleanse. I cannot stop talking, and I fear I am loopy on the green juice. He is kind and listens. We talk about how much we hate relationships, and how perhaps we’ll go to New Zealand and WWOOF, then we part ways amicably. On the subway, I feel disconnected from the people near me. Everyone else is connected by the human rituals of meals and eating, and I am apart. I think of the cashew milk waiting for me at home. I cannot wait to chew those solid cashew bits.
The last juice. I’ll miss this ritual, ending my night with this dreamy cashew milk I quite prefer now to the company of men.
In the end, the cleanse was easier than I expected. I didn’t find myself craving Chinese, crawling on my knees in the subway, or calling up old lovers in hysterics. Most remarkably, I briefly had all the anxiety I’d ever tied to food removed. There were no weighty decisions at restaurants, no time-warp grocery shopping. I wasn’t thinking about what to make for dinner while eating chips and salsa, or thinking about dessert while eating stir-fry. My meals were numbers, 1 through 6, to be consumed in order, at least one hour apart and finished 2 hours before sleeping. Like an infant, I was bottle-fed.
As I could have predicted, my beautifully clean room turned back into a trashcan and I went on a cider bender the next weekend (gluten free!). But in the end, this cleanse was more than a physical resetting; they were three-days where I mostly stayed in, wrote, read, and bathed. It was a retreat from New York and the life I had made there.
Most of all, for the first time in a while, I felt like I could change things. Change to what, though, I’m still not sure. Turns out the bottle really doesn’t hold the answers.
Image: thedabblist/Flickr; Giphy
4 Ways to Have a Detox-Symptom-Free Cleanse
Sometimes Juice Cleansing Isn’t All Rainbows & Unicorns
Is it normal to get headaches on a juice cleanse? Does a juice cleanse give you diarrhea? Can juice cleanses cause bloating?
And what if you feel sick on a juice cleanse? What should you do?
When doing a cleanse, our goal is to get those pesky toxins OUT in order to let our body function at its best! A juice cleanse in and of itself does not detoxify your body, but it takes the strain off of the organs of the body responsible for detoxification, providing the opportunity to do what they do best. Depending on how toxic your body is this process can be gentle or more intense. Some people experience no unpleasant symptoms, whereas others may struggle.
We want to fill you in on some of the juice cleanse side effects and symptoms that are common to juicers, so you know you are not alone and so you know what to expect.
We’ll also share best practices for easing these symptoms before and during your cleanse.
Juice Cleanse Side Effects and Symptoms:
Headaches – this can be caused by lack of water and/or calories, caffeine withdrawal, refined sugar withdrawal, or blood sugar irregularities. Hydrate with more water, cold-pressed juice, and herbal teas.
Bloating & flatulence – for some people, this can worsen at the very start of a juice cleanse due to the sudden increase in fruits and vegetables, but this will likely pass quickly. Once it passes, your stomach will feel flatter than ever and your bloating should go away entirely. If symptoms persist, you can consume fermented fluids such as kombucha tea or take a probiotic.
Diarrhea – this is a rare symptom, but it can occur due to IBS, the rapid increase in fruits and vegetables, and an all-liquid diet. Fermented drinks can also assist in easing this symptom.
Constipation – drastic changes to our eating behaviors may cause our digestion to slow down due to a reduction in fiber. You should drink more water, get some light exercise, and try eating more dark green leafy vegetables and/or fiber-rich fruits.
Fatigue or brain fog – this can be due to a reduction in calories or withdrawal from caffeine and/or refined sugar. We suggest not cutting out caffeine completely if you are a regular caffeine drinker. It is also important to stay hydrated- drink all the water and raw juice you desire. Give your body time to readjust to these big dietary changes and your energy will soon soar.
Strong cravings – this can be the result of cutting out all your normal foods, calorie reduction, pre-existing nutritional deficiencies, dehydration, or electrolyte imbalances. Drink more raw juice and water!
Skin breakouts and reactions – our skin is our largest eliminative organ, and big, sudden dietary changes that impact our body’s natural detox processes may cause our skin to initially suffer. You can expedite the detox process by sweating it out and drinking more water.
Aches and Pains – a reduction in calories, electrolyte changes, dehydration and blood sugar changes can cause this. Drink electrolyte-rich beverages like coconut water and extra raw juice, particularly green juices which are rich in magnesium.
4 Ways to Avoid These Common Juice Cleanse Symptoms
- Preparation is key! Before starting a juice cleanse we highly recommend up to a week of preparation to reduce unpleasant symptoms.
- Drink as much fresh juice daily as you want– you can’t have too much! Also, drink plenty of hydrating fluids such as water, coconut water, and herbal teas.
- Avoid gluten, dairy, alcohol and start to eat more plant-based foods leading up to your juice cleanse.
- Eat fresh fruits and vegetables if you feel the need to chew on something. Raw nuts and seeds are also acceptable to eat if you feel you need a little something extra.
I experience stomach pain or upset after drinking celery juice, what is causing this?
This is when someone’s stomach nerves are sensitive. The vagus nerve is the main nerve that sends signals, and helps the stomach to function. Often low grade viral infections such as Shingles and the Epstein Barr, create a lot of neurotoxins that mildly inflame the vagus nerve. So when you drink celery juice, it begins to clean the neurotoxins off the tiny nerve endings inside the stomach lining. This can cause a gentle reaction. Also many peoples stomachs are filled with bacteria such as E. Coli, Streptococcus and H. Pylori. These bacteria die off rapidly which can prompt a spasm, that can be temporarily painful.
Does celery juice contain oxalates?
There is a myth that certain leafy green vegetables and herbs like celery are high in oxalates and are therefore harmful. This is completely incorrect and is preventing many people from getting some powerful and needed nutrients and healing properties provided by foods deemed to be high in oxalates. Oxalates are not the concern they are believed to be.
There are oxalates in every single fruit and vegetable on the planet. The vast array of nutrients in so-called high oxalate leafy greens and celery are some of the most nutritious available to us. Medical research and science has not discovered that there are anti-oxalates in fruits, vegetables, and leafy greens that prevent the oxalates from causing us the damage the current trend tells us they do. In reality, these foods don’t cause us any harm, rather they provide us with critical healing nutrients like phytochemicals, vitamins, and minerals.
Is there anything that can be added to celery juice to make it more beneficial?
Celery juice is a healing tool for the chronically ill. It has healed and continues to heal millions of people worldwide. Sadly, some individuals are now trying to take advantage of the popularity of celery juice by changing the recipe and adding new ingredients so they can call it their own and profit from it. They recommend adding ingredients like collagen, apple cider vinegar, and activated charcoal to celery juice, but these three items all destroy and denature celery juice when added to it, taking away all of its one of a kind healing properties and bringing ingredients into your body that don’t support healing.
For the protection of your own health, it’s important you are aware of how misleading and unhelpful these trends are that compromise the purity and power of celery juice. These trends have been started by individuals who don’t even believe in celery juice and the healing properties it possesses. They never knew of its existence as a healing tool until the global celery juice movement I started began to organically reach millions of people because it is so effective at helping to heal all kinds of health symptoms and conditions.
These financial investor created trendsetters don’t even know what it is about celery juice that makes it so effective, such as its undiscovered sodium cluster salts that destroy the cell membranes of pathogens so they can be killed off and how the cluster salts rebuild hydrochloric acid. Without knowing how celery juice works and why, they can’t know how to consume it to receive its benefits and how vital it is to not add ingredients such as collagen, apple cider vinegar and, and activated charcoal.
Knowing the right way to drink celery juice is critical for you to get its benefits. There are some ingredients that can activate or enhance the healing properties of celery juice even more. Some of those ingredients are magnesium, l-glutamine and choline for example.
Can breastfeeding women drink celery juice?
Celery juice is incredible for breastfeeding. It can provide an abundance of trace minerals, vitamin C and neurotransmitter chemicals such as the undiscovered sodium cluster salts for the baby to develop healthy, strong organs. Celery juice also helps clean and detoxify the breast milk, purifying it so the baby receives the purest breast milk possible.
Can babies and children drink celery juice?
Yes, celery juice is incredible for the health and development of babies and children.
Can I take celery juice powder or celery powder instead of drinking fresh celery juice?
No, celery juice powder and celery powder can’t replace fresh celery juice. Celery juice powder and celery powder don’t offer any of the benefits that 16 ounces of fresh straight celery juice can. Selling celery juice powders and putting celery inside supplements is going to become a popular trend as celery juice becomes even more well known and people try to profit off the global celery juice movement that is healing the chronically ill. Try to avoid all of these fads. They are a waste of money and they don’t offer the same healing benefits as drinking straight, fresh celery juice every day.
Are there nitrates in celery juice?
Celery and celery juice can’t contain any nitrates that are activated or harmful unless the celery has oxidized or been dehydrated. The naturally occurring nitrates in celery don’t exist when the celery or fresh celery juice hasn’t yet oxidized. When fresh celery juice or celery does oxidize, just like when any herb, vegetable or fruit oxidizes, then a naturally occurring nitrate can develop. But this naturally occurring nitrate is also never harmful in any way, shape or form. Celery juice powder and celery powder have oxidized so they can contain naturally occurring nitrates because that developed through the oxidation process.
These nitrates are not the same variety of nitrates which are considered to be irritating to some people. It’s important to know that not all nitrates are the same, just like all people are not the same, all water is not the same, all sugar is not the same, and all protein is not the same. For example, gluten is an entirely different protein than the protein inside meat or the protein inside nuts. Also, the naturally occurring nitrates that can develop in an oxidized form of celery such as celery powder and celery juice powder are not the same as the harmful nitrates that are added to meat and all kinds of other products.
Also, nitrates are different to nitrites; they’re not the same thing. Even celery powder, which does contain naturally occurring nitrates, can’t be relied upon as a method for curing foods such as pickles or meat because it still doesn’t contain nitrites. Fresh celery juice also doesn’t contain nitrites. Anything naturally occurring in celery and celery juice is not harmful. This is the same for pure celery powder and pure celery juice powder. However, harmful nitrates can be added to celery powder or celery juice powder by the company that makes it or uses it in another product. Your fresh celery juice can not have harmful nitrates in it unless you were to add them in yourself.
If you don’t drink fresh celery juice because you believe it contains harmful nitrates, then you are unfortunately going to lose the unique healing opportunity fresh celery juice, which does not contain nitrates, can provide.
How long does it take to feel the benefits of drinking celery juice?
It depends on what condition the person is in. Almost everyone feels benefits of some kind in their first week of drinking celery juice in the right amount and in the right way daily. Many people even feel benefits after their first juice. It all depends on the person and their circumstances, such as their health conditions and symptoms and how toxic and overburdened their liver is with different pathogens and poisons such as pesticides, solvents, herbicides, toxic heavy metals, and all kinds of other chemicals and toxins. (See Liver Rescue for more information on what having a toxic liver means, how common it really is and how to heal your body). If someone is dealing with weight issues, if they have a lot of putrefied and rancid fats in their colon, and/or a lot of bacteria in their intestinal tract such as streptococcus, this will also affect the healing timeline.
The amount of stress someone is experiencing in their life, what else they choose to eat and drink in addition to their straight celery juice, and their other lifestyle habits will also play a role in how long it takes for someone to feel the benefits. But most people do feel a difference rather quickly. Some people who have been drinking celery juice for a long time get used to how good or how much better it makes them feel than when they weren’t drinking it. Then they stop drinking celery juice temporarily, like many do, and find they don’t feel as good anymore. They realize at this point just how instrumental the celery juice was in helping them feel better.
It’s important to know that even if someone doesn’t see or feel the benefits of drinking celery juice quickly, it doesn’t mean the benefits aren’t happening. Everybody who drinks celery juice receives benefits immediately, because the healing powers of celery juice begin working immediately upon entering the body. For some people, it can take a bit of time to see or feel the benefits in a tangible way they can notice, even though the celery juice has been providing healing benefits from the first drink internally.
Is there too much sodium in celery juice?
All salt is not the same, just like all sugar is not the same. Consuming high fructose corn syrup, which is detrimental to health, is not the same as eating an apple, which can bring healing to the liver and provide a wealth of critical nutrients. So don’t get confused by the idea that all salt is the same, because it’s not.
If you hear someone say that there’s too much salt in celery juice, they’re not correct. The sodium cluster groups in celery juice are a subgroup of sodium. Science and research have not even discovered all the variations of trace minerals and subgroups of sodium that reside in celery juice. Sodium cluster salts are healing for the body and we can’t get have enough of them. Sixteen ounces of celery juice on a daily basis provides these sodium cluster salts we so greatly need.
Celtic sea salt or Himalayan rock salt are entirely different forms of sodium. No matter how high quality the salt, putting Celtic sea salt or Himalayan rock salt in a drink or on your food is not the same as consuming enough of these undiscovered sodium cluster salts from celery juice. Sodium custer salts are the only form of sodium that destroys pathogens, helps detox the body and helps restore electrolytes and neurotransmitter chemicals. The sodium in celery juice is a medicinal sodium that’s meant for your bloodstream and your body whereas you need to cautious of consuming too much of the type of sodium that comes in even the highest quality salts.
Can I juice celery root instead of celery?
No, celery root is a different plant to the large bunches of celery stalks with leaves. Juicing celery root will not provide the same healing benefits.
Learn more about the healing powers of celery juice in my books Medical Medium, Life-Changing Foods, Thyroid Healing, & Liver Rescue
Aug. 21, 2001 — When your child has diarrhea you want to replenish the fluids they lost as quickly as possible, but many parents with good intentions may not be giving their kids the most effective things to drink.
In the U.S., just under 10% of all hospitalizations of kids under age 5 are because of diarrhea, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). The group says kids younger than age 3 average about one to two episodes of diarrhea per year, with rates typically being higher for kids attending day care.
Since diarrhea causes the body to lose essential fluids and minerals, some pediatricians recommend that these kids drink plenty of liquids such as rehydrating solutions like Pedialyte. One problem though is that kids often turn up their noses at the salty taste of these solutions. And, juice or sports drinks or soda, which kids like, isn’t recommended by the AAP for rehydrating a child with diarrhea.
The problem with fruit juice is that it contains different types of sugar that may worsen diarrhea and stomach pain. The four major types of sugar are sucrose, glucose, fructose, and sorbitol. Juice and other foods that have sorbitol or high levels of fructose (such as grape, apple, or pear juices) are the worst culprits.
But letting kids have the right kind of juice with the right blend of sugars along with the rehydrating solutions can give them needed calories, fluids, and minerals and a more familiar taste, says Fima Lifshitz, MD, who reports results of a new study on juice after diarrhea in the August issue of the Journal of Pediatrics.
In the study, 60 boys aged 6 months to 2 years were divided into three groups and given one serving of either pear juice, apple juice, or white grape juice after they had been properly rehydrated in a hospital following a bout of diarrhea.
According to Lifshitz, chief of nutrition sciences and professor of pediatrics at Miami Children’s Hospital, children in the study responded best to juice containing equal amounts of fructose and glucose without sorbitol. Of the three juices tested, only white grape juice fit the bill.
How To Do a Juice Cleanse
PRE JUICE CLEANSE GUIDELINES
Preparation is the first step to enjoying a great juice cleanse.
You can maximize the benefits of your next cleanse by dedicating a few days to preparation. Plus, you’ll enjoy a more pleasant experience and avoid a potential “healing crisis” by cleaning up your diet in the days leading up to your juice cleanse.
Our recommendation is to pre-cleanse for 2-7 days depending upon your current eating habits and lifestyle. Decide which category below best describes you and follow the recommendations for the appropriate length of time for your pre-cleanse diet.
Health Food Aficionado:
You are a health enthusiast who is off your “usual” track and needs a Reset to get back to your norm of clean eating – 1-2 days is likely enough time to set you up for great success.
If kale is a regular part of your diet and you wouldn’t be caught consuming high fructose corn syrup, this is you!
You eat well most days, indulge a bit on the weekends and are looking for a solution to make consistently healthy choices.
Before diving into your juice cleanse, spend 3-4 days in your pre-cleanse elimination phase to rid your body of remnants of too much caffeine, alcohol or processed foods.
Victim of SAD (Standard American Diet):
Maybe too much to do in too little time leaves you regularly eating SAD – consisting of processed or pre-packaged food, and not enough fresh, nutrient dense plant-based foods.
To avoid potential unpleasant detox symptoms and achieve your best Reset, commit to 5 days of a pre-cleanse diet.
Junk Food Junkie:
Indulging in fast food, sugary sweets, and sodas on the regular sound like you?
Let your energy levels, metabolism, attitude and digestive system experience a Reset so you can live your healthiest and happiest life. We recommend that you embark on a 7-day pre-cleanse phase to reduce potential detox symptoms and prepare your taste buds for your cleansing journey!
Now that you understand how long you should pre-cleanse, what should you be doing as part of your pre-cleanse regimen? Here are a few suggestions:
Drink More Water
Cleansing reconnects you with your body’s needs. Dehydration is commonly mistaken for hunger, so drink more water to keep your cells hydrated and eliminate false hunger. Drinking water is also an important first step in preparing for your juice cleanse because it transports nutrients to your cells.
Cut Back on Caffeine
For best results while cleansing, we want to bring your body into a more alkaline state.
If you typically enjoy coffee or drink soda, take measures to wean off of these highly acidic, caffeinated beverages before your cleanse.
For coffee-lovers, if cutting coffee out of your diet is not a personal goal, it is not essential to completely eliminate it during your cleanse. As a solution, you may opt to drink a low-acid, cold-brew coffee, choose to upgrade your cleanse with our Energy Kit or transition to a matcha green tea as a way to still get a bit of caffeine without disrupting your alkalinity levels.
Eat and Drink More Fruits & Veggies
Up your enzyme intake and start introducing more fruits and vegetables into your routine by including at least a few servings of raw fruits and vegetables into your diet now!
Try this green smoothie: simple, efficient, quick, no fuss.
Lean Away From Animal Products
In the 1-2 days before your Reset Cleanse begins, aim to eat a strictly plant-based diet… meaning no meat, no eggs, or dairy products.
If you typically eat more than one serving of animal products per day, try to cut that down in the week before your cleanse. Animal products place a higher demand on your digestive system than plant-based foods do. It is ideal to begin easing the burden on your digestive system so that it’s ready to kick into high gear once you begin your juice-only Reset.
Eliminate Processed Foods
The sooner that you can eliminate processed foods from your diet, the better. READ THE LABELS ON ALL YOUR FOOD.
If you can’t pronounce the ingredient or don’t know what it is, chances are your body won’t know what to do with it either and you are adding to your toxic burden (unless of course its a superfood). Be careful of junk that is disguised as health food with labels like “natural” and other trick marketing buzzwords.
And lastly, remember to EAT ORGANIC WHENEVER POSSIBLE!
Once you’ve completed your pre-cleanse elimination diet, what are the next steps? Identify a cleanse program that best suits your needs and goals!
CHOOSING YOUR ORGANIC JUICE CLEANSE
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During The Juice Cleanse
Lemon is Your Juice Cleansing Friend
Warm water with lemon first thing in the morning is an incredible liver stimulant that begins the cleansing process before you even have your first sip of juice. Warm lemon water is a ritual that we encourage you to keep pre, during and post cleanse for awesome health.
Stay On Schedule with Your Juices
Aim to drink a juice every 2 to 2.5 hours.
Trust us: CONSISTENCY IS KEY.
For some people, 6 to 8 juices per day may feel like a lot. However, if you space out your juices over 12 hours, finishing your last juice roughly 2 hours before your fall asleep – your body will thank you. Skipping juices will likely leave you hungry later and may result in your blood sugar crashing. Even if you are not hungry, when it is time for your next consecutive juice, drink up.
Tips For A More Effective Juice Cleanse
- Dry brushing: Dry brush your skin daily during your cleanse to help slough away dead skin cells and opens your pores for the elimination process.Read our top 4 suggestions for a great dry brushing experience..
- Sweat it out: Breaking a sweat is your body’s most efficient method of toxin elimination. Try this Ginger Detox Bath Soak, take a brisk walk or jump rope to help your body generate heat on a cellular level.
- Eliminate waste: It is not uncommon to see a decrease in elimination as your cleanse continues. Less in can equal less out. However, it is important that you pay attention to your body’s signals. If you are experiencing detox symptoms like nausea, but have not eliminated waste from your intestines, you may need to courage elimination through an herbal laxative (senna), enema or colonic.
Understand The Must Chew Now Syndrome (M.C.N)
If you are experiencing M.C.N., first check-in with yourself and see if you are really hungry or if you are simply craving that chewing sensation.
If the answer is the latter, let it go! YOU CAN DO THIS.
If the answer is that you are truly very hungry and you need an extra something to push through… HONOR THIS.
Do not beat yourself about having a sensible snack and then jumping right back on track with your juices. An avocado, a green salad, a piece of fruit or small handful of nuts will not undo all the good that you are doing.
After The Juice Cleanse
Take A Moment
Take a moment post juice cleanse and celebrate what it is you accomplished, for your mind and your body: for each day that you cleansed, you nourished your body with 20 pounds of organic produce, healing your body on a cellular level and elevating your wellness.
Reflect on how you feel immediately after cleansing, what you learned and what you want to keep in mind as you move back into eating solid foods.
Lean Into Solid Foods
As you integrate solid food back into your diet, please be mindful that your digestive system has been in a state of complete rest.
Your first days post-cleanse should include lots of veggies and fruits. The items to absolutely avoid the first few days after your cleanse include: red meat, dairy, alcohol, processed and/or fried foods.
Our favorite way to come off the cleanse is with great smoothies, like this Detox Smoothie, the first day and slowly easing your way back into eating solid foods again.
Monitor How You Feel
In the days following a cleanse, you have a unique opportunity to identify potential food allergens or sensitivities.
If you suspect that you may have a sensitivity to wheat, dairy, nuts, soy or anything else, systematically add these foods back into your diet one at a time. By only adding one of these items back in your diet at a time, you will be able to identify if any of these foods are a trigger for&nbps;you.
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Improve Your Digestive Health – Juice Cleanse?
The start of 2017 brings out a variety of new year resolutions… better diet, more exercise, avoid alcohol, etc. With the popularity and media coverage on various cleanses, I’ve had several patients ask me recently about whether they should do a juice cleanse to improve their digestive health. As a result, I wanted to provide the opinion of a gastroenterologist on this topic. I did write an article on colon cleanses in August 2016, so this time I’ll focus just on juice cleanses and the pros/cons in regards to effecting your digestive health.
Spoiler Alert: I do not recommend doing a juice cleanse.
What is a Juice Cleanse?
Juice cleansing is a diet restricting a person to only fruits and vegetables. Cleanses range from a few days to several weeks. This isn’t a diet of OJ from the grocery store. Typically juice cleanses are offered by stores specializing in pressed juices and prices can range from $55-$85 a day.
Benefits of a Juice Cleanse
Juice cleanses have been touted for their ability to eliminate toxins, weight loss and improve your digestive health. The consumption of only raw fruits and vegetables is supposed to help with detoxifying your body.
When doing a cleanse, you should lose a little body weight due to the reduction in your daily calories. Since this is a temporary weight loss, it is important to be cognizant of the foods you eat when transitioning off the juice cleanse. Certain foods could be stored as fat by the body, so consult with a doctor or nutritionist to lessen this potential result.
The perceived digestive health benefit is that juice is more easily absorbed by your body. Since the insoluble fiber is absent with this diet, digestion does become easier for the body. I’ll discuss my thoughts on this benefit in the next section.
Digestive Health and Juice Cleanses
Consuming fruits and vegetables are an important part of good digestive health, so initially the premise of consuming more fruits and vegetables sounds like it could be a good thing. However, your body and digestive tract need nutrients not provided by just fruits and vegetables to perform optimally, so doing this as a long-term diet change is not recommended.
The idea of a juice cleanse is to detoxify your body by removing unwanted toxins. While that may be somewhat accurate, the truth is that your body doesn’t typically need help removing toxins. This is similar to the premise for a colon cleanse, where the objective is to remove unwanted waste from your body. The body has built in mechanisms to process and remove the waste from your colon, so altering that natural mechanism can cause issues with gut flora and digestive balance. In regards to unwanted toxins being removed from your digestive tract, I would caution against pursuing this perceived benefit. Unwanted toxins are NOT being stored in your digestive tract and the body is well equipped (liver & kidneys) to remove toxins on its own.
Be prepared to have potential unwanted side effects as well. Any time you make a dramatic change in your diet it takes your body awhile to adapt. The normal bacterial flora in your gastrointestinal tract have adapted over time to deal with what you normally feed them and when you make a change it can take some time to adjust. Also, if you have any type of dietary intolerance to certain fruits or vegetables (more common than you would think) or have issues like fructose malabsorption, you may experience increase gas, bloating and diarrhea when trying a juice cleanse. Just a few things to keep in mind when trying something like this as not all patients feel better when doing a cleanse.
One thing that I do like about juice cleanses is that it gives you an opportunity to test whether you have a negative reaction to gluten, dairy or fermented foods. After completing the cleanse, you can start reintroducing these foods one at a time into your diet to determine if any cause an issue/reaction. If so, you may have an intolerance and that should be discussed with your doctor. It is very common for certain foods to trigger digestive issues like bloating, diarrhea and pain.
While I would not recommend juice cleanses to my patients, I have many that have tried them with mixed results. If you or someone you know is considering trying a juice cleanse I would encourage that person to consult with their doctor first before doing so.
I hope this was helpful. Thank you. RH
How to Do a Natural Colon Cleanse at Home
There are a few ways to colon cleanse. You can purchase a colon-cleansing product, or you can even get a colonic irrigation or enema.
Otherwise, you can do simple things to boost or “cleanse” colon health naturally at home.
The following natural colon cleanses can be done cheaply, and they’re also quite safe if done correctly.
Reminder: You don’t need to do colon cleanses every day or even every so often to be healthy, though they may have health benefits when done sporadically.
Drinking plenty of water and staying hydrated is a great way to regulate digestion. People who support a water flush for colon cleansing recommend drinking six to eight glasses of lukewarm water per day.
Also try eating plenty of foods high in water content. This includes fruits and vegetables like watermelons, tomatoes, lettuce, and celery.
In fact, there are lots of foods that help cleanse the colon naturally through diet.
You can also try a saltwater flush. This is especially recommended for people experiencing constipation and irregularity.
A 2010 study showed saltwater could possibly clear the colon when paired with certain yoga poses.
Before eating in the morning, mix 2 teaspoons salt with lukewarm water. Sea salt or Himalayan salt is recommended.
Drink water quickly on an empty stomach, and in a few minutes, you’ll probably feel an urge to go to the bathroom.
Do this in the morning and in the evening, and make sure to stay home near the bathroom for a while after the cleanse. You may need to go to the bathroom multiple times.
Fiber is an essential macronutrient often overlooked in the diet. It’s found in whole, healthy plant foods like fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, seeds, and more.
Plants contain cellulose and fibers that help “bulk” up excess matter in the colon. They also regulate constipation and overactive bowels, while boosting helpful bacteria as a prebiotic.
Make sure to eat plenty of high-fiber foods, which help a healthy colon. They can also be great for gut bacteria, too.
Juices and smoothies
Juices are popular colon cleansers. These include fruit and vegetable juice fasts and cleanses, like master cleanses.
There isn’t enough research on these for the colon, however. In fact, some research points out risks.
Even so, moderate intake of juices and juicing can be good for you. Juice blends contain some fiber and nutrients that benefit digestion. They also hold water to help hydrate and keep up regularity.
What’s more, a study in 2015 found that vitamin C may help cleanse the colon. Vitamin C is found in lots of fruits and vegetables added to juice blends.
Popular juices in juice fasts and cleanses include apple juice, lemon juice, and vegetable juices. However, some dietitians may recommend smoothies over juices for colon and overall health.
Since pulp and skins are removed when juicing, juices contain less fiber. Fiber is great for the colon, and smoothies hold a lot more fiber.
You don’t need to fast and drink only juices and smoothies to get any benefit. Just try including more in your diet, such as with a daily juice or smoothie.
More resistant starches
Resistant starches are similar to fiber. They’re also found in plant foods like potatoes, rice, legumes, green bananas, and grains.
These promote a healthy colon by boosting gut microflora. A 2013 review on resistant starches also found they reduce colon cancer risk.
There is a downside, though. Resistant starches are found in carbohydrates. Still, low-carb dieters can choose options that cause fewer blood sugar spikes. These include rice and waxy potatoes.
Including these in the diet, like fiber, can be great for cleansing the colon.
Adding probiotics to the diet is another way to cleanse the colon. This also boosts overall health in many other ways.
You can get more probiotics by taking probiotic supplements. Also, eat lots of probiotic-rich foods, like yogurt, kimchi, pickles, and other fermented foods.
Probiotics introduce good bacteria to the gut with the help of fiber and resistant starches. These curb inflammation and promote regularity — two elements of digestive health related to the colon.
Apple cider vinegar is also considered probiotic and is included in colon cleanses. The enzymes and acids that apple cider vinegar contains supposedly suppress bad bacteria. Currently, there are no studies on this.
Trying some herbal teas may assist digestive health via the colon.
Laxative herbs like psyllium, aloe vera, marshmallow root, and slippery elm may help with constipation. Make sure to talk to your doctor and follow directions closely before using these herbs. Also use them sparingly; otherwise, they can be harmful.
Other herbs like ginger, garlic, and cayenne pepper contain antimicrobial phytochemicals. These are thought to suppress bad bacteria. For this reason, they’re included in lots of cleanses, though studies are needed.
Try a cup of one of these herbal teas up to three times a day. Only drink tea once per day for laxative herbal teas.