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7/18/14 7:46 P
I juice from time to time because it is a good way to get my veggies but there are really no great benefits to a juice fast, our bodies are pretty efficient at getting rid of toxins. Better to take a break from caffeine, sugar, fast foods and alcohol from time to time to give your liver a break. Those that consume high amounts of these foods do put extra stress on the liver and the body so taking a break can be good for you.
Nausea from juicing is more common than most people realize but it is not from your body detoxing but often from an insulin spike and a blood pressure drop that accompanies drinking the juice of too many beets, apples and carrots. Some people are a bit more sensitive to this especially if you are drinking your juices on an empty stomach and over a few days of only juicing. Beets are a well known culprit to this effect and I have heard of people experiencing very intense effects from too much raw beet juice. Most people learn to use only part of a beet or a small one per drink.
Juicing has its benefits but it is not a panacea for good health and weight loss. Detoxing is one of those ideas that causes more misinformation and unnecessary confusion. If you eat a decent diet and live a relatively clean lifestyle your body is very efficient in detoxing itself. Taking a break from the usual suspects from time to time is always a good idea.
Was the nausea present PRIOR to your discussing this with the MD?
If so, here are some things to consider:
Did you suddenly drop down from the calories you were eating to what you were when the nausea set in? I did this, but it was only from 1650- 1850 calories to 1400. I had to go back up and gradually reduce in small increments of about 50 and sit there for a few days before dropping again. I also suffered from light-headedness and extreme hunger pain as a result of the rapid drop, too.
Did the calorie level you dropped to just too low for you anyway?
Do you have a lot of stress in your life? This can sometimes cause nausea and also loss of appetite with some people. If this is the case, then asking for a referral to a Therapist will help you learn how to deal with it. You may also find that by doing a 'budget' of what you do, and deleting the unnecessary things, and/or doing them less often, will help you.
Are you on medications? Sometimes a side-effect that is overlooked, even by some Doctors, is nausea and/or loss of appetite.
Some things that to eat that are easy on the digestive system" Mashed Potato
Toast - perhaps with poached egg?
A plain Rice Pudding - I do them on the stove-top rather than the oven, and make them creamy .... but without cream! Add some mashed banana or canned peaches to it.
Have a look at some baby foods and buy 2-3 that take your fancy to have on hand.
Have something like Complan or a couple containers of Ensure, which are good meal replacements for those 'icky' times.
Good luck, Kris
7/18/14 12:38 P
She's an MD, but not a primary. It was just an offhand suggestion ontop of the other things I've been trying. I tried it for a couple days, I usually have a juice once a day anyway, but I'm not feeling well and my nausea has been increasing the last couple of days with the all juice program, and even tho the juice probably isnt causing it, that's the end of that. Plus it's been a struggle to get all of my juices in, and my appetite (which wasn't really great in the first place) is completely gone with the juicing. Today's goal is to figure out some healthy clean foods that will be easy on my system. I like steamed vegetables a lot (esp carrots and zucchini) - so that's the first thing I will add more of - but will definitely be doing my research today to get a game plan going.
There are no health benefits to a "juice cleanse". You probably should talk to your doctor in more detail as to why you need digestive rest.
Becky Your SP Registered Dietitian
Edited by: DIETITIANBECKY at: 7/17/2014 (15:26)
7/17/14 1:00 P
Detoxing isn't something that you need to do anything special in order for your body to do. Your boy naturally gets rid of the stuff that you don't need. Juicing is a great source of vitamins and minerals, but then again so are whole fruits and veggies (and they have healthful fiber too). Most of the people that I know that have tried a juice cleanse have bee miserable after day 3 because they aren't consuming enough calories.
7/17/14 12:48 P
My doctor recommended that I do a juice cleanse every month to give my digestive system a rest, so I just started my first. I'm not hungry at all on it and have had no caffeine withdrawls or anything like that because I actually eat pretty clean. I'm on day 3 and have no increased energy or any of the other awesome results people are talking about that should happen. I am not even getting any of the unpleasant cleansing results. I'm wondering if this could be because I have to take a pretty strong medication every day, so my body can't actually detox in the truest sense of the word. I do 3-5 juices a day (mostly green) and have added snacks like stewed berries, steamed zucchini and a serving of raw cashews daily. Any tips or ideas?
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