Juice cleanses, cabbage cleanses, water cleanses, colon detox, liver flush…guess what? I call B.S. on all of these. (Sorry for the language if you’re reading this Mom…). Here’s a word to the wise – and trust me on this one: nutritional cleanses DO NOT WORK. Our liver and other organs do an excellent job of cleaning our system – as long as we treat them properly.
But I passed green gobs from my gall bladder?
You know those green globules they show on websites touting the benefits of particular detox / supplement programs for cleansing certain organs such as the gallbladder? Listen to me people. If you drink oil and lemon juice, you will most DEFINITELY poop out green stuff. However, those little gross balls are not gallstones. And I quote:
“Gallbladder and liver “flushes” are widely advocated as a way of treating gallstones and helping with medical conditions ranging from allergies to cancer [1-4]. In the usual “flush,” half a cup or more of a vegetable oil is consumed together with citrus juice and Epsom salts (magnesium sulphate), usually after a brief fast. Many green, brown, yellow or black blobs of various sizes may later appear in the bowel movements. Some bear a slight resemblance to gallstones, but they are not stones. They are merely bile-stained “soaps” produced by partial saponification (soap formation) of the oil. A recent demonstration found that mixing equal volumes of oleic acid (the major component of olive oil) and lemon juice produced several semi-solid white balls after a small volume of potassium hydroxide solution was added. After air-drying at room temperature, these balls became quite solid and hard. When formed in the intestine, these objects absorb bile and become green .”
Gotta love Quack Watch. Here’s the link to the full article:
Causing more harm than good.
Also – quite honestly these “cleanses” can stress the body to a degree in themselves, not to mention urge the metabolism into a starvation mode which is counterintuitive to weight loss if that is what you are after. I find most people who “cleanse” rebel so defiantly after they complete the “detox” process that it probably does more damage than any small amount of good.
How to properly detoxify.
If weight management and detoxifying your body are goals, then here’s how to do it properly:
- Make half of your daily intake fresh, chemical free veggies and fruits;
- eat organic meat (if you eat meat) & fats;
- drink water until you need to move into the bathroom.
You need to shift your diet for the long haul and eat more of the good stuff, so your system has the building blocks to fight off the bad stuff. No three-day lemon juice and olive oil “cleanse” that turns you into a raging crabbypants who ends up giving in to the binge of all binges is going to cure you from your ailments.
Thanks for listening 🙂
Enjoy this day 🙂