Juicing is the latest craze for health and weight-loss fundi’s, but does it make you poop? I’ve done some research and here’s what I discovered.
According to Mayoclinic.org, there is no scientific evidence to prove that extracted juices are healthier than eating whole produce. In fact, by juicing, you are removing the fiber which is vital for regular bowel movements and a healthy digestive system. It is better to blend the edible parts of fruits and vegetables so you receive more fiber.
Keep reading to learn more about how juicing can affect your digestive system!
Can Juicing Cause Diarrhea?
If you’re planning on joining the juicing fan club, you’re probably wondering if diarrhea is one of the interesting side effects of this fad diet. Are the rumors true? Keep reading to find out!
According to Livestrong, the juicing of fruits in excess can cause severe diarrhea, and this is according to the American Cancer Society. This happens due to high concentrations of fructose, a sugar commonly found in fruit. Foods high in sugar speed up stool transit time in the large intestine, resulting in watery stools.
The fruit juice may also result in osmotic diarrhea, which occurs when the colon fails to absorb all the sugar in the juice, thus increasing the content of water. That said, you have less of a chance of experiencing diarrhea if you are juicing more vegetables, as they are naturally lower in fructose than fruit.
Does Juicing Cause Bloating & Indigestion?
Fiber is an essential part of a healthy diet and it is recommended that you consume at least 14 g of fiber per day in order to maintain a healthy gut, according to home.bt.com. That said, if you are putting your vegetables and fruit into a juicer you are simply eliminating all the healthy fiber into a liquid pulp.
Additionally, fruit juices contain large quantities of sugar that bad bacteria in the gut thrive on. This means that you are disrupting the natural flow of your body, essentially allowing toxins to be reabsorbed into your bloodstream. That said, a common side effect of this overgrowth of bacteria is bloating and indigestion.
How To Prevent Diarrhea From Juicing
While many pro-juicers will tell you that diarrhea is totally normal and to be expected when juicing, it’s important that you understand the implications of this.
If diarrhea is left untreated, this can lead to severe dehydration and the loss of important electrolytes, leading to a dangerous imbalance. If you find you are experiencing diarrhea multiple times daily on the juice cleanse, then it is advised to stop the cleanse immediately, or at the least consume more low-sugar vegetable juices as an alternative.
Is Juicing Really Worth It?
Juice fasts or cleanses claim that they help to cleanse your body of toxic substances, but there is no scientific evidence whatsoever to back these claims. In fact, a juice cleanse is likely to result in an electrolyte imbalance, hunger, nausea, and headaches.
These diets are also very low in calories, meaning you are depriving yourself of essential vitamins and minerals that your body needs to function properly. That said, you should not do a juicing diet for a prolonged period of time, or you could be damaging your health.
Does Juicing Make You Gain Weight?
While most people try a juice cleanse to detox and lose weight, could it be possible that juicing leads to weight gain?
According to Shape.com, juicing can lead to weight gain as it can prove difficult to keep track of calories in liquid form, especially when one pressed juice contains 100-350 calories per bottle. Juicing may also slow the metabolism, resulting in long-term weight gain. Lastly, juicing can lead to cravings, binging, and lack of exercise, which all lead to weight gain.
It’s Tough to Measure Those Liquid Calories
When the majority of your calorie intake comes from liquids, it can be much harder to track exactly how many calories you are consuming, meaning you could easily find yourself over the daily limit.
For example, one pressed juice contains an average of 100-350 calories per 16-ounces which can add up relatively quickly. That said, make sure that you follow a plan to accurately measure how many calories you are consuming per bottle you drink.
You can always use a free calorie counter app online. Healthline offers some great options!
You’re Tampering With Your Metabolism
Typically, a juice cleanse should last around a week, which involves you consuming 32 to 64 ounces of freshly pressed juices per day. If your body is not receiving all the nutrients it requires (especially what it is used to getting) your body may go into “starvation mode”.
This means that your body begins to slow down the metabolism (not ideal) making weight-loss even harder in the long-term. Even though juicing does provide phytonutrients, the juice from the fruit is high in sugar which can wreak havoc with your insulin levels.
You Don’t Have Energy To Exercise
Considering that you are consuming fewer calories than you normally do, it is advisable to do less strenuous activity as your body does not have sufficient protein, fiber, and fat to draw from. Less exercise (or none at all) means fewer calories burned, which can result in gradual weight gain (especially if you lose track of your gym motivation post-cleanse).
You’re Feeling Deprived
This one is almost a given, as sipping on kale juice all day is bound to drive you a little crazy after the first day or so. While some may be able to withstand the cravings, others may find themselves feeling deprived to the point where they binge on all their favorite junk food post-cleanse.
If you do the math, binging on a brownie with your favorite chips and burger post-cleanse could lead to you eating more calories in one meal than you would normally have in an entire day before you started the juicing cleanse!
Which Juices Make You Poop?
If you’ve been a little put off by the juicing cleanse, then there are some better, more effective alternatives to help clean out your bowels, keep you healthy and provide you with the energy you need! According to Healthline, here they are below:
According to Healthline, the best juices for constipation relief are prune juice, apple juice, and pear juice. They all contain sorbitol which helps to bulk up stools and soften them, allowing for an easier passage through the colon. Any warm beverage such as tea, coffee, or lemon juice can also help to induce a bowel movement.
1. Prune juice
While you’ve probably heard this one before, prune juice is one of the best constipation relievers out there! An 8-ounce glass packs about 2.6 grams of fiber, which is approximately 10 percent of your daily needs.
The sorbitol in prune juice also helps to bulk up stools and soften them, thus making them easier to pass through.
You can also eat dried plums or prunes for constipation relief. In fact, one 2011 study showed that prunes are considered the top option for mild to moderate constipation relief!
2. Apple juice
Apple juice is a slightly more gentle laxative than prune juice, which is why it is often advised as a remedy for children who have constipation as it has a high ratio of fructose to glucose as well as sorbitol content.
Apple juice and apple sauce also contain a substance known as pectin which adds bulk to stools. While the stools may be firmer, they can make stools harder to pass, especially with high levels of pectin found in applesauce.
Due to this, apple sauce should only be used after an episode of diarrhea to harden stools as much as possible.
3. Pear juice
Interestingly, pear juice contains four times the sorbitol content as apple juice! Pear juice is also tasty, making it a great option for young children suffering from constipation.
Another way to find relief is to combine some lemon juice into a warm glass of water. You can also try some coffee, tea, or any warm liquid that will likely induce a bowel movement.
Insider Tip: Stay away from carbonated drinks until your constipation has cleared.