Dr Oz 3 Day Detox Cleanse Diet
Dr Oz is constantly asked about cleanse or detox diets, to which he has always reported they are not effective or necessary as long as a healthy diet is being consumed. His concerns were generally surrounding the lack of calories, and lack of nutrients involved in most cleanses. Under increasing pressure, he decided to assemble a team of experts and create his own detox cleanse diet, to ensure enough calories and nutrients would be included.
Mark Hyman MD, author of The Blood Sugar Solution was co-lead, along with Julieanna Hever MS Plant-Based Dietitian. Together, with Dr Oz's medical research team, they formulated a 3 day detox plan that met all of the guidelines including about 1200 calories/per day, along with many vitamins, minerals, and very important to a cleanse, fiber.
Initially they debated including solid food such as salads and whole fruit, but instead opted for only smoothies. This is because most of us do not chew our food effectively enough to destroy the cellulose wall to release the nutrients inside. When fruit and vegetables are turned into a smoothie, the blender does all of the work, allowing the nutrients to quickly enter our system, and not just travel through the body and be eliminated.
Dr Hyman reports the Standard American Diet (SAD diet) is generally what is making us sick. We are consuming more chemicals than ever before. Our bodies become toxic when this load of toxins becomes greater than our normal body detoxification system can manage. This then can affect every system in the body.
Signs you may need a detox cleanse: Headaches, muscle ache, fatigue, constipation, weight gain, bloating, skin conditions such as acne.
Components in the fruit and vegetables are natures pharmacy, fighting against toxins, and supporting the kidney and liver throughout the process.
Every ingredient can be found at a local grocery store. No specialty store required. 3 days, a blender and $16 is all you need, according to Dr Oz. My grocery bill was closer to $58- I don't know where he shops, but I would like his prices!!
Start Every Morning Off Right
The first step- lemon green tea. You should drink this as soon as you get up in the morning.
Green tea has catechins to help get rid of toxins, it binds metals in liver, helps with caffeine withdrawl. The coffee drinkers will appreciate this drink each morning.
The lemon has phytochemicals which boosts detoxes liver, cleanses the bowel.
1 green tea bag, 1 sliced lemon, 1 tsp stevia
I found a whole lemon sliced was a bit much. I used about half a lemon in my tea, and drank another mid morning when I would usually have a coffee.
The main purpose for this mixture is to start the elimination process and reduce bloating.
1 cup water
1 tbsp flax seed
1 cup raspberries
¼ cup spinach
1tbsp almond butter
2 tsp lemon juice
All of the ingredients in this drink work together for maximum effect. The almond butter is high in calcium, vitamin E, and fat to absorb the fat soluble nutrients. The raspberries have vitamin c to help absorb the iron from the spinach. Make sure to start with whole flax seeds, and blend until they are pulverized, or you will not get the benefit from them.
Also at breakfast, take half your multivitamin (cut it in half), and a probiotic supplement. This gives the gut good bacteria to help with the cleanse.
Other Health Benefits of Coconut Oil
Now that bloating has subsided, we need to increase energy. This is like natures energy drink.
4 celery stocks
1 cup kale
½ green apple
1 tbsp coconut oil
½ cup almond milk
1 cup pineapple (fresh)
Kale is the ultimate super food. They did not specify, but I just used the juice of the 1/2 lime. This was my least favorite drink of the three.
Dr Hydman insisted on the coconut oil in this shake. It is a healthy fat to fuel your brain cells, reduce inflammation, and fills you up. Creamy, like a pina colada, he says. I beg to differ!!
This drink is all about hydration.
½ cup mango
½ cup blueberries
1 ½ cup coconut water
1 cup kale
1/4 of an avocado
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp flax seeds
pinch of Cayenne pepper.
Dr Hydman quotes a basic lesson from medical school "The solution to pollution is dilution". It is time to flush out the toxins from the bowels. Coconut water helps with this. It also replaces the electrolytes that may inadvertently be flushed out as well.
High in fat due to the avocado and flax seeds, this help absorb fat soluble vitamins and minerals. Also, this drink is very high in fiber. ½ avocado has half of the daily recommended amount of fiber.
Take the other half of your multivitamin, and an Omega 3 supplement.
Repeat any of the 3 smoothies mid afternoon for a snack. I, along with Dr oz preferred the dinner drink.
Sweating out the toxins is very important for a detox, as some chemicals exit the body this way. Take this bath each night of the cleanse for maximum results.
Fill the tub with very hot water, 10 drops lavender, 2 ½ cups Epson salts.
Soak for 20-30 minutes.
This gets the lymphatic system and circulation moving, sweating out the toxins. The Epson salts contain magnesium to activate enzymenes, and sulfur to boost glutathione, the body's most important detoxing compound in the body.
I made it to the end of my 3 days. What now? Ease back into regular food. Your metabolism is rebooted, so try to eat well after the cleanse. Keep some of the smoothies in your diet if you can, for example as a breakfast alternative. "Un Junk your diet" Dr. Hyman says. Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables to keep feeling your best.
Dr Oz tried the cleanse, and lost 2 lbs. He polled 2 people in his audience that also tried it, and they both found they were less bloated and had more energy. Focus and clarity were also side effects. But the best side effect was one lost 2 inches and one 3 inches at the waist, and they both lost 5 lbs.
I lost about 3 lbs, but my waist felt much thinner. I did not measure my waist before, so can't quantify it, but definitely the bloating was gone. I found the drinks very filling, and massive in quantity.
Groceries You Will Need
Grocery List for 3 smoothies per day ( you will need to add ingredients for your snack smoothie)
3 cups blueberries
3 cups raspberries
1 fresh pineapple (3 cups)
2 green apples
6 cups Kale
1 cups spinach
12 stocks celery
2 liters coconut water
1 ½ cup almond milk
6 tablespoons flax seeds (whole)
3 tablespoons almond butter
3 tablespoons coconut oil
3 green tea bags
3 tsp stevia
The Ultimate Blender
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