March 10, 2014
What Is the Dr. Oz Colon Cleanse?
What do you think when you hear the word “cleanse?”
If you imagined drinking nothing but green juice for a week and losing 10 pounds, you’ve bought into the celebrity-popularized notion of detox diets.
This conception stands in stark contrast to what cardiac surgeon Dr. Mehmet Oz recommends.
“These rapid weight loss regimens can deprive you of crucial nutrients and calories,” Oz tells O Magazine. “When I say ‘cleanse,’ I mean it in the sense of true cleansing — a strategy that helps your body rid itself of toxins.”
So, is the Dr. Oz colon cleanse just another hyped-up remedy or could it actually be beneficial for your health?
What’s the Purpose of the Cleanse?
Your body has an internal detoxing system made up of your liver, colon, and kidneys.
• The Liver – Prevents toxins from entering your blood stream.
• The Colon – Flushes toxins out of your body before they can do damage
• The Kidneys – Keep toxins out of your blood and flush them out through your urine
As long as these three organs do their job, your body stays clean and toxin free. So, the purpose of the Dr. Oz colon cleanse is to support the liver, colon, and kidneys in their important jobs.
How Long Does It Last?
It’s not unusual for an extreme cleansing diet to last for several weeks. But according to Dr. Oz, this is harmful and unnecessary. “Your colon is designed to clear out waste every 24 to 48 hours,” he explains.
To back up this idea, the good doctor designed his cleansing program to last for 48 hours. He also recommends doing the program over the weekend. That way, any adverse effects won’t interfere with your weekday schedule.
The “Shopping List”
Your liver, colon, and kidneys need nutritional support from foods that detoxify. Dr. Oz has put together a “shopping list” of the foods he recommends for the 48-hour cleanse.
This complete list is available on Dr. Oz’s official website, but here’s a sample:
• Flax seed oil
• Olive oil
• Pomegranate juice
• Ginger root
Initially, this appears to be a random assortment, but let’s look closer…
Most of these ingredients cleanse the liver, colon, and kidneys. Many have even been tested and proven to detoxify and cleanse the body.
Blueberries, for instance, contain anthocyanins which reduce inflammation that hinders toxin filtration. On the other hand, garlic is a natural antiseptic and supports antimicrobial activity. Garlic is so powerful it was even used to prevent gangrene during WWI and WWII.
Because these ingredients are such good cleansers, most high-quality colon cleansing products use them.
To help you incorporate these healthy foods, Dr. Oz has created easy-to-follow recipes.
Dr. Oz’s Cleanse Recipes
These recipes are for all the meals and snacks you’ll eat during the 48-hour cleanse. Can your part get any easier?
Below are two of the recipes you’ll find–available for free–on Dr. Oz’s website:
Quinoa with Chopped Prunes
1/2 cup quinoa, rinsed
1 cup water
1 pinch nutmeg
1 tsp grated ginger
1 tbsp flax seed oil
1/3 cup chopped prunes
1/4 cup rice milk
In a small pot, stir 1/2 cup quinoa, a pinch of nutmeg and 1 tsp of grated ginger into a cup of water.
Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover the pot and simmer for 10 minutes.
Stir in the prunes and rice milk. Cover again and cook another 5 minutes.
Before serving, stir in 1 tbsp of flaxseed oil.
Kale, Pineapple and Ginger Detox Drink
1/2 cup pineapple
2 large cucumbers
1 bunch kale without stems (about 4 cups chopped)
1/2 lemon, squeezed
1/4 inch of ginger
1 bunch of mint (about 1/2 cup)
Chop ingredients so they are able to fit into juicer. Juice ingredients one at a time. Enjoy!
What Are the “Adverse Effects?”
Dr. Oz warns, “Downsides of many detox diets include: dehydration, fatigue, dizziness, nausea, and even colon damage.” However, Dr. Oz’s program encourages drinking water throughout the day to counteract these problems.
You might be visiting the bathroom more often as this 2-day diet encourages cleansing through more-frequent urination and bowel movements.
What Is the Best Way to Cleanse?
Extreme detox diets aren’t just hyped-up and potentially unhealthy; they’re not the best way to support your body’s natural ability to cleanse itself, says Dr. Oz.
While the Dr. Oz Cleanse requires more time and effort than other cleanses, it is geared toward long-term health and should be beneficial.
 Health effects of garlic American Family Physician by Ellen Tattelman, July 1, 2005