Walk into a home and kitchen supplies store and you will certainly walk past a large number of juicers. Juicing has been enjoying some buzz lately, largely due to the documentary on the subject of "Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead". Hearing about the health benefits of juices can lead to a natural curiosity about whether or not to help juice for IBS.
Unfortunately, so far no research has been done on this topic. The current discussion is therefore limited to a description of the types of juice, the theoretical benefits of juice for IBS and possible risks.
The film "Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead" describes the filmmaker Joe Cross, a gregarious Australian, while quickly trying a 60-day juice. Joe takes this challenge because he is overweight and has had to deal with a serious autoimmune disease for which he has to take large amounts of steroid medication. Joe spends his first 30 days in New York City and then travels through America to interview people on the way about their health and eating habits. The film is fascinating and inspiring, with a surprising twist. I'm pretty sure that the sales of juicers have risen sharply since the release of this movie.
Types of Juicing
When we think of juice, we usually think of the juice that is extracted from a single fruit, such as apple juice or orange juice. In this context we are talking about extracting the juice from different fruits and vegetables. In a typical glass of juice, the ratio of vegetables to fruit would be 80% vegetables to 20% fruit.
Making juice can be compared to smoothies. Juicing is achieved with the help of a juicer, which extracts the juice from the fruit and vegetables. This juice contains a large amount of vitamins, minerals, soluble fibers and phytonutrients from the plants, but excludes the insoluble fibers. Smoothies are made with blenders and require some liquid as a mixer. With smoothies you take the entire plant and you profit from the food as a whole, but with a higher fiber content.
Why make juice?
The primary advantage of juice is that it allows you to absorb much larger amounts of nutrients for fruit and vegetables than you could by just eating the plants. Juicing is also a fun and easy way to "get into your vegetables" if you don't really like the taste of many vegetables.
Proponents of juice make theorize that juice:
- Improves our immune system
- Improves our ability to absorb nutrients by removing insoluble fiber
- Improves digestion as a result of better access to digestive enzymes in plant foods
- Reduces the risk of cancer
From now on, however, there is no research that shows that juice offers any benefit, except just eating whole fruits and vegetables. It does not mean that there is no benefit, it just means that research must be done to confirm these claims.
Precautions when making juice
In general, juice can be a very healthy addition to your daily diet. Make sure you wash all products thoroughly and drink your juice right away, or just cool it for a short time, because harmful bacteria can build up quickly. Also make sure that the fruit is at the bottom of your vegetable / fruit ratio, otherwise the calories may increase. If you use medication, you may want to contact your doctor to make sure that adding larger amounts of certain vegetables does not negatively impact the effectiveness of your medication.
You can incorporate juices as part of your normal diet or drink a quick juice. Juice fasting can range from one day to the extreme example of Joe Cross's 60-day regime. People who fast fast do this to "clean", "detox" or "restart" their systems. Some people go fast on juice to lose weight, while others quickly try to tackle a chronic health problem.
The idea behind fasting is that by giving the body large amounts of – and only – plant-based nutrients, the digestive system can rest and the body can heal itself. It also changes eating habits and restores taste buds that are dulled by the standard American diet.
If you think of a juice quickly, contact your doctor to see if there are any health risks. It is also essential to get support, either from a detox support group or a health coach, as the early days of such a company can be challenging.
Is Juicing suitable for IBS?
This is completely unknown territory. Maybe you should be your own scientist and start slowly with some juice to see how your own body reacts. As a deliberate guess, juice can be an advantage for IBS. By extracting the insoluble fiber, your body can benefit from the healing properties of plants without having an "irritable" response to the insoluble fiber. If you are going to try to make juice, I suggest that you start slowly, with only a few fruits and vegetables at a time, maybe you choose those with few FODMAP & # 39; s:
An even bigger challenge is or one juice quickly would be good for a person with IBS. This should be a very individual decision, made only in collaboration with your personal doctor. If you were to act so quickly, you could be careful about bringing different food groups back into the diet after fasting had passed to assess their effects on digestion.
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Juicing can best be achieved through the use of a juicer. High-quality juice extractors can be expensive, but are probably worth the investment if you think you will be making juice regularly. If you are not yet ready to make that full bet, you can experiment with making juice using a regular blender and a strainer – just don't burn your engine by trying to mix vegetables that are too thick. Put your fruit and vegetables together with some filtered water or chilled IBS-friendly tea, then mix and pour the results through a strainer.
As mentioned above, another option is to use a powerful (and expensive) blender. While this gives access to the abundance of the entire plant, you may not find it so friendly to your IBS. However, this is pure suspicion. Only your body can answer that question.