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Liquid Diet

A liquid diet is commonly prescribed by doctors before and after certain medical procedures. However, you don’t have to be undergoing major surgery to take advantage of the benefits of this type of cleansing diet.

Liquid Diet

Liquid diets can be utilized by anyone interested in colon cleansing or detoxifying the body. Cleansing the colon is essential for good health for many reasons. First of all, your colon naturally builds up mucus and sludge while trying to protect itself from the unhealthy foods we eat. This accumulation becomes stuck against your colon walls and introduces toxins into your bloodstream.

Second, an unclean colon is the ideal environment for harmful intestinal organisms to live and breed. By using cleansing diets to help clear out the colon, you create an environment that is less welcoming for these invaders.

Staying Safe with Cleansing Liquid Diets

Although a cleansing diet provides many benefits, you must take a few precautions when following them. First of all, liquid diets help maintain proper levels of body fluids and keep your body energized. They also provide your body with essential minerals for proper functioning. However, a liquid diet alone doesn’t deliver an adequate amount of calories and other nutrients. Therefore, you should not engage in liquid diets for more than a few days unless you are receiving medical supervision.

Typical Foods in Cleansing Liquid Diets

Common ingredients of a liquid diet include:
  • Purified Water
  • Popsicles
  • Gelatin
  • Tea
  • Broth (Bouillon or Consommé)
  • Strained Fruit Juices (No Pulp)
No other foods should be included in a short-term liquid diet. For example, whole dairy milk contains fat and may actually encourage your colon to create more mucus. Moreover, you shouldn’t add artificial flavorings such as butter, margarine, salt, or sugar.

Extending Your Diet for Several Days

To extend a cleansing liquid diet for more than a few days, you will probably need to add additional liquids to the plan. This way, you will slightly increase your caloric and protein consumption while still helping to cleanse your colon. Other foods for supplementing your diet include:

  • Nonfat unprocessed goat’s milk (added to beverages and soups)
  • High quality protein powder (added to pudding, milk, milkshakes, and custards)
  • Strained meats (such as that used in baby foods) can be added to broths
  • 100% organic whole, unprocessed wheat-bread added to soups and hot cereals
  • Organic maple syrup added to beverages
  • Smooth low-fat ice cream as a dessert

Choosing a Cleansing Liquid Diet

Ideally, you should follow a somewhat strict liquid diet to achieve the greatest effect in the shortest duration. However, if you know yourself well enough to realize you can’t follow such a strict diet for multiple days, you might want to consider the extended or relaxed plan. Just understand you will need to follow this plan for much longer to achieve the same results. In fact, it might take a couple of weeks while following the extended plan to cleanse your digestive system.

If you suffer from digestive issues, the second of the two cleansing diets may help settle your digestive system. In fact, this sort of liquid diet is often prescribed for individuals having difficulty digesting solid foods.

Returning to Your Regular Diet

After completing either of these two cleansing liquid diets, you should re-introduce solid foods gradually to prevent cramping. If you choose to follow the stricter of the two liquid diets, you might want to gradually re-introduce dairy products as well since the cleansing process can temporarily remove lactose-digesting enzymes from the intestinal tract. As a result, consuming dairy products may cause you to experience excess gas or cramping.

After gradually reintroducing your regular diet, you should have no problems resuming your normal eating patterns. Just try occasionally cleansing your colon to help remove the accumulated waste that will inevitably develop from consuming modern, processed foods.

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