Detox With the Dr Oz Two Day Spring Cleanse

Okay so most of us have heard about detoxing. Normally this means eliminating most if not all foods and drinking nothing but water for a couple of days. And I have to admit the idea of doing that has never appealed to me. I can’t get by without a nice big mug of tea first thing in the morning and at selected points throughout the day, so I’m not going to forego that in aid of nothing but water.

So you can understand I was a little skeptical when I first saw the title of this new Dr Oz detox – the Two Day Spring Cleanse. To be honest if it hadn’t been to do with Dr Oz I would have kept right on going to another magazine, instead of reading about it in O, The Oprah Magazine.

Detox With the Dr Oz Two Day Spring Cleanse

But there it was – it had Dr Oz’s name on it. So I thought, hey, what do I have to lose? Let’s check it out (purely out of curiosity you understand).

So here’s the thing. The idea is that this particular two day detox is based around six meals. You also get to eat snacks so if you get hungry in between meals you’ll never be left with nothing other than a glass of water to solve the problem. The thing I liked about this detox is that it is based on eating whole foods. This basically means that instead of eating things that are made from dozens of ingredients, you’ll eat things that have just a few ingredients. Take prunes for example – they’re made of, well, prunes, and nothing else. This is the idea of this particular detox and I can see why so many people are thinking of trying it. It certainly doesn’t look like any detox I’ve ever seen before.

As I read through the article on this detox I realized a few things. Firstly if you’re going to try it you’re only going to do it for two days. I think that’s pretty achievable, even for me. Also it means you can do it on the weekends, when you’ve got time to get into the kitchen and cook or prepare stuff for the plan if you need to. There is nothing worse than trying to stick to a detox when you’re trying to work. Imagine trying to get through a regular work day on a fruit smoothie for lunch and pineapple-kale juice (this is the snack that is available in unlimited amounts for the two days). It’s not that practical so I’d say this is a weekend detox for sure. You could do it at work but you’d need to be dedicated and prepared. Also Dr Oz says you might end up needing the toilet a bit more often than you would normally, as your body detoxes. So it’s a little less embarrassing to fully detox at home at your leisure, I’d say.

Secondly the detox designed to help get all your organs back to their optimal function. The idea is that they should be good at eliminating your toxins and making you feel pretty good again. Drinking plenty of water is in there too for good measure, and I guess it should be filtered too for the best effect. Indeed Dr Oz adds the idea of drinking water into his list of additional pointers once he’s shared the two day meal plan with you. Most of this is pretty self explanatory, such as the idea of getting eight hours of sleep a night. Apparently this detox is not just about eating the right foods – it’s about treating your body right in other ways as well.

Another point that occurred to me is that Dr Oz does not say you’ll lose loads of weight on this detox. Sure you might lose a couple pounds with no problem, but it’s almost as if any weight loss is incidental rather than anything else. The idea is to clean your system out from the inside, and to get your body back into order again. You’re supposed to feel way better after the two days and Dr Oz recommends you try it three to four times every year (maybe once at the start of each new season?). He reckons you’ll feel loads better if you do – he evens uses the word ‘rejuvenate’, which to my mind is overused lots of times in completely the wrong situations. But I think Dr. Oz is “spot on”using it here.

Dr. Oz’s Two-Day Wonder Cleanse

Breakfast: Quinoa with Prunes (see recipe at oprah.com)

Start the day with a bowl of this healthy whole grain. Quinoa contains all nine essential amino acids, making it a complete protein. (Not many cleanses incorporate protein, which can be problematic; if you’re not consuming enough amino acids, your body will begin mining them from your muscle tissue. Muscle loss is, unfortunately, one way that detox dieters lose weight.) Quinoa also provides fiber to bulk up stool, and phosphorus to help stimulate bowel movements. The prunes deliver even more fiber, plus sorbitol, a sugar alcohol with a laxative effect.

Lunch: Revitalizing Fruit Smoothie (see recipe at oprah.com)

Here’s proof that a cleanse can taste fantastic. Blueberries provide antioxidants to neutralize cell-damaging free radicals and contain quercetin, a pigment that may increase the number of enzymes in the liver. The banana’s vitamin B6 helps recharge detoxifying enzymes throughout the body, and ground flaxseed or chia seeds supply additional fiber for healthy elimination (as well as brain-nourishing omega-3s).

Dinner: Vegetable Broth with a Side of Sauerkraut and Sliced Apples (see recipe at oprah.com)

This soup is full of good stuff: Fennel may help stimulate the secretion of bile (a fluid that carries waste out of the liver); parsley is believed to act as a diuretic; compounds in garlic, shiitake mushrooms, and cabbage have been found to support liver function; and cayenne pepper may aid lung enzymes. Finish your meal with fermented sauerkraut, which has probiotics that can help break down toxins in the gastrointestinal tract, and apple slices for one last dose of fiber.

Snack: Pineapple-Kale Juice (see recipe at oprah.com)

Enjoy this beverage as often as you like. (I typically recommend two glasses between meals.) Pineapple contains digestive enzymes. Kale is rich in compounds that support enzymes in the liver. And artichoke can improve bile flow.

6 Quick Detox Pointers

Use these tips to make the most of your two-day cleanse.

1. Drink plenty of water.

2. Aim to get eight hours of sleep a night.

3. Don’t eat after 7 P.M.

4. In the evening, take a warm bath with two cups of Epsom salt dissolved in the water. The salt’s key component, magnesium, supports hundreds of enzymes in the body.

5. Before bed, sip a cup of dandelion tea. It’s been shown to have diuretic properties, which will help flush away toxins in your urine before you sleep.

6. Know that you’ll likely have to use the bathroom quite a bit in the next 48 hours, though your stool should be well-formed, not loose. And since the meal plan doesn’t severely limit your caloric intake, you shouldn’t feel tired or weak.

I think the word ‘detox’ has probably gotten a bad press over the years, simply because it has been used in association with severely restricted liquid diets. When I think of a detox I think of water, fruit and maybe (if I’m lucky) a little homemade vegetable soup, but that’s about it. I cannot survive on that kind of food every day, even if it is only for a day or two. That’s why I think a lot of people might be surprised by what Dr Oz’s detox will do for them. If Dr Oz says it makes you feel good inside and out, what do I have to lose?

This could be a great way to get into some new eating habits too, such as not eating past 7pm in the evening. I know I should stick with this part of the plan – just as I should drink more water – but I’m not sure I could make it happen. Maybe the two day spring cleanse is the perfect way to kick start some new habits, even though the plan itself only lasts for forty eight hours. We’ll see.

Okay time to stop writing and time to go buy some quinoa, fresh fruit and vegetables. I have a detox to do, guys and gals.

References:

http://www.oprah.com/health/Dr-Oz-on-Cleansing-Do-You-Need-a-Cleanse

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Comments

  1. Marius Liudas says:

    This is a horrible detox plan. I wouldn’t even call it a detox. It is at best a healthy menu. It is full of sugar and protein which directly feed bacteria and fungus in your intestines.

    If you want to do a proper and easy detox, don’t consume anything but water for a day. This will help much more than this scam.

    • What Scam????
      He’s not selling any product.
      What you advocate, ONLY water, is highly dangerous to your system
      You have zero clue to what you are taking about.

      Any to everyone else posting, READ Carefully.

      This is NOT A DIET TO LOSE WEIGHT.
      This is NOT about losing weight.

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  3. Is this detox good for someone who has a lapband

  4. Is detox safe while menstruating?

  5. I have done this detox before and it is great! I felt energized, I wasn’t hungry and my skin never looked better! I also lost a couple of pounds! After you come of the diet, your body craves only the good stuff and you have no cravings for junk food or processed food. Yuck!

  6. Are you ready to experience the detoxing for this week? It is little difficult for you when you are trying this process for the first time. But as per my personal experience this is the best practice to reduce the most weight from your body by a single effort.

  7. What are some tips for losing weight for teenagers?

  8. As a physician I can say there is nothing wrong with these recipes. Of course someone pregnant would probably snack in between but detoxing is not about loosing weight it is about ridding your bosy of impurities. Your comment is like telling someone that it would be wrong for them to not eatmeat meat during their pregnancy. This is not a diet and of course someone should not diet during pregnancy. However I recommend juicing and increased whole wheat, fruits, and veggies during pregnancy. One of the maim issues in America is that during pregnancy people don’t get enough of these items in their diet and with juicing, for example, a pregnant mother can get enough day’s worth of veggies just off of one juice blend.

  9. I am just going through a long detox for a month and can use some of these tips :)

  10. …or nursing.

  11. Please, please, please DO NOT try to lose weight OR detox DURING pregnancy. Both could be extremely harmful to your unborn child. Please consult with your doctor before you do anything while you are pregnant.

  12. Are you ready to experience the detoxing for this week? It is little difficult for you when you are trying this process for the first time. But as per my personal experience this is the best practice to reduce the most weight from your body by a single effort.

  13. I used to discount detox because of all the negative things I’ve heard about it. I thought it was all just smoke and mirror. But a couple of friends actually tried it and highly recommended it. I am still a little skeptical because there are just too many infomercials and promotional messages out there telling you how effective their products are. It is hard to tell which products work and which are fakes. I also hate taking just green vegetables, but after reading this website, it seems that I don’t have to eat just greens. Perhaps it is worth a try.

  14. Remove cold sores says:

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  15. What are some tips for losing weight for teenagers?

    • As with any weight loss program, a good balance of diet and exercise is key. However, if you aren’t motivated to work out yet, weight watchers is a great program that really helps you to see what kinds of foods you are consuming on a daily basis. You’ll be surprised how bad some of your favorite things may be. Fruits and Vegetables are a great substitute for junk food snacks. You don’t need to eat chips and cookies, you just like them. Once you decide to give them up, you won’t miss them at all. In fact, they will probably make you feel sick after you haven’t had them in a while. Start out small. Change bad habits one at a time and replace them with good ones. It’s not a race, you are slowly working towards changing your life. I also recommend a half marathon training app on your phone, it isn’t as daunting as you think and you will feel great if you can accomplish it!

  16. I need to detox with a cleanse diet.

  17. I have heard of the 1 day detox and the 1 day diet, but this dr oz cleanse looks amazing!

    • yeah I think I will start drinking more water.It is harder than the raw food diet. Hehehe its HARDER when my wife joins. I tried doing the raw food diet with her, but we both kept failing as we were always complaining about our hunger to each other.

  18. WOW just what I was looking for. Came here by searching for weight
    loss during pregnancy

  19. I tried the Lipo Slim and Natural Cleanse products that was suggested and approved by the Dr Oz Show and they were the most worthless product I have ever tried. They stated that you take the product and you need to do nothing different and you will see results. Not only did I decrease my food intake, but I excercised as well and still only lost 2 lbs in 1 week. What a joke! The sad thing is that they say it is a $4.95 cost, but then after the 2 week trial period it went to $79.95 for EACH product. I was on vacation when the product came, so I ended up paying the full amount for both bottles which has done nothing!!! Shame on both the Dr Oz Show and the makers of this product on scamming the customers who are truly trying to lose weight.

  20. I constantly spent my half an hour to read this blog’s posts every day along with a mug of coffee.

  21. What is the optimal cleanse time?

  22. Amy Canada says:

    Greetings from Colorado! I’m bored to death at work so I decided to browse your blog on my iphone during lunch break. I really like the knowledge you provide here and can’t wait to take
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    • Have gone 7 days without solid food 2xs before. 6 days of drinking vegetable and fruit juices, herbs, and powerful “colon cleanses” (a concoction containing black walnut, senna leaf powder, french clay, and stuff like that). Also did colonics once a day and had some scary stuff come out me like gall stones, parasites (tape worms), and undigested meat. After, I could sleep and awake easily, my allergies went away, I was more patient, the bags under my eyes disappeared,& regular bowel movements.

    • No, you don’t actually lose weight with a few days of detoxing – at least not any significant amount. A detox is a good START to a weight loss plan, but it’s also a good start to a healthier eating plan and you can definitely maintain weight while detoxing. You can either maintain calories, and just eat a super clean diet (i.e. just cooked starchy vegetables or grains and lots of fresh produce), or take a few days with lighter calories and then go back up after.

      I am ready for a dr oz smoothie

    • Jamie Vance says:

      No, you don’t actually lose weight with a few days of detoxing – at least not any significant amount. A detox is a good START to a weight loss plan, but it’s also a good start to a healthier eating plan and you can definitely maintain weight while detoxing. You can either maintain calories, and just eat a super clean diet (i.e. just cooked starchy vegetables or grains and lots of fresh produce), or take a few days with lighter calories and then go back up after

    • I have been looking for a cleansing diet like this. Thanks Dr Oz for the detox cleanse.
      BTW, is there a water detox?

    • Have gone 7 days without solid food 2xs before. 6 days of drinking vegetable and fruit juices, herbs, and powerful “colon cleanses” (a concoction containing black walnut, senna leaf powder, french clay, and stuff like that). Also did colonics once a day and had some scary stuff come out me like gall stones, parasites (tape worms), and undigested meat. After, I could sleep and awake easily, my allergies went away, I was more patient, the bags under my eyes disappeared,& regular bowel movements.

  23. Mary Andresen says:

    I was looking for Dr. Oz’s smoothie recipes and I found this two day cleanse article. I found it informative and I believe it is very workable.

    • IdealBite.com says:

      Thanks for the feedback Mary!

      • Looking forward to heairng more information this month on detoxing diet. I’ve never really stuck to one for more than a day. I’d like to try again though. I previously looked into a couple but they were really restrictive (i.e. Master Cleanse to name one). I don’t see a significant benefit to drinking a lemonade concoction for a week. Anyhow, curious to see what your ideas/suggestions are.

  24. Dear Dr. Oz, I watch your show. Upon your advice, I tried the Natural Cleanse and Lipo Slim. Some people deal with heartburn when taking a cleanse. Please take this into consideration.

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  27. Can anyone tell me if the recipes are combined to make two servings or one? For example, is the total amount of the cooked quinoa cereal in the recipe for one breakfast only or is that recipe for two meals and one saved for the next day?

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