The Abuse of Liquid Diets in the Wake of a Colon Cleanse

Patients who have had to spend time in the hospital because of a surgical procedure know that quite often a liquid diet is indicated for the first couple of days after the procedure. The goal is to provide nutrition to the body without taxing the system. Similarly, the idea to let the anesthetics work their way out of the body before allowing food to enter in is not new either, especially since some patients have presented with an almost violent allergic reaction to such drugs. Yet liquid diets are not only indicated in a hospital after surgery but for short periods of time also during colon cleanses.

A colon cleanse is a procedure you may do at home over the span of three to five days and involves the supplementation of fiber and mild laxatives in an effort to flush out the gastrointestinal tract and help the body to void any fecal matter that might have become compacted inside the colon. The buildup of this fecal matter is most frequently associated with the lengthy consumption of a diet poor in fiber and adequate water intake and instead rich in salty, fatty food items that tax the system rather than build it up.

Generally speaking, many manufacturers of natural colon cleansers advocate the use of a temporary liquid diet in order to help the body flush out the fecal matter that has built up without adding more to the process. Similarly, a liquid diet will guarantee that the consumer will ingest sufficient liquids to ensure that the fibers and laxatives are truly working in the intestines and not actually adding to the blockage because of inadequate water to liquefy them.

Sadly, the weight loss associated with such a beneficial colon cleanse has led to the abuse of the liquid diet concept in the wake of this cleanse and instead of shifting the food intake to healthy food choices, such as whole grain breads, lean organic meats, organic fruits and raw, organic vegetables, some dieters on the outlook for the next fad have taken to creating a new liquid diet around the colon cleanse idea. The tenets – unhealthy though they may be – are surprisingly simple:

  • Start out with liquids you can see through. These include jell-o, water, thin broths, tea, and the like.
  • After three or five days, graduate to a full liquid diet. It is no longer important if the substance may be seen through and instead anything and everything that can pass through a strainer is permitted. Thus, with a sufficiently powerful food processor or blender, and a spaghetti strainer, you can eat anything you want – in liquid form. Thus, your spaghetti and sauce go in the strainer until they form a liquid. Water it down a bit if it does not make it through the strainer the first time around.
  • Continue on this regimen for about one month. Since the food is much easier to digest in semi liquid form, the notion dictates that you will lose weight since it will require less to feel full and yet it leaves your body more quickly and therefore will not add as much fat to your daily intake.