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Juicing experience

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Created August 13, 2012 at 3:31 PM

Recently I have bought a juicer and today I have tried it out. I made a special blend - parsley, beet greens, arugula, spinach, ginger and 3 medium beets. All three cups were awfully bitter because of greens. I had a hard time finishing them.

So I drank it all (3 cups) instead of a meal and now I feel like I am kind of dizzy and my head is spinning a bit, as if I am high. I don't take drugs and don't drink, so there is nothing for me to compare the feeling with but I know it is not normal.

I mean, I only had fish and salad today and now this juice... Do you think 3 medium beets have so much sugar I am experiencing a sugar rush?

What could it be? Have you ever had something like that? Can people get high on juice?

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on August 14, 2012
at 05:44 PM

I don't know if I benefit from it or not... but at least it is a minimally processed food, unlike all that stuff you find in boxes.

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on August 14, 2012
at 03:27 PM

"I have an autoimmune disorder and gastritis..." So what you are saying is you are an exception, not the rule. Special cases should be treated as special cases. If you have a special case that benefits from juicing, then that's what you should do.

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on August 14, 2012
at 06:48 AM

I have an autoimmune disorder and gastritis so I bought it for cabbage juice. Since I had some leftover greens and beets, I thought about throwing them in. For some reason, I don't like greens (like kale, celery) but I do not mind drinking them in juices. As for carrots and any fruits, I prefer them whole. So even though I agree with you that juice is a processed food, some people, like me, who cannot digest whole lot of things, will find it helpful.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on August 14, 2012
at 04:04 AM

I like cucumbers the way they are.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on August 14, 2012
at 04:04 AM

It was parsley, beet greens, arugula, spinach, ginger and spinach and three beets. I only juice what I don't like eating straight. I don't juice the good stuff like carrots or apples.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on August 14, 2012
at 02:39 AM

I will try to make juice without the beets. If I still get this reaction - it means it is detox for sure. I was supposed to juice only cabbage, but this was my first experience with other greens. I have bought commercially made fresh squeezed beet juice before, but have not noticed the reaction.

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on August 14, 2012
at 12:03 AM

@Canis Minor: That's a great idea. Maybe the next time my husband goes on a juice crazed bender, I'll freeze all of the pulp for meatloaf.

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on August 13, 2012
at 10:56 PM

and p.s: my juices didnt contain a lot of fruits, so i dont think its the fructose that made me feel that way.

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on August 13, 2012
at 10:55 PM

Hi VB! thats funny, i would get that same dizzy feeling you mention when i was juicing intensely. I would get light headed and dizzy, it was very unexpected and I never understood why..and still dont. I didnt get that feeling however, when I blended however. I dont think it's anything you need to worry about- just dont juice as much. If your body doesnt react well to something (even if its presumably healthy) then dont do as much of it, simple as that :) I now blend much more then I juice :)

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on August 13, 2012
at 09:55 PM

I don't juice as often as I used to, but I do like mixing vegetable pulp in with my meatloaf.

0a9ad4e577fe24a6b8aafa1dd7a50c79

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on August 13, 2012
at 06:28 PM

I ate too many red skittles as a kid and peed red once. That sort of cemented my fear and loathing of the food industry.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

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on August 13, 2012
at 06:07 PM

I'm a waste not, want not type of person. I couldn't stand seeing the pulp being tossed! =)

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on August 13, 2012
at 05:58 PM

Is detox a good thing or a bad thing? I probably have everything altered.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on August 13, 2012
at 05:57 PM

Thanks for the recipe, but I kind of like carrots the way they are!

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

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on August 13, 2012
at 05:42 PM

You can also mix in a tablespoon or two of honey. It won't take the bitterness away completely, but will add flavor. I don't know about the high you experienced, but I would recommend only juicing the amount of veg you would eat in one sitting. My husband likes to juice carrots sometimes and I will take the pulp, mix it with nuts (usually chopped almonds or walnuts) and chopped apples, then chill. So tasty on a hot day!

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on August 13, 2012
at 05:41 PM

Whoa! I didn't mean to alarm you!!! All symptoms are temporary and are not harmful whatsoever! BTW, red urine MAY be a sign of altered iron metabolism...

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on August 13, 2012
at 05:12 PM

No, I don't drink coffee. My head is spinning enough without coffee. What should I do now? Is there anything I can drink/eat/whatever to detox from all that detox?

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on August 13, 2012
at 04:40 PM

I like it bitter for some reason. I like eating carrots, apples and pears in one piece, I never juice them. I only juice things I hate.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on August 13, 2012
at 04:38 PM

I know it removes good stuff, but I would rather remove good stuff and drink the rest because I don't like the good stuff. I like juices more.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

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on August 13, 2012
at 04:34 PM

The bitterness of the greens can be masked by adding carrots, apples, and/or pears.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

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on August 13, 2012
at 04:32 PM

Red urine after consuming beets is perfectly normal and not a sign of anything bad.

7278560e76901ded4081022b54c6e165

on August 13, 2012
at 04:28 PM

Yeah you could juice, but make sure your stomach isn't totally empty but have plenty of solids through the day as well. Like me I used to eat apples every morning before breakfast, now after starting the Paleo way, I find it conflicts with my new way of eating. No more apple, just extra eggs and vegetables for breakfast :)

7278560e76901ded4081022b54c6e165

on August 13, 2012
at 04:26 PM

That's the only reason I and my siblings eat beets, I know it's dumb but we were always fascinated that pee can turn red :)

7278560e76901ded4081022b54c6e165

on August 13, 2012
at 04:25 PM

juicing removes some of the good stuff from the vegetables, also perhaps could be result of not enough solids in your body, only watery stuff causes my body to react.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on August 13, 2012
at 04:20 PM

No, I don't want to take a bath. (by the way, what is ACV) I just want to not get dizzy from drinking juice. What do I do now? If I take a bath while being dizzy I will drown or something.

0a9ad4e577fe24a6b8aafa1dd7a50c79

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on August 13, 2012
at 04:18 PM

Epsom salt+sea salt+ACV baths are what I use when I'm detoxing heavily. But not too much epsom salt, because those in and of themselves can make you detox. The first epsom salt bath I ever took in my life made me break out in hives from neck to toe (my head wasn't submereged in the bath so my face was spared.) for about 10 minutes.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on August 13, 2012
at 04:10 PM

The fish was very fatty. I cannot have any normal fat (like ghee, lard) - I get a bad reaction.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on August 13, 2012
at 04:08 PM

Yes, but I ate A LOT OF FISH and salad and some red currants today so it was not totally empty stomach. Can I still juice greens like cabbage and broccoli? I enjoy juices so much more - they are like green mousse to me.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on August 13, 2012
at 04:07 PM

I did juice those beet greens as well ... OMG - am I going to get throat paralysis now? I am okay so far, I am just dizzy. How do you detox from detox??? I did get red urine, what do I do now? Should I drink water or something? I am getting nervous.

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at 04:05 PM

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3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on August 13, 2012
at 04:04 PM

Sugar is a bit like alcohol, more intense on an empty stomach -- more intense without a tolerance build up. But you may be dizzy from lack of calories. It sounds more like your body is craving calories, and you just gave it empty sugars. V8 has 8 g sugar per cup, pure beets are closer to 20g sugar per cup. So you just downed somewhere between 24g and 60g of sugar -- a coke has 26g.

I have a juicer, but essentially all I use it for is when fruits and veggies get old, I throw them in the freezer, and when they pile up I juice and put into ice cube trays. Then I can add that to soups, iced tea, or stews as a bit of a sweetener. Pure juice is too concentrated sugar for my system.

7278560e76901ded4081022b54c6e165

on August 13, 2012
at 04:28 PM

Yeah you could juice, but make sure your stomach isn't totally empty but have plenty of solids through the day as well. Like me I used to eat apples every morning before breakfast, now after starting the Paleo way, I find it conflicts with my new way of eating. No more apple, just extra eggs and vegetables for breakfast :)

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on August 13, 2012
at 04:08 PM

Yes, but I ate A LOT OF FISH and salad and some red currants today so it was not totally empty stomach. Can I still juice greens like cabbage and broccoli? I enjoy juices so much more - they are like green mousse to me.

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Dbc43080bf9381864f5c6910e1264677

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on August 14, 2012
at 03:44 AM

Parsley and THREE beets?! That is too intense for a juice, you need to cut that intensity with a cucumber and some celery. My fav juice recipe is cucumber, celery, spinach, lemon and ginger as the base, then add whatever special herb or green you want, but just ONE other, not the whole veg bowl. To mix it up for flavor I'll add carrot or one apple, that is always tasty.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on August 14, 2012
at 04:04 AM

It was parsley, beet greens, arugula, spinach, ginger and spinach and three beets. I only juice what I don't like eating straight. I don't juice the good stuff like carrots or apples.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on August 14, 2012
at 04:04 AM

I like cucumbers the way they are.

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11b7b7ba720a5cd43c74a0ef99a16adb

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on August 13, 2012
at 09:05 PM

Juicer: a tool for taking healthy, whole foods and turning them into homemade processed foods.

The only thing you accomplish by juicing foods is to make the easier to digest--super easier to digest. If you are juicing a veggie that is relatively high in carbs (like carrots or beets) all you've done is ensure that the entire sugar load hits you all at once, instead of being spread across the digestive cycle.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on August 14, 2012
at 06:48 AM

I have an autoimmune disorder and gastritis so I bought it for cabbage juice. Since I had some leftover greens and beets, I thought about throwing them in. For some reason, I don't like greens (like kale, celery) but I do not mind drinking them in juices. As for carrots and any fruits, I prefer them whole. So even though I agree with you that juice is a processed food, some people, like me, who cannot digest whole lot of things, will find it helpful.

11b7b7ba720a5cd43c74a0ef99a16adb

(3448)

on August 14, 2012
at 03:27 PM

"I have an autoimmune disorder and gastritis..." So what you are saying is you are an exception, not the rule. Special cases should be treated as special cases. If you have a special case that benefits from juicing, then that's what you should do.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on August 14, 2012
at 05:44 PM

I don't know if I benefit from it or not... but at least it is a minimally processed food, unlike all that stuff you find in boxes.

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6d64cd6dc98d6ab763bd03678a317964

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on August 13, 2012
at 04:00 PM

I had a reaction similar to yours. Beets are extremely nutrient dense and liquefying them is allowing all that nutrition to slam into you all at once. What you are describing is classic detox symptoms. It isn't uncommon for people to get hives, red urine, dizzyness, upset stomach etc etc if a large quantity of beets are suddenly consumed. Especially liquefied.

Start slow. One beet and sip on it don't guzzle it down! You gotta let your body prepare for this. By chance did juice the beet greens as well? They've been known to cause throat paralysis...

7278560e76901ded4081022b54c6e165

on August 13, 2012
at 04:26 PM

That's the only reason I and my siblings eat beets, I know it's dumb but we were always fascinated that pee can turn red :)

0a9ad4e577fe24a6b8aafa1dd7a50c79

(5150)

on August 13, 2012
at 04:18 PM

Epsom salt+sea salt+ACV baths are what I use when I'm detoxing heavily. But not too much epsom salt, because those in and of themselves can make you detox. The first epsom salt bath I ever took in my life made me break out in hives from neck to toe (my head wasn't submereged in the bath so my face was spared.) for about 10 minutes.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on August 13, 2012
at 04:07 PM

I did juice those beet greens as well ... OMG - am I going to get throat paralysis now? I am okay so far, I am just dizzy. How do you detox from detox??? I did get red urine, what do I do now? Should I drink water or something? I am getting nervous.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on August 13, 2012
at 04:20 PM

No, I don't want to take a bath. (by the way, what is ACV) I just want to not get dizzy from drinking juice. What do I do now? If I take a bath while being dizzy I will drown or something.

0a9ad4e577fe24a6b8aafa1dd7a50c79

(5150)

on August 13, 2012
at 06:28 PM

I ate too many red skittles as a kid and peed red once. That sort of cemented my fear and loathing of the food industry.

6d64cd6dc98d6ab763bd03678a317964

(2177)

on August 13, 2012
at 05:41 PM

Whoa! I didn't mean to alarm you!!! All symptoms are temporary and are not harmful whatsoever! BTW, red urine MAY be a sign of altered iron metabolism...

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on August 13, 2012
at 05:58 PM

Is detox a good thing or a bad thing? I probably have everything altered.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on August 13, 2012
at 04:32 PM

Red urine after consuming beets is perfectly normal and not a sign of anything bad.

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on August 08, 2013
at 07:59 PM

I'm delighted to find that this juice dizziness isn't uncommon. I really feel DIZZY today, after a night of periodically fitful sleep and amazing dreams. All of this resulting from a whole beet and tops, kale, cilantro, spinach and dandelion greens, downed with a dinner of lamb and sweet potatoes... 16 oz approximately. I'm relieved to know that it's just these raw vegetables that are causing this unmistakably vertigo - bed-spins-esque - type of feeling. It's as though my physical body faces forward, while my spirit oscillates left then right.

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on August 13, 2012
at 08:41 PM

If you are extremely sensitive it could be due to the high amount of sugar from the beets- when you juice them you remove all the fiber and the juice can be a quick shock to your system.

I am more likely to agree with the theory that it is simply a detox reaction. I've had the same and usually do whenever I have vegetable juice, beets or no beets. But when I do eat beets I notice it is stronger.

I would recommend balancing with some water, some food, and rest. Also, if you are juicing regularly it is a good idea to support your body in its detoxing with the use of certain supplements and enemas to ensure that all the toxins are being eliminated rather than circulating and getting reabsorbed.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on August 14, 2012
at 02:39 AM

I will try to make juice without the beets. If I still get this reaction - it means it is detox for sure. I was supposed to juice only cabbage, but this was my first experience with other greens. I have bought commercially made fresh squeezed beet juice before, but have not noticed the reaction.

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on August 13, 2012
at 05:09 PM

beets detox can flush all of the nasties from you liver at once.. that can feel like some hard drugs if your not careful. This has happened to me more than once. If you drink coffee and beet juice together i know it makes me spin. the parsley might have added to this since it is full of other powerful stuff. you need to realize that some raw plants are powerful. we are so used to eating them cooked and not feeling their affects.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on August 13, 2012
at 05:12 PM

No, I don't drink coffee. My head is spinning enough without coffee. What should I do now? Is there anything I can drink/eat/whatever to detox from all that detox?

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7278560e76901ded4081022b54c6e165

on August 13, 2012
at 03:50 PM

Well I find on the Paleo diet my body is more sensitive to some foods, that I never noticed before due to my SAD diet and being used to feeling awful all the time.

Sugar rush? Not sure,

3 beets have around 25g of carbs and 17g of sugar alone. Along with everything else, all you had was lots of carbs and some protein, I see no fats in your diet.

I think it could be the lack of fat in your diet that day that could be the problem.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on August 13, 2012
at 04:10 PM

The fish was very fatty. I cannot have any normal fat (like ghee, lard) - I get a bad reaction.

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on August 13, 2012
at 03:58 PM

probably because youre juicing

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on August 13, 2012
at 04:05 PM

What does this mean?

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on August 13, 2012
at 04:38 PM

I know it removes good stuff, but I would rather remove good stuff and drink the rest because I don't like the good stuff. I like juices more.

7278560e76901ded4081022b54c6e165

on August 13, 2012
at 04:25 PM

juicing removes some of the good stuff from the vegetables, also perhaps could be result of not enough solids in your body, only watery stuff causes my body to react.

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