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Good info on collagen, but NONE re. amount of ingredients for juicing, nor on possible nausea
Reviewed in the United States on June 16, 2020
I've long been a believer in bone broth - so my headline might seem like a paltry thing to pick on. I received the book last week and was excited to start on the 28-day plan, starting today with the 3-day collagen cleanse.
As anyone will note, Dr. Axe recommends doing your work out in the morning before any sustenance, then having a collagen drink, or bone broth, immediately after. And yet, on 2 of the 3 day fast, the first drink is juice. And what's more, just the ingredients, not the amount.
I opted to stick with the letter of the book, and after a morning bike ride, made my juice - 1 small beet, half a cucumber, half lemon juice. (No swiss chard, as I didn't have any, so I used celery instead). Within moments of drinking - about 10 oz in all - I felt violently nauseous. I tried to knuckle through it, but in the end threw up the lot (sorry for the graphics). Immediately felt better, but it's been another half hour (and a cup of warm, salted bone broth) before I feel well enough to write.
I suspect the beets provided too immediate a load of sugar in my system, as I've juiced before with no problem, but never with root veggies. But seriously... in a book this comprehensive, he doesn't mention how much of each ingredient to use? Or how many ounces of veggie juice one should drink in one go? (which would at least be something). I've enjoyed reading the book, but did notice this lack in the chapter on the 3-day cleanse - and now, I feel furious. No info on the possibility something like this might happen. Nor on the contradiction about Exercise before your first and then have collagen in your first (liquid) meal, vs that first meal being juice.
• Should I have had the post-workout collagen boost before the juice? Instead of?
• Could I actually have swapped lunch (collagen smoothie) for breakfast, and had that?
• Can one interchange meals on the cleanse, or even days (like, could I have done day 3 instead of day 1?).
• What the hell caused my nausea? I suspect the sugar hit from the beet was just too much - but I don’t know. There’s no info.
• Was it a no-no to juice so soon after exercise?
IMO, the book needs to be changed to include this info and address the apparent contradiction. There should be no doubt about any of the above, which makes Ch. 11 sorely lacking. So buyer beware - don't do what I did! It was a really unpleasant experience.