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Spifficial
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   Posted 5/13/2010 10:11 AM (GMT -6)   
So, my mom goes shopping a while back and gets a Super Juicer (of some sort)! Buy one, get one free! Now, I have one (hey, free is free!). I go on a juicing spree, apples, oranges, grapes, broccoli, sweet potatoes, carrots, you name it, I tasted it. I'm having a great time! A few weeks pass, and I even notice I'm losing a little weight (no, that's a GOOD things, in my case! :D)!

So I get all excited, and while looking up nutritional values, I find all these articles comparing Juice to the actual Fruit. Most of them just talk about how much you're missing out by not getting fiber, which in my case, I'm not too worried about, but they don't say much about the benefits of juice. :/ So, I thought I'd ask yall about your thoughts on the matter. Any other CDers out there getting their juice on?

btw: beneficial or not, this is the first time I've been able to have orange juice since the 90's without it tearing up my stomach, so if only for that, the juicer is getting a permanent spot in the cupboards!! >^.^<
Diagnosed CD in Dec 06', resectional Dec '07 and another April '08 (12" all together)
Currently on: Remicade , Mirena, Vitamin D, and Xanax, Zofran (when needed)


DCS54B
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   Posted 5/13/2010 11:27 AM (GMT -6)   
I have juiced on and off both before and after I was diagnosed with Crohn's.  For me, it helps a lot.  I notice I have more energy and by drinking the fresh juice instead of store bought, my system seems to tolerate it a lot better.  The other great benefit is that it allows your body to absorb the nutrients a lot better.  Besides there being a lot more nutrients there to actually absorb from the fresh juice, the fact that it gets absorbed without your body having to break anything down is great - you get the true benefit from the nutrients which is something a lot of CD patients have a hard time with as their body can't break down and absorb nutrients the way others can.  Just make sure that you are buying organic fruits and veggies whenever you can.  I have not been juicing the last few months but we were just talking about starting again the other night - it is just so good for you.
 
Good luck and congrats on the OJ!  I have also found that either Minute Maid or Tropicana low acid juice is OK as well, I can't tolerate regular juice very well but the low acid sits just fine.
 
Take Care!
DCS 54B
 
Crohn's DX in 2006 but sick for well over a year before that. Currently just started on Humira, Pred - 40mg (hoping to taper off of this soon), Phenergan 25gm prn, Percocet, Pentasa 500mg, Protonix 40mg and Lomotil, prn. 
 
I live my life to the fullest, enjoy every day and am excited for the day when we will be able to say good-bye to CD and UC.  I am becoming active in my local CCFA chapter and have found them to be a wonderful resource!


Lizard99
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   Posted 5/13/2010 12:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I drink fresh green juice just about everyday if not 2 -3 times per day.  I juice mainly: kale, spinach, swiss chard, cucumbers, celery, carrots and sometimes beets.
  Not all in the same juice.  I rotate my greens so if I have Kale one day I won't have it the next.  I love juicing, it makes me feel awesome and gives me ton of energy.  I also juice wheatgrass, but you do need a special juicer for that one.  I'll tell you one thing, juicing is the best thing I have done for my health since being diagnosised.  It's like it brought me back to life again.  I don't know what I would do without it.

JAB
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   Posted 5/14/2010 10:40 AM (GMT -6)   

I've juiced off and on. I actually use an industrial strength blender which doesn't remove the fiber like a juicer would but it pretty much reduces it to a liquid. I've juiced kale, blueberries, bananas, probiotic yogurt, honey, various seeds, sweet potato, etc.

I do recall that after juicing for awhile my gut started having issues. Nothing extreme but I think the fiber even at a microscopic level may have had an impact over time.

Now I just juice occasionally but enjoy the fresh juice flavor and the fact that I'm giving my body some natural supplements.

 

JAB


Lizard99
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   Posted 5/14/2010 11:18 AM (GMT -6)   
that's interesting because I used to make alot of green smoothies (with spinach, kale, nuts) but I started having problems with that.  So now I just juice them as opposed to blending.  I know that spinach has some type of acid in it that can irritate the gut, I've heard stories but it's never effected me in that way. I think that when you have crohnes that you need as many nutrients in your body that you can get so the body has the right equipment to heal. I try to eat an all natural diet and that has helped significantly, just keeping it as close to the earth as possible. Jab, what type of juicer do you have? I use a breville juice fountain with decent results, but I'm in need of a new one.

tewcute
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   Posted 5/14/2010 1:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for this post! I have been debating spending the money on a food juicer and I was elated to hear you could tolerate OJ. I love OJ but can only have it once in a blue moon. Usually when I go to the beach in Florida and I get fresh juice.  I always wondered why in Florida it never bothered me but I guess it is because it is fresh. It does seem like a really good way to get some nutrients and hydrate yourself all at the same time!
Dx with crohns February 25, 2010. But suspect I had it since 2002 with very mild symptoms.
4 lialda a day.
3 entocort daily for the next few months
hyosamine for daytime
Bentyl for evening
Ferrous Sulfate(iron supplement)


Lizard99
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   Posted 5/14/2010 2:29 PM (GMT -6)   
With oranges too, if they aren't ripe when they are picked, they will not be getting any riper.  So, you have to be careful with your fruit and make sure it's ripe, otherwise it can cause digestive upset.  Just something I've learned.  In fact, I've even read where oranges and pineapple are anti-inflammatories.

D&G's Mommy
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   Posted 5/14/2010 2:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Just finished my kale, spinach, parsley, celery and apple juice. I use a Breville and like it. Easy to juice, easy to clean. I must admit, when I get in the groove I do feel better. I do try to buy organic when I juice since I'm sticking the whole thing in there. Sometimes it's hard to get out to WholeFoods. But I'm back on the wagon. Good Luck!
Cathy
Mom to 6 and 8-year-old
Been off meds for a little over a year but pretty sure that's about to change.


junerainbow
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   Posted 5/14/2010 3:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I was just talking to my hubby about juicing... I was wondering if that would be a way for me to increase my veggies since I am having such a hard time. Interesting conversation, thank you !!
40 yo...mom to three wonderful kids, and wife to an amazing , supportive husband of 18 years..
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Diagnosed with gluten intolerance April 2009
Diagnosed with Crohn's March 2010- currently Prednisone, Propranolol and Vivelle Patch
Have taken Entocort, Bentyl, Flagyl, Lomidil, Colestipol
Have had myriad of health problems attributed to many different things over the past ten years. Our family has a history of Crohn's, Ulcerative Colitis and Bowel Cancer.


Spifficial
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   Posted 5/16/2010 7:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I wasn't going to drop any brand names, but since it came up, I'm using a Jack La Lanne power juicer, and love it. It catches all the pulp, so I /could/ add a little, but I prefer not.

I'm having issues with the spinach, though, it just chops it up and no juice is made :( I never thought of parsley! I'll have to try that one.
Diagnosed CD in Dec 06', resectional Dec '07 and another April '08 (12" all together)
Currently on: Remicade , Mirena, Vitamin D, and Xanax, Zofran (when needed)


tewcute
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Total Posts : 282
   Posted 5/16/2010 7:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I just bought the jack lalane juicer. I have not used it yet as I have to get to the store to get some fresh fruit and veggies. As of yesterday it was on sale at kohls,
Dx with crohns February 25, 2010. But suspect I had it since 2002 with very mild symptoms.
4 lialda a day.
3 entocort daily for the next few months
hyosamine for daytime
Bentyl for evening
Ferrous Sulfate(iron supplement)


JAB
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Date Joined Nov 2003
Total Posts : 325
   Posted 5/17/2010 4:43 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Lizard 99 sorry it took so long to get back to your question on what type of blender I used. It's a Vitamix Turbo Blend 4500. I'm not sure if it was a proprietary blender where it was sold thru the holistic treatment clinic I was involved with or if it can be purchased over the counter.

To give you an idea of how powerful it is...I used to blend flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, etc and drink the results....

JAB


Lizard99
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Date Joined Apr 2006
Total Posts : 192
   Posted 5/18/2010 5:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Wow that is powerful. I've heard great things about the vitamix, i just might have to try it. Thanks!
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