Carrot Juice Is Turning My Skin Orange!
of my newsletter writes...
found the [X] Diet web site about two months ago, and about two weeks later we
discovered your site and find it to be much more balanced.
have been juicing and mainly drinking carrot juice up to four times a day. This
week we have noticed that we are becoming very, very yellow! We are even getting
people come up to us who don't know us asking if we are feeling well because of
are quite concerned. What is the recommendation for drinking carrot juice?
[a strict vegan health guru] drinks six glasses a day. We are drinking less than
that but obviously it is having drastic results! We understand that you are busy,
but could you please give us some advice?
least a couple times a month I hear from someone like my two new Down Under friends
above who have been drinking from eight to 32-ounces a day of 100% carrot juice
and whose palms and soles and skin in general are turning orange/yellow as a result.
me briefly share the answer I'm returning these days when people write and ask
about turning orange from drinking carrot juice...
orange skin is a problem for people who overdo on carrot juice, and I believe
the orange color is your body's way of telling you that you're drinking too much
I never drink juice composed of more than 20-25% carrots these days.
Doing so will not only turn you orange, but it will also cause blood
sugar problems because carrots are so high on the glycemic index.
who want a fuller explanation of the orange color, here's a good one
from Marvin M. Lipman, M.D., that was published in "Consumer
Reports on Health" in July of 1997:
might be upset if you noticed that your skin had turned orangey
yellow. Could it be jaundice, the result of excess bile in the blood
due to hepatitis or some other disease? If the whites of your eyes
aren't turning yellow, too, the skin discoloration, called carotenemia,
just means you've been eating lots of carrots or else taking supplements
is the medical term for increased blood levels of the pigment carotene,
a vitamin-A precursor found mainly in the fruits and vegetables,
especially carrots and sweet potatoes. The excess carotene is deposited
in the skin, where it imparts that distinctive hue. High blood levels
of carotene are harmless, and enzymes in the body limit that nutrient's
conversion to vitamin A so the vitamin won't reach toxic levels.
If you don't like the orange color, cut down on the carrots or supplements.
Your skin color will return to normal after a few weeks."
Walker, a pioneer of juice therapy, erroneously states on
page 33 of "Fresh Vegetable and Fruit Juices" that the orange
color "is an indication that the liver is getting a well-needed
cleansing." Not so, as Dr. Lipman clearly explained above.
some of the work of Norman Walker, especially when he allows vegans
to eat small amounts of cream, butter, or raw milk cheese (fish and
eggs would have been healthier) to avoid typical strict vegan deficiencies,
but whenever you read him, please do so carefully because many of
his "facts" are actually his health philosophy, which is
a quaint mixture of sharp observations and pseudo-science.
your juice, but take a common sense approach and find a middle ground.
Instead of straight carrot juice, focus instead on variety with lots
and lots of different kinds of veggies in your juice.
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