Juice cleanses have become increasingly popular in recent years as a way to detox and reset your body. During a juice cleanse, you consume only fresh fruit and vegetable juices for a set period of time, usually around 3-5 days. Many people wonder if they will be running to the bathroom constantly during a juice cleanse due to the large amount of liquid and lack of fiber. Here’s a look at what you can expect when it comes to pooping during a juice cleanse.
What happens during a juice cleanse
On a juice cleanse, you are consuming a lot of fruits and vegetables in liquid form. This means you are taking in a lot of nutrients, vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. However, juicing removes the fiber from fruits and veggies. Fiber helps add bulk to your stool and reduces transit time in the colon. Without fiber, things tend to move through the digestive tract more rapidly.
In addition, juice cleanses are very low in protein, fat and carbohydrates. This can disrupt the bacteria balance in your gut, as your good gut bacteria feed off these macronutrients. An unbalanced gut microbiome can lead to digestive issues like diarrhea and loose stools.
Will I be pooping a lot?
During a juice cleanse, it is common to poop more frequently and have looser bowel movements. There are a few reasons for this:
- Lack of fiber – Without insoluble fiber from the pulp of fruits and vegetables, stools are less formed and bowel movements speed up.
- Laxative effects – Some juices like aloe vera juice have a laxative effect.
- Rapid transit time – The liquid format of juices allows them to move through the GI tract rapidly.
- Enzymes – Juices are full of digestive enzymes that stimulate the gut.
- Sugar overload – Large amounts of fructose from fruit juices can cause diarrhea if too much is consumed.
Many people report pooping 3-5 times a day during a juice cleanse, compared to 1-2 times per day normally. Stools are often loose or liquidy without any solidity. Diarrhea is also common, especially in the first few days as your body adjusts.
Tips to reduce excessive pooping
If you want to curtail going to the bathroom too frequently on a juice cleanse, here are some tips:
- Drink juices slowly – Gulping them can speed up digestion.
- Avoid laxative juices – Stick to non-laxative vegetables like carrots, cucumber, etc.
- Include coconut water – The electrolytes can offset dehydration from diarrhea.
- Take probiotic supplements – This can help stabilize your gut bacteria.
- Choose low-sugar juices – Too much fruit sugar can loosen stools.
- Include psyllium husk – This soluble fiber bulks up stools.
What should your poop look like?
During a juice cleanse, it’s normal for your poop to be loose, liquidy or sometimes even watery. You may be going more often than normal. However, extended bouts of diarrhea or very watery output can lead to dehydration. Here is a general scale of what to expect:
|Type 3||Normal poop, sausage shaped with cracks in the surface. Somewhat loose but not watery.|
|Type 4||Loose stool that takes shape of the container, soggy appearance.|
|Type 5||Soft blob with clear cut edges, mostly liquid.|
|Type 6||Liquid consistency with no solid pieces, entirely liquid.|
|Type 7||Completely liquid with no solid pieces, entirely watery.|
You can expect to see Type 4-6 stools as normal on a juice cleanse. If you have persistent Type 7 watery diarrhea, you may want to modify your cleanse.
Tips for dealing with frequent pooping
Having to suddenly poop multiple times a day can be disruptive and inconvenient. Here are some tips for handling the frequent bowel movements:
- Stay near a bathroom after drinking juices
- Keep bathroom wipes or portable bidet to stay fresh
- Pack an extra change of underwear and clothes
- Use Imodium if diarrhea persists too long
- Hydrate with electrolytes to avoid dehydration
- Carry air freshener or matches to conceal smells
- Try gentle yoga poses to aid digestion
Benefits of pooping more on a juice cleanse
While frequent and loose bowel movements may seem like an annoyance, there are some benefits to cleansing out your digestive system:
- Flush out toxins and waste buildup
- Give your gut a reset
- Improve regularity and motility
- Clear out undigested food residue
- Overcome constipation
- Support detoxification
- Boost nutrient absorption
Just make sure to replenish fluids and electrolytes to stay balanced while pooping more often.
Risks and precautions
There are some risks and precautions to be aware of with increased bowel movements from juicing:
- Dehydration – Drink fluids and electrolytes to counter.
- Nutrient deficiencies – Make juices nutrient-dense.
- Blood sugar crashes – Include non-sweet veggies.
- Fatigue – Rest when needed.
- Dizziness or headaches – Signs you need more electrolytes.
- Constant diarrhea – See a doctor if it persists.
Listen to your body and seek medical care if diarrhea is excessive. Avoid juicing if you have issues like irritable bowel syndrome.
Foods to ease digestion
Certain foods can help provide bulk and slow digestion during a juice cleanse when pooping frequently. Options include:
- Chia seeds – Swell in liquid to form a gel.
- Psyllium husk – Soluble fiber that firms up stool.
- Coconut yogurt – Contains yeast cultures to support the gut.
- Fermented vegetables – Provide probiotics.
- Aloe vera juice – Soothes and heals the GI tract.
- Bone broth – Repairs intestinal lining.
Incorporate small amounts of these cleansing foods to optimize digestion during a juice fast.
When to stop
It’s generally recommended to follow a juice cleanse for 3-5 days maximum. You may need to cut a cleanse short if you experience:
- Prolonged diarrhea over 24 hours
- Severe cramping or bloating
- Fatigue, weakness or dizziness
- inability to keep fluids down
- Signs of dehydration like excessive thirst, dry mouth, dark urine
See a doctor if symptoms persist or you are concerned. It’s also a good idea to ease back into solid foods gradually after a cleanse.
In summary, frequent and loose bowel movements are common during juice cleanses due to the lack of fiber, gut bacteria imbalance and liquid nature of the juices. While passing looser stools 3-5 times daily may seem alarming at first, it is a normal part of the detoxification process. Stay hydrated, listen to your body and seek medical help if diarrhea is excessive. With the right precautions, you can take advantage of the cleansing effects of pooping more on a juice fast.