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06-19-2009, 12:03 AM
Hi All. Maybe this is an individual thing, but roughly, does anyone know how much carrot juice you have to drink or is it duration as well, before your skin begins to turn orange?
I'm really loving my carrot/apple juice/ginger root in the mornings and want to increase it. But I've heard stories of skin discoloration, so I am not sure what to do.
06-19-2009, 01:28 AM
I was told this was a myth, but it happened to me! I got it more from eating LOADS of papaya while traveling in India. But hey, why worry about it - I thought it was a really nice colour, that orange-ish shade. Besides, I doubt your whole body will discolour - it only happened on my hands - but vividly so! Enjoy it!
BTW, traveling as a raw foodist in India, for those who haven't done it, is the BEST! Great fruit, and cheap too...
06-19-2009, 03:02 AM
What i've been told happens is, that when your liver starts getting an unusually high amount of carotene (the stuff that makes fruit/veg orange) it reacts by letting it all out in your skin (can't give you the scientific explanation for how that's supposed to happen). If you keep taking the same amount of carotene, after a while your liver will adjust and you will no longer be orange.
So i guess the amount you have to take is individual, as well as the time of adjustment, but i'm sure it's not more than a week or two. Keep drinking that juice!
I have 300 g of juice everyday for a week - i am still pasty pale:(
(why i have it ? i crave carrots and avocado)
06-19-2009, 07:17 PM
Actually I read, that carrot pigment doesn't make your skin orange any more than greens pigment doesn't make your skin green(maybe your poop, but not the skin). Skin color comes from exess bile from cleansing your liver, which carrot juice can trigger. So I guess it would eventually go away as your body cleanses. That's what I read, but who knows...
06-19-2009, 09:03 PM
I read that too about the excess bile, but I think it's BS because I turned totally orange and when I swapped carrots for equal amounts of greens in juice it went away. Also, little babies turn orange if you give them too much sweet potato or carrots, and I doubt they are dealing with excessive liver issues. Just my opinion for personal experience :)
06-19-2009, 09:18 PM
It's a normal thing that happens when your liver doesn't need to turn any more of the carotenes into Vitamin A. Once you have plenty, the excess is stored in the skin, especially seen in the hands and feet. Gerson Therapy patients all get a golden glow, and I grew up with it since my mom was on Gerson and we would get a cup of juice here and there on top of the veggie-rich meals. Greens are loaded in carotenes as well. Fuhrman in his books states that (white) people should have a golden glow and for white people to be pasty/pinkish is not natural and shows lack of vegetables. My mom no longer juices and still has golden palms but only relative to SAD-eaters. Next to my orange palms, hers aren't even golden since now I am the one who juices ;-) and she simply eats tons of veggies.
06-26-2009, 03:03 PM
That is so interesting. Did your mom had some serious illness or she just decided to eat Gerson way?
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