Dr. Oz Cleanse ReviewIt is that time of year to do your spring cleaning or spring cleansing. Have you ever done a detox program? I just completed one. Which one you ask? The Dr. Oz 3-Day Cleanse. I presumed that drinking my meals for three days would give my digestive system a break as well as flush out any toxins.

To start with, I am extremely healthy in regards to physical activity and what types of food I consume. I figured this would go very smoothly. Everything sounded good, all the ingredients in the recipe for the juices I eat regularly. What did I have to lose? Did you say weight? Oh yeah, that was one of the primary outcomes of the Dr. Oz 3-Day Cleanse. Incidentally, my main reason for the Dr. Oz 3-Day Cleanse was to detox and cleanse. Thankfully, I do not have any weight to lose. This is what transpired.

Day 1

On Monday, I woke up just like I do any other ordinary day. I put on my gym clothes and gym shoes and went down stairs to get my work out in. Afterwards, I thought I would prepare all my organic foods listed on the sheet. More time consuming than I thought, but, hey, this was going to be worth it. Unless you do complete the cleanse often, I found that you need to keep looking at the recipe so you do not forget anything. Also, I would recommend zooming in on the recipe before printing, because printout contains very small print. And, if you happened to fold the paper and then unfold the paper, the crease left behind may make it difficult to read a measurement. I could not tell if it said ¼ or ½ of an avocado. Nevertheless, I proceeded to get everything into the blender and blended. I put it in the refrigerator and decided to get ready for the day. The Breakfast drink consists of:

  • 1 C. water
  • 1 Tbsp. Flax Seed
  • 1 C. raspberries
  • 1 Banana
  • ¼ C. spinach
  • 1 Tbsp. almond butter
  • 2 Tsp. lemon

The time arrives where I get to consume the beverage. Wow! It actually tastes pleasant. I thought; this is going to be easy. It can be hard to stick to healthy eating if you feel deprived or the food tastes terrible. Drink one is ingested and I feel full. I can hardly wait to have my lunch smoothie.

Is anyone ready for a lunch smoothie? It now time to prepare cleansing drink two. Gather the following (preferably organic) ingredients:

  • 4 celery stalks
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 C. kale
  • ½ green apple
  • ½ lime
  • 1 Tbsp. extra virgin coconut oil
  • ½ C. almond milk
  • 1 C. pineapple

Put all ingredients into my trusty blender and blend. One thing I need to mention is my blender does and amazing job of pulverizing everything. You will not have any large chucks as you would with a standard blender. Purchasing one is worth the expense.

Of note, I want to mention my sister, who also did the Dr. Oz 3-Day Cleanse, didn’t mind the first drink (meal) either. I have to say, I didn’t mind the second drink (meal), but not as much as the breakfast drink. Though what happened after I drank it was another story.

The effects I experienced were in a word, bloating. Not just your typically bloating, ‘severe’ bloating, which left me uncomfortable. What was surprising to me is that I was so uncomfortable that I could not even drink the snack drink which is allowed between Lunch and Dinner. However, my sister thought she was going to vomit while drinking the lunch drink. Additionally, she said she developed the worst headache ever. The Dinner drink came next, which consisted of:

  • ½ C. mango
  • 1 C. blueberries
  • 1 ½ C. coconut water
  • 1 C. kale
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon
  • ¼ avocado
  • ¼ Tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. flax seed

As usually everything was blended to an amazing consistency with the my turbo blender. Here again I was caught off guard with my aversion to cayenne pepper in my beverages. Of course, I must digress; a while ago I had done another cleanse called the Master Cleanse, which consists of maple syrup, fresh squeezed lemons, water and cayenne pepper put into a gallon glass jug, equaling 64 oz. of liquid, to be consumed throughout the day. By the end of the cleanse, I had become nauseated at the flavor of cayenne to the point it was hard to finish the cleanse. Though this was some time ago, that aversion to cayenne pepper in my beverages has not left me until this day, and now, not only was I uncomfortable from the bloating, but I was nauseated too. I was feeling like crap, even after the detox bath, and it was only the first day.

Day 2

Day Two: The bloating continued. In fact, it was generally a repeat of day one. The morning drink was better than the lunch drink and I was still uncomfortable from the bloating that the snack drink was not consumed. As the time approached for the dinner drink, I was dreading the thought of cayenne pepper. My mind raced to find a solution before the dinner drink time. Eureka! I had an idea; I will ‘encapsulate’ the cayenne pepper. The hopes of receiving the benefits of this cleanse, without the taste of Cayenne, were dashed. Though the encapsulating worked for I did not have to taste the dreaded cayenne pepper, it still took its revenge by burning in my stomach. Now I am bloated, nauseated and my stomach was on fire. I thought, man, this is supposed to be a healing cleanse, right! Will I be able to make it through day three? A slight reprieve: I did receive some comfort with the detox bath the evening of day two.

Day 3

Day Three: I was hesitant about finishing, because the bloating was that bad. My readers were counting on an honest review. To this point, the only consistently remarkable thing was how well my blender used to prepare the Dr. Oz Cleanse beverages. Nevertheless, I continued for my readers comfort not mine. As the day started I believed we were going for a ‘triple crown’. As before, the enjoyment of each drink decreased as, the ‘uncomfortableness’ increased. Again I was not able to enjoy the ‘drink of choice’ (snack drink) on day three. FYI almost everyone chooses the Breakfast Drink as their ‘snack drink’ because the taste progressively gets worse as the day goes on.

Though my sister liked the cayenne pepper, her over all experience on taste was much like mine. Sure enough the ‘triple crown’ was achieved. With bloating and nausea continuing as dinner approached, I could not do the cayenne pepper, so I omitted it all together, and this made the dinner drink taste much better. So I completed the challenge and here are my findings and conclusion.

Day 4

Weighing in at the end of the cleanse I found myself weighing more than when I started on the Dr. Oz cleanse. I probably gained 4lbs of bloating. My sister, who has done this cleanse a few times, also gained weight her last time. I did not feel cleansed but uncomfortable. With all the rave about this cleanse, one would think here is the perfect cleanse.

To me it proves that everyone is different. For many, it may be a placebo, the ‘ideal cleanse’, because of who is endorsing it. The bigger the name, sometimes, the more popular the cleanse/fad. Fads and popularity doesn’t always mean success. There are different make ups of people. If you are someone that has a lot of toxins and this may be your first time at trying to shed weight as well as cleansing, this may be a good start for you. And please look out for the cayenne pepper. What I did think was important, during the cleanse, is you take a few supplements and a probiotic. A morning tea is also consumed on all three days. One more thing, drink plenty of pure, clean water.

My recommendation, when trying the Dr. Oz cleanse, if you are feeling good after the first day then continue, but, if you do not feel good, stop. Remember there are other cleanses, but only one turbo blender I recommend. (www.blenditblender.com)

About Carol Newman

Carol Newman is long time advocate for natural and healthy living. Carol is the host of the BioGirl Health Show on Spreaker Web Radio (subscribe), and is dedicated to helping women realize their full potential. She will help you achieve the best possible health and teach you to embrace your inner beauty. Carol invites you to subscribe to her weekly lifestyle podcast and to share your experiences about the BioGirl Health Show on one of the online review sites.


  1. So your main objective in writing this review is to sell your blender? How much money do you receive from the manufacturer for your recommendations? This was such an obvious shill for cash that I can’t believe your “opinion.”

    • Carol Newman says:

      Hi Mary, In all honesty, you are incorrect. My sister had done the cleanse first, and she told me she had less pain in her hand. She is a surgical nurse and holds retractors all day and arthritis has set in over the years. After looking at her print out of the cleanse, I decided to try it. I am not new to cleansing, but I am new to the Dr. Oz 3 Day cleanse. If it was not for writing my review to give my honest feedback, I would have stopped it after day one and not have written one. I did not feel good at all. I gained 10 pounds over night from bloating up. Nevertheless, I completed it. The blender was an after thought, because that is what I used while on the cleanse to make the drinks, so I thought why not the blender has been my trusted electronic kitchen gadget for 22 years. I am sorry if you took my review in the wrong light. 🙂

  2. Pretty sure if her “main objective” was to sell the blender that would have been the focus of the article. Also, if the manufacturer was paying her the article would be more about the blender, and she would have to say that it was a sponsored post.

    This seems like a totally candid review to me and a very good one at that. If she gets money from them it would probably only be commission if there was an actual sale, and all the power to her for that. She’s recommending a product that she uses and likes.

    Funny thing is Mary, you must have enjoyed the review to have read all the way to the very end of it where the first and only product link was.

    • Carol Newman says:

      Hi Kimberly, Thanks for your support. If I had it to do over again, I would not have finished the cleanse so I could write/blog about it. I literally felt like crap. I could have easily just wrote a review on the blender, with the pros and cons, and called it a day.

  3. So I’m really looking for a cleanse to kick start a weight loss program. Thought this was the one!! Too scary to try please what is your number 1 suggestion?

    • Carol Newman says:

      Hi Lynne, Merry Christmas and happy New Year! Since I do not know much about you or your health condition, a good place to start would be replacing one meal with a protein smoothie. This will give your digestive system a break. If you feel comfortable, you can do two meals. I use either http://www.defenseproteinpowder.com or http://www.veganstyleprotein.com. Typically, a true cleanse, using cleansing herbs and juices, should be done cautiously. Your body is eliminating/dumping toxins, and you can get a healing crisis. Also, be sure to check with your primary care doctor if you have any medical concerns before embarking on any cleanse. My first recommendation is more for kick starting weight loss and/or giving your digestion a break from solid foods, but still providing your body with adequate nutrition. Have a blessed day!

  4. Starting the cleanse today wth my wife and we’re both very excited. Does anyone know if your allowed to drink filtered/spring water during the cleanse??

    • Carol Newman says:

      Hi Jason, Any good, clean, filtered water free from impurities is fine. Of course, I use the word free loosely, because the only way to be completely free of impurities is to drink distilled water. Distilled water is considered dead water, and is not recommended to drink on a daily basis. I do hope you have better success than I did on the Dr. Oz Cleanse Review. That was the first cleanse I have done throughout the years where I had such a severe, negative reaction. 🙂

      • Thank you Carol for your input it really helped. I have done one cleanse before and It wasn’t pleasent. I have to remind myself and my wife that the negative symptoms we will go through will be worth it in the end

  5. Thanks so much for posting this, I am often hesitant to try these ‘cleanses’ because a particular someone recommends them. I too, am often bloated at the end of these. Just wanted to really let you know that honesty is so great when it comes to these health tips. Thanks again!

    • Carol Newman says:

      Shirl, You are welcome! I have to admit I should have quit the cleanse after becoming bloated after the first drink. I knew it was most likely only going to progress, and it did. It was not worth the residual effects I suffered weeks after completing it. However, I really wanted to finish the cleanse, so I could give an honest review on my experience. I have completed many cleanses, in the past, and have never had such an awful experience as I did with the Dr. Oz cleanse. The combination of ingredients in the drinks was definitely not compatible with my system. 🙁

  6. Anita Frady says:

    Hi , I am at the end of day two and in so much misery I don’t even feel like drinking my evening drink. I have had bloating and cramps since the first morning drink and I was searching the web for anyone experiencing the same thing. I wasn’t sure if I am just a wimp or if I should be seriously concerned. I think I am gonna call it done and just go to bed soon and have some lovely greek yogurt and granola in the morning.

    • Carol Newman says:

      Anita, It is not worth it to continue. I progressed in my misery, and I still felt bad for weeks even after I finished. I continued to be bloated. I love the idea of Greek yogurt and granola, lol. 🙂

  7. It worked for me 🙂 I lost 10 lbs in total.

    • Carol Newman says:

      Hi Amber, Thanks for commenting. It helps others if they are considering trying the cleanse. Also, I am pleased you had positive results. I would not want anyone to go through what I went through, seriously. Blessings to you and all the best.

  8. I am at the end of the 3rd day on the Dr. Oz 3 day. I had no bloating at all. In fact I lost inches in my waist and felt really good. I felt all bloating completely decrease on this cleanse. I did get a headache at the end of day one. And I was hungry on this, so was my daughter who did it with me.. I might do it again… but I didn’t like being hungry. I got on the scale this am, lost 11/2 pounds, prob just water.. we will see what the scale says tomorrow.. I don’t really need to lose any weight. I work out a lot so I just think this is not enough calories for me. I didn’t hate the taste of any of the drinks. Its all food you would eat anyway, just think of it that way. And I drank lots of water.

    • Carol Newman says:

      Hi Susan, I am happy to hear you had great success…many people do. I actually thought I was going to have fun doing it, because I eat healthy and do cleanses often (usually with the seasons). Sometimes certain food combination, no matter how healthy they are, can affect people differently. Unfortunately, it affected me differently. Incidentally, I did drink tons of water even though I was already severely bloated. Thank you so much for your feedback. By the way, all the best to you.

  9. Hi carol ,

    I am just about to take my lunch drink on day 3. My experience has been positive, but one thing I did while drinking the lunch drink was to drink it while going for a walk .. That specific recipe is heavy on greens and thus the bloating. I was lucky enough to not get bloating at all.

    My stomach already looks flatter in only 2 days. I cant wait to do a weigh in .

    I agree with you about getting the right blender. at the start of my detox I had to go purchase one, because I didnt own a blender, so I started to get a black and decker cheap one , but decided to go with a NINJA. Not only is it important for a good blender for how well it pulvarizes the veggies, but also the capacity. Mine is a 7 cup capacity and the lunch drink during this detox is a lot of items

    thanks for your review


    • Carol Newman says:

      Hi Nebi, This is so exciting to hear feedback about everyone’s experience with the Dr. Oz cleanse, including yours. I am very happy to hear all the positive results. Like I replied in previous comments, I wouldn’t want anyone to have the seriously, negative side effects that I had while on it. I do just fine on a 3 day purified water and coconut water fast. Have a bio-stupendous day. 🙂

      • I did this 3 day cleanse 6 month ago after needing to kick my 6 cans of diet Pepsi a day. I did not do it to loose weight, but to be healthier. I have done again a few times since then. I like the taste of the smoothies and occasionally have them other times. I am about to do it again to kick start after the holidays. I did not have the issue as others.

        Peel the lime
        Use a good blender. I use nutribulilet (Got it for Christmas.Down size is the size to small for these smoothie but I don’t mind)
        Recommend supplements (I think that helps)
        Cayenne pepper I can only use 1/8 tsp (to hot for me).

        I have IBS and although i do not let it run my life I do have bloating issues all the time. I did not have it all with this 3 day detox. I will have to say I am to full to have a snack smoothie, so I don’t do that one. That might have attribute to my lack of energy during running. I am very active and I did run while I was on the detox. I am night shift RN I am going to school for my master so I am always on the go. I was never hungry until it was time for smoothie ( I am always hungry and eat 3 meal with snack a day usually to keep the green monster away)
        I hope this helps

        • Carol Newman says:

          Priscilla, Thank you so much for your detailed remarks. It is very helpful to my readers. I must clarify, I did not mind the drinks. I just thought the first one tasted the best, and it was funny to me that the best tasting one was first. Additionally, the third drink, when I eliminated the cayenne on the third day, it was fine. The reason the cayenne was a problem, I could get past the hot and spicy, but it was the combination of hot spicy, nauseated and stomach burning. Encapsulating bypassed the taste but not the nauseated and stomach burning. Of course, the severe bloating, from day one, compounded the problem. The food items in and of themselves are wonderfully nutritious, but the combination most likely is not compatible with my body, thus the severe bloating. When I did the Master Cleanse, you drink a beverage all day that has cayenne in it. At first the cayenne tasted fine, and I only put half the amount the second time I did it, because it was too much for me. In doing this, I did not get nauseated or a burning stomach. However, after 10 days of this beverage with cayenne, I was up to my throat with the taste of cayenne, and this was my second time doing it. Nevertheless, I believe this why I have an aversion to beverages with cayenne, lol. I am happy to hear you are proactive in staying healthy. Cheers! to you, Priscilla (beautiful name).

  10. I am on Day 3 of the cleanse and I have to say I would do it again. I have a great blender too and after reading many other reviews that seems to be key…I would not enjoy this at all if it left my beverage chunky.
    I started a different Cleanse on Saturday which consisted of consuming lots of Coconut Oil in unsweetened lemonade. I was excited about it because I have been using coconut oil for years to treat my fibromyalgia and have enjoyed all the benefits of it inside my body and out. I couldn’t make it through the first 3 hours without gagging and was so disappointed. My family is away for a week and I took a few days off of work so I could do this cleanse with no temptations…my disappointment and sense of failure overwhelmed me. Then I remembered I had seen Dr. Oz’s cleanse come up in my search for the coconut oil one so I decided to take a look.
    I had most of the ingredients on hand so went off to the store to get everything else. I opted for all fresh, nothing canned. I have a Vitamix blender so chopping was minimal. I also decided to add coconut oil to each shake and in fact doubled it to 2 Tbls. The key to using it is to melt it first and then stream it into the blender while on full blast. It emulsifies it into the smoothie and you will never know it’s there (except for how amazing it is for your body!)
    I did experience some bloating the first day but I think that was because I rushed through half the day so I could catch up without skipping anything. On the afternoon of Day 3 I have a slight headache and notice that I feel very weak. I wanted to also take care of some house projects with the time off and empty house but I am not strong enough to get anything done. I am hungry!! I feel good though. I feel lighter and it encourages me to drink plenty of water which is something I never do. I added a slice of lemon to my glass and that helps.
    I will certainly do this again. I haven’t noticed weight loss and was really hoping to but I feel thinner if that makes sense.
    I enjoyed all the drinks…even with the Cayenne pepper Haha!

    • Carol Newman says:

      Hi Molly, Love the feedback. Thank you for sharing. My readers will appreciate it too. I use coconut oil as well. I enjoy everything about it. I also make coconut kefir, use coconut oil in my protein bar in a jar recipe and I melt it over my vegetables al dente. I also use coconut water, coconut powder, coconut butter and coconut milk.

      I commend you for being proactive in your health. Keep it up, and keep me posted on your progress. It is always great to hear updates on your progress. Currently, I am eating light and taking chlorella, http://www.synergypurevitaminc.com and alpha liopic acid and, of course, drinking purified water from glass. I am also taking other supplements such as a multivitamin (www.docsbestmultivitamin.com), omega q plus with antioxidants, grape-seed extract, vitamin D, MK-7, magnesium, probiotics and a few others.

      By the way, I am happy to hear you own a Vitamix blender.

      Health and beauty the BioGirl way!

  11. Hi, I have just purchased all the ingredients for this cleanse and am planning to start in the morning. I am wondering if you used the reccomended omega 3 or probiotic supplements while on your cleanse? I was also wondering if the weight you gained eventually came back off, and when you started to de-bloat? One last thing I would like to know is how it affected you several weeks after you completed it? Any advice or personal experience knowledge would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!

    • Hi Angi, Nice to hear from you. Here are the answers to your questions. Yes, I did take the Omega 3 supplement and the probiotics. It is important to follow the cleanse as Dr. Oz recommends especially the probiotics. You want to keep you gut populated with healthy flora. I am no foreigner to cleanses, but, for some reason, my body just did not like the combination of ingredients in the beverages. All the food, in and of themselves, are very healthy. Nevertheless, I had a bad reaction. It took about a year for my body to balance out. I end up going for vitamin/mineral with high amounts of vitamin C IV bags, along with extra (taken orally) probiotics to start feeling better again. My bloating is now completely gone, and I am at my normal weight. By the way, the IV bags were done weekly for about about a month then monthly after that for about six months. All the best to you. I pray you have great results….many people do. I was one of the exceptions. 🙁

  12. I have done this cleanse many times but for some reason when I did it recently my stomach became became very distended and very uncomfortable..has anyone experienced this? Its been two weeks since I’ve finished the cleanse and my stomach is still totally bloated..has never occurred before..I drank plenty of water and did everything according to the plan..exercised daily as well. Any ideas what could be happening? I also had terrible acne breakout on my chin and then the bridge of my nose immediately following the cleanse..rarely rarely break out and this was just strange..I’ve done this quarterly for about 3 years years..never ended like this…

    • Hi Aimee, If you read my review, then you know what experiences I had after doing the cleanse. I definitely feel your pain. It was a while before I felt normal again. I have done many other cleanses and never had a problem like I did with the Dr. Oz Cleanse. If a cleanse is detoxing the liver in phase 2 or 3 before phase 1, this can result in adverse effects.