Juice Fasting for Better Health!

I decided to go on a juice fast, kind of a spring cleaning for my body :D. Juice fast allows your body to get rid of toxins, heal cells, lose some extra weight, improve skin and digestive problems. With juice fasting you can even cure illnesses, relieve allergies. I could spend all day talking about the value of fasting, but only you can find out for yourself what it can do for you. Experience is your best teacher, and improved health is always the best proof. A fast will cost very little money, and may well be one of the best things you’ve ever done for yourself. Fasting is not for growing children, and clearly not for anyone pregnant or nursing. People who are taking certain medications and people who have other compelling medical reasons should not fast or consult with professionals. This still leaves the majority of us as more-or-less willing candidates. And now is the right time to do it ;).  When you have to work while fasting, make your juice on the morning at home and carry it in a thermos or mason jar. Fill the vacuum bottle all the way to the top so when you close it, a little juice overflows. This also helps to reduce oxidation, insuring that there is little or no air inside to spoil the goodness!

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Actually, for the first day or two of a fast, your body uses up the food remaining in your digestive tract from previous meals. For the next couple of days, your body uses stored food reserves from your liver. This means that a fast doesn’t really begin until about the fifth day. So I think for me the perfect would be 7 days, but the most important is to listen to your body and see how you feel. If you feel energy, you can do yoga or walking, if you feel tired just go to sleep or rest.

Since fasting conjures up visions of starvation, it is important to realize that I am talking about JUICE fasting here. Freshly made vegetable juices, taken in quantity, are not a beverage. They are a raw, highly digestible food.  It is ideal to have all the juice you want, without forcing yourself to drink it. The rule is- when you are hungry, drink juice. When you are thirsty, drink juice also. About 3-4 liters would be optimal, including water. I like mono juices, like simply carrot for morning, beet for lunch and cabbage for dinner. In between I am having some fruit juice, like red orange or pineapple.

It is generally a good idea to dilute your juice 50/50 with filtered water. Some people do not like the taste of diluted juice.  An alternative is to drink a glass of water, then drink a glass of juice. This gives the same effect, and tastes better. Be sure to drink the water first, for after the juice you may not want the water as much. 

You cannot buy freshly prepared vegetable juice in any store at any price… unless they literally juice the vegetables right in front of your eyes and you drink it down before they make you pay for it! Any juice in a carton, can or bottle has been heat treated and was certainly packaged at least a few hours ago. Even frozen juice is not fresh, then, is it? This means that you will need your own juicer :P.

You can juice almost anything you can eat raw.  Vegetables are best, especially carrots, cucumbers, beets, tomatoes, romaine lettuce, sprouts, celery and cabbage. You may juice fruits also, naturally. Freshly made raw apple, grape, pineapple and melon juices are delicious. Just keep in mind the food combing, see here. Its not good to mix fruits and veggies.

Your juice will taste the best if you drink it right after preparing it. Fresh juice contains a great amount of raw food enzymes and vitamins, many of which are easily lost as the juice sits. Drink it right down, with the thought that this is unbelievably good for you ;).

You will probably find that you will be urinating more as you drink more juices. That figures, doesn’t it?  You are taking in more liquid. You may also notice that you have more bowel movements now than you were previously accustomed to. This too, is to be expected. Your body is cleaning itself.

You may drink those juices that appeal to you the most. To find out your favorites, try each of them! 

Carrot juice is tasty and popular, and two glasses of carrot juice per day are highly beneficial. There is no need to peel your carrots if you first scrub them well with a tough brush. I recommend a vegetable brush with nylon bristles for this purpose.  Brush the daylights out of the carrots while rinsing them under water. This is quicker than peeling, and is less wasteful. 

Celery juice is very tasty, but a bit high in sodium. Use small amounts of this juice to flavor the others. Juice celery leaves and all for the most benefit. 

Cucumber juice is remarkably tasty.  It tastes rather different than a cucumber itself. Perhaps you will find that the taste reminds you of watermelon. Peel cucumbers before juicing to avoid the waxes applied to their skins to enhance their shelf life in supermarkets. 

Romaine lettuce or bean sprouts will make an especially nutritious juice with a taste that is well worth acquiring. This “green drink” is loaded with minerals and chlorophyll. 

Beet juice is, traditionally, a blood-builder.  In days past, herbalists looked at the blood-red beet as a tonic more so because it worked, rather than any color similarity. Beets must be peeled before juicing. Beet skins are very bitter. The beets, on the other hand, are quite sweet and make great juice. They will also permanently stain your juicer, so don’t try to remove that color by washing. More important, beet juice will color your bowel movements. 

Cabbage juice has successfully been used for a variety of gastrointestinal illnesses. Colitis, spastic colon, indigestion, chronic constipation, certain forms of rectal bleeding and other conditions seem to respond well to the nutrients in cabbage juice. 

Tomatoes are easily juiced. Do not juice the leaves, vines, or green tomatoes. Only the red, ripened fruit is good for you.

Coming off the juice fast is best done by eating lightly for a while. Fruit, vegetable salads, vegetable soups and other light foods are appropriate at this point. Best is to eat 100% raw foods for few days and then 75% raw food diet- you can eat all you want as long as three-quarters of it is uncooked. For the uncooked part of the diet, eat fresh, raw vegetables and fruits. Don’t forget nuts, too. If they are raw, they count. Begin each meal with a large salad, perhaps a fruit salad for breakfast. Then, when you’ve finished the salad, have whatever you want within reason. The 25% cooked portion could include whole grain breads and pasta, brown rice, cooked beans, lentils, cooked vegetables including potatoes, sweet potatoes, yams, squash and other foods that you like. Miso, tempeh, nuts, and especially beans and bean sprouts are all good protein sources. If you are not yet a vegetarian, now is the time to move in that direction. If you currently don’t eat meat, good for you… and remember: get plenty of protein. 

All the strongest and longest-lived animals on earth are vegetarians, or close to it ;).

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