A juice fast is a way for the body to cleanse itself from all the toxins that have accumulated in the body. It cleanses and relaxes the digestive system, which in turn helps to improve digestion and regulates bowel movements. During this time no solid foods are consumed, but lots of fluids such as fresh juice, water and herbal teas are highly encouraged.
Some like to do a juice fast one day a week, while others opt for once a month or several times per year. It is up to each individual to decide how long they want to fast for, but the longer one fasts, the easier it becomes.
When doing the juice fast for the first time, it may be very difficult on the body, and therefore it should only be done for a day or two, depending on how the individual may feel.
Before starting the juice fast, it is important that the body is somewhat prepared for the fast. This means that the cleansing process should have already begun before actually starting the fast. Preparing the body will help to make the fast easier, and the symptoms of detoxifying will not be as severe.
Therefore a week before the fast is due to begin, one should eliminate or at least reduce the intake of fast foods, processed foods, sugar, as well as alcohol and caffeine. Lots of fresh fruits and vegetables are essential, as they are high in fiber and will help to get the cleaning process going. During this time of preparation the body will begin to experience certain detox symptoms that are associated with juice fasting.
During the fast all solid foods are eliminated from the diet, which makes it absolutely essential that lots of fluids are consumed, especially fruit and vegetable juices. These juices contain high amounts of nutrients that the body needs in order to function and cleanse the body. If however, one is used to fasting, then the amount of juice may be reduced and/or replaced with other fluids such as water and tea.
If fasting for the first time, then it is essential to consume enough fresh juice in order to combat hunger. The main thing is to avoid hunger at all costs, as the juice fast is not about starvation, but rather about cleansing and rejuvenation.
If at any time during the juice fast the detoxing symptoms become severe, or extreme fatigue or dizziness occurs, then the fast should be stopped immediately.
Symptoms associated with a juice fast include a headache, fatigue, dizzy spells, body odor and moodiness. These symptoms are merely a sign that toxins are leaving the body, and the worse they get, the more toxins are leaving. This is why someone who is used to fasting on a regular basis does not experience these symptoms to the degree as someone who has never done a fasting diet before.
A juice fast is safe to do for anyone who is generally healthy, but those who have certain health conditions should check with their health care provider first.
To Make the Juice
When doing a juice fast, it is not recommended that commercially packages juices are used. This is because they are not fresh, and often contain high amounts of unnatural sugar and other unnatural ingredients. The best juice for doing a juice fast, is juice that is made at home with fresh fruits and vegetables using a juicer. One does not need an expensive juicer, but a cheaper juicer such as the Hamilton Beach Juicer is all that is needed to juice fresh fruits and vegetables.
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