Many people use the practice of fasting to detoxify their bodies. Traditionally, by definition, a fast is the avoidance of any and all food products and only water is consumed during the course of the fast. Not only do people use this practice to cleanse the physical body, but the spiritual body also. However, to simply detoxify your body, you do not have to go to such austere lengths as this.
Juicing to detoxify the body is an easy and fun way to practice a little self discipline as well as support your bodily organs in their effort to keep you healthy. A fruit and vegetable juice detox diet contains all the components of a typical fast. Namely, the fast last for a pre-determined length of time. Also, no solid food is consumed during the fast. And, also, you need to prep yourself mentally and physically before you fast as well as plan to break the fast progressively and gently.
Some people have reported side effects when performing a strict water fast. They can include light-headedness, fatigue and weakness, and even headaches. With a juice fast naturally detox your body you can avoid these types of side effects. In fact, on a fruit and vegetable juice fast, people usually experience greater levels of energy, they report feeling more centered or grounded and have a greater sense of well being.
A juice detox diet can be performed for 3-5 days at a time without much difficulty. You will want to make sure that you are planning on drinking only fresh juices. No canned or bottled juices. While there are many packaged juices that are “organic” and “all natural” a lot is lost in the processing and pasteurization of the juices. Many of the enzymes are destroyed if the juice is heated in any way and many of the containers that the juice is stored in can leach into the juices. In addition, the longer the juice stays on the shelf the less potency it has.
While you will also be drinking water during your fast, you will want to make sure that you leave room for at least 4 8-12 ounce glasses of juice per day. You will want to plan your day around your drinking of the juices. For this reason it might be best to do your juice fast on a weekend or when you have a couple of days free. There are two good reasons to do this over the weekend. First, you will need the time to prepare the fresh juices when you are planning on drinking them. Don’t let them sit for a long time. And, second, your body will want to expend the energy from the juice on cleansing itself, not doing your regular job.
There are many books on juicing to choose from. Some are easier to read than others. All of them will have more than enough recipes for you to try. If you have bought a juicer in the past, you probably received a book with that purchase.
So, in summary, juicing with fresh fruit and vegetable juices is an excellent way to detoxify the body. It’s simple, fun, and you won’t have to worry about taking this pill or taking any other special concoction. You can go to your local grocery store and get exactly what you need. Also, the juice detox diet is only done for a short period of time. 3-5 days at the most. Don’t forget to drink water during the fast. And, when you break the fast, you may just want to have a couple of light meals with whole fruits to ease your recently cleansed digestive tract back into duty.