OFFERS A GREAT WAY TO DETOX AND INCREASE HEALTH AND VITALITY
The nutritional gusto of fresh organic juices will help your body to heal, rebuild, and detoxify waste products. Even MINI FAST are beneficial toward leading you to a greater sense of well-being.
Many health professionals feel juice fasting to be THE fast to perform, as it is gentler than water fasting, giving your body high-quality nutrients in readily available form for your body to use toward rebuilding.
These vitamins, minerals, and enzymes can be taken up by the blood easily and without burdening the body’s digestive system. Juice fasting also helps you to build a taste for fresh produce and become accustomed to the increased vitality. You will be drawn to more live foods after your fast.
Both fruit and vegetable juices can be used, although they shouldn’t be mixed in the same drink. Canned, bottled, and frozen juices should be avoided during a juice fast. We want the freshest, highest-quality, organic produce to go into our bodies during a fast.
A couple cups of herbal tea is usually also permitted.
If you have a juicer at home
You can juice any fresh fruit or vegetable if you have a quality juicer, though you shouldn’t mix fruits and vegetables in the same drink. And melons are always best consumed by themselves.
That still leaves you a lot of room to be creative with new concoctions if you so desire, but there’s nothing wrong with simplicity as well.
Choosing just one fruit or vegetable for your juice is fine and may lessen the amount of time and effort you put into your daily meals, leaving you free for other detoxing practices (baths, saunas, dry skin brushing, light exercise, or colonics) and spiritual pursuits. Fasting should always be accompanied by plenty of time to go inward and be reflective, listening for your inner messages and insights.
Some really good juices for juice fasting are apple, beet, cabbage, carrot, celery, citrus, cucumber, grape, and “green drinks” from leafy greens, including wheat grass. Use this chart to help you decide.
Healing Effects of Fruit Juices
Apples – good for liver and intestines, relieves diarrhea
Blackberries – prevent diarrhea, help eliminate phlegm
Blueberries – help strengthen immune system, lower fever
Cherries – strengthen blood, good for colon and menstrual problems
Grapes – purify and strengthen blood, good for colon
Lemons – good for liver and gallbladder, helps with allergies, asthma, cardiovascular disease, and colds
Oranges – strengthen immune and nervous sytems, good for cardiovascular disease, obesity, and varicose veins
Peaches – improve skin health, help detoxify
Pears – helps lower blood pressure, good for gallbladder
Pineapple – good for eyes and skin, helps with allergies, arthritis, inflammation, and edema
Strawberries – cleansing to the blood, strengthen nerves
Watermelon – good for kidneys, helps with edema
Healing Effects of Vegetable Juices
Beets – good for blood and liver, help with arthritis and menstrual problems
Cabbage – good for colon, helps with ulcers and colitis
Carrot – good for eyes and skin, fights infection, helps with arthritis and osteoporosis
Celery – good detoxifier, good for kidneys
Cucumber – helpful toward edema and diabetes
Dandelion – good detoxifier
Leafy Greens – purifier, good for skin, digestive problems, and obesity
Onion – helps lower blood pressure, good for colon
Potatoes – good for intestines, counteracts excess acidity in stomach
Radish – good for liver
Spinach – blood builder, good for eczema
Tomatoes – good for digestive system
Wheatgrass – good for blood, liver, intestines, breath
Healing Effects of Juiced Herbs
Garlic- lowers blood pressure, fights germs, good for allergies, colds, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes
Horseradish – acts as disinfectant and diuretic
Parsley – diuretic
Watercress – detoxifier, good for anemia and colds
Tips for Juice Fasting
1.Drink 3-5 glasses of diluted juice per day. If you have any stomach pain, dilute further or “chew” it before swallowing to thoroughly mix with saliva. The actual amount of juice will be about half a quart per day.
2.Drink a minimum of 2 quarts of water. You can add fresh squeezed lemon to this water, if desired.
3One or two cups of herbal tea is ok. You can use a stimulating one in the morning and a sleep-enhancing one before bed.
4.While fresh juices should be drunk promptly, don’t drink in a hurry. Take the time to treat it as a “meal”, paying attention to the physical sensations that come from the body’s nourishment.
5.Eating the juice with a spoon can help you slow down and feel fuller.
For all fasts
1.Preparation – Prepare for a fast by eating fewer and lighter meals for a couple days prior. The length of preparation is based on the intensity and length of your planned fast. The longer and/or more intense the fast, the more days of preparation you should make. For a one day fast, you can just eat a light dinner the night before.
2.Caffeine – If you’re a coffee drinker, wean yourself off and you’ll avoid the withdrawal headache. This goes for other caffeinated beverages, as well.
3.Exercise and activity – Plan for a light workload during a fast. Don’t overdo. Moderate exercise is ok, even helpful, but save the more strenuous workouts for another time. Walking and yoga are particularly well-suited to fasting.
4.Detox – Take time to do breathing exercises for increased health and detox. Engage in dry skin brushing to enhance the body’s ability to detox through both the skin and the lymphatic system.
5.Rest – Get plenty of rest–allow yourself naps during the day whenever you feel the need.
6.Colon health – Many recommend enemas or colonics during any kind of fast, but it isn’t necessary. If the bowels don’t move for the duration of your fast, that’s ok. The bowels will move when you resume intake of regular foods. Read more on the You should know page.
7.Breaking the fast – Coming off a fast requires special attention as well. Do so slowly, easing back into regular foods (but making better choices about which foods!).
8After the fast – Pay attention to the subtle signals from your body as they can guide you to the foods most appropriate for your needs.