The juice cleanse has popped on the scene promising weight loss and extraordinary health benefits. Can a juice fast really do that for you? Both fitness afficionados and stress-filled urban warriors swear by it. Let’s take a look and see what might be in it for you.
“Eat your veggies!” is the plaintive mother’s cry, but for liquid-nutrition fans, juicing is the way to go. The juices flood your body with the same phytonutrients and antioxidants that are in whole fruits and vegetables. Choosing to juice may be the first step of a change to a healthy life-style or it may be a jumpstart to weight loss and a new, thinner you.
You may choose a juice-cleanse fast or you may simply drinking juices along with healthy food choices. Juicing can help release the natural healing power of the body. Fruit and vegetable juice blends may be beneficial along with the treatments for:
- Elevated cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Digestive problems
- Skin conditions.
The juice cleanse fast is an intense way of clearing the body of wastes and toxins. Many first-time fasters start off with a three-day juice cleanse. It’s usually best to spend one day easing your body into the fast and then one day easing your body out of the fast. A three-day fast is actually more like a five-day process. Decide first if you want to buy your juices already prepared or, preferably, make your own juices fresh with a juicer machine.
Follow These Steps
- The day before the fast, eat only fruits and vegetables. Drink plenty of water, but cut out the caffeine drinks, such as coffee and soda.
- Shop and buy a great variety of fruits and vegetables, preferably organic. Wash them really well to remove any hint of pesticides or toxins.
- The first morning of the fast, peel and cut up enough fruit and vegetables for the entire day. Store in zip-lock bags in the refrigerator.
- Choose the ingredients for the first juice blend and run through the juicer machine.
- Make each juice fresh and drink throughout each day. You may take juices at any time of the day, don’t feel restricted to standard meal times. Juice snacks rule!
- Drink plenty of water. It will work to flush the body and can help keep down the hungry feelings.
- Repeat for the second and third days to complete the fast.
- The day after the fast (fifth day), begin eating solid foods, but ease the body out by once again eating mostly fruits and vegetables.
- Introduce a few quality, light proteins, such as nuts or plain boiled chicken.
- Gradually, over the next few days, return to your usual diet, but continue to avoid any processed or greasy foods such as pizza.
Note: Monitor how you are feeling as you fast. Check in on your energy levels, and look out for signs of weakness, headaches, nausea, or diarrhea. If you suspect any health difficulties, ask a health professional.
Many cities have juice bars where you can buy fresh juices every day. If the local juice bar has become your favorite hangout, you might want to try making your own juice blends. There are many juice cleanse recipes for you to try at home. Juicing can be a delicious approach to a healthy lifestyle.