Juice Cleansing Can Improve Your Health
Juice fasting is a very good and easy way to restart your immune system. You can do many different kinds. I recommend the three day juice fast for beginners because it is fast and easy. You can pick any juice that you like. I would recommend mixing with greens and fruits. If you have any serious health problems I suggest checking with you Dr. first but I personally believe it will benefit anyone with any illness as well as a healthy person.
Rest and repair the gut.
Toxic foods (including saturated fats, refined carbs, foods with additives, pesticides and allergenic foods), taking medications (such as antibiotics or antacids), and even stress can impair the intestine’s functioning. There can easily be an imbalance in the gut microbiome (flora and fauna balance) as well as actual breaks in the intestinal barrier (“leaky gut”) — allowing substances into our bodies that should not get a free pass (5). Consuming a phytonutrient-dense rainbow plant-based juice diet allows food to be assimilated quickly through the intestine — consuming less energy, while the toxin-free, nutrient-dense food helps to repair the gut itself.
Decrease your appetite.
Juicing doesn’t really shrink the stomach — although it feels like it does. Juicing eliminates the habit of comfort eating, and makes you feel satiated with less food than usual. This provides a big psychological boost to help get over the hurdle of changing habits.
Eliminate harmful foods.
The juice cleanse eliminates dairy, wheat, gluten and fermented foods from the diet (as well as coffee and alcohol). In my experience, the majority of patients over 40 are relatively insensitive to wheat. Being off this — and other common trigger foods for a period — then reintroducing them can help define what foods are causing our body problems.
After the first day’s adjustment period (mostly missing crunching, and any coffee/alcohol cessation symptoms), most people begin to feel much more energy and clarity (by consuming only fresh juices) than they ever did with frequent caffeine drinks.
Re hydrate the body.
Most of my new patients consume inadequate fluids, often having diuretics such as coffee or tea as their main beverages. Drinking sufficient fluids (5-6 glasses/day) makes the body function more efficiently, increases energy (often successfully removing the afternoon blahs/brain fog), and helps insure proper elimination of toxins.
Reduce physical problems.
You begin to feel generally better, not just with your energy, but with many chronic symptoms such as headaches, rashes, general aches, congested sinuses and chest, and bloating/cramping/gas. Too much of the time our body is fighting off the things we do to it (especially with food — but also with lack of sleep, inactivity and stress). Take a break, rest the body (and mind) and flood it with nutrients.
Allow maximum detoxification.
To optimally support all phases of the body’s natural detox process, you need a very broad range of plant-supplied nutrients like anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatories. By providing the body with super-nutrient dense foods juicing allows the body to have more of the resources it needs to support the phases of detoxification, and even to begin to help remove the cumulative toxins stored in the body — 147 industrial chemicals on average in Americans’ bloodstreams with many present in newborns
Heal our cells.
Switching to an organic plant-based diet allows cells to work optimally to re-establish efficient internal messaging and manufacturing processes, allowing the mitochondria to create energy without having to fight off a plethora of free radicals and inflammation, and reducing some of the impediments to proper DNA functioning.
How much juice and water do I need during a juice fast?
In between meals, continue to drink juices alternating with pure drinking water. It is fine if you keep going to the washroom as this allows your body to flush out the unwanted wastes from your body. Juice fasting is also about keeping your body alkaline. You achieve this by drinking fresh juices. Don’t make the mistake of going the “artificial way” of drinking alkaline water. Alkaline water may help in the short-term but can be harmful in the long run.
When you are experiencing healing reactions (lethargy, headaches, light-headedness, joint pains, etc.), these are signs that your body is detoxifying, expelling old toxins, throwing them temporarily into the bloodstream for it to be eliminated. This is what fresh juices do.
You need to drink water to flush these toxins out. How much water do you need when doing a juice cleanse?
When detox reactions are getting too severe, it means you’re drinking TOO MUCH juices and TOO LITTLE water. What you need to do then, is to REDUCE juices and INCREASE water.
On a normal day when you DON’T do a cleanse, here’s how much water you need:
Take your body weight in pounds, divide it into two and that’s the number of ounces you will need in a day.
Example: Your body weight = 160 pounds. Divide into two = 80 pounds. Your requirement = 80 ounces / 8-oz a glass = TEN 8-oz glasses.
When you’re doing a juice cleanse, take this as a GUIDE, so that you don’t stray too far away from your body’s water requirement. You should be drinking about that much water, not much more nor much less, just about there.
Always drink water at room temperature or warm. Never drink cold water when juice fasting, to avoid troubling your digestive system. It is important while juice fasting, to drink plenty of water on top of the juices. However, do not overdo it. When your urine has turned very lightly yellow, you know you’re on the right track. If it becomes clear then you know you can reduce the water a little.