Two weeks ago, I went on a retreat to California. I had lots of sunshine, meditation, and a 3-day Juice Fast for detoxing.
You really have to do a Juicing Detox yourself to truly understand how incredible it makes you feel.
You may be surprised to know that 50% of your daily energy expenditure is digestion (40% mobility and 10% cognitive).
Juiced vegetables and fruit take very little energy to digest, as most of the nutrients are easily absorbed without the need to digest (hence juiced!). With this extra energy to use, commonly the body’s response is to use this extra energy to detox your system.
Not surprisingly, the first 2 days I slept a lot.
A juice fast is a type of detox diet or cleanse that involves consuming juiced (pressed) raw vegetable and fruit juice and water for a short period of time. It is considered one of the more rapid methods of detoxification.
A typical juice fast lasts one to five days.
Please consult with your doctor before starting a juicing detox diet, particularly for fasts lasting longer than three days or for anyone with a health condition.
The juice can be extracted at home using a juicer. As an alternative, juice cleanse companies such as Blueprint Cleanse, Organic Avenue, and Pressed Juicery sell cleanse packages made up of various fresh pressed juices that are sold at some retail outlets or delivered.
How It’s Typically Done:
Preparation for a Juice Fast – 3 Days before Although it may be tempting to jump into a juice fast, preparation is essential because it affects how a person responds to the cleanse. Certain foods, such as coffee, sugar, meat, dairy, alcohol, and wheat are phased out to reduce headaches, cravings, and other withdrawal symptoms.
3-Day Juice Fast – During the actual fasting days, approximately 32 to 96 ounces of juice is usually suggested, with at least half being chlorophyll-rich green vegetable juice.
This is a typical day on a 3 day juice fast:
Green juice typically contains kale, spinach, and other dark leafy green vegetables, as well as cucumber, apple, and celery. Try to use organic produce, but if it’s not available, soak and wash everything thoroughly, preferably using a natural produce wash.
Upon rising: lukewarm water with lemon
1 cup of spinach
2 celery stalks
1 cup of kale (approximately 3 leaves)
2 cups of romaine (approximately 3 leaves)
1 green apple
1/2 lemon, peeled
Drink lots of water
Generally, we advise our patients to drink one half of their body weight (pounds). So, if you weigh 150 pounds, we advise 75 ounces of water each day. This is important as a detox releases toxins (hence the name) and these toxins need to be excreted out in the urine. The more water your drink, the more dilution, and the more excretion.
To optimize the absorption of nutrients, juice fast proponents recommend drinking juice slowly rather than gulping it down. Juice is typically consumed a couple of hours apart, with the final drink of the day being at least three hours before bedtime.
Fruits and vegetables used to make the juices often include celery, kale, carrot, cabbage, apple, spinach, beets, and leafy greens. Avocados and bananas don’t juice well, and the pits of peaches, apricots, cherries and other fruit, apple seeds, carrot and rhubarb tops, and tough skins of kiwi, pineapple and mangos should be avoided. Organic produce is best, but if it’s unavailable, a fruit and vegetable wash (often available in health food stores) may help to remove pesticide residues.
People often find it easiest to juice at the beginning or end of the day and to make enough for one full day. Although juice should be consumed as close to the time of juicing as possible, juice can be stored covered in glass or BPA-free cups or bottles.
If hunger pangs are persistent or uncomfortable, vegetable broth or a small snack such as carrots, celery, a salad, or a piece of fruit is often suggested. For certain people, a modified juice fast that includes a salad each day for lunch or dinner may be recommended.
Breaking the Juice Fast – After the juice fast is complete, food is usually reintroduced into the diet over several days.
There are other components of a well-designed juice fast:
1) Physical activity
While it’s a good idea to tone down your exercise routine during a juice fast, mild exercise such as walking can help to boost blood and lymphatic circulation. Also try massage therapy (such as Swedish massage, lymphatic drainage, deep tissue massage, and Thai massage), contrast showers, and skin brushing, which can be done as part of a regular shower.
2) Promote elimination
Stored toxins that are mobilized during the cleanse must be released out of the system or they are can be reabsorbed into the system. Proponents of juice fasting may recommend colonic irrigation or an enema at the start of a juice fast. Other methods of promoting elimination include herbal laxatives, such as Senna tea or cascara, detox teas, magnesium citrate and increased fluid intake.
3) Mind/body wellness
Stress can have negative effects on health and can impair detoxification. Allow the mind to rest by incorporating mind/body practices such as diaphragmatic breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, or mindfulness meditation. Try to get plenty of rest. Go to bed as early as you can and take naps if possible.
Try this health experiment on yourself and be ready to be AMAZED