Juice fasting is something you’ve likely heard about, especially if you follow health and fitness news. With the success of the documentary “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead,” which follows two men who lost an incredible amount of weight, many people are trying this new technique to lose weight, gain energy and become healthier overall.
So, what is it?
It is when you abstain from something. You can abstain from anything – television, soda or even food. We are referring to when you refrain from eating solid food and only consume your nutrients through juices. It sounds impossible, but it isn’t! You can survive and even thrive on juices alone, because you’re still getting all of the important nutrients your body needs. Unlike a typical fast or diet, you needn’t be concerned with malnutrition or starvation. The fruits and vegetables you will provide the nutrition you need. Now, that’s not to say that you won’t feel hungry. You may feel as though you’re starving when you do a fast. But your body is still getting what it needs.
A short term – such as a 3 day or 10 day – can help you to detox. A longer juice fast can help you to lose significant amounts of weight as your body begins to burn stored fat. There are also many other benefits of juicing, including:
It focuses on long term health and wellness as opposed to quick weight loss and dieting. Although you can lose weight fairly quickly, it should be undertaken only when the person wishes to achieve total wellness and live a healthier lifestyle. The positive effects of juicing fasting will be lost if the you returns to a diet of fatty, sugary and processed foods after. To stay well, you must begin with the commitment to a healthier lifestyle and diet once completed.
What Juices Are Good?
You can fast with any type of juice. A mixture of both fruit and vegetable is best, but you can omit any fruits and vegetables that you don’t like and add whatever you do like. The best thing about it is that it is completely versatile! Some common fruits and vegetables include:
You can also add a variety of different flavorings including spices, fresh ginger root, lime, garlic, coconut water, lemon, parsley, cilantro and any other fresh herb or spice that you enjoy. Part of the fun is having fun experimenting with different types of juices until you find the one that you enjoy the best.