An increase in American’s consumption of vegetables, fruits, legumes, and grains means a decrease in the country’s dependency on dairy and meat products. This action will lead to improvements in people’s health, our environment, and the country’s natural resources.
Without juicing, it is very hard to consume the amount of nutrition that is needed to reduce the risks of cancer, heart disease, and stroke.
For example, new studies have shown that the amount of beta carotene found in 2 or 3 pounds of carrots will effectively reduce the risk of many cancers.
Who has time or would even want to eat this many carrots a day?
Not me, that’s for sure! But you can drink 16 ounces of carrot juice a day very easily, which has the same amount of nutrients as 3 pounds of carrots.
Benefits of Juicing
Many people claim to have been cured of illness and disease by participating in juicing fasts and diets that consisted of lot of fresh juices, like The Gerson Therapy.
The main character in the movie Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead had a skin condition that required daily steroid medication. After taking part in a juice fast, his skin condition was gone and he no longer had to take the medication.
Diabetics have claimed that their diabetes was gone before the 30 days were up on their juice fast. There are also thousands of people that have stated that juicing has cured them of cancer and degenerative heart disease, just search the internet for countless real-life stories.
Then there is the benefit of losing a lot of weight, which is inevitable when you eat healthy and include juicing in your everyday meal plan.
You Should Use a Juicer
One important thing I want to point out is that it is essential that you use juicer, not a blender, to make your juice. A blender does just that, it blends and chops everything up into a mush.
A juicer will chop up the food, but will then extract the juice from it, leaving the fibrous material behind. That pulp does still have some nutrients left, but it’s harder for the body to digest.
With the pulp separated from the nutrient-rich juice, your body can also ingest all those nutrients much more easily, and much more of them, then when eating the foods whole.
When you eat foods whole, it moves through your digestive tract too quickly, so your body doesn’t get a chance to absorb all the nutrients that are in that food. Using a juicer is like helping your body start the digestion process so that it has less work to do, but it will ultimately receive more nutrients. The pulp can be added to your compost pile, it can be dehydrated to make crackers, or it can be used in soups and breads to give these foods a healthy boost.
Health experts recommend that everyone drink at least 16 ounces of fresh vegetable and fruit juice every day. Also, it is recommended that people participate in a juice fast several times a year, whether it’s one day a week or month, one month a year, or three months every year. You can complete a juice fast anytime you feel your body needs it.
The Basics Of A Juice Fast
A juice fast is a super healthy way to detox your body and it is a great way to jump-start your health. Overweight people often lose a significant amount of weight while on a juice fast, making this a very appealing way to implement new eating habits, shed some pounds and get energized to exercise.
When you make fresh juice from vegetables and fruits, you are essentially squeezing all the nutrients from the food. This concentrated form of fruits and vegetables makes it very easy for your body to consume larger amounts of these life-giving foods and absorb their essential vitamins, minerals, proteins, carbohydrates and essential fatty acids. And, juicing is fun!
During a juice fast, fresh fruits and veggies are processed in a juicer and that juice is consumed as a meal replacement. No solid foods are ingested for the duration of the fast. In addition to the fresh juice, you should also drink water and herbal teas. No sweeteners or any other condiments can be added to the water or tea. The goal is to consume about 24 ounces of vegetable juice and 16 ounces of fruit juice a day, spread between 3 or 4 glasses (breakfast, lunch, snack, and dinner).
This may be hard to measure accurately because most juice recipes mix fruit and vegetables together. And also, until you get used to juicing and can better estimate how much juice all the different types of foods create, you may end up with more or less juice than you expected.
This is okay.
Just try to keep your daily total to around 40 ounces a day. In addition, you should drink at least 4, 8 ounce glasses of water a day. Tea is just optional, not mandatory.
The juice should be consumed immediately after it was made to get the most nutritional benefits. This means, you will be making juice 3 or 4 times a day. The complete process of making fresh fruit and veggie juice is about 15 minutes.
How I Make My Juice in 3 Easy Steps
- I prepare all the ingredients first: washing, peeling, and slicing. Then I feed the the food into the shoot, alternating the ingredients so it mixes well. Also it’s best to do the leafy greens and softer foods first, because they heavier food will help push those soft foods in.
- I pour the juice from the catcher into a glass. Then I clean up the area and the juicer, then I leave the juicer out to dry so it will be ready for my next meal.
- Finally, I enjoy my juice!
I like to drink it with a straw because I’m not a fan of the frothy head, and even though my Ninja Bullet catches most of it, some does still get into my drinking cup. Soon, I’m going over to The Raw Food World to get these cool glass straws.
A juice fast is also about giving your digestive system a rest.
Remember, since the pulp is separated from the nutrient-rich juice, your body can ingest all those nutrients much more easily, and much more of them, then when eating the foods whole.
During a juice fast, you are providing your body with all the nutrients it needs to thrive, but none of the junk it doesn’t need. This means it will use up stored fat and expel all the toxins in your cells, thus cleaning and detoxifying your body from the inside, out.
You will experience detox symptoms as your body rids itself of all the toxins in your body. The toxins leave your cells and go into your blood, where it is then filtered in the liver and is excreted out the body.
You may get headaches, stomach aches, diarrhea or constipation, dizziness, candida overgrowth (thrush and yeast infections). Then there are the severe cravings that usually take place during the first few days of a fast, especially if you are completely changing your diet. If you are already eating a vegan diet or have done fasting before, you may experience little to no detox symptoms.
The best way to speed up the elimination of these toxins and to help the cleansing of your body along, you really should have a colonic and follow up with enemas at home. This is the best way to clean out your insides. You would be surprised to know that you could have 20 pounds of old feces and excrement packed into your bowels, wreaking havoc.
If you can’t afford colonic therapy, then do the enemas at home. I have the Faultless GoodHealth Combination Douche, Enema, and water bottle system. Heath experts suggest regular enema of water or organic coffee for optimum health.
After A Juice Fast
Juice fasts, no matter how long or short, must be broken slowly. Usually by eating only one item day, like an apple. Every day, add one additional food item back into your meals. It should take about a week or more before you are eating all solid foods again.
Many people who take part in a juice fast detox will then follow it with a vegan, raw vegan, or vegetarian lifestyle. (Of course, that’s not required!) But experts recommend that a person drink at least 1 glass of fresh veggies and fruit a day. Many people continue to do juice fasts once a week, once a month, or any other time that they feel their body needs it.
Juicing provides the body with a way to get an abundance of nutrients, it is great way to detox, it gives your digestive system a rest, and you will gain energy. Juicing also helps promote weight loss. All of these are great reasons why it is good idea to permanently live a juicing life.