Juicing to Detoxify – Why?
Whole foods assist the body to transform and revitalize by assuring body parts are built with the best possible materials. Plastic/refined fats (hydrogenated oil, margarine, modified oils, clear vegetable oils) are the body’s single greatest health nemesis causing cells, organs and tissues to perform outside of nature’s perfect design and promoting “dis-ease” especially vascular and heart “dis-ease”.
Wholistic therapies assist the body to perform more efficiently. A good wholistic practitioner will identify where particular cells, organs, or tissues are struggling within a body. The practitioner will work to both help their function and reduce stress through proper protocol.
Spirituality enhances every bodily function. Establishing an understanding of your “whole” self is well proven even by allopathic standards. The ability to be joyful and positive is not only a more pleasant human experience, it brings a higher vitality of health to the entire body system. Yoga and meditation are easy ways to give yourself this space.
Easy Assimilation – In whole fruits and vegetables (or even in drinks that contain pulp), some enzymes, phytochemicals, vitamins A, C and E – along with minerals like iron, copper, potassium, sodium, iodine and magnesium – are trapped in the indigestible fiber and cannot be assimilated by the body. But once “liberated” from the cellulose in the pulp, those nutrients can be taken into the cells of the body within 15 minutes (as compared to the hour or more it takes for nutrients to be assimilated from food or drinks with the pulp intact). This saves the energy required for digestion and allows the body to rest while detoxifying or cleansing, before or after physical activity, or while recovering from an illness.
Water Supply – Our cells consist mostly of water, which is essential to their proper function. That is why we require at least 8 glasses of water a day. Raw juice – unlike coffee, soft drinks and alcohol (which take water from the body in order to metabolize) – supplies the water you need to replenish lost fluid, while providing all the necessary vitamins, minerals, enzymes and phytochemicals. In addition, juices promote the alkalinity of body fluids, which is vital for proper immune and metabolic function.
Cleansing Action – Because the fiber is removed by extraction, raw juice has a laxative effect which helps to rid the body of toxins. Detoxifying the system and cleansing the digestive tract and colon helps clear the mind and balance your moods. Cleansing also causes your metabolism to become more efficient and, if a whole food diet is followed, the body will revert to its natural weight.
The Spark of Life – The living “green power” that is present in all living plants is available to the body when raw fresh juices are consumed. This “life force” is a natural, vital quality that is lost in processing and when fruit and vegetables are stored.
Antioxidants – Herbs, fruits and vegetables are high in antioxidants, which counteract the free radicals that can cause cellular damage, aging and susceptibility to cancers.
Chlorophyll – Found only in plants, chlorophyll has a unique structure that allows it to enhance the body’s ability to produce hemoglobin, which in turn enhances the delivery of oxygen to cells.
The principle of fasting is simple. When the intake of food is temporarily stopped, many systems of the body are given a break from the hard work of digestion. The extra energy gives the body a chance to heal and restore itself, burning stored calories to rid stored toxic substances. During fasting, the liver and immune system are essentially freed to detoxify and heal other parts of the body. Many healers claim that fasting is a particularly useful therapy for the American lifestyle, of heavy diet, overeating, and constant exposure to food additives and chemicals. Some alternative practitioners have gone so far as to estimate that the average American is carrying 5-10 pounds of toxic substances in their bodies, for which fasting is the quickest and most effective means of removal.
Why Three Days?
Fasts from one day for prevention to seven-days for healing, are commonly performed. Therapists may even recommend fasts from two to four weeks for specific or chronic health conditions. The most popular fasting program, however, for prevention and general health, is a three-day juice fast.
The advantages of a juice fast are that they are less intensive than water fasts, and fruit and vegetable drinks can supply beneficial nutrients and energy. A live-juice fast both removes toxins and promotes healing by supplying the body with vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. Such a fast is also more likely to lead to a continued healthy diet once the fast is over, as it will accustom you to the taste of raw vegetables and the vitality that this diet promotes. It is easy to fit a few days of juice fasting into a normal schedule or over a long weekend without much disruption to regular activities or significant drops in energy.
Should I prepare?
Be prepared. Fasts must be entered into with care. Include plenty of raw vegetables and fruits in your diet for two days. This will make the fast less of a shock to your system.
While on the fast, consume at least 2-3 litres of filtered water per day, plus fresh juices and up to two cups of herbal tea a day. Herbal teas may be consumed throughout the fast, once or twice per day or more if you wish.
Peppermint tea is good for its calming and strengthening effect on the nerves, and for indigestion, nausea, and flatulence.
Fasts should be ended as gradually as they are entered, going from lighter to heavier foods progressively. Follow the juice-water-and-tea fast with a two-day diet of raw fruits and vegetables. The desired effects of the fast can be ruined by eating cooked foods immediately afterward. Since both the size of the stomach and the amount of secreted digestive juices may decrease during fasting, the first meals after a fast should be frequent and small and should emphasize fresh, wholesome foods.
Can everyone do this?
Fasting isn’t appropriate for everyone and, in some cases, could be harmful. Any fast for more than three days, should only be done under the supervision of a qualified health care professional.
If you have diabetes, hypoglycemia, or another chronic health problem, even short fasts should be supervised by an alternative medicine practitioner, such as a homeopath or naturopathic or ayurvedic doctor. Pregnant and lactating women should never fast.
Are there side effects?
During a fast you may experience side effects of fatigue, aches and pains, emotional duress, acne, headaches, allergies, swelling, vomiting, bad breath, and even cold and flu-like symptoms. These reactions are sometimes called healing crises, which are caused by temporarily increased levels of toxins in the body due to elimination and cleansing. These symptoms are not serious and will quickly pass. To alleviate any of these symptoms, a daily lemon juice enema may be used cleanse the colon, and daily coffee enema to rid the liver of impurities.
Can the benefits of Fasting be proven?
Studies from around the world have shown the beneficial results of fasting as a treatment for illness and disease. The physiology of fasting has been widely studied and documented by medical science with beneficial effects such as lowered cholesterol and improved general functioning being shown. A few years ago, fasting was even featured on the cover of the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine. Although mainstream medicine has generally ignored fasting and detoxification for treatment as valid medical procedures, in the alternative medical community, fasting is an essential and widely accepted treatment for many illnesses and chronic conditions.