Recently, juice fasting, or drinking water, raw fruits and vegetable juices for a certain length of time, has become the new “quick fix diet”. However, unlike other diets that advocate calorie counting, manipulating macro-nutrients, or eating only “this” food or “that” food for an entire week, juice fasting actually offers miraculous results to those who do it right. Juicing floods the body’s blood stream with powerful, raw enzymes, minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants, without the side effects of feeling weak or deprived. Juicing is wonderful for anyone who is looking to detox, lose weight, heal their digestion, or improve their skin. Many individuals will experience dramatic weight loss over a period of time with juice fasting, sometimes over one hundred pounds! It is not recommended, however, for individuals under the age of twenty one and is not suitable for women who are nursing or pregnant. Those who are diabetic or are on any kind of medication should consult with their doctor first before embarking on a juice fast.
Juice fasts, or “juice cleanses”, are usually done over a period of three to fifteen days. Typically, the body will continue using stored food for up to three days so a juice fast is best done for at least three days at a time. However, individuals who are juicing for medical reasons or for extreme weight loss may juice for up to sixty days. Juices should be made or purchased fresh in their raw form, not pasteurized like most store-bought generic juices. It is best to make juices containing approximately 80% vegetables and 20% fruits so as to not cause a spike in insulin. The best fruits and vegetables for juicing include, but are not limited to, kale, romaine lettuce, fennel, cucumbers, celery, parsley, cilantro, carrots, beets, apples, pears, pineapple, grapefruit, oranges, lemon, and lime. Other beverages that may be consumed while on a juice fast include coconut water, apple cider vinegar, herbal or ginger tea, or warm water with lemon.