Juice fasting offers a great way to detox and increase health and vitality. The nutritional gusto of fresh organic juices will help your body to heal, rebuild, and detoxify waste products. Even short fasts are beneficial toward leading you to a greater sense of well-being.
Many health professionals feel juice fasting to be THE fast to perform, as it is gentler than water fasting, giving your body high-quality nutrients in readily available form for your body to use toward rebuilding.
These vitamins, minerals, and enzymes can be taken up by the blood easily and without burdening the body's digestive system. Juice fasting also helps you to build a taste for fresh produce and become accustomed to the increased vitality. You will be drawn to more live foods after your fast.
Both fruit and vegetable juices can be used, although they shouldn't be mixed in the same drink. Canned, bottled, and frozen juices should be avoided during a juice fast. We want the freshest, highest-quality, organic produce to go into our bodies during a fast.
Because of the potent nature of live juices, it is recommended you dilute them by at least 1/4 (1 part water to 3 parts juice), some suggest diluting by half. Three to five glasses of this diluted juice is drunk every day, along with plenty of water, at least 2 quarts (which is the same amount as eight 8-ounce glasses). A couple cups of herbal tea is usually also permitted. The Juice Fasting Daily Plan gives a detailed breakdown for when and how much juice to drink.
Fresh, homemade juices should be drunk right away and not stored for any length of time as the nutrients break down quickly.
Having a juicer affords you the most options and creativity, but it isn't necessary to have one to do a juice fast. Only a small amount of juice is actually consumed during a juice fast, the vast majority of your hydration will come from purified water.
These are some options for use without a juicer:
You can juice any fresh fruit or vegetable if you have a quality juicer, though you shouldn't mix fruits and vegetables in the same drink. And melons are always best consumed by themselves.
That still leaves you a lot of room to be creative with new concoctions if you so desire, but there's nothing wrong with simplicity as well.
Choosing just one fruit or vegetable for your juice is fine and may lessen the amount of time and effort you put into your daily meals, leaving you free for other detoxing practices (baths, saunas, dry skin brushing, light exercise, or breathing exercises) and spiritual pursuits. Fasting should always be accompanied by plenty of time to go inward and be reflective, listening for your inner messages and insights.
Some really good juices for juice fasting are apple, beet, cabbage, carrot, celery, citrus, cucumber, grape, and "green drinks" from leafy greens, including wheat grass. Use this chart to help you decide.
Healing Effects of Fruit Juices
|Apples||good for liver and intestines, relieves diarrhea|
|Blackberries||prevent diarrhea, help eliminate phlegm|
|Blueberries||help strengthen immune system, lower fever|
|Cherries||strengthen blood, good for colon and menstrual problems|
|Grapes||purify and strengthen blood, good for colon|
|Lemons||good for liver and gallbladder, helps with allergies, asthma, cardiovascular disease, and colds|
|Oranges||strengthen immune and nervous sytems, good for cardiovascular disease, obesity, and varicose veins|
|Peaches||improve skin health, help detoxify|
|Pears||helps lower blood pressure, good for gallbladder|
|Pineapple||good for eyes and skin, helps with allergies, arthritis, inflammation, and edema|
|Strawberries||cleansing to the blood, strengthen nerves|
|Watermelon||good for kidneys, helps with edema|
Healing Effects of Vegetable Juices
|Beets||good for blood and liver, help with arthritis and menstrual problems|
|Cabbage||good for colon, helps with ulcers and colitis|
|Carrot||good for eyes and skin, fights infection, helps with arthritis and osteoporosis|
|Celery||good detoxifier, good for kidneys|
|Cucumber||helpful toward edema and diabetes|
|Leafy Greens||purifier, good for skin, digestive problems, and obesity|
|Onion||helps lower blood pressure, good for colon|
|Potatoes||good for intestines, counteracts excess acidity in stomach|
|Radish||good for liver|
|Spinach||blood builder, good for eczema|
|Tomatoes||good for digestive system|
|Wheatgrass||good for blood, liver, intestines, breath|
Healing Effects of Juiced Herbs
|Garlic||lowers blood pressure, fights germs, good for allergies, colds, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes|
|Horseradish||acts as disinfectant and diuretic|
|Watercress||detoxifier, good for anemia and colds|