At the mention of “Juice Fast”, one often thinks of weight loss. But juice fasting is really about HEALING, weight loss will follow.
Juice Fasting for Nourishment
People fast for different reasons. Sometimes I fast for spiritual reason. Fasting can be an oasis where I can go to, to draw spiritual refreshment, away from the demands of this materialistic world. And sometimes I juice fast simply to detoxify, to “reset the internal button” for healing after a bout of “unhealthy eating”, or simply to get rid off some extra pounds.
The traditional method of water fast (drinking only water and nothing else) is NOT recommended for long periods. A water fast, while it allows your body to rest and does “some” cleansing, it doesn’t provide your body with the fuel and nourishment it needs.
Short periods of water fast is fine if you’re generally healthy, but it’s not recommended for you to go on an extended water fast, unless you’re familiar with fasting, and know what you’re doing.
I personally find that juice fasting is one of the best and fastest way to detoxify and to lose weight, for two simple reasons:
- It effectively removes toxins, naturally; and
- It hydrates the body with nutrients that repair, rebuild and regenerate.
These two factors are so important because the opposite of these are what make one sick in the first place, i.e.:
- We get sick because of overload of toxins in our body; and
- Our bodies are undernourished due to eating foods that are dead and depleted of nutrients.
Juice Fasting for Rest
When juice fasting, we allow our digestive system to take a much needed rest. The energy saved is used for deep tissue cleansing that goes on in the body during this time. The fresh fruit/vegetable juices we drink contain the necessary nutrients to help repair the damaged cells, heal and nourish.
The human bodies are meant to run on “fuel” from plant foods as they are “live” foods that are rich with enzymes, vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and anti-oxidants. These, when extracted properly, are being assimilated by our cells for nourishment. When our cells receive superior foods, the inferior stuff (toxins) will have to make way for it, thus are being eliminated (detoxify).
You ask why don’t we just eat the whole fruits? Well, consider a carrot. If you were to eat a carrot, your body is able to assimilate only a very small percentage of the nutrients. But when you drink carrot juice, your body is able to assimilate almost all of the nutrients that are extracted. This bioavailability of the nutrients can do much wonders to speed up healing.
During a juice fast, the body is stimulated to greater metabolic and eliminative activity. After an extended fast, you will notice that you will lose some weight, your skin tightens or clears up, your hair shines, your eyes brighten, mental clarity and vision are improved, and you will feel more energetic and sleep less. A prolonged juice fasting is powerful in healing your internal organs, strengthen your immunity system, and begin to heal your chronic diseases.
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And finally, juice fasting can be a very humbling experience as you determine to resist temptations, building up your self-confidence as you sharpen your discipline and self-control that is required to go through a fast. Through fasting, you learn to control your body and appetite instead of having your body control your life.
Experience … the miracle of juice fasting …