Juice fasting is currently gaining popularity as a form of detoxification. It is also viewed as an alternative form of treatment for a variety of diseases. Some people also undergo juice fasting for religious purposes.
Commonly used juices in a juice fasting regimen include green vegetables, such as parsley and spinach; cruciferous vegetables, such as cabbage and broccoli; roots, such as beets and sweet potatoes; herbs, such as peppermint, basil, ginger and garlic; fruits, such as grapes and citrus fruits; and wheatgrass. These juices should be diluted in water.
Some people undergoing juice fasting complain about the taste of these juices. It is advisable to combine fruits ad vegetables in order to create a healthier and more palatable drink. Numerous juice fasting recipes are available in recipe books, such as The Complete Book of Juicing, and on the Internet.
There are also other ingredients you may want to include in your juice to maximize the benefits of your fast. Gradually incorporating cayenne can help stop bleeding and increase circulation. Edible algae may also be included in your juice. These algae are good sources of amino acids, which are building blocks of proteins. Other ingredients that may be added include yeast, barley grass ad apple cider vinegar.
The amount of juice you can drink is not restricted. However, some practitioners set limits, approximately 32-64 ounces per day. You may also take other fluids, such as water and herbal tea, to promote further detoxification.
Since pure juices contain little fiber, it is usually necessary to take a laxative or an enema to promote expulsion of waste products in your intestines.
A few days before starting the juice fast, various food and drinks are gradually eliminated from the diet, including alcohol, caffeine, sugar, animal meat, fish and eggs. This leaves organic fruits and vegetables in the diet.
The length of a juice fast varies, depending on the faster. Some practitioners opt to fast once a week or 3-5 days per month. Avid practitioners undergo longer fasts, usually lasting about a week to a month once or twice a year. People who undergo fasting for health reasons may opt to fast until the symptoms are relieved or the disease is treated.
Whatever the reason, and however you want to do it, a juice fast can bring you benefits. Try it!