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The Health Benefits of Juice Feasting

By admin | January 16, 2012

BY LINDA WAGNER

I am currently on day 2 of a fabulous Juice Feast! This is my 5th juice feast. In the past I’ve done anywhere from 3 to 65 days on juice and the results are always amazing!

This is termed a ‘feast’ rather than ‘fast’ because one gets all the calories one would normally get in a day (i.e. 1500 for an average woman) – from at least 4 liters/1 gallon of fresh juice, daily (green vegetable juices, fruit juices and coconut water all included). Often when people fast they take in very small amounts of liquid/calories, the metabolism slows, their energy slumps, and they may feel quite ‘dysfunctional’. Juice Feasting works differently, supporting the feaster to be very functional in daily life and meeting all calorie needs, while experiencing massive cleansing on a cellular level. -source

There are so many reasons why juicing is so beneficial, here are just a few:

Juice requires hardly any digestion, so all its nutritional goodness gets rapidly into your system while simultaneously giving your digestive system a rest. Your body can then use that saved energy to clean out old matter, especially from the small intestine. The average person holds 5-10lbs of toxic old matter in their intestines, and Feasting is an ideal way to release it, giving the body a phenomenal chance to rejuvenate and restore. Far from being a time of ‘deprivation’, this extraordinary healing program is an experience of abundance and massive nutritional intake…we lose weight, skin becomes radiantly healthy, illnesses are healed, scar tissue rejuvenates, and we detox our whole system on a massive scale. - Angela Stokes

When you juice, you use way more fruits and vegetables than you could actually eat at one time. As a result, you are drinking a huge quantity of vitamins, minerals and other plant-based nutrients that would be impossible to get otherwise.

You give your whole body a chance to “clean house”. Without the added burden of digestion, which takes a lot of time and energy, the body is now free to work on other things like detoxing the liver and kidneys…and the remains of all those Ramen Noodles you used to eat! When we drink raw vegetable juices, the situation is entirely different, as these [micronutrients] are digested and assimilated within 10 to 15 minutes after we drink them and they are used almost entirely in the nourishment and regeneration of the cells and tissues, glands and organs of the body. In this case the result is obvious, as the entire process of digestion and assimilation is completed with a maximum degree of speed and efficiency, and with a minimum of effort on the part of the digestive system. – Dr. Norman Walker: “Fresh Vegetable and Fruit Juices“, Pg 9

All vegetables are alkalizing. The benefits of maintaining alkalinity in the body are crucial. There are entire books written on the subject, so without getting into too much detail, here are just a few benefits of maintaining an alkaline environment in our tissues:

Improved focus and mental clarity

Improved heart and cardiovascular function

Anti-Aging

Improved bone & joint function

Stronger Immune System – infections and disease thrive in an acidic environment

Better digestion

Better overall mood

Healthier hair, skin and nails

Natural body weight

Energy

Heart Health: Both antioxidant vitamins C and E prevent the damaging effect of free radicals on artery walls. They prevent blood from sticking, clotting, and becoming toxic as well as helping to lower triglycerides levels. Great levels of vitamin C can be found in most fruits and vegetables. Good levels of vitamin E can be attained by adding blackberries, kiwi, asparagus and spinach in your juice recipes.

Liver Detoxification: One of the primary functions of the liver is to serve as the body’s detoxifier.  It is involved with detoxifying harmful substances (like environmental toxins, chemicals, food additives, preservatives, drugs, etc) before they can enter the bloodstream and harm the body.  Periodic cleansing of the liver through juicing can be important in maintaining good health.  Fresh juices reduce the burden on the liver and give it a chance to catch up.  Juicing allows the liver to rid itself of accumulated toxins, thus permitting it to operate more efficiently.

With all of those benefits, how could you not do a juice feast? I know what you’re thinking, “I could never do that“! Let me tell you, my friend is doing the 10 day juice feast with me and he is a fast food loving, pizza eating, beer guzzling, mexican food loving South Texas boy. If he can do it, you can do it.

Here are a few recipes for juices:

Cellulite Buster Recipe

Ingredients:
1 peeled grapefruit
3 peeled oranges
1 peeled lemon
1 inch knob or ginger

Method:

  1. Run all ingredients through a juicer and enjoy! (Makes 16oz)

Green Lemonade Recipe

Ingredients:
2 cucumbers
4 med size apples – I used fuji
1 bunch kale
1/4 bunch parsley
2 small lemons

Method:

  1. Run all ingredients through a juicer and enjoy! (Makes 32oz)

Dreamsicle Recipe

Ingredients:
3 med sized apples
2 cups red grapes
1 small sweet potato
1 pear

Method:

  1. Run all ingredients through a juicer and enjoy! (Makes 32oz)

PLEASE NOTE: Juice feasting/fasting/cleansing is a pretty major undertaking, and you should consult with a qualified health practitioner before throwing yourself into one. Do not use this post as your sole reference! Taking care of your body means doing it in a responsible way, being educated about the choices you are making, and taking small steps towards something greater. (1)

Photos: Linda Wagner

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Linda Wagner is behind one of our go-to sites for Nutrition and Lifestyle updates, where this post originally appeared.

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