Juice fasting is an effective way to cleanse the body of toxins and lose weight in the process. A juice fast is a liquid diet that involves consuming purely fruit juices and raw vegetables for a short period of time. Juices are digested very quickly and efficiently, allowing the body to focus more on expelling toxins and removing waste. A detox juice diet may help fight infections and cancer due to the high amount of vitamins and antioxidants consumed.
Things to remember
When performing a juice fast, it is important to use organic fruits and vegetables. In conventional food production, pesticides are often used which contain a myriad of harmful toxins. It is recommended to use a variety of fruits and vegetables. Mixing green vegetables and fruit is a particularly effective combination. Green smoothies are packed with nutrients and they will provide a boost of energy while improving digestion. Consuming a green smoothie may also assist in controlling blood sugar levels and rejuvenating the skin.
Most fasts should last a maximum of five days as they may lead to nutrient deficiencies such as protein or calcium.
Although you are only drinking fluids, there is still potential for dehydration with some liquid diets. I still find it important to drink water throughout the day to rehydrate. Common side effects from liquid diets are diarrhea, dizziness and low blood pressure.
A proven winner for detox and weight loss
One unique form of juice cleansing is known as the master cleanse. It includes a combination of fresh lemon juice, grade-B maple syrup, cayenne pepper and filtered water. This lemonade diet is a juice detox method that eliminates toxins and provides enough energy to stay productive.
Here are our top lemon detox diet (Master Cleanse) recipes:
Give it a rest
A juice detox can improve digestion and ease the stress on the body caused by processed foods. With the absence of solid foods, the intestinal tract is able to recover and digestion becomes easier. Solid foods are digested slowly, forcing the body to work harder on the basic digestion process.
Liquid diets can be used as an alternative method for fighting illnesses such as arthritis and depression. When toxins are expelled from the body, the mind becomes clearer and sharper. It is not unheard of for an individual to report increased cognitive function and decreased anxiety.