Detoxing the body has become an increasingly popular practice in recent years.
Juice Fasting is one method of detoxing and is sometimes known as going on a
juice detox or a juice diet. Consult your doctor before starting your juice
fast as juice fasting may not be suitable for all.
What is involved in a juice fast?
Juice fasting involves consuming only fresh fruit and vegetable juices and
water for a set period of time. The duration of the juice fast can vary from
just one day to around 28 days although it is widely agreed that juice fasting
novices start with a couple of one day fasts and when they are comfortable with
this build up to a 3 day fast. In his book ‘Dr Alis Nutrition Bible’
Dr Ali recommends people do a one day fast once a week.
Reasons for juice fasting:
Juice fasting removes toxins from the body.
Juice fasting can dramatically aid the removal of cellular waste. The effect
of the removal of the cellular waste from the body is increased concentration
and clarity of mind and an increase in general physical health.
Once food has been broken down into the building blocks of proteins (amino-acids),
fats (fatty acids) and sugars (glucose, fructose, sucrose etc) these molecules
can pass throught the lining of the intestine and are transported around the
body by the cardiovascular and lymphatic system. Every cell in your body is
connected to the cardiovascular system by microscopic capillaries and so all
cells can access the building block molecules that resulted from the process
Living cells produce toxic waste matter. These waste products of cell processes
must be transported out of the body (either through the lungs, skin, kidneys
or intestine), however the cells will only let the waste products out if
the levels of toxic wastes in the circulatory system are below a set limit.
This means that if the circulatory system contains levels of toxic waste above
the allowed limit then the cells retain their toxic wastes thus lowering the
Juice fasting results in low concentrations of toxins in the circulatory system
and therefore allows cells to release their waste products. This
can result in temporary headaches, fatigue and insomnia whilst the released
toxins are transported and removed from the body. Once these natural side effects
of the fasting process pass most of the cleansing part of the fast is complete.
Juice fasting provides the body with increased levels of nutrients
that aid the bodies natural regenerative powers.
Fresh fruit and vegetable juices require very little digestive energy. The
body can therefore divert its energy resources from digesting cooked foods to
cell repair and cell generation. The bodies lack of appetite when feeling ill
is a good indicator of this need to channel the bodies energies away from digestion
and towards healing.
Juicing is ideal for ‘rechanneling’ potential digestive energy
as the juicer breaks down the fibres in the fruit and vegetables and releases
the vitamins, phytochemicals and minerals that were locked within the fibres.
This means the body does not have to do the digestive work of breaking down
the fibres and as an added bonus more nutrients are made available to the body
in the juice due to the release of the nutrients from the fruit / vegetable
In part 2 of this article we focus on the side
effects of juice fasting.