by Josh Taylor
Juice fasting is a great way to detox your body. Some, however, may be skeptical about juice fasting because they’ve heard that it can be very tough at the beginning of a fast. The stories of sickness and weakness have caused some people to believe that fasting is an unhealthy practice that could cause more harm than good. Let me begin by reassuring you that juice fasting can have wonderful benefits.
That said, no one should jump into a multi-day fast unprepared. Before you begin a fast, there are several things to consider.
Set Realistic Goals
If you believe that going on a fast will solve all of your problems and you are going to come out the other side an entirely new person, happier and healthier, you may need to adjust your expectations. The fact of the matter is juice fasting can offer amazing benefits to the overall health of your body. If you jump into a fast without preparing, it may not receive all the healthful benefits. My recommendation is to set reasonable goals in the beginning so you can have a reasonable expectation about the benefits that can actually be realized.
Be Sure to Prepare
The first thing you should do is drink at least 96 ounces of water per day a few days before beginning your fast. In addition, you should increase your fiber intake and begin to limit your consumption of foods that are more difficult to digest. This includes foods like steak and pork, which spend much more time being digested by the body and thereby retard the body’s metabolic processes. Increase the foods your body can easily digest like raw fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds and spices. A couple of exceptions to note: Avoid eating dried fruit because you don’t receive the same benefits that you get from their raw counterparts; also, avoid eating peanuts because they have a bad omega-6 to omega-3 ratio.
The Initial Detox Experience
The most disheartening thing about a fast for many is the initial feeling of sickness and/or weakness. You would think that because you are eating very healthy raw nutritious food that you should feel amazing, right? Well, in many cases the opposite can be true in the beginning stages of a fast.
The reason is before you start a fast, your body is likely laden with toxins strewn throughout your body in your fat stores. When you begin the fast, your body begins to pull these toxins from your fat stores as the fat is burned off. This can compound health issues or even start new ones. This is similar to dusting your home for the first time in a long time. You do it to get rid of allergens, but stirring up all the dust just makes your allergies worse.
How Fasting Works
The beauty of the fast is that it sends nutrients in high volumes into your cells and washes the toxins out. The toxins move from the cells and begin to circulate throughout the body. The blood then draws these toxins out to be eliminated entirely. Toxins are removed in many different ways including the bowels, lungs, skin and kidneys. Since there are so many toxins flooding your system, you may experience new issues such as rashes, nausea, dizziness, weight loss, fatigue, congestion, headaches, body aches, constipation or diarrhea.
After the Fast
Once you are done fasting, you will want to continue consuming raw fruits and vegetables and be sure to drink plenty of water. This will keep the detox process going and will remove toxins from your system in perpetuity.
Josh “Superfood” Taylor is co-founder of Juicer Heroes, located at 15337 San Pedro in San Antonio. He loves speaking, particularly to children and teens, about nutrition and healthy eating. Visit www.juicerheroes.com or call 210-233-9958 to connect with Taylor.