What Is Juice Fasting?
Juice fasting is a kind of fast that involves the consumption of only fresh fruit and vegetable juices. In some cases people also consume raw fruits and vegetables. It is quite an intense detox method and is therefore practiced over short time periods ranging from three to seven days.
How Does It Work?
Juice fasting is an extremely popular detoxification and weight loss method because it is effective and quick. When you start consuming only fresh fruit and vegetable juices, your body starts burning its own reserves of fat. On the other hand, the immune system also starts ridding the body of its own dead, damaged, aged and diseased cells and tissues by a process known as autolysis. The body starts detoxifying with the help of nutrients and minerals present in fresh juices and very soon you get rid of disease causing toxins. Fresh fruits and vegetables are also rich in antioxidants and other products that help the human body in getting rid of chemical wastes and harmful free radicals. Most people consume only fiber less juices while on a fast in order to give the digestive system a rest and to divert energy that is spent in digesting food into cleaning up the body.
Is It Safe?
Yes, it is an extremely safe method of getting your body and your immune system back to order. In fact, it is better than other fasting methods because fruit and vegetable juices provide the required amount of nutrition and energy that the body needs in order to carry out normal functioning. However, several side effects like nausea, fatigue, diarrhea, stomach cramps and headaches might be experienced during a juice fast because of a sudden elimination of toxins from the body. Since this also eliminates certain necessary food items from the diet, it is not advised for people who are suffering from diabetes, low blood sugar, low blood pressure, kidney disease, liver disease, eating disorders, addictions, nutritional deficiency, asthma, anemia, gout, cancer, impaired immune function, ulcerative colitis and epilepsy. It is also not advised for pregnant women and lactating mothers. Your best bet is to consult with your doctor before starting.
How Does Juice Fasting Work In A Colon Cleansing Regimen?
Fresh fruits and vegetables contain a number of enzymes that are helpful in cleaning the colon. These enzymes act as vital catalysts that help the colon in working to its full potential for eliminating wastes. People who embark on this regimen for colon cleansing include portions of raw fruits and vegetables in their diet since the fiber content in these foods help in the elimination of colonic wastes. At the same time, an absence of fat, sugar, refined and processed food from the diet gives the colon an opportunity to get rid of already accumulated wastes from these food products. A juice fast can either be appended to the end of colon cleansing regimen to get rid of all the toxins in the body or it can be used as a self sufficient colon cleansing procedure all by itself. However, in the latter case, the duration of the fast will have to be much longer.
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