What is Juice Fasting?

What is Juice Fasting?

Juice fasting, otherwise known as “juice cleansing” or just plain “juicing,” is when you eliminate everything except for the juice from vegetables and fruits from your diet for a certain amount of time. There are many different reasons why you may choose to do a juice fast, but if it’s something that you’re considering, then the chances are good that it’s because you want to cleanse your digestive tract, kick-start a diet, or boost your immune system in order to fight disease.

How Does Juicing Benefit You?

This is, of course, the most important question, so I’m going to answer it before I go any further. I’ll talk first about the benefits of doing a total juice fast. If this is what you’re choosing to do, then you’re not going to be consuming any food at all other than the juice from vegetables, and possibly fruits. The juice is going to be extracted from fresh produce by a special juicing machine, and you’re not going to be consuming any pulp at all.

One exception to this juice-only rule is that you are allowed to have certain teas, and you can add certain herbs and spices to your juices and teas as well. As a matter of fact, herbs and spices aren’t just allowed, they’re actually encouraged because of the health benefits they provide. I’ll discuss that in more detail later, though. For now, let’s talk about why it’s so important to drink only juice and caffeine-free tea while you’re fasting.

 

Easy Access to Nutrients

There’s no doubt at all that fiber is good for you, and even essential to a regular diet, but it locks in many of the nutrients that are available in fruits and vegetables. Your body can unlock only a small percentage of the phytonutrients, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and enzymes that the fruit or veggie contains. This is because the fiber is really difficult for your body to break down. As a result, most of the good stuff is swept out of your body right along with the waste.

When you’re drinking pure extracted juice, all of the nutrients are right there, ready to be absorbed and used. Your body doesn’t have to fight to extract them or to use them. You’re essentially letting your juicer do the work for your digestive tract so that all your body has to do is absorb all of the good stuff.

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