Juicing is an easy, delicious, nutritious and quick way to give the body high amounts of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytochemicals in a form that is immediately absorbed and utilized for nourishment.
Juicing makes it much easier to consume the recommended daily servings of fruits and vegetables. Many people eat the same vegetable salads every day. But with juicing, you can juice a wide variety of vegetables that you may not normally enjoy eating whole. Juicing a lot of different vegetables keeps you from becoming bored with the same old foods. Various phytonutrients, enzymes, probiotics, and vitamins do not survive cooking and processing. Juicing raw fruits and vegetables preserves all the nutrition.
Cleansing or detoxification is a normal process performed by the body to prevent and fight disease and to keep the body as healthy as possible. The lymphatic system, skin, colon, liver and kidneys are the body’s main cleansing organs. If these systems are working properly, the body will cleanse and detoxify itself to get rid of toxins.
Unfortunately, we live in an environment that has made it difficult for our bodies to detoxify efficiently. The body is constantly bombarded with toxins in the form of chemicals, pesticides, hormones and other pollutants found in the processed foods we eat, the water we drink and the air we breathe. Under the heavy influence of toxins, cells become sick and the human body eventually reaches a point where it is no longer capable of flushing toxins and acid waste on its own.
If not excreted naturally, these toxins remain circulating in the blood, the lymph system and in the surrounding tissues. Headaches, fatigue, allergies, joint pain, digestive discomfort and a host of other symptoms occur when the body is so clogged with toxins that it is not able to perform other necessary functions.
We then need to help our bodies eliminate the accumulated harmful substances by following a detoxification or cleansing protocol. During a juice fast or cleanse, a person limits their diet to only fresh vegetable and fruit juices, water, herbal or green teas.
A juice cleanse puts the digestive system on hold and gives the body a much-needed break from the laborious work of digestion. On an average, 30% of our overall energy is used for digestion. During a typical juice cleanse, solid food is not allowed. Hence, the body is not working in chewing, liquefying, swallowing and digesting the carbohydrates, fats, protein and fiber from the food. This freed-up 30% extra energy is used in healing, repairing and revitalizing the immune system.
The idea behind fasting or cleansing is to eliminate waste or toxins accumulated in the body while nourishing it at the same time. A juice fast is the perfect way to ensure both of these happen in harmony.