People fast, for varying reasons, including religion and spirituality. However, a multitude of health benefits are also associated. Juice fasting, carried out over a period of days, can kick-start your diet, assist in healing and detoxification, and eliminate chronic symptoms. Recent studies have also discovered that cancer patients benefit greatly from short-term fasting, as it protects normal cells from the damaging side effects of chemotherapy, while increasing immune health.
Juice fasting: The antidote to toxic overload
Your skin, lungs, liver, kidneys and bowels are all detoxification organs, and although they are designed to break down, filter and eliminate toxins, high levels, a side-effect of modern day life, wreak havoc on organ functionality. Your body is consequently bombarded with toxins, received through internal and external sources, which results in toxic overload.
It takes lots of energy for the digestive system to break down food, and abstaining for a period of time will give it a much needed rest. Fasting allows your body to utilise energy for healing and detoxification.
Stress hormones and chemicals, like cortisol and epinephrine, are corrosive, and when produced excessively, over an extended period of time, the deterioration of the internal organs is inevitable. Excess stress, anger, anxiety and tension all contribute to the build-up of stress hormones, all of which wreak havoc with your health, leading to chronic conditions.
Environmental toxins are absorbed by way of pesticide and herbicide laden foods, heavy metals, air and water pollution, caffeine, medication, artificial flavourings and colourings. These are equally as damaging as the toxins produced internally.
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Your body retains much of the toxins absorbed, by way of intracellular fluids and fat cells. Fat-soluble toxins accumulate within the fatty tissues, distributed throughout the body, and when the body becomes over-impacted, your susceptibility to a plethora of diseases, like cancer, cardiovascular conditions, arthritis and fibromyalgia increases. Toxic overload compromises immune health, and can also lead to Alzheimer’s disease.
The body’s detoxification organs were not designed to deal with such high levels of toxins and struggle to filter and eliminate them from the body. This makes it virtually impossible for your body to cleanse at an optimal level, without the aid of detox systems. Bearing all of this in mind, it is easy to see why juice fasting is so vital.
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Fresh fruit and vegetable juice fasting is exceptionally beneficial, for the additional nutrients contained. These natural whole foods are rich in essential C and B vitamins, and anti-inflammatory and digestive enzymes. Proteins and fibres are extracted from fruits and vegetables, during the juicing process and juices are easily absorbed and digested. Rehydration also occurs more rapidly, resulting in improved organ functionality and increased energy.
Juice fasting is also a great way to kick-start your diet. You will control your appetite and rid yourself of cravings too. Be sure to stick to organic produce though, to avoid recontamination of pesticides and harmful chemicals. Chew your juices slowly, before swallowing, to activate oral enzymes, and assist in the digestive process
Ease into your fast
Prior to your fast, it’s important that you cut out caffeinated beverages, processed and fast foods and alcohol. Stick to light, whole foods, and ease into your fast. If you are inexperienced with fasting, you may want to fast for a minimum of 1 to 3 days, but more experienced types, can fast for up to 21 days.
Juicerway juicers employ a ‘slow juicing’ process and fruits and vegetables are gently squeezed, to ensure your juices are superior in quality. Your body will receive a sufficient supply of nutrients, antioxidants, and phytonutrients during your fast, to accelerate the healing process, and thoroughly cleanse the internal organs. You’ll also notice a healthy glow to your skin, and experience an overall feeling of wellness, once your fast is completed.