The Importance of Juice Fasting

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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.

Juice Fasting Benefits

Juice fastingJuice organic fruits and vegetables with Juicerway juicers

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.

Juicer Guide – buy juicer with confidence

Juicers are ideal for enabling you to pursue a healthy lifestyle. Juice that is freshly made in your own juicer not only tastes better but also contains more vitamins than the industrially produced juice that you find in the shops. The latter has gone through heat treatments and other processes that kill most of those lovely vitamins.

Juicing your fruits and vegetables also makes the goodness in them, the vitamins and minerals and fibre, more readily digestible. So your body can absorb that detoxing hit much more quickly than if you sat munching on fruit and veg for an hour. There are many different types of juicers available, and each of them have unique qualities that make them more suited to different recipes and lifestyles. This guide to choosing the right juicers for you will help you to make a wise decision. Then you can get ready to start making soups, smoothies, and other wonderful fresh juice based products within a few moments in the comfort of your home, whenever you fancy them.

Centrifugal juicers: cutting and slicing

Centrifugal juicers are so called because they are based around a flat cutting blade which whizzes round very quickly. These juicers also contain a strainer which removes the pulp to give you lovely clear juice to drink at the end. All that you need to do is to throw your desired fruits and veg into the juicer and the blade and the strainer will do the rest! These juicers tend to have an automatic system whereby pulp is removed into a collection bucket for you to compost or otherwise dispose of. Though they are super convenient, centrifugal juicers can be a little difficult to clean, so they are best used if you are willing to clean out the residual pulp from the strainer each time. These juicers are arguably the best for juicing hard fruits and vegetables as they are extremely robust and powerful pieces of kit. They are also among the fastest juicers around, so are perfect for when you want to whip up some delectable fruit juice for friends on a hot day at a moment's notice.

The masticating juicer: for chomping up delicate produce

If you want to make something involving smaller berries, herbs, or similar items (think wheatgrass, mint, and lemon juices, for instance!), then a centrifugal style machine just doesn't have the fine chopping power that you need. Cue the masticating juicer, which very literally 'chews' (or masticates) even the finest leaves that you put into it. These juicers are fantastic for precision juicing, and for creating exquisite combinations of dainty flavours. This type of juicing device crushes and squeezes the produce you put into it, rather than cutting and spinning it. It also pumps a minimum of air into the juice as it works. This makes it superb for when you want to have a little foam in your juice glass without the oxidation that comes from juicers like the centrifugal model. The centrifugal model pumps much more air into the juice, meaning that it can often oxidise quite quickly, causing a potentially huge loss of nutrients. Another great advantage of masticating juicers is the fact that they preserve enzymes in your juice, as well as keeping the colour of the fruits, leaves, and veg that you are juicing. These juicers are also sometimes known as 'cold juicers' because they keep the juice much colder than other models do. In all, these are the ideal juicers for when you want to create beautiful, artisan drinks with wonderful colours, flavours, and high levels of beneficial enzymes.

Savour those flavours with a slow juicer

As mentioned above, the centrifugal design gives you a great volume of juice very quickly: perfect for when you need a healthy and thirst quenching drink right now, or for when you are cooking a large meal and need to whip up some soup quickly and without fuss. But for many people, a slow juicer is best, as they want to really squeeze every ounce of flavour from the fruits, veg, and herbs that they are juicing. There are two options when it comes to slow juicers. First, there are the single gear, or 'auger', juicers. These juicers use a worm style gear to crush and blend juices, and the resulting juice will usually have the best nutritional content out of all of the models discussed here. You can get a one stage auger machine, which is slightly quicker, or a two stage model which provides you with much more delicately blended juice and hence takes a little longer. It is most convenient to choose slow juicers that are equipped with juicing screens, as these will sieve out any pulp. If you want a slower machine that will provide you with the precision of an auger but with a slightly higher juice yield, then make sure to choose the second slow juicing option: i.e. a dual gear model. One thing you need to remember with these slower juicers, however, is the fact that they do produce a different yields of juice. Though the masticating models always produce a greater yield of juice than centrifugal models, there can be an appreciable difference between single gear and dual gear masticators. An auger model will tend to produce a lower yield of juice than a dual gear. Dual gear machines are less adept at processing softer fruits and vegetables though, so those strawberry and lychee based blended drinks might best be crafted in a masticating machine!

Ready to buy a juicer? You sure are!

This short guide has provided you with the handy insider knowledge that you need to choose the best model of juicing machine for you. Have a think about the types of fruit, veg, and other products that you are most likely to put in your juicing device and choose accordingly. Get a masticator for delicate herbs, one of the slower juicers for great nutritional content, and a centrifugal device for long, quick, and satisfying drinks. Think about your lifestyle and who will be using the juicers you are contemplating buying, and this can help you with your decision, too. All of these juicers will provide you with excellent quality juice drinks, smoothies, cordials, soups, and so on. But thinking a little more about the details, and having some additional knowledge about the pros and cons of each model, will really help you to make the most out of the juices you make.