Juice Fasting, is it for you?

by Jenny Asturias

There are a lot of risks involved with Juice Fasting.  But, there are a lot of benefits also.  What should one consider before they try one of these types of juice diets?

The Risks Of Juice Fasting

One of the problems of juice fasting is that you run a elevated risk of dehydration. Other symptoms you might develop is tiredness, headaches, thirst, confusion, and dizziness.  Most of these conditions can occur when you do not get enough nutrition from the juices that you are consuming.  If you are only drinking fruit juice and vegetable juice, you could develop these conditions.  Most of these issues do not occur if you are going on a juice fast for only a few days.  If you are going to go on a juice fast for an extended period (more than 2 days) you need to keep an eye on the symptoms above, and you should consult your doctor.  This type of juice dieting can be dangerous, and you should consult your doctor before you do it.

Will Juice Fasting Increase Your Metabolism?

Actually, juice fasting will do the opposite.  It will slow down your metabolism.  When your body goes into starvation mode, then your metabolism starts to slow down.  If you go on a juice fast occasionally, then you will not have a real impact on your metabolism.  If you frequently go on a juice fast, then you could end up with a problem, and your metabolism could slow.  The end result would be a slower metabolism that would result in weight gain.

Who Should Avoid Juice Fasting?

Yes, there are some people who should not try a juice fast.  If any of these apply to you, check with your doctor before you try this juice diet:

  1. Children (those under the age of 18).
  2. Pregnant women.
  3. Those who have had surgery in the last few months.
  4. Those who are underweight.
  5. Those with any serious medical condition, such as; cancer, diabetes, gout, anemia, bulimia, or malnutrition.

 Are There Any Benefits?

Yes, with juice fasting, you can be certain that you will loose weight.  If you are following a strict juice fast diet, you will drop a lot of weight very quickly.  Often a person will loose 3 to 5 pounds on fast of 3 to 4 days.

The other benefit is a shock to your metabolism.  Some have found it beneficial to change things up.  It can reset, or challenge your metabolism, which will result in additional weight loss.

Many have reported that after they have gone on a juice fast, they feel more relaxed and clear headed.  They also have reported an increased sense of spiritual awareness.  The main reason some people have felt this way is due to the nature of juice fasting.  The body is detoxing and cleaning house. During a detox cycle like this, your mind will get sharper, and you will feel more alert.

This process is a lot better than a traditional water fast. With a water fast, you are not getting any nutrition at all. With a juice fast, you are absorbing the nutrition of the juice. Many have reported that they have more energy, and they feel revitalized.

The body needs change.  If we keep eating the same foods all of the time, our body gets used to it.  If we change up our diet, we make the body react and adapt.  With any diet, change is good.

How Much Juice Will I Drink On A Juice Fast?

Most people drink between 32oz and 64oz of juice per day during the juice fast. Some drink more than this, and it is OK. The other key is to drink plenty of water on a juice fast. You are flushing out your system and detoxing it. Water is the key to flush away all of those toxins. Citrus fruits should be avoided as they cause dehydration.

Organic Fruits And Vegetables?

You will want to put the healthiest food into your body as possible. The whole idea behind a juice fast is to get rid of toxins in the body. Most fruits and vegetables that are non-organic have a lot of pesticides in them. Also the genetically modified fruits and vegetables should be avoided.

Should I Get A Juicer Or Buy Juice From The Store?

Fresh juice is always better than the juice in the store. The juice at your local Whole Foods, or similar type of store is going to have preservatives in it. With a juice fast, you want healthy, organic juice, that is free of any contaminants. There are a wide range of juicers to choose from, and not all of them are very expensive. We recommend reading a few juicer reviews and picking a model that suits you.

How Much Time Is My Juice Fast Going To Take?

Just like anything in life that is worthwhile, it takes time. You can get your juicing for the day done in only 15 to 30 mins. Which is pretty quick if you consider how much time it takes to prepare a meal. With juicing, you can cut up your produce in a few minutes, then run it through you juicer. Depending on your juicer, clean up can be done quickly (especially if you have a dishwasher safe model).

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