Juice Fasting

Juice fasting is a type of detox method and can aid in losing weight. It involves the short-term intake of raw vegetable and fruit juices only. Proponents of juice fasting use juices because they are rich in vitamins and antioxidants. Juice fasting is considered an extreme form of detoxification. More gentle detox methods are less restrictive and include a variety of foods.
Juice fasts typically last for one to three days. Longer fasts require medical supervision as well as a thorough assessment to ensure that nutrient deficiencies do not result.

Who shouldn’t try juice fasting
●It is important to consult a qualified health professional before trying a juice fast.
●Pregnant or nursing women and children should not try a juice fast.
●People with diabetes, low blood sugar, eating disorders, kidney disease, liver disease, malnutrition, addictions, underweight, anemia, impaired immune function, gout, asthma, infection, nutritional deficiency, low blood pressure, ulcerative colitis, cancer, terminal illness, epilepsy, or other chronic conditions should only fast under strict medical supervision.
●People should not try juice fasts before or after surgical procedures.
●Fasting can reduce blood proteins and change the way prescription drugs react in the body. People taking prescription medications should consult a health professional skilled in detoxification before trying a juice fast, and should never discontinue or reduce their medications on their own.

Side effects

Common temporary side effects include headaches, tiredness, hypoglycemia, contripation, acne, increased body odor, and bad breath.
Other side effects can include fainting, dizziness, low blood pressure, heart arrhythmias, weight loss, hunger, vomiting, diarrhea, and kidney problems. If these side effects occur, there is a worsening of symptoms, or new symptoms appear, the fast should be discontinued and it should prompt an immediate visit to a qualified health professional.
Another possible side effect is diarrhea, which can lead to dehydration and electrolyte loss.
If continued for a longer time, fasting can lead to nutrient deficiencies, particularly protein and calcium deficiency.
Grapefruit juice should not be used during a juice fast, especially if a person is taking prescription drugs. A compound in grapefruit can increase the amount of prescription drugs in a person’s body. Recent evidence suggests that pomegranate juice may also increase blood levels of prescription drugs.

What a typical juice fast involves

●Proponents of juice fasting suggest it be done during the warmer months of the year only. Spring is thought to be the best time of the year for juice fasting.
●Seven or more days before the fast, alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, sugar, dairy, wheat, animal meat, fish, and eggs are usually reduced or eliminated from the diet. The diet should consist mainly of organic fruits, vegetables, and beans.
●Between 32 and 64 ounces of juice is usually recommended per day. The juice is sipped throughout the day. Typical fruits and vegetables include celery, carrot, kale, cabbage, apple, pineapple, cranberry, spinach, beet, and greens. Citrus fruits are often avoided.
●Approximately 6 glasses of room temperature or warm filtered water are often recommended in addition to the juice.
●Organic fruits and vegetables are usually recommended. If organic produce isn’t available, practitioners suggest peeling the skin off fruits and vegetables or washing vegetables with a non-toxic produce cleaner, usually available at health food stores.
●Freshly juiced fruits and vegetables are preferred, but if unavailable, practitioners suggest buying it from the health food store or juice bar as fresh as possible.
●Green vegetables and sprouts contain the pigment chlorophyll, which juice proponents believe are especially beneficial during a juice fast.
●A combination of fruits and vegetables is recommended.
●Variations on the strict juice fast include eating one meal a day in addition to the juice.
●Take a mineral supplement. Many people prefer liquid mineral supplements. People with heart or kidney disease should not take mineral supplements without consulting a qualified health care provider.
●Certain fruits and vegetables and their parts should not be juiced, such as the pits of peaches, apricots, cherries, and other fruits, apple seeds, citrus peels, carrot and rhubarb tops, tough skins (such as kiwi, pineapple, mangoes), and bananas and avocados.

Juicing ingredients

Apple Cider Vinegar

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: Apple cider vinegar is extracted from apples then naturally fermented. The resulting natural vinegar is believed to have many health effects and contains trace minerals, enzymes, and beneficia bacteria.

Blackstrap Molasses:

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Molasses is the by-product of sugar refining that contains all the nutrients from the raw sugar cane plant. Of the varieties of molasses, blackstrap molasses is richest in nutrients such as iron, B vitamins, calcium and potassium. It has a slightly bitter flavour, so use it sparingly. Start with 1 teaspoon mixed into a glass of juice or shake.

Carob:

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Carob can be used as a substitute for cocoa and chocolate. It does not contain caffeine and is lower in fat. Unlike cocoa, it does not need extra sugar. You can start with 1 teaspoon of powdered carob in a glass of juice or shake.

Wheatgrass:

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Wheatgrass is a common juicing ingredient. Grown from the seeds of the wheat plant, it is high in chlorophyll, beta carotene, antioxidants and a good source of protein. Wheatgrass has a strong flavor. Start with no more than 2 to 3 tablespoons of wheatgrass per day, as suddenly introducing large amounts can cause nausea and diarrhea.

Propolis:

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Propolis is a sticky resin collected from the cones of evergreen trees. It is a tonic that can be used to help strengthen the immune system. A common amount to blend into drinks is 1 teaspoon.

Psyllium:

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Psyllium add bulk to stools, helping to ease their passage through the intestines. Start with 1 teaspoon of psyllium mixed into a full glass of water or juice. It is imperative that psyllium be taken with at least 8 glasses of fluids per day to prevent bowel obstruction.

Wheatgerm:

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Wheatgerm is a good source of vitamin E. It can be stirred into juice or added to smoothies. Add 1 tablespoon per glass of juice or shake.

Sprouts:

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Alfalfa sprouts and other sprouts are high in vitamins, iron, antioxidants, and enzymes. You can grow them easily at home by the window. To juice, wrap them in leafy green vegetables before feeding them into the tube.

Honey:

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Small amounts of honey can be used to sweeten the juice of bitter vegetables. Honey is rich in vitamins and other nutrients. It is also an antimicrobial. Honey should not be given to infants.

Breaking the juice fast

Proponents of fasting recommend gradually introducing solid foods back into the diet to avoid adverse reactions.
When introducing solid foods back into the diet:
●Chew food well so it is more easily digested
●Don’t overeat
●Note food reactions to introduced foods, such as energy loss, digestion problems, cravings, and other symptoms.
●Transition to a healthy long-term diet.
●Try new, healthy foods.
Example of a seven day plan to gradually reintroduce solid food into your diet:
•Day 1 – Two pieces of fruit–each piece divided in half so there are four servings for that day.
•Day 2 – Lightly steamed non-starchy vegetables, such as spinach.
•Day 3 – Brown rice, fresh salad.
•Day 4 – Organic yogurt, unflavored and unsweetened. Eggs.
•Day 5 – Meat, chicken, fish, tofu, if eaten.
•Day 6 – Beans, other grains may be introduced, if eaten.
•Day 7 – Other foods, as desired.

Internal Detox

This digestive system detox is suited for first-timers, as a pre-cleanse before a fast, for people with mild digestive symptoms, or as a general preventative measure. This duration of this detox is usually two to three weeks.
Detox agents
1. Activated charcoal

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Activated charcoal binds intestinal toxins and unfriendly microbial growth and excretes them in the stools.
500-600 mg three times per day 1 hour before or 2 hours after meals and medication

2. Bentonite clay

If activated charcoal is unavailable, bentonite clay can be used. Bentonite is a type of edible clay that acts as a bulk laxative by absorbing water to form a gel. It binds toxins such as pesticides and helps to carry them out of the colon. Bentonite clay can be found at the health food store.
Bentonite intake should be reduced and timed away from medication intake as it may interfere with absorption.
1 tablespoon liquid bentonite 2-3 times per day 1 hour before or 2 hours after meals and medication

3. Psyllium

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Psyllium is a dietary fiber that supports normal bowel function. It cleanses the mucus lining of the intestines and increases the bulk of the stools. Psyllium absorbs water and expand in the colon, allowing toxins and mucus to be removed.
Take with activated charcoal or if using bentonite, stir it into the psyllium water.
1 teaspoon psyllium powder three times per day. Stir psyllium into 8 oz water and drink immediately

4. Flax seeds

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Flax seeds also absorb water and expand in the colon, allowing toxins and mucus to be removed. In addition, flax seeds have been found to lower cholesterol levels.
●Take one tablespoon of liquid bentonite and one to two teaspoons of ground flaxseeds or psyllium in a glass of water first thing in the morning (wait at least 1/2 hour before eating) and before bed.

Liquids

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●Adequate fluids are essential when taking psyllium, activated charcoal, or bentonite clay. Drink 8-12 glasses per day. When calculating total fluid intake per day, be sure to include intake of herbal tea and alkaline broth.
●Squeeze a wedge or 1/4 lemon into warm water and drink immediately after rising in the morning, before having the bentonite clay and flaxseed drink.
●Vegetable broth contains minerals that are necessary for tissue cleansing. Drink 2 cups per day.

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Probiotics

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The digestive tract maintains a balance between healthy and potentially harmful micro-organisms. Probiotics, the supplement form of healthy micro-organisms, have been used for many years to increase the proportion of protective bacteria and for the prevention and treatment of many health conditions.
The most common strains of probiotics are Lactobacillus acidophilus for the small intestine and Bifidobacterium bifidum for the large intestine. Look for a combination of the two strains. Each capsule or dose should contain more than 1 billion viable bacteria. The minimum therapeutic dose is suggested to be 108-109 cells per day. More bacteria per capsule or dose is preferable, since the bacteria must survive during shelf life and then after ingestion, during transit through the acidic conditions of the stomach and hydrolytic enzymes and bile salts in the small intestine.
Probiotics should always be refrigerated before and after opening.
Continue taking probiotics for several weeks after the cleansing period is over.
1 capsule three times per day

Coffee Enemas

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Enemas are quick ways to remove toxins from the colon and body. A coffee enema is believed to detoxify the liver by rapidly emptying the colon, enhancing liver detoxification, and increasing the flow of bile and the elimination of toxins through bile. Some people claim that it provides immediate relief to toxicity symptoms, such as congestion, indigestion, pain and headaches.
Coffee enemas should only be performed under supervision by a holistic medical doctor, naturopathic physician, or herbalist.
Ingredients:
•2 to 3 tablespoons of fresh ground organic coffee (light roast)
•4 cups distilled water
•glass or enamel pot (do not use teflon, aluminum or iron)
•fine sieve
•enema bag with rubber or plastic tubing and a fountain syringe applicator
•small amount of olive oil

Instructions:

1.Using the amounts specified above in the pot, bring the coffee to a boil. Boil for 3 minutes then simmer for 15 minutes. Strain using a very fine sieve. Allow this liquid to cool to body temperature (98.6 F). It should feel comfortable to the touch.
2.Pour this liquid into the enema bag, clamping the tube as you pour. Lubricate the nozzle with the olive oil.
3.Hang the enema bag between 1 1/2 to 2 feet above the floor in the bathroom. The higher the bag, the faster the speed of intake into the colon.
4.Place a large towel on the floor. Lie on your right side, with your legs curled into your abdomen. An alternate position is lying on your back with a pillow under your buttocks.
5.Take deep breaths and slowly insert the nozzle several inches into the rectum. If it is inserted too quickly it may bend or become kinked inside the colon. A gentle rotating motion can be used to insert. Move the enema bag higher or lower to adjust the flow of the solution into the colon.
6.Retain the solution for about 10 to 12 minutes. To encourage the solution to reach all parts of the colon, you can lie on your left side for 3 minutes, your back for 3 minutes and your right side for 3 minutes. You may hear or feel a squirting of fluid below your right rib cage. Many people believe that this is sensation is due to the release of toxin-laden bile.
7.Empty the bowel carefully. The enema syringe should be sterilized after each use. It can be boiled or washed thoroughly with soap and water, then soaked in a solution of 4 drops grapefruit seed extract and 2 cups water.
Troubleshooting
●You may not be able to hold all the fluid in with one enema. In this case, the procedure can be repeated two or more times in sequence, making sure to empty the bowel in between.
●If you have cramping, the solution is flowing too quickly. Pinch the enema tube to stop the flow and lower the bag. Do not continue until the cramps have subsided.
●If the solution is flowing evenly, the enema tube may be bent or kinked. Slowly and gently pull it partly out and then insert it again several inches.
Side Effects and Adverse Reactions
If you start to feel sick during the enema, or become dizzy, nauseous or faint, stop the enema. People with gallstones should not try a coffee enema.