We hear about them, we see them, and you’ve probably been interested in them – but what are they? Juice fasts have been around for years, but we’ve recently seen an increase in juice detox diets on social media, in documentaries, books and more, but why?
What Can Juice Fasts Do for You?
Help determine food sensitivities
Rehydrate the body
Repair your digestive system
Promote weight loss and healthy eating habits
Detoxify the body
Boost your immune system
Prevent heart disease
Increase energy levels
Improve overall health
Provide a “master cleanse” for the body
With all the information out there, it’s easy to formulate your own juice fast regime – but how do you do it safely? Here are a few things you should consider before jumping into a juice cleanse:
People Who Should Avoid Juice Fasting:
Those with weak immune systems and low blood sugar
Tips for Success:
1. Prepare for the Fast
Before jumping into a juice fast, you should prepare your body. If you jump right into your fast from an unhealthy diet, you may feel sick from the detox symptoms. To properly prepare for your fast, we recommended transitioning from your regular diet to a cleaner diet with raw fruits and veggies. You should also focus on eating smaller portions than usual and eating only to satisfy your hunger. You should also incorporate regular, non-strenuous exercise into your routine while drinking enough water to flush out the toxins in your body. Preparing for your fast will help reduce the side effects of fasting such as nausea, extreme hunger, fatigue, and more.
2. Plan Your Recipes
Planning your recipes before starting your juice fast will help you research and be prepared in the kitchen during your fast. Our Juicing Companion blog can be very helpful during this process – you can use it to learn which fruits and vegetables are great for your juicer meet your specific health needs. Here are a few ingredients with great health benefits to jumpstart formulating your recipes:
Kale – antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, helps arthritis and autoimmune diseases
Green Apples – anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, reduces inflammation, lowers cholesterol, and increases energy
Ginger – aids in digestion, reduces pain, improves the immune system