Juice Fasts for the Beginner

Juice fasts are a way to rid the body of toxins built up over months or years of eating food too high in sugar, fats, and preservatives. Occasionally fasting is good for the body and it’s a cheap way to feel better in just a few days. There are several ways to undergo a juice fast and you might want to get your doctor’s permission before undergoing one. Many doctors are open to fasting this way unless you are a growing child or a pregnant woman.

A 21-Day Juice Fast

In a 21-day juice fast, you drink fruit and vegetable juices for eight days, followed by three days to gradually come off the fast. Then you eat a ¾ raw food diet for ten additional days. During the fast, your body uses up the remaining food from the days before the fast so that you aren’t really fasting until the fifth day into the cycle.

How to Juice

Juicing is different from blending in a food blender. Juices are diluted by 50 percent with filtered water or can be taken by drinking a glass of juice after drinking a glass of water. The water should be drunk first if you don’t like the taste of diluted juice. Choose a variety of vegetables, preferably from the organic section of your grocery store or from a health food store.

Juices should be prepared fresh in a special juice extractor. This releases all of the nutrients, enzymes, vitamins, and minerals from the vegetables. The better the juice extractor you buy, the better will the juice taste.

If you spend between $150 and $300 for a juicer, you are likely to be buying a juicer that will do the job for you and will last a long time. Your juicer should be easy to clean so you can just rinse it out after every use and wash it completely at the end of the day.

What To Juice

Any raw fruit or vegetable can be juiced. These are the best fruits and vegetables to put in the juicer.

Mix and match fruits and vegetables to your taste, but choose more vegetables than fruits for lower sugar intake:
• Carrots
• Kale
• Beets
• Parsley
• Dandelion Greens
• Spinach
• Wheatgrass
• Peppers
• Pears
• Zucchini
• Cucumbers
• Tomatoes
• Sprouts
• Celery
• Romaine lettuce
• Cabbage
• Apples
• Melons
• Berries
• Grapes

Best Use Tips

• If you buy any fruits or vegetables that have been waxed, peel them before juicing. Underground vegetables like radishes and carrots are generally not treated with anything before packaging so you can put these in the juicer after washing them off without peeling them.

• Peel beets before juicing because beets are bitter on the outside. You can slip off the outer beet skins by putting them in boiling water for twenty seconds and the skins peel right off.

• Drink the juice immediately after it is juiced. Many of the good properties of the juice are degraded with time and the juice will taste better when it is fresh.

• You can drink as much as you want—all day long, if you are thirsty and hungry enough. A good rule of thumb is to drink at least three to four full glasses of juice per day.

You should expect to go to the bathroom more often and to have more bowel movements. The body is just cleaning out the bad stuff and responding to the good nutrition you are getting in the juice.

Popular Juices

You can be the judge as to which juices you like the best. Carrot juice is one of the tastiest juices you can get. You don’t have to peel the carrots but you do have to scrub them clean with a vegetable brush. Carrot juice will give you lots of vitamin A, which can be consumed in large quantities without difficulty. If you drink too much, however, your skin will turn an orange-like color, which is not dangerous.

Celery juice is also good but has a greater amount of salt in it when compared to other vegetable juices. Use some celery to flavor other juices if you are worried about getting too much sodium. You can use all parts of the celery, including the leaves.

Cucumber juice is tasty as well. It tastes a lot like watermelon when juiced. Be sure to peel the waxy coating off the cucumber before juicing the rest of the fruit. The wax won’t hurt you but it defeats the purpose of having a pure vegetable juice.

Romaine lettuce with or without bean sprouts is very nutritious, very green and tasty, too. This type of juice is loaded with chlorophyll and has a large amount of healthy minerals in it.

Zucchini makes a great juice, especially when peeled. Zucchini is not as high in fiber as some juices so it prevents blockage of the juicer from high fiber choices. Mix zucchini with just about any other kind of vegetable for the best in flavor.

Beet juice will help you build your blood. As mentioned, peel them first for the best flavor. Your urine and stool will turn red if you eat beets but this is not at all dangerous.

Cabbage juice has been known to treat many different gastrointestinal ailments, including spastic colon, chronic constipation, rectal bleeding, and colitis. Broccoli and cabbage both are high in antioxidants, which fight cancer.

Red ripe tomato juice is easily made and tastes great. Use only red, ripe tomatoes and don’t use any other part of the plant. It is easily liquefied and makes other juices taste better and sweeter.

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