Juice Fasting Diet With Recipes
In this first of two part blog series, I am going to discuss a juice fasting diet. Part two will be recipes you can follow to do this juice fasting diet for detox. A juice fast is another type of detox diet plan that you can use. This is an extremely short-term detox diet that focuses upon the use of fruit juice, raw vegetable juice and water. One of the primary benefits of this detox diet is that it is extremely high in antioxidants and vitamins. It should be noted that no solid food is eaten with this type of detox diet plan. As a result, it is important to understand that there are some people who should not use a juice detox plan. Such individuals include:
• Women who are pregnant or nursing
• People with low blood sugar, diabetes, eating disorders, liver disease, kidney disease, addictions, malnutrition, anemia, underweight, infection, impaired immune function, low blood pressure, terminal illness, cancer, ulcerative colitis, epilepsy or any other serious or chronic health condition
• Any individual who has just had a surgical procedure or who is about to have a surgical procedure Also, if you are taking prescription medication you should make sure that you consult your health care professional before attempting a juice fasting diet due to the way in which a juice fasting diet can actually change the way in which prescription medications react. You should also know that there may be possible side effects to using a juice fast diet. Some of the most common side effects related to this detox diet plan include:
• Bad breath
Other, more serious side effects which may occur include:
• Low blood pressure
• Rapid weight loss
• Heart arrhythmias
If you should notice any of these symptoms or other serious symptoms, be sure to contact your health care professional immediately.
Keep in mind that you should not follow a juice fast diet for a long period of time as this can result in nutritional deficiencies. This detox diet is only intended for a very short period of time. Typically, a juice fast will only last for one to three days.
Also, while there are a variety of different juices that can be used in this fasting plan, you should not include grapefruit juice. This is particularly true if you are taking prescription medications due to the fact that compounds in grapefruit can actually change the way in which prescription medications metabolize within the body.
As with any detox diet, remember that it is a good idea to begin eliminating certain foods and beverages from your diet about a week before you actually plan to get started with the fast or the detox diet. This includes sugar, caffeine, nicotine and alcohol.
Types of Fruits and Vegetables
Some of the most common fruits and vegetables that can be juiced and sipped while doing the juice fast include:
Generally, citrus fruit juices should be avoided with a juice fasting diet. When possible, it is always best to use organic vegetables and fruits for the best results with the juicing fast. If you are not able to obtain organic produce, try removing the skin from fruits and/or washing produce carefully before juicing. The best results will come from fruits and vegetables that have been freshly juiced, but if that is not possible, consider purchasing juice from a health food store. Ideally, it is best to focus upon using a variety of fruits and vegetables for the juice fast rather than just concentrating on one or two fruits or vegetables. As you juice fruits and vegetables, make sure that you avoid the pits of fruits such as cherries, apricots and peaches as well as apple seeds. You should make a point to drink between 32 and 64 ounces of fruit and vegetable juice per day. Space the juice out throughout the day, sipping on it all during the day. Along with the fruit and vegetable juice, you should also make sure that you are drinking plenty of water as well. At a minimum, you should drink at least six glasses of water per day.