Purists will say that the juice fast is not fasting at all. They will say that fasting requires the absence of food and that giving the body things to extract nutrients from diminishes the fasting benefits. So what is the truth? Well, keep reading…
If you have read up on juicing, you will recall that juicing is beneficial because juice contains concentrated nutrition. It takes 8 – 12 small carrots to make a glass of juice. If you use a high quality juicer, the vitamin and mineral content of a glass of carrot juice is every bit as much as the 8-12 carrots. In fact, since the juicer breaks down the indigestible plant fiber around the juice contained in the plant cells, your body will actually be able to absorb the nutrients faster and with less effort. Also, while food takes hours to leave your stomach and takes anywhere from 6 to 12 hours to get eliminated from you body, juice takes less than a half hour to leave your stomach and under a couple of hours to be eliminated. For this reason, juice is very easy for your body to digest.
While juice provides you essential nutrients, juice can also cause your body to cleanse itself. As with the monofood fast, grapes, watermelon, apples or carrots are ideal candidates for a juice fast because each has cleansing and healing properties. For example, carrot juice is very high in beta carotene, a powerful anti-oxidant that helps to repair cells that have been damaged by free radicals. Try to limit yourself to one specific fruit or vegetable, from the above list, when fasting. If you prefer to focus on a different vegetable or fruit for its vitamin and mineral content (for example, cabbage for its ability to heal ulcers), then follow the juicing guidelines to balance it with carrot or apple juice.
The juice fast is The Natural Path to good health.