A juice fast is usually a last ditch diet effort to lose stubborn weight because the diet is extreme. However, it can be highly effective for those who manage to stay on this rigid diet.
The main benefit is that this is a quick weight loss diet. You can lose anywhere from one to four pounds daily in the beginning of a juice fast, slowing down to about a pound a day as the fast progresses. It is not unusual to see someone drop 30 pounds on a 30-day fast and that kind of weight loss can be transformative.
Staying on this diet is a challenge but for those who have staying power, the benefits far exceed weight loss. Fasting has been shown to be a healthy practice that detoxifies the body and cleanses the blood.
Here are a few recipes to use during a juice fast;
- 6 carrots
- 6 kale leaves
- 4 stalks celery
- 4 beets
- 2 turnip
- 1/2 lb. spinach
- 1 head cabbage
- 1 bunch of parsley
- 1/2 of an onion
- 1 clove garlic
- Place all ingredients in water and gently boil until vegetables are tender. Drain liquid for use during fasting.
Here is a lemon juice recipe that speeds detoxification
- 4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (approximately 1 lemon)
- 4 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
- 32 oz steam distilled water
While you can drink commercial juices, make sure you avoid any juice that contains sugar or artificial ingredients. It is better to lean more toward vegetable juices instead of fruit juices. It is typically recommended that you sip 4 to 8 glasses of juice throughout the day and also drink an additional 6 to 8 glasses of filtered or purified water throughout the day.
It is also important to know that you might feel the effects of detoxification, especially in the early days of the fast diet. Flu-like symptoms are the common symptoms of detoxification. If you feel ill, increase your juice intake by an additional glass to slow the detoxification process.