I love doing juice fasts a few times a year but why should you go on a juice fast? By now, you know the benefits of juicing but why the fast? What are the most obvious and amazing benefits of giving up food and going on a juice-only regimen for so many days?
My first ever 5-day juice fast was in January 2009. I recruited a juice fast buddy from the juicing clinic where I show you how to build juicing as a habit into your life. My partner and I decided to commit to this fast even with the freezing cold weather upon us. We pushed through and made it to the 5 days, although day one was a looong day. I lost 2 pounds, felt strong and healthy as well as calmer and more grounded than I had in a long time. By the end of the fast, my skin was glowing and my heart was full of gratitude.
And those are just scratching-the-surface benefits of juice fasting. In other words, wowza!
Why You Should Do a Juice Fast? Let’s Talk Real Benefits
Let’s talk about why to go on a fast and withhold yourself from eating, a joy and pleasure for all of us. That’s the question that raises the most eyebrows from family and friends. If you are thinking about it, you are smart, you’ve done your juicing homework, you guard your health and you love healing your body the natural way so a juice fast is a no brainer for you. But just for good measure, here are the top 8 benefits of juice fasting:
1. Juice fast gives your digestive system a much needed rest.
There is no food in a juice fast and there is no fiber in the juice. Therefore, you are only drinking a liquid diet during the fast and no need for your digestive system to work. Rest time, baby!
2. Juice fast helps you lose stubborn weight easily and quickly.
Stubborn weight is the weight that doesn’t come off with all the diets and gym workouts under the sun! I’ve had it and maybe you have too. A nice juice fast melts away this stubborn weight.
3. Juice fast helps with cleanse and detox of your internal organs.
Your internal organs need cleansing and detoxing from all the food and drinks that you consume. The cleaner your diet, the easier and quicker this juice and cleanse will go. You are helping your body do what it does best by pumping it with only the highest quality nutrients.
4. Juice fast expedites elimination of accumulated waste in your body.
You are making the process of elimination, of which your kidneys are in charge, much easier by juice fasting. If you are not eliminating waste regularly from your body, you will get sick. This alone is the best reason to go on a juice fast.
5. Juice fast enhances mind-body work such as yoga, massage & meditation.
Any work that you do on your body can increase many fold when combined with a juice fast. You can go deeper into the physical body work, get more out of it, and the bodywork enhances the detox and cleanse in return. Work this into your juice fast if at all possible!
6. Juice fast returns natural skin glow back to your face and body.
This is one of my favorite benefits. Your skin starts to glow and your eyes start to sparkle after a short juice fast. The body is rejuvenating from the inside out and the signs of a healthy inside start to appear on your outside.
7. Juice fast gives you tons of natural energy that lasts all day long.
This is the counterintuitive benefit of fasting: you get a lot more energy than when you are eating a regular diet. The reason is your digestive system is resting (see #1 above) and so you are the beneficiary of all that energy that needed to work toward digesting your food. Imagine how you would use this amazing high on energy well.
8. Juice fast is a break from eating, cooking and chewing.
This is daunting for some of us but once you get into the fast, you are happy to be taking a break from constantly preparing food, worrying about what to eat next, chewing food, cleaning it up, and repeating the process. You take a complete break. It’s a great shift in schedule and body rhythm.
Go on a Juice Fast Tomorrow with a Juicing Buddy
Join the Juicing Intensive Clinic today if you want to partner up with a buddy to go on a juice fast and learn a lot more about juicing and how it can change your life. Or learn more about how fasting with green juices can help you lose weight and get healthy from the Healthy Juicer’s Bible here. I wrote a lengthy chapter on this one!
While the clinic is not a juice fast program per se, you can fast anytime and with anyone that you partner with. You also have lessons on how to go about a juice fast in the clinic.
The juice clinic is a program that helps you to build green juicing as a smart habit into your life through 21 lessons, juicing homework, daily commitments, and fabulous recipes of the day plus a fun thriving community that has already built around it.
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