Raw Juice Fasting Journey: Part 2
Raw Juice Fasting Journey: Part 2.
“Juices are a multivitamin/mineral supplement for people who don’t want to take
pills and capsules.” – Eve Campanelli, Ph.D., (holistic health-care practitioner)
Where We Left Off…
Last week I introduced you to raw juice fasting. We discussed preparing your mind and body, why raw juices and fasting are beneficial to your health, some things you might expect during your raw juicing journey as your body begins to clean and rid itself of accumulated toxins, and more.
Juicing Journey Continues
This week, I’d like to talk to you about the nutritional aspects of juice fasting. Some people believe that a person who attempts even a short juice fast (1-7 days) is “starving” themselves and robbing their bodies of nutrition and sustenance. This is, in my opinion, and the opinions of many others—including health-care professionals—a myth.
Vitamins and Minerals
While some folks prefer swallowing a high number of 20 or 30 various pills and/or capsules, washing it down with a soda (okay, some wash them down with water), there are those of us who find great pleasure in providing fresh, organic, raw foods –as nutrient-rich as possible – for our bodies. Raw fruits and vegetables, and even additional supplements such as maca powder, freshly ground flax seed or pumpkins seeds, etc., can be added to the raw juices for even greater nutritional worth.
Life in a Glass
Not only do raw juices provide a variety of vitamins and minerals, but they’re loaded with a myriad of nutritional value.
As you drink raw juices and/or juice fast, nutrients such as flavanoids, antioxidants, phytonutrients and hundreds of compounds including lycopene and lutein are absorbed. These healing properties are bursts of health—your body will gobble them up and beg for more.
Variety is Key
If we feed our bodies a variety of raw foods in their most natural form, during a time when they’re loaded with all the vitamins and minerals Mother Nature intended, our bodies won’t be as likely to become nutrient-deprived in any one area. Don’t rely heavily on any certain fruit or vegetable. Mix things up. Add a little fruit to your dark green juices. Don’t just juice carrots every time. Instead, drink a 4-8 ounce serving of cucumber juice and then make yourself a spinach-carrot juice. After that, how about you toss some tomatoes, celery, beet greens, kale, and half an apple in the juicer? Enjoy creative cocktails.
Just Go For It!
Juice fasting is an adventure that will not only reward you physically, but mentally and emotionally as well. Knowing that you’re able to control your mind, emotions, and body while juice fasting is an amazing feeling and accomplishment. And, knowing that you’re pumping all those live nutrients straight into your bloodstream, is reason enough to stop thinking about it and just do it.
While juice fasting isn’t for everyone, it certainly is a wonderful way to improve or maintain your health. Enjoy your juicing journey!
Selene Yeager and the Editors of Prevention Health Books, The Doctors Book of Food Remedies, Rodale Inc., 1998
Copyright 2009 Michele L. Tune All Rights Reserved
The preceding information is for education only and is not meant to diagnose, prescribe, or treat illness. It is valuable to seek the advice of an alternative health care professional before making any changes.
These statements have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration. These products are not meant to diagnose, treat or cure any disease or medical condition. Please consult your doctor before starting ANY exercise or nutritional supplement program or before using these or any product during pregnancy or if you have a serious medical condition.