A few years ago I completed a 10-day juice fast. It was amazing! I absolutely love trying out new things, especially healthy things, and even more than that I enjoy challenges!! I am a self-confessed “challenge-junkie”!! It’s always good to do challenges with a friend but not many share my enthusiasm for these things, so its tough to find people to join me. I am hoping that after reading this some of you might jump on board! The benefits of a juice fast are as wide as they are long! Each vegetable you grind, each fruit you juice, each seed you split all provide essential vitamins and nutrients your body needs to live a healthy lifestyle.
Many health professionals say that you shouldn’t think of a juice cleanse as a long-term weight loss solution, and I don’t. I am mostly drawn to the healthy benefits and the challenge. The weight loss, whatever it may be, is merely an added benefit. I always find it easier to continue eating a healthy diet after a good ol’ system reboot!!
I have done 7 and 10 day fasts on separate occasions, and I felt incredible after them so I was interested in the effects of doing a longer one. This time, Justin will be joining me though, and in doing so, he is adding a whole new dimension to our fast. For those that don’t know, Justin has been battling with psoriasis for a few years now.
**Psoriasis is an immune disease that affects the skin. It is typically a lifelong condition, and there is currently no official cure, but various treatments can help control the symptoms. Normally, skin cells grow gradually and flake off about every 4 weeks. New skin cells grow to replace the outer layers of the skin as they shed. But in psoriasis, new skin cells move rapidly to the surface of the skin in days rather than weeks. They build up and form patches called plaques. **
Needless to say, psoriasis is embarrassing, especially since Justin has it on his scalp. He is had flare ups in the past, but during certain times, the psoriasis goes into remission. It doesn’t seem to be going away this summer, so we have decided to take action! After researching cases of “cured” psoriasis, we have come to learn that many people have had success overcoming psoriasis by juice fasting. I am excited that Justin is eager to join me on this fast in a quest to fix this! We will attempt to stay on the fast for as long as it takes to clear his psoriasis. After that we will slowly reintroduce foods into his (our) diet, taking note how his skin responds. I am almost sure that wheat is the culprit, but there may be others foods as well.
Let’s hope for the best!
How to do it?
We will only consume juiced fruits and vegetables, and water for a predetermined period of time.
If you plan to try this yourself, please remember that you will need a juicer in order to do this (not a conventional blender).
What is the goal?
Detoxification and Healing.
While you are fasting, your body turns to your liver for an alternative source, by converting stored sugars into glucose. Usually by the third day, these sugars are used up, so your body starts using stored up fat as its energy source. This is why it is recommended to stay on a juice fast for at least 3-5 days. You are giving your body an extended break from having to digest solid food.
Once this happens, the real benefits start to kick in… your body will begin to breakdown and eliminate toxins in your tissues. Inflammation in the digestive tract is reduced, the blood is thinned so that more oxygen can be delivered to your body through the blood stream, and more energy is available for other systems to repair themselves.
If you are not up for a complete juice fast, you can replace one or two meals a day with a juice. We will be easing into the fast with 5 days of eating and juicing fruits and vegetables. We will follow this with at least 10 days of juice and water. No solid foods at all. If you are interested, have a look at this website: Rebooting with Joe. Follow the link to find a number of plans to fit differently lifestyles and goals. You can also find numerous juicing recipes there.
We will be starting this program in the next couple of days, so look out for updates on that.
Anyone want to try this fast with us?