Fasting - Juice vs. Water
When it comes to natural health, there is one routine that is widely
accepted for its benefits and advantages, fasting. In fact fasting
has been practiced for thousands of years for both health and religious
purposes. It is a proven fact that fasting helps rid the body of
toxins and harmful substances. Abstaining from food gives the digestive
organs a chance to stop working on digesting hard substances and
allows the body a chance to clean itself out. Some people may be
drawn to the idea of fasting, simply because they want to lose weight,
but the benefits gained from fasting are much more far reaching
than simply shedding a few pounds. Fasting is a powerful tool that
helps prevent serious sickness and illness from occurring. However,
when deciding what type of fast to choose, many are unsure whether
they should select a juice fast or a pure water fast.
There are benefits and disadvantages to choosing both types of
fast, juice or water. However many people who are considered fasting
purists believe that a true fast is strictly water based. There
are many naturopathic doctors and practitioners however who do recommend
juice fasts and advise many people to use them. Some practitioners
also feel that a water fast should be prefaced by several days of
a juice fast, to ensure that the body is adjusted.
Most practitioners recommend a juice fast simply because it is
gentler on the body and provides nutrient to the body. A pure water
fast may be more difficult for the person who is new to fasting
and doesn’t supply any vitamins or minerals. Since water fasting
takes greater mental preparation than juice, it is recommended to
go on a water fast only when you feel that you are emotionally and
mentally prepared. When you are on a water fast, your body has no
other means of fuel or energy then to use its stores. However, for
those who have spent years eating junk food or an unhealthy diet,
the time of fasting may feel draining. Therefore, it is recommended
to prepare for a water fast by eating plenty of fresh fruits and
vegetables. It’s also important to drink only purified water
and not tap water from the kitchen sink.
Juice fasting does offer several advantages over water fasting
and that is the fact that when you are on a juice fast, you can
monitor the herbs, minerals, or vitamins that you are taking. By
strategically choosing the juice you can gain great benefits by
taking large amounts of certain vitamins or minerals to accelerate
the benefits of the fast.
Whether you are on a juice or water fast, there is one element
that is important to your fast and that is to engage in plenty of
sleep. The body performs all of its major tissue repairs during
sleep so it is important to rest as much as possible when fasting.
In fact, you should consider fasting as a type of vacation or holiday
for your body and mind.