Juicing Benefits: My Firsthand Juice Fast Account

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Juicer on the counter with veggiesSome may be asking why do I need to make my own juice? Why do I need a juicer? Why does it have to be so time-consuming and messy?!? And isn’t it expensive?

I had so many questions when I started thinking about juicing as a regular part of my life. One thing I was sure of was that it was good for me and would be beneficial to my health now and in the future. What I did not know was exactly how natural, fresh-juiced fruits and veggies could contribute so actively to improving health and even reversing damage from poor eating and other health choices.

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My Juicing Inspiration

Carrot juiceI bought a Breville Juicer (this is a great choice for anyone interested in getting started – only $99 and high-quality. No need to spend more for the casual juicers like me) about a year ago and have been enjoying fresh juice about 1-2 times a week. I have made many different combinations of things, but mostly fruit juices since that had been the majority of my non-fresh juiced experience. I felt great and super healthy when I drank these fresh juices, and my husband and I loved them. But, we knew we were not using the juicer to its full potential.

So, when the invitation came from BzzAgent a month ago to be a part of their RebootYourLife program, I signed up right away. I was so happy to be accepted into the program, and they sent me a starter kit with a laminated sheet explaining how to juice, some recipes and the nutritional value of many different fruits and veggies. The kit also included instruction on how to do 5 different juice fast plans – from 3-day to a 15-day juice/blend fast. The movie Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead was also inside, so we watched it, learned a ton of info and were inspired to get started with ourown juice fast.

Benefits Of Juicing

One of my major questions about juicing was why is it better or different from blending fresh smoothies, and here is the answer:

  1. By exploding the fruit and vegetable fibers, you extract all the micronutrients into a digestible liquid that allows your body to obtain the nutritional aspects of the fruits and veggies that cannot be accessed in any other way because the fibers just pass through the body intact.
  2. These micronutrients are also more easily and quickly absorbed into the bloodstream, so the nutritional value of the fruits and veggies are in use within your body almost immediately. While you get much of the same value from fresh produce by eating or blending it, juicing allows it to be absorbed faster than any other method of consumption.
  3. This is an indirect benefit, but should not be ignored. When you are buying and spending so much time with fresh fruits and vegetables, it is hard to ignore how healthy you are being. You will feel healthier from the grocery store through the entire process of washing, making and consuming the fresh produce. And, it will inspire you to eat healthier than you ever imagined! You may also learn to enjoy new flavors that you never even knew you liked!

Overlooked Juicing Benefits

You Can Tailor Your Juicing To Fit Your Needs

One of the essential benefits of juicing that gets overlooked is that you can plan your juices to meet your dietary needs. We often crave things because our bodies need something in that item. In some instances, pica (an eating disorder that sometimes causes the person to crave items that are not food) occurs. In others, we might simply crave a food item that we don’t usually eat. When we have these cravings, there is a deficiency that could have been prevented.

Juicing allows you to pick specific food items that contain vitamins and minerals that we know we need before there is an actual deficiency. For instance, if you have spent minimal time in the sun and haven’t eaten anything that contains a sufficient quantity of vitamin D, you know you should add something with vitamin D to your juice. This also comes in handy when you require vitamins that are only found in foods you don’t like. Juice the foods in combination with other foods so that you don’t even realize it is there.

Looking for some recipes to get started juicing? We’ve got some great fresh juice recipes for you.

The Skin Of Fruits And Vegetables Are Healthy

Other than small fruits and vegetables that are eaten whole, the skin is often removed before the food is consumed. Whether it is because the texture of the skin is unpleasant, because the taste is not something that the person enjoys, or removing the skin is simply done out of habit, there is most certainly a waste of good nutrition when this is done. To get the most from fruits and vegetables, use a high quality juicer that can juice the skin as well as the rest of the produce.

There are a few skins that can be harmful to you, so do your research before using skins you don’t know about in your juice. In other foods, the skins bind to toxins in the body so that they are not damaging the body. Skins sometimes contain almost two times as much nutritional value as the rest of the food — as is the case with oranges. Fruits with antioxidants also often have more antioxidants in the skin than in the pulp of the fruit.

Juicing Is A Convenient Way For Many People To Get Nutrition

There are many reasons that people do not eat what they need. Some are not even capable of taking vitamins or supplements. For those people, drinking juice is the only way to get the right nutrients into the body.

Can Help Autistic Children Not Interested In Fruits And Vegetables

One of the most obvious signs of autism is limited interest in food items. Most of the time it has nothing to do with taste and everything to do with texture, appearance or the way the food is combined with other foods. For these children, juice may be the only option. If parents understand what kind of textures and appearance are acceptable to the child, they can easily sneak food items into the juice that may not ever get to the child as a solid.

Can Be Helpful To People With Dental Issues

Those with dental issues often have problems consuming raw fruit and vegetables. For instance, apples and carrot are sometimes left out of the diet because they are too hard for the person to chew or may cause pain when they are chewed. Both of these items (including their skins) have multiple nutritional benefits. If they are included in a juice, the individual can get those nutrients without the pain that comes with eating the food raw.

Can Help People With Digestive Problems

Although you may not think of the throat as part of the digestive system, it is. From the throat to the areas of the body that release waste, several medical problems can lead to avoiding certain foods. For instance, someone with throat cancer is going to have difficulty passing solid items and will be limited to liquids. Rather than limit foods to cooked soups, juices offer a way to get vitamins in the body with as limited amount of conflict with the digestive system as possible.

Those that have problems absorbing nutrients during the digestive process will also benefit from juicing. After all, most of the body’s work is complete by the time the juice gets to the digestive system. The body does not have to break down solid matter and can instead focus on extracting and absorbing nutrients from the juice.

Can Enhance Kids’ Interest In Nutrition

Parents would be hard pressed to find a child who is not entertained by using a kitchen tool that turns a solid into a liquid. A juicing machine offers parents a rare chance to do some nutritional experimenting themselves. Parents can use the juicer in several ways. They can make juice to go with a meal as a supplement, especially with fast food or snacks. Parents might allow children to help them put foods in the juicer and might eventually allow the children to come up with their own juice combinations. If none of these tactics work, parents can always hide fruits and vegetables in a juice drink they made.

Why Do A Juice Fast?

Juice fasting is a great way to cleanse your body of toxins and reset your digestive system from all the harmful processed foods it has been processing for years. It is recommended that you do a juice cleanse at least one time per year, if not more often, to detoxify your system and help your body to heal itself. There are even situations where, when supervised by a medical professional, juicing has also been used to reverse illness such as cancer, obesity, heart conditions and more. If you are looking for a way to reboot your body from the harm you have caused it over the year, juicing is a great way to get started, but be sure to consult your doctor throughout the process and do your research. You can learn more at JointheReboot.com

Is Juicing Expensive And Time-Consuming?

Not really. When you think about how much it costs or how long it takes to plan and cook a meal, juicing seems easier. For about $10-13/day, you can drink all fresh fruit and vegetable juice, which last time I checked is much cheaper than eating out for even one meal! You might be able to cook for that little at home but not when you count your time and electricity as well. Money never seemed the issue so much as all the time tied up in cleaning the produce and then cleaning up the juicer after – making the juice is the easy part! But, since I always made at least 2-3 juices at once and that took from start to finish about 30-40 minutes total, that seemed nothing when I thought of the time to prepare three (or even one, really) proper meals a day. So, yes, at the time, it seems very time-intensive and messy, but when you think of it in relation to the alternative, it is quite comparable and manageable.

My 3-Day Juice Fast

I decided to do the shortest of the juice fast options, a three-day, long-weekend juice fast between a big party weekend and the 4th of July. Under each entry for the day’s menu below, I will recap how I was feeling physically and mentally from drinking all my nutrients and making lots and lots of fresh juice!

Here is my menu from my 3-day Juice Fast:

Juicing day 1

Day 1 Juice Fast:

  • Breakfast – Citrus Green Juice
  • AM Snack – Beet/Carrot/Apple/Ginger
  • Lunch – Sunset Blend – Sweet Potato/Red Pepper/Carrot/Apple
  • Dinner – Brushetta – Tomato/Garlic/Basil
  • Dessert – Beet/Carrot/Apple/Ginger

Today, on my first day of not eating, I was amazed by how much produce it takes to make a glass of juice! I went through almost all my groceries and returned to the store that night. But, this time I had a plan of attack, allowing this to be my last grocery trip until the juice fast was over.

I was a bit sluggish and hungry but not too bad. Digestively speaking, I was clearing out but not nearly as extreme as I expected. Making all these interesting combinations of fruits and veggies into juice is fun!

Day 2 Juice Fast:

  • Breakfast – Watermelon/Strawberry/Kale/Lemon
  • AM Snack – Mean Green Juice – YUCK!!
  • Lunch – Sunset Blend – Sweet Potato/Red Pepper/Carrot/Apple/Beet
  • Dinner – Gazpacho – Tomato/Cucumber/Red Pepper/Onion/Parsley
  • Dessert – Apple/Carrot/Spinach

Today I am feeling much more confident in my recipes and plan of attack. I feel highly alert – more so than usual – and am not hungry at all. I feel awesome! Very light, no gas or bloat and I even take a walk. I am inspired to continue finding ways to improve my health.

But, I did accidentally put a slice of carrot in my mouth during juicing and felt weird when I realized and had to spit it out. That seems weird, right?!?

Day 3 Juice Fast:

  • Juice day 2Breakfast – Citrus Green Juice (non-cucumber)
  • Lunch – Taboulli – LOTS of parsley + tomatoes/cucumber/onion/salt/pepper
  • PM Snack – V28
  • Dinner – Bruschetta – Tomato/Garlic/Basil
  • Dessert – Sunset Blend with Ginger, but no beet or orange

On my final day, I must admit that I am ready to chew something tomorrow, but I am also starting to plan for my re-entry into the eating world.

I have read a lot online, and it says that, however long you fast, you should allow yourself half as much time to transition gradually back into normal eating. So with this three-day juice fast, I should allow 1.5 days until I am back to normal. So I guess the 4th of July will not be quite as gluttonous as normal, but that is okay by me. I really don’t feel like putting a bunch of junk in my body anyway!

Re-Entry Into Eating

Juice day 3Day 1:

  • Breakfast – Juice (kale/strawberry/orange) with blended strawberries, kale, super green powder and flaxseed
  • Lunch – Half PB&J sandwich and half a carrot
  • Dinner – quinoa with cooked veggies (carrots, celery), tomato and basil salad, watermelon

Re-entry into the world of cooking and chewing has been much harder than I anticipated – harder than juicing in many ways, especially on my body. It seems that being a vegetarian who does not drink caffeine makes for a very easy digestion transition to juicing, so I had felt amazing during my juice fast.

But when I went to start eating again, I took it easy and still found myself feeling bloated and gassy almost immediately. It was fine, nothing too bad, but it surprised me how much harder solid food is to digest than juice. I will definitely plan to continue juicing a few times a week as meal replacements, and I am already planning another juice fast 6 months from now, just after Christmas.

Our Favorite Juicing Recipes

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Share Your Juice Stories

Have you ever juiced? Or maybe you’ve participated in a juice fast or other type of master cleanse? If so, post a comment with your story below. We love to hear about others who are taking control of their health. It makes for a great support network to keep us all on a healthier path in life.

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About The Author:

Michelle is passionate about living a healthy life. She shops farmers markets, cooks organic, and eats vegetarian. Juicing and smoothies are a part of everyday life in her home. So are recycling, composting, and gardening. I guess you could say Michelle has a green thumb. Even when a plant doesn't make it under her care, she is still dedicated to making the earth a greener place for future generations.

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February 23, 2018 2:45 pm

Advantages and Disadvantages of Juicing

1. You get the supplements you require without expecting to eat 5 servings of foods grown from the ground a day. Numerous individuals think about how they can eat 3 servings of vegetables and 2 servings of natural product every day. Squeezing enables you to ensure you are getting the supplements from these in a solitary glass of juice. In any case, recollect that consolidating a few foods grown from the ground can make a solitary class of juice upwards of a few hundred calories.

2. By getting the essential supplements, you can cut your danger of coronary illness and growth chance into equal parts. It has been clinically demonstrated that eating an eating regimen rich in vegetables and natural product will cut your wellbeing dangers. For best outcomes, pick a couple green verdant vegetables, a couple of herbs, a beet and an apple for a heart solid blend.

3. While squeezing is to a great degree solid, regardless you have to eat an assortment of sustenances. Your body needs protein, fats and fiber to remain solid; in this way, you should eat sensible dinners when you are squeezing for weight reduction.

Sorts of Juicers

Moderate Juicers-Slow juicers moderates press the natural product or vegetable. to discharge the normal juice from the organic product or vegetable. These units are for the most part more costly. One favorable position to this sort of juicer is the juice is thicker in light of the fact that it contains mash, which gives you the fiber your body needs.

Entire Juicing-An entire juicer is a favor name for a blender. An entire juicer pounds the seeds, mash and squeeze into a smoothie-type drink. One preferred standpoint to this juicer is that it gives you the most extreme measure of fiber and mash.

Quick Juicing-Fast juicers are the minimum costly sort of juicers. This juicer shreds the products of the soil and after that presses the juice from the destroyed mash. This kind of juicer creates a more slender juice on the grounds that no mash is discharged into the juice.

Andrew flenery
December 25, 2012 6:58 am

In this polluted environment the toxin level in our body is increasing very rapidly and this lead us to illness. To remove the harmful toxins from our body juice cleanse detox is one of the best methods. Juice cleanses have so many health advantages as you mentioned earlier in this post. Thanks for this informative post.

Kathy Faust
October 4, 2012 11:54 am

I’ve always wanted to try juicing as a detox method. I know that my body is being drug down by chemicals and toxins from many of the preserved foods I eat. I would love to do a juicing fast and start fresh with a healthier lifestyle – I just haven’t gotten around to doing it.

I love that this article contains a plan and tells you exactly what to juice. I would love to try different types of juice blends, but I also want a plan that offers the best benefits for my health. There are so many different blends with so many different benefits. However, I think my first goal should be to detox and then focus on other areas, such as weight loss.

I already keep several fruits and vegetables on hand due to the different types of pets I have in my home. It would be very easy to prepare their food, while also juicing up my meals. I definitely think this is something I should look into so that I can start living a healthier life.

Thanks for such an informative article. I will definitely be coming back to this resource in the future so that I can get started juicing.

Kathy Faust
September 16, 2012 10:17 am

I was thrilled to find out that I could get a juicer for as little as $50. My friend recently told me about one she picked up a couple years ago and just loved. I’ve wanted to buy a juicer for years, but didn’t want to spend over $100 on something that I may or may not like. At a price of $50, I’d be able to give it a try and not feel bad about the expense if I didn’t use it very often. I’ve been drinking juice blends for a number of years, but I know that making them myself is much healthier than buying bottled juices.

I like the idea of juicing because it’s a great way to get a lot of vitamins and minerals in without having to eat a lot or rely on supplements. I want to be able to go to my farmer’s market, purchase the best in season fruits, and make juice. I feel this would greatly improve my health and give me more energy to get my daily tasks done. Best of all, I’m the type that doesn’t feel like eating breakfast or lunch from time to time and this would help ensure I ate something healthy.

September 13, 2012 4:38 pm

When people think of getting healthy, they usually think of a tasteless tofu dish that they can’t figure how to spice up, hard dry crunchy bean and seed sprouts that distract from the taste of their salads, and dry foods overall because they can’t use butter or any kind of good rich sauces or they think of spending tons of money on complicated foods that they don’t understand.

However, one of the healthiest things that you can do for yourself is to juice. In addition to be amazingly healthy for you, drinking raw fruit juice is really healthy for you. In addition, if you are not a vegetable lover, you can drink things like kale, celery, green beans and even beets. Just mix them in a blend with apple juice, orange juice, or other things that are very tasty.

One thing to keep in mind is that even if you put 3 pounds of fruit and veggies in your juicer, only a little bit will come out, maybe a pound or less. But most people use organic apple, cranberry, orange, tomato, or pineapple juice as a good recipe base.

September 11, 2012 10:20 pm

I love the thought of doing a full body cleanse and I have gone out of my way on more than one occasion to buy the fiber diets and so forth to do so. After a few days of these processes, you know that you are getting a fresh start to eating healthy and you truly do feel cleansed in a sense that nothing is hanging around in your stomach or your intestines that could weigh you down and make you feel crummy.

This is why I was so intrigued and excited to read about the juice fast diet in this article. Juicing is still something that is relatively new to me. I bought a juicer machine a few months ago and I have done some experimenting with it, making different combinations of juices mostly for flavor and taste, but to do something like this where it actually replaces your normal eating habits would be really exciting.

I plan on making a shopping list tonight and going to my grocery store to get everything I need so I can start this weekend!

Kathy Faust
September 3, 2012 12:20 pm

I have to admit that I’m intrigued by the JuicePlus+ supplement. Even when I eat as healthy as possible, I have a problem getting enough fruits and vegetables into my diet. To me, it feels like you would have to eat all day to eat that many fruits and vegetables. I did a bit of research and hope I can find it at a bit more of an affordable price. Not only does this make it easier to eat fruits and vegetables, but think about how much better it would be for your teeth. No more bathing your teeth in the acid from juices.

As for juicing, I love the idea. I love being able to concoct my own juice blends that meet my nutritional needs, but also taste amazing. One of my favorite additions to fruit and vegetable juice blends is carrot juice. I was amazed at how sweet it was when combined with vegetables. It really adds a nice flavor.

Still, I think I’ll try the JuicePlus+ supplement first. I get a LOT of colds and with cold and flu season getting closer, I think this might help me be healthier. It would really be nice to not be sick all winter. Thanks for mentioning it!

January 17, 2013 9:43 am
Reply to  Kathy Faust

If you would like more information on Juice Plus+, I can help. I have been using the product for more than a decade. I also juice but cannot manage it on a regular basis. It’s a lot of work and also expensive. Juicing has actually made me appreciate the convenience of Juice Plus+ a lot more. I thought of it as expensive too initially. Once I learned more about what science has shown that it does in the body, and after the juicing comparison, I see it as a real value. There is no other easier, more economic way to get the variety of produce into your body on such a consistent basis. I became a rep because so many people were asking me what I was using and also because it allows me to follow my passion for sharing wellness with others. It’s worth looking into further and I think you will see the value.

September 1, 2012 5:17 pm

I used to have a juicer before my divorce. I had to let a lot of things go in that transition, but I plan to get a new one soon. Juicing is really good for you. I saw a late night commercial about a juicer that was helping people cure diseases, but I’m not sure the exact name. It used a special extraction process to somehow get more nutrients out.

I am very curious about getting a hold of this product when I do get a juicer and hope I catch the infomercial again. The last time it was on, I was half asleep and as the infomercial played on, I fell fully asleep.

I think Jack Lalane juiced for most of his life and it served him well. He exercised and took good care of himself in other ways as well, so I think those things are important to note. I like that you included information on doing a juice fast. I did something that is somewhat similar a few years back. I did that “Hollywood Diet.” But I feel using fresh juice as a fast would be better because you are getting more nutrition.

Kathy Faust
August 30, 2012 6:19 pm

I know a number of people who use juicing as a detox method, but I feel that juicing has many more benefits. As someone who has trouble eating breakfast some mornings, I can definitely see the benefit of drinking a glass of juice. Recently, I’ve started drinking Silk Fruit and Protein. Though I know it’s not the same as drinking freshly prepared juice, I still feel it’s much healthier than turning to some fast food concoction.

I’ve always been amazed at how you can obtain much of the nutrition you need from fruits and vegetables and how you can make something like spinach more appetizing with the simple addition of green apples and carrots. While the juice may not look too appetizing, it has a wonderful flavor and is very high in nutrition.

One question I’ve always had though is the need for supplements. Should you turn to powdered supplements in order to increase the nutrition of your juice or should rely solely on the right combination of fruits and vegetables in order to meet your nutritional needs? I would prefer to rely on fruits and vegetables rather than turning to supplements. I just feel that it’s healthier to get nutrition directly from food.

August 22, 2012 2:15 am

I can totally relate to the author’s experience, since I also have friends that are juicing fanatics. My one friend makes juice with carrot, beet, celery, apple, and kale nearly every morning like a ritual. The most I have gotten into it is buying Odwalla or other bottled juice, but I have not yet taken the plunge into getting my own juicer. Before this article, I actually never saw any particular reason that juicing yourself was better, despite everything my friend touted about ‘live enzymes’ and such. Now I am seriously looking at the idea of a juice fast. I am sure that we can all relate to feeling sick, tired, sluggish, or simply not at one-hundred percent at times, and the micronutrients in juice seem like a great anecdote to the myriad things I do that are bad for my health. (Pizza and soda pop is so delicious! Why does it have to be so bad for you?) So yes, it might take some adjusting to get used to tolerating or even embracing fresh juice if you are used to processed foods, but I think it is worth a shot for the sake of my health.

Kathy Faust
August 20, 2012 7:57 pm

I started juicing last year. At first it was just a glass of grapefruit juice before breakfast. Then I had one before every meal. Then I got started on smoothies. Pretty soon, I was juicing everything in the house. It did make a huge difference in the way I felt and even the way I thought about things.

I think you are right about the very act of juicing making you stop and think more about your health and how much better you feel. And the really cool part is that kids like the act of juicing too, so it is a great way to sneak in some extra vitamins and minerals from foods kids may not normally want to eat. The carrot thing you mentioned, yeah we did that. It was actually in a smoothie though which made it feel even more disgusting. And it was weird because I’m drinking vegetables, right? So what is the big deal about having a whole carrot? I’ll tell you what the big deal is. Chunks when you are drinking something it just wrong. I also have a big thing with texture, so that made it even worse!

Kathy Faust
August 7, 2012 9:51 pm

There is nothing better to drink than a fresh squeezed glass of juice. i have high blood pressure and high cholesterol, so I have made quite a few drastic changes to my diet. Juicing was one of the first things I started to do. It is not hard at all and I get to control things like the amount of pulp I have in my juice. Juicing also helps me when I get sick of actually eating healthy.

For instance, I like grapefruit, but I do not want to eat a grapefruit every morning. If I eat breakfast, I want some eggs. Sometimes I slice oranges or grapefruit to eat with my breakfast, but some days I would just rather make a glass of grapefruit juice to drink with my breakfast.

Another benefit of juicing is that you can get kids to eat fresh fruits and vegetables. The first time I let my son use the juicer, he was hooked. It was almost too much fun for him. But we don’t waste food here, so he knew he had to drink the juice or I did. Now I do not even have to make my own juice in the morning. He likes to do it for me and have a glass with me.

Kathy Faust
August 3, 2012 4:02 pm

Juicing is something I have considered from time to time. As someone who has trouble eating breakfast some mornings, I could see this being beneficial as a meal replacement. I’m not sure this is something I can do for long periods of time to help detox my body, but I can certainly see enjoying the occasional juiced meal.

Another thing I really like about juicing is the ability to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into the diet, especially those that you might not want to eat, but are extremely good for you. For example, you can add spinach to your juice, but use apples and carrots to help sweeten and cover the flavor. Just imagine being able to drink your entire day’s worth of fruits and vegetables in just a couple minutes each morning.

I think the most important thing to remember when juicing, especially when you’re juicing to detox, is to make sure you’re using a combination of fruits and vegetables that give you all the needed nutrients, otherwise you could harm your body. If you find that you can’t incorporate all the needed nutrients, you do have the option of using powdered supplements, but you should never rely on supplements alone.

July 18, 2012 9:27 am

Loved reading your article about your Juice Fast. I saw that Joe is starting a 15 day fast. He said that he feels bad until day 4 and then feels great. I wondered what you would have felt like by day 4 if you had kept going. I’ve been juicing some lately – since watching the Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead movie. Sort of “practice” until I can commit to several days. I’ve got to come up with a few juice combinations that I really love instead of making the same one which is what I am doing now. Reading your story has given me renewed motivation though.

I’m glad you are in tune with your body and your nutrition enough to see the benefits and to share your experience with others. If only more people would give it a try, we could all be healthier and happier.

July 17, 2012 8:47 pm

Thanks for your post Michelle! I just dropped everything and watched Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead and am now even more inspired to change some of my eating habits than I already was. Your story has also helped this fast feel so much less intimidating! I’m headed straight for the store 🙂