Even the biggest health fanatics are familiar with instances when they become acutely aware that they have strayed away from their healthy living habits more often than they have stuck to them.
Holidays and vacations are a good example; replace steel cut oatmeal and almonds, or fresh fruit and scrambled eggs with mimosas and biscuits and gravy too many mornings in a row and your body is bound to start complaining. It might be in the form of headaches, a skin blemish or two, moodiness or feelings of general fatigue. Whatever your main symptom of feeling generally malaise, your body is trying to tell you it doesn’t approve of your recent lifestyle.
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A fresh fruit and veggie detox can be a great way to give an immune system a nutritional boost, as well as give the digestive system a likely much needed break. Juicing allows you to take in an amount of fresh foods that you would be hard pressed to consume if not in liquid form. If you are looking to rid the body of built up toxins and likely lose a few pounds while you’re at it, a juice detox is a great option.
Detox Juice Recipes
The Go-To Recipe: Carrots & Apples, with a bit of Celery
2 Celery Stalks
Celery is a diuretic that can help the body shed water retention. It is also a great source of naturally occurring sodium, which can help the body maintain its careful balance while you are fasting. Carrots are high in Vitamin A and make the juice taste sweet. Apple juices aid in digestion, the eradication of bodily toxins, and regulation of blood sugar and even blood pressure.
Blue Grapefruity Tootie
1 1/2 Cup Blueberries
Pure Melon Boost
Cantaloupe is the most nutritious of all fruits and does well when juiced alone. Blend the rind in with the flesh of the fruit and enjoy this cancer fighting drink as an occasional simple but tasty treat.
The Belly Settler: Juice Recipe for Digestion
12 Spinach leaves
Beet Cool, Dude: Body Detox Juice
Beets regenerate red blood cells and are fantastic for flushing toxins, but should be used sparingly and always in the company of other fruit or vegetables that make up the majority of the drink. Cucumber juice has a very light and refreshing taste. One of it’s more superficial benefits is that it has been suggested it’s inclusion may make for a juicing recipe for hair growth.
Green Garlic Monster
2 Large Handfuls of Spinach
½ Cup Cabbage
1 Garlic Clove
*These are general suggestions for recipes for fasting and do not necessarily reflect a complete diet or the juices that one might need to include in a detox in order to meet all of their dietary needs.
You don’t have to go extreme in order to benefit from juicing fasts. In fact, a fasting plan that is less extreme is more realistic and easier to stick to. For example, why not replace one meal a day with fresh fruit and vegetable drinks? Or do a 24 juicing fast every 5 days? Fasting is a topic that general medicine and health professionals are largely undecided about. Short juice fasts are a way to give the body a boost and a break without embarking on a fasting diet that may be too harsh or restrictive for your body and/or nutritional needs. For example, a 24 hour juice detox can be a great way to jumpstart a diet, but it’s important to have a healthy eating plan in place that you can naturally fall into step with once that day is over.
Tips for detox and juicing:
• You shouldn’t feel like you’re starving while on a juice fast; drink it as often as you need to in order to keep your appetite at bay and your body nourished (aim for roughly 5-6 times a day).
• Drink lots of water; carry a water bottle with you everywhere and don’t let your body get dehydrated.
• Talk to your doctor before ever starting any kind of detox diet.
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