Vegetable juice fasting, or feasting as some like to call it, is gaining in popularity, especially since this was the focus of the movie “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead.” Not only does it help you lose weight, it helps your body heal. Fasting is also energizing because you are resting your body from the work of digestion. Normally, about 30 percent of our overall energy expenditure is devoted to digestion. Think of it — you’ll have 30 percent more energy freed up just by not eating solid food!
When you fast, this energy can be used for healing, repair, and restoration of your body. Without solid food being ingested throughout the day, the body looks for new sources of fuel to burn for energy. It first draws on readily available glucose that is stored in the liver as glycogen. Next it turns to other sources like the fatty acids in fat cells and proteins that are most readily available. Then it turns to sick or damaged cells. The body is continually making new cells and breaking down old, sick, or damaged ones. Of the trillions of cells in our body, it is estimated that about one-fourth, or around three to eight hundred billion, are broken down and replaced daily. During fasting, the process of degrading sick cells is accelerated. Their raw materials are then recycled to be used either as energy or building blocks for new cells. Those that cannot be used are eliminated. This explains why skin starts to look so younger and more vibrant during a fast and why the body starts getting well.
When you fast a few days, many cravings go away and thoughts about food usually diminish. You have time to focus on other things. This gives your body a chance to use its energy for clearing out old waste that has accumulated in both your body and mind. Many people report a spiritual experience as they juice fast. Other people are simply joyful because they feel in control of their appetite for the first time in years or are making progress on health improvement or weight management.
The Physical Benefits of Juice Fasting
Increases energy and strength
Detoxifies cells and tissues
Assists in weight loss
Improves mental clarity
Restores alkaline balance
Strengthens the immune system
Helps prevent disease
Lowers blood pressure
Lessens aches and pains
Revitalizes organ systems
Rests the gastrointestinal system
Balances the nervous system
Increases ease of movement
Helps the lungs breathe more deeply
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