Juice Fasting 101

Juice fasts (or juice cleanses) get a lot of positive and negative press. Some say that it's great for detoxing, losing weight, curbing cravings, and more. The critics say that it's a "fad" and is bad for your metabolism.

I can only speak from personal experience, and personally, I love juice fasts! I use it as part of a healthy lifestyle- physically, mentally, and spiritually. I do a 3-day juice fast a few times per year, typically when the weather changes. I don't get sick often, but the few times I've gotten very sick with cold-like symptoms, doing a juice fast helped me to heal so much faster.

Firstly, what the heck is a juice fast?

I couldn’t find a credible definition online, so I’ll define it in my own words: A juice cleanse, or otherwise known as a “juice fast”, is when one drinks solely fruit and vegetable juice and abstains from any other food, usually for a few days.

I'm not talking about Mott's Apple Juice or V8 (please don't ever drink those- full of sugar and preservatives!). I'm talking about real, high-quality juice that is made fresh and not pasteurized or heat processed in any way.

As always, I recommend that you do your research. There aren’t a lot of studies proving that juice fasts are “good for you” or “bad for you”. From my research, the few studies that have been done around juice fasting are around its effects on weight loss. Let me be clear: juice fasting is not an effective way to lose weight. During a juice fast, you aren’t eating solid food and are consuming less calories that you normally would, so naturally your belly will flatten and you may drop a few pounds of water weight. But you gain it all back once you start consuming solid food again! So, I don’t recommend using a juice fast as a sustainable way to lose weight. There are no “quick fixes” when it comes to your physique- you can only achieve the results you want through a clean diet and exercise!