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What Is the Juice Diet?

Tuesday, 30 Nov 2010 04:32 PM

The juice diet is a type of detoxification diet. Also known as juice fasting, it restricts the diet to fruit and vegetable juices. This juice diet plan is somewhat similar to the dietary habits practiced ages before the invention of fire. There are various reasons why people choose a juice diet. Some use this juice diet to purge their body of toxins, while others for some spiritual reasons. Normally, juice diet fasting is done for three to seven days, but some people follow a juice diet biannually for a period of a few weeks to months.  
Vegetables like celery, carrot, spinach, broccoli, cabbage, beet, and fruits like apple, grapes, pineapple, and raspberries are part of a healthy diet; these fruits and vegetables are commonly used to make drinks. One may drink pure carrot juice which is a good source of provitamin A (carotene) and calcium. Drinking carrot juice can improve eyesight and is good for bones, too. Vegetable drinks such as cucumber drinks, spinach drinks, and beet drinks, also have numerous health benefits. Fruit drinks like apple drinks and grape fruit drinks are good anti-oxidants that help in detoxification.
Mixing carrot, kale, and wheat grass is a delicious juice diet recipe.
Juice diet recipes may have some side effects like hypoglycemia, low blood pressure, dizziness, and tiredness. One common problem with a juice diet is that it contains no fiber, which leads to constipation. Isabgol husk (psyllium) is added to the juice diet recipe to facilitate bowel cleaning. A lot of healthy smoothie recipes that contain the benefits of juice diet fiber are readily available.
Such drinks may not be for everyone, but smoothies attract many from every age group. A smoothie is a thick-consistency sweetened beverage made from fresh fruits and vegetables, containing crushed ice and honey, or yogurt. When preparing a smoothie, no cooking is done, which preserves the nutritional value of the fruit and improves their taste as well. 
If someone cannot continue a traditional juice diet for longer periods, they may consume water, vegetable salad, fruits, or soups containing onion, carrot, and garlic as an accompaniment to the juices. This juice diet plan can be continued for 10 ro 15 days without any difficulty.
Sticking to a juice diet for a few days helps cleanse the colon and improve metabolism. The benefits of juice diet fasting include rejuvenation of the body, shedding extra pounds, and bringing a glow to the skin and shine to the hair.

Juice diet fasting should not be done by people who have diabetes, low blood pressure, impaired immune system, liver and kidney diseases, and cancer. Pregnant females, lactating mothers, and children should stay away from a juice diet. After the juice diet fasting is over, one can go back on a healthy diet and get into good eating habits. A healthy diet includes all important components of a balanced diet—carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, and minerals.

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