Juice fasting is a form of detoxification for the body. Juice fasting is a form of fasting, wherein you refrain from consuming anything other than water and fruit and vegetable juices. Proponents of juice fasting have theorized that since less energy is spent in digesting juices than regular food, you are then left with more energy to expel the toxins in your body. You are also receiving more vitamins and minerals, since the fruits and vegetables used in making juices are rich in these components.
There are various reasons for choosing to go on a juice fast. One of the major reasons for going on a juice diet is the hypothesized health benefits of the diet. For some people, it is an alternative form of treatment for diseases such as arthritis, depression and intractable pain. It has also been useful as a method for losing weight, while absorbing the highest amount of nutrients from your food. Fats are metabolized and eliminated from the body. Juice fasting is also being done for religious reasons. Special seasons require certain religions to refrain from eating anything until sundown. Some people have also found juice fasting helpful for weaning themselves from unhealthy habits, such as smoking, binge eating or caffeine addiction. For some, practical reasons, such as the lack of time for cooking, can lead them to go on a juice fast.
On the downside, juice fasting may also result in a variety of side effects. These include low blood sugar levels, bad breath, weakness, and arrhythmia, among others. Some juices can also interact with certain medications. Juice fasting is not recommended in pregnant women and people with chronic illnesses, such as diabetes.
A piece of advice: like any other health, diet and exercise regimen, it is always better to consult your physician before starting. This is especially important if you are experiencing any health problems, to make sure that the juice fast will not result in any untoward event.