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A juice fast is like pressing fast forward all the systems of detoxification in the body. But, claim the sceptics, the body detoxes itself anyway so why bother? Well, there is no question that the body detoxes itself all the time otherwise you’d be a gonner...so, what's the real juicy story?
Well, just as your home or office can become dusty and dirty, so your body can become clogged up with toxins and waste matter from the environment around us. A healthy body is able to disarm toxins by breaking them down, storing them in fat tissue or excreting them. However, here’s the crux. Many – if not most - people are depleted in the nutrients needed to detox optimally and chronic health problems, sluggishness and weight gain are common results.
A toxin is anything that has a detrimental effect on cell function or structure. Toxins are materials that our bodies cannot process efficiently and over time they build up and as a result, our systems function below par, leaving us drained, tired and frequently ill.
Fresh juices provide a highly effective fast track and - importantly - easy delivery mechanism - for the body to absorb and process key vitamins, minerals and plant chemicals (phytonutrients) that are so beneficial to our health.
In the context of a juice fast, this is really helpful. It’s the break from normal digestion and consumption that allows the body to catch up on it’s inner to-do list. Much like the health benefits of fasting - now better understood through diets such as the 5:2 diet - juice detoxing also helps reduce weight safely, lowers inflammation and promotes healing.
So, skeptics, I suggest you simply give it a try for yourself!
After all, what is the worst that can happen? You'll lose 7lbs, your skin will glow, your digestion will get a chance to rest and you will look and feel younger!
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