July 16, 2007
Gotta Love Juicing
I just finished an amazing juice fast, supplemented by a 'greens cleanse' four days before and after the juicing. I highly recommend it once or twice a year. Not only does it increase your energy and shave off a few pounds, but it improves your overall health, alkalizes your system and you should notice skin tone improvement.
There are a ton of books with recipes but if you don't want to go that route, go with greens (kale, cucumber, spinach, swiss chard, collard greens, and celery if you want to water it down a bit). You can add some beets, carrots or green apples if you want to sweeten it up a bit.
Go light on anything that has natural sugar since the key here is to alkalize your system through the cleanse. Toss a few flax seeds on top - besides being a healthy addition, it looks great!!
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Did you do one day of nothing but juice?
Or was it four days of juice, one day of complete fasting, four days of juice?
I don't think I would do it either way... I don't eat a lot, but I enjoy it enough that I don't want to fast for a long time -- actually, even a day makes my stomach far too acidic.
What is the benefit of being more alkaline?
Posted by: Paul Worthington | Jul 16, 2007 1:31:48 PM
It was four days of greens/veggie and salads and 5 days of straight juicing, nothing but juice. Thereafter, its back to 4-5 days of greens/salads, etc. Key here is no sugar, processed food, bad carbs or dairy. Even high sugar fruit is not a good idea while you're going through this.
There are SO many benefits of alkalizing your body. Where to start? It helps from everything from preventative aging to fighting chronic diseases, improving overall energy and your skin, as well as moving 'stuck' toxins THROUGH your body.
A diet that is primarily alkaline (opposite of acidic) pH keeps the system in a healthy state at the cellular level. The base level for your body is roughly around 7.4. When your body is in a state of stress or illness, the pH level is almost always lowered into the acidic range. With the average American diet and lifestyle (not to mention daily stress), it is imminent that your pH level will fall into an acidic state. So it would make sense to put your pH level at alkaline and keep it there.
The problem is maintaining a pure alkaline diet. It's hard. Meaning no wine, no cheese, etc. So I balance it out. Juice/cleanse a couple of times a year and then maintain a balanced healthy diet rest of the time.
Hope that helps.
Posted by: Renee Blodgett | Jul 17, 2007 12:17:57 AM
That does explain it, thanks.
But: no wine or cheese!? Ack!
Nonetheless, I could do a week or more of just salads, fruit and juice...
Posted by: Paul Worthington | Jul 17, 2007 1:02:13 PM
It's great stuff. Honestly, its worth a try. You may find yourself restless, tired and agitated in the first few days, but after that, i.e., when your body starts to readjust and detox, you'll find that your energy will actually increase. Have patience and good stuff comes.
Posted by: Renee Blodgett | Jul 18, 2007 12:03:36 AM
Just my opinion on the biochemistry side of your posting: it takes an awful lot of stress and disease to really acidify your (or anyone else's!) body. I mean, to lower your pH below 7. We all have protecting mechanisms that aim to keep pH as close to 7.4 as possible. Main agent is carbon dioxide (yes, good old CO2) along with HCO3-. I've seen really acidic pHs (as low as 6.85) happen a few times, though, in comatose insulin-depleted children with type 1 diabetes, or severely asphyxiated newborns. And then, this is far more as a consequence than as a cause for their condition. So, really acidifying your body as a result of everyday stress should not be a big concern. Now, this does not mean the balancing act it takes to keep pH as stable as possible comes to no cost. I'll give your advice a try, once I'm back from vacations.
Posted by: Philippe R. Compagnon | Jul 19, 2007 4:08:33 AM