Drinking Juice is a great way to get extra vitamins and minerals in to your body. However not all juice is created equal.
Juice that you buy from the supermarket is full of preservatives and added sugars etc. Fresh squeezed juice is the way to go!
Juicing helps you absorb all the nutrients from fruits and vegetables. This is really important because most of us have impaired digestion due to less than optimal food choices over many years. This limits your body’s ability to absorb nutrients from the food you eat. Juicing allows you to consume an optimal amount of fruit and vegetables easily enabling you to absorb all the mico-nutrients.
I use a regular juicer but for best results and to retain the optimal amount of enzymes and nutrient quality you can use a cold press juicer.
Here are some of my favourite recipes.
- 1/2 watermelon
- 2 limes
- 1 apple
- 6 carrots
- 1 small beetroot (and beetroot greens if available)
- 1 small bunch of spinach
- 1 lemon
- 1 thumb of ginger
Orange and Mint Juice
- 4 oranges
- 1 bunch of mint
- 1 apple (or pear) for added sweetness.
I’ve recently completed my very first juice fast and I loved it! When I first heard about juice fasting I was pretty hesitant and thought that “this can’t be healthy for me” but the more research I did the more I warmed to the idea that a juice fast was the way to go to rid my body of toxins and assist with the healing process.
When we fast it gives our digestive system a much needed rest from the constant strain of breaking down and digesting food. It floods our body with vitamins and minerals that strengthen your immune system and sustain your health.
So for one whole week I drank CABALA Juice which stands for:
It’s delicious! I definitely will be making this juice again soon. I did change it up occasionally and made myself a green juice here and there, I even at one stage juiced 1 kilgram of tomatoes and two red chillies! That was one HOT juice.
On day 1 of the fast I experienced some dicomfort while my body was getting used to only drinking juice, on day 2 I had a slight headache and felt a little bit tired, But from day 3 onwards I was full of energy and feeling great. It’s normal when you are detoxing to experience headaches and even cold and flu symptoms for a short time, this is your body ridding itself of toxins and it’s a great thing! One thing I did notice while I was fasting was that I was really able to think clearly. It was almost like a fog had been lifted from my brain. I also slept better after the first two days and had some incredible vivid dreams.
The most commonly asked question I received while I was fasting was “Aren’t you hungry?!”
No! Not once when I was fasting was I hungry. I did drink a lot of juice (6.5 litres on my first day!) but I wasn’t actually hungry the entire time. When you’re fasting you need to make sure you’re drinking a minimum of 2.5 litres a day.
Finally I’d like to say that I absolutely loved fasting! I’ve already decided to do another fast along with a friend in September.
For more information on CABALA juice and juice fasting have a look at my friend Vegie Girl’s blog. She was my inspiration for trying a fast and has a wealth of knowledge on all things health and wellness.
Happy Juicing. x