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Things to Eat When Juice Fasting

by
author image Suzanne Allen
Suzanne Allen has been writing since 2004, with work published in "Eating for Longevity" and "Journal of Health Psychology." She is a certified group wellness instructor and personal trainer. Allen holds a Bachelor of Arts in communication and information sciences, a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and a Master of Arts in clinical psychology.
Things to Eat When Juice Fasting
Juice fasting. Photo Credit Evgeny Karandaev/iStock/Getty Images

Fasting is a procedure used to cleanse the body, lose weight or gain spiritual enlightenment by restricting solid food and consuming only liquids. Liquid-only fasts may feature water or juice. Liberal juice fasting allows for the consumption of water, fruit juice, vegetable juice and herbal teas. Consult your doctor before starting a liquid-only fast.

Fruits for Juicing

Things to Eat When Juice Fasting
Assorted fresh berries. Photo Credit Volosina/iStock/Getty Images

Fruit juices contain high values of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, which are ideal for immunity enhancement, according to PDR Health. Organic fruits are best, because the amount of pesticides used in growing the fruit is regulated. Almost any fruit can be juiced, including bananas, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, apples, pineapple, grapes, mango, peaches, kiwi, watermelon, oranges, kiwi, cantaloupe, grapes and pears.

Vegetables for Juicing

Things to Eat When Juice Fasting
Beets. Photo Credit Yana Petruseva/iStock/Getty Images

Fresh organic vegetables can provide vitamins and minerals often not found in fruits. Avoid prepackaged vegetable juices, as these products are often high in sodium and preservatives. Use beets, asparagus, kale, spinach, radishes, carrots, cauliflower, cabbage, squash, celery and broccoli. Try not to mix high-acidic fruits with low-acidic vegetables, as this may produce an unappealing taste. Mix vegetables with tomatoes, which are a type of fruit, for a healthy and tasty combination. Do not salt your vegetable mixture, as salt retains water and defeats the purpose of a fast. Small amounts of pepper may be added.

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Water

Things to Eat When Juice Fasting
Drink water. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Pixland/Getty Images

While fruit and vegetable juices can hydrate the body, water is an essential liquid to consume during any fast. Water aids in flushing toxins from the body and helps keep bodily functions efficient. The body needs two quarts of water per day, according to the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture. In addition, water helps the intestines function, especially when the body lacks sustenance during a fast to stimulate a bowel movement.

Herbal Teas

Things to Eat When Juice Fasting
Herbal tea. Photo Credit mythja/iStock/Getty Images

Unsweetened herbal teas, such as black or green tea, may be consumed during a juice fast. If your goal for fasting is to cleanse your body, choose decaffeinated tea. If your goal is to lose weight, choose caffeinated tea, as caffeine stimulates the metabolism. Herbal teas, like green tea, contain powerful antioxidants, which eliminate free radicals and cancer-causing agents from the body. Also, green tea is associated with reduced inflammation among individuals with arthritis.

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