Juice is rich in antioxidants and juice fasting supports detoxification
If you have access to a juicer, you should make fresh juice a part of your daily routine. It’s a great way to get 3,000 to 5,000 ORAC units a day (Oxygen Radical Absorbance). Beet juice is particularly good in this respect. Adding beet juice to carrot juice not only sweetens the taste, but also significantly increases your blood’s antioxidant capacity. Plus, beet juice stimulates the production and excretion of bile from the liver and gall bladder—further reducing toxin removal from the liver.
Vegetable juice’s ability to nullify these free radicals and stop oxidation is one of the reasons I recommend a juice fast (as opposed to a water fast). It’s important that the toxins being released during a fast be neutralized and removed from the body as quickly as possible. Juicing takes care of the problem. A juice fast for two or three days each year can do wonders for your overall health.
For those who are extremely toxic or have never fasted before, there are two other techniques that will significantly improve the results. First, I generally recommend that these people take milk thistle, which both protects and helps increase liver function. The active ingredient in milk thistle is a bioflavonoid complex called silymarin. Studies have shown that silymarin can prevent damage to liver cells. It also has the unique ability to stimulate regeneration of damaged liver cells.
The best products for this purpose are concentrated extracts standardized to 70 to 80 percent silymarin content. I recommend that you take 420 to 450 milligrams a day (half with breakfast and half with dinner) for 30 days starting about a week before you begin a juice fast. The only possible side effect you might notice with this program is loose stools—which are likely due as much to the juice fast as to the milk thistle.
Also, a daily warm water enema should be taken for the first three to five days of any fast. It’s simply another method of quickly getting rid of toxins being released. The longer these toxins remain in the lower bowel, the more likely they will be re-absorbed into your system.