A Serious Look at Juice Fasting Recipes


Juice fasting recipes have become a simple, popular at home option for self-healing. Taking the time, in your own home, to explore the different juice fasting recipes will make it possible for you to have clear answers at your fingertips. The self-help technique of following juice fasting recipes as a pathway to a slender and healthy body is called intermittent fasting (IF). That means that for some time a person follows a normal diet with a limited time set aside for fasting on juice and eating no solid foods.

The practice of IF often includes calorie reduction (CR). According to scientists, eating less adds even more benefits due to the detoxing affects. Some benefits are stated here:

“CR reduces the morbidity of a host of diseases, including (but not limited to), autoimmune diseases, atherosclerosis, cardiomyopathies, cancer, diabetes, renal diseases, neurodegenerative diseases, and respiratory diseases.” 1,2

“Dietary restriction has been shown to have several health benefits including increased insulin sensitivity, stress resistance, reduced morbidity, and increased life span.”3

Why Follow Juice Fasting Recipes at Home?

Choosing the right juice fasting recipe is an inexpensive way to both detox (cleanse internal toxins), shed unwanted body fat (lose weight), and increase energy levels. The global economic crisis has made the contrast between buying a juicer and following a juice fasting recipe or spending $495 to $1,000 USD or more a day for detoxing at a spa, retreat or medical care practitioner’s facility an easy health choice for many people. This article addresses the alternative healers who are following juice fasting recipes at home after becoming informed of all the best practices via articles and/or local medical practitioners.

Original vs. Modern Juice Fasting Recipes

A quick look online will reveal many authors who claim to be experts on juice fasting. Without any credentials to back many of their statements up, that is a difficult deduction. In 1936, Dr. N.W. Walker wrote “Raw Vegetable Juices,” to inform people about the healing properties of juice fasting. In 1971, Medical Doctor Paavo Airola wrote “Juice Fasting, The Age-old Way to a New You!” to enable going into a step-by-step guide in the process of juice fasting. Both authors explain preferred fruits or vegetables to use for various diseases.

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Neither of them gave specific juice fasting recipes. Instead, they focused on comments like:

“Juices for the treatment of diabetes are string beans, parsley, cucumber, celery, watercress, lettuce, onions, garlic and citrus juices.”

This lack of specific amounts and types of each fruit or vegetable to be placed into a juicer and predicted outcomes from each combination has frustrated readers. However, not nearly as much as the newer comments found in juice fasting recipe book reviews:

“I hate juice fasting recipes that call for items that are impossible to find even in Southern California where I live”

“Who is going to pay $3.75 for one star fruit when the recipe calls for 6 to 8 of them?”

Comparing Juice Fasting Recipes

Dr. Paavo Airola suggests carrots, beets, and celery for detoxing.

The following Raw NRG juice fasting recipe by Leslie Kenton has three variations:
1 apple
4 carrots is to be ingested every day during a juice fast
If additional detoxing is needed:
add 1-2 stalks of celery
and a 5 cm. (2 in.) section of cucumber when detoxing
For added flavor:
add one or more 1.3 cm. (½ in.) cubes of fresh ginger
To get the super vitamin bonus of a green drink:
add 1 broccoli floret
and a small bunch of spinach, watercress or dandelion leaves

Lola Inez of Yahoo Network says that detoxing requires
#1 recipe is 1 orange, 1 grapefruit, and 1 lime.
#2 recipe is cantaloupe, honeydew melon, papaya, and white grapes.
#3 recipe is mango, pineapple, and lemon.
#4 recipe is apples, carrots, oranges, and lemon.
There is an added comment that spinach, cabbage, carrots, lettuce, cucumber or tomato can be added to any juice recipe for more detox effects.

The Detox Key is Fresh and Organic

The variation on the amount of juice gathered from a young, fresh, organic fruit or vegetable picked and purchased yesterday and an a commercial item picked last week and transported 200 miles is apparently why stating the exact amount of each item is a useless exercise. All fresh, organic fruits or vegetables will be juicer than older, genetically modified (GM) treated produce. Additionally, those who use a blender instead of a juicer will need to cut the juice in half with 50%, or more, with pure spring water. A juicer removes the pulp, and blender only makes it smaller.

Make wise choices by starting with apples, carrots, and a little citrus. As you detox, add more and more greens and it is unlikely you will go wrong. The main caution is to break the fast with extremely small amounts of whole fruit eaten very slowly for a day or longer.



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2. Vaquero A, Reinberg D. Calorie restriction and the exercise of chromatin. Genes Dev. 2009;23:1849–1869. doi: 10.1101/gad.1807009.
3. Anson, R.M., Guo, Z., Rafael de Cabo, Iyun, T., Rios, M., Hagepanos, A., Ingram, D.K., Lane, M.A., & Mattson, M. P., 2002. Intermittent fasting dissociates beneficial effects of dietary restriction on glucose metabolism and neuronal resistance to injury from calorie intake. National Academy of Sciences. Internet retrieved Nov., 22, 2012 from http://www.pnas.org.