This is an interesting movie by Joe Cross on how he fasted with vegetables and fruit, ran through a juicer. It's about Joe an Australian fasting for 60 days drinking green juice as he travels across the US. Watch the video to see the transformation with Joe and others. It includes weight loss and elimination of prescription drugs. You can watch the movie free on Hulu or you can rent or purchase it.
I've been juicing almost daily for the past 8 years and I'm on my 3rd juicing machine. I juice organic Spinach, Broccoli, Red Beats and Carrots. I should mix it up by using different vegetables instead of the same four, but for me it keeps it simple and I think I'm getting what I need. I believe that juicing is one of the ingredients helping to keep my health in check.
I also feel I'm more committed with just the four vegetables instead of bouncing around picking different veggies and missing days and losing interest. Maybe someday I'll start interchanging other vegetables. Also in the future I plan to add a second juicing each day that will include only fruits.
The juicer I use is about the same used in the movie. Breville BJE510XL Juice Fountain Multi-Speed 900-Watt Juicer and can be purchased for around $200. I've had it about 3 years and I'm happy with it. If you think you want to start juicing, I would start with a cheaper juicer that does the same job only smaller (you'll have to cut the vegetables into smaller pieces) and it's not as durable as a Breville. I've known several people who had healthy intentions but didn't stick with it, losing interest, and eventually selling their juicer at a garage sale. It's like a lot of things we do, in the beginning it's work. Once you do it long enough it becomes a part of your life, second nature. You may not like doing it but you do it without much thought, it's just part of your life and it's good for you. FYI: When starting out, start with a small amount of juice unless you're okay with your bowels going crazy, it will feel like you've had a laxative. In just a short time your body will be used to it.
Why juice? What happens is when you cook vegetables they lose some nutrients. If you eat whole raw vegetables your system works hard to digest and it can't absorb all the nutrients. Juicing helps to pre-digest the vegetables by kicking the pulp out one side and the juice coming out the other. The absorption happens the moment you start drinking by being absorbed into the body without having to digested first.
Juicing vegetables has very little protein and almost no fat. So Juice fasting may not be the healthiest for you. I would talk to your doctor first. I personally have never fasted and really have no desire to fast. I'll take the slow road to detox for now.
Although I think juice fasting is a better option then eating all the processed high sugar foods in the center aisles of the grocery store that most Americans eat. See your doctor and do some research before starting. The main thing is to find a healthy plan that works for you.
You may or may not live longer by juicing but you'll be working toward having a better quality of life.
Happy & Healthy,