Sheila Hicks Balgobin


Juice Fasting for a Post-Holiday Detox

The holidays are over and juice fasting is a great way to celebrate the end of over-indulgence! The liver and digestive system get to rest and nutrients are absorbed easily from freshly made fruit and vegetable juices.

Why not Just Eat the Vegetables or Fruit?

The digestive process is a long one, which means that many hours pass before the nutrients are absorbed by cells. A lot of the energy contained within the fruits and vegetables are consumed in the process of breaking down fibre, meaning that there is less actually available nutrition for the body.

The juice extracted from vegetable or fruit fibres is more quickly and easily absorbed (sometimes in as little as five minutes), without unduly taxing the digestive system. While the fibre is useful – it acts like a broom in the colon – cooked food is more mop-like, meaning the gut becomes clocked with sticky mucous, making digestion even slower and more difficult.image

Who can Go on a Juice Fast?

Most people can undergo a juice fast for two -three days (or more – there have been studies done where people fasted 21 days without suffering ill effects); it all depends on the particular situation of the person fasting. Note: If you have a medical condition, please check first with your GP or consultant before going on a juice (or any other) fast.
Juice fasts, unlike plain water fasts, provide the body with easily absorbed nutrients; the juices can also be combined to address specific needs. The juices must be made and consumed immediately. For more information on juice fasting, read N W Walker’s book, Fresh Vegetable & Fruit Juices: What’s Missing in Your Body.

Fresh Juice for a Fresh Start to the Year

Here are a couple of juices you might want to try to help cleanse and strengthen your system:image


Carrot molecules are identical in chemical composition to red blood cells.

Note: overindulgence may cause the skin to turn yellow (temporarily) from the beta-carotene.

Carrot/Beet/Coconut milk

Body-building, cleans the kidneys and gall bladder.

Papaya (Green or ripe)

Excellent for the digestive system (the active ingredient – Papain – is used in meat tenderisers).




These two combinations help normalise both high and low blood pressure.

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