I can’t count the times folks have asked me, “Can’t I just use canned or bottled juice from the store for my juice fasting cleanse?” I never hesitate when I answer, “No, you cannot.” And, it never fails their second question is, “Well, why not?” I always have the same answer so instead of repeating myself or responding to mutliple e-mails, I’ll just answer here in this post.
There is only one bottled juice I’ll drink. I don’t use it as a primary juice for a juice fasting cleanse, though. I’ll tell more about this mystery juice later, in an upcoming post. I adore it, highly recommend it, but it deserves it’s very own post. So, it must wait.
A few things I don’t like about store-bought juices:
they contain sugar and/or artificial sweeteners
they contain additives, preservatives, etc.
My opinion of store-bought juices? You may as well drink a soda or fattening latte!
Why does a juice fasting cleanse require real, raw juices? Because the nutrients are “alive” in fruits and veggies you juice yourself. The ideal situation would be where you grew the produce yourself (organically, of course) and juiced it as soon as you plucked it. I realize that isn’t an option for many, so the second best option is buying locally (organic, if at all possible). If you can only get produce from the grocery store that is NOT organic, you should at least soak it in a water bath with a splash of organic vinegar for a good, thorough washing.
Why should you drink the (raw) juice as soon as you juice it? Again, because the nutrients are “alive” and the longer you wait to drink the juice, the less “live” nutrients you’re actually getting. There are times (like if you’re doing a cleanse during the work week and you work outside the home) you simply can’t juice the produce and drink it right away. During a time like that, you can compromise by juicing whatever recipes you decide you like or want to try and then filling small or medium canning jars to the very top with the liquid. Put the lids on tight and try to drink within a day or two max. It’s much better for you to drink the juice this way than none at all.
I’ll be honest, juice fasting is a lot of hard work. You have to take special care and pay attention to the type of produce you’re buying or growing to assure it’s organic and safe to consume. And you have to bring home all the produce, wash and prepare it, juice it, clean up the mess, and start at the beginning and repeat. But the rewards are so amazing. You’ll fall in love with the sense of peace, calm, health, satisfaction, pride, mental clarity… It’s so wonderful to be able to enjoy a juice fasting cleanse. The body is a wonderful thing. It has the ability to heal itself, if we’ll only let it and help it along.
Sure, it may be easier to grab a bottle of juice off the store shelf, go home, and pour it in a glass. The easiest way isn’t always the best way, though. Remember the old adage: Anything worth having is worth working for? It rings true today as well. If you’re searching for improved health, a better quality of life, and you’re sick and tired of being sick and tired, what do you have to lose? Work hard to be healthy and your body will thank you.
Have you tried a juice fasting cleanse? Are you prepared to work hard so you can live a long, healthy life? In the end, sometimes we just have to dig deep and go for it. I always juice fruits and veggies myself using my Jack LaLanne Juicer. What are your thoughts on juice fasting and raw juices verses store-bought? Share in the comments!
Here’s to life, health, and healing with (raw) juices!