Many people think they are detoxing the proper way by juice fasting for days to cleanse their bodies, or even just starting the day out with a glass of celery juice. Is juice fasting the best way to fast, detox, and cleanse, or is juice fasting doing more harm than good?
The purpose behind juice fasting is to cleanse the liver, reset the metabolism, and possibly lose weight; however, there are a few issues with this protocol that I explain in this article.
Juice Fasting – The Facts Unveiled
Juice Fasting: Calories are Too Low
When you are on a juice fast your caloric intake is too low. The body is recognizing incoming calories for energy but not enough. This will start the starvation response. The body never switches into using its own body fat for fuel and thinks it will run out of “juice”. As a result, your metabolism slows down, headaches will set in from the lack of protein, and your body is bombarded by an abundance of plant toxins in concentrated amounts.
This is different from when you are fasting with no caloric intake because an absence of calories altogether sparks a hormonal response where the body switches into ketosis, or fat burning mode, and starts utilizing the thousands of calories on its body to burn. The brain knows that there is no shortage of fuel and will actually rev up the metabolism, not slow it down. Read my article, How To Fast – Fasting The Right Way for the right way to fast for your health.
Juice fasting makes you hungry
A study recognized that when protein consumption increased from 15% to 30%, people ate 447 less calories a day. When you are juicing, you usually are taking in straight carbs and sugars, lacking any fats or proteins. It is known that the only thing to signal satiety to the brain is Omega 3 fats and certain amino acids from protein. When the brain recognizes incoming Omega 3 fats and amino acids, it signals a release of CCK in the brain to recognize sufficient nutrition is consumed; this does not occur when you’re on a juice fast which will lead to increased hunger and appetite.
High concentration of Oxalates and other Plant Poisons
Almost every plant or vegetable has some sort of defense mechanism to keep away bugs and humans. Secondly, it isn’t natural to take the fiber out of vegetables which is nature’s way of telling you how much to eat and not overindulge.
Many people are juicing celery and spinach which are full of oxalates, and those can cause joint pain, kidney stones, urinary infections, brain fog, slowed metabolism and thyroid disease.
Fructose Metabolizes Differently
While every cell in the body, including the brain, can use glucose, fructose is metabolized differently – the liver is the only organ that can metabolize fructose.
With glucose, your liver has to break down only 20%; however, when fructose is metabolized, it turns into free fatty acids and triglycerides which get stored as fat. These fatty acids accumulate as fat droplets in your liver and skeletal muscle tissues, causing insulin resistance, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).
In addition, fructose converts to activated glycerol which is used to turn FFAs into triglycerides; the more that this occurs, the more fat you store.
Another side effect of this is the liver begins to create uric acid, causing blood pressure to increase and can lead to gout. Lastly, fructose has no effect on ghrelin, our hunger hormone that suppresses appetite, and it interferes with your brain’s communication with leptin, the hormone that stops you from overeating.
Headaches are usually due to a lack of protein or swings in blood sugar. The juice will give you short bursts of calories and without the fiber; the digestion is quick and then over, leaving you hungry with a headache. Juicing never allows your body to start tapping into its own fat stores for energy and the body becomes dependent on outside glucose calories to extract energy from. When it doesn’t get enough of that glucose (due to the low calorie nature of a juice cleanse), it slows down the metabolism and exhibits signs of stress or panic with headaches and lethargy to prompt you to eat or drink more.
When you are fasting and in a state of ketosis, your mental energy is stable and strong as your brain is feeding off of an endless supply of ketones from bodily fat for fuel; there is no “starvation mode” for the brain or the body. In fact, there is a reduction of inflammation in the brain and the ketones are providing a more efficient clean burning fuel to the brain. Most people report a higher level of cognition and lifting of brain fog as their body is detoxing the proper way.
Lack of Results
When you just juice without a final flush of liver and gallstones out of the body, you aren’t expelling the majority of toxins clogging up the liver and other tissues. Juice fasting is mainly cleaning out the digestive system and leading to water weight loss as you are not taking in much sodium to hydrate the cells properly. Once a person starts eating again, those few pounds lost on the scale usually return and bring a few extra with them. This is due to the fact that the metabolism was slowed down and usually the person’s appetite is high from the feeling of being deprived.
Furthermore, during the juicing phase, the lack of protein is triggering the starvation mode even more so, and afterward the body will work hard to make the protein deficit be filled beyond need preparing for the next starvation state.
How To Properly Detox, Increase Energy and Metabolism, and Cleanse the Liver of Stones
The Ascent Diet Cleanse includes the Accelerated Keto, Acceleradine, Accelerated Silver, and additional supplements to reset the body and reverse fatty liver, improve thyroid health, heal digestive issues, and reduce bloat, all within 30 days. This revolutionary program is not just for weight loss, it is helping support participants to:
- Lower insulin and blood sugar increase energy
- Increase fat-burning
- Curb cravings for carbs and processed foods
- Cleanse all of the organs
- Quickly lose liver, visceral, and subcutaneous fat
- Increase the conversion of white fat into brown fat which is the “healthy” fat
- Hundreds to thousands of gallstones expelled in the toilet
- Increased conversion of the inactive thyroid hormone into the active thyroid hormone, leading to a more efficient and faster metabolism and fat burning
- Reduced inflammation throughout the body
- Increased physical and mental energy.
The Cleanse ends with a proper Liver Flush where you will expel hundreds to thousands of gallstones and liver stones in the toilet easily. This is all done without juicing or entering the starvation state. As a result, the liver is able to convert the inactive thyroid hormones into the active hormones, resulting in a faster, more efficient metabolism and increased fat burning. Physical and mental energy increase significantly, visceral fat is diminished, fatty liver is reversed, systemic inflammation is reduced.
Quinton contains up to 78 bioavailable ionic minerals which replenish your cells with the same highly bioavailable mineral-rich bath that nourished life on earth for millions of years. It helps hydrate the cells properly, heal leaky gut, and improve digestion. It contains the same mineral balance as your blood plasma. You are getting the essential minerals without juicing.
By just putting a pinch of Accelerated Ancient Salt on your tongue, your cravings and appetite are suppressed, your blood sugar is lowered, and you are hydrating your cells properly. You avoid the hangry feeling from juicing while absorbing the full spectrum of needed minerals.
Accelerated Ancient Salt is composed of raw, unbleached, unheated, unrefined ancient seabed and sea salt from pristine sources in the Andes, Himalayas and the U.S. without stabilizers, chemicals or plastics like most salts.
Furthermore, it is charged with Scalar Frequencies to help detox the body of heavy metals and radiation. It helps replenish electrolytes, suppress appetite and sugar cravings, lower blood sugar, alleviate nausea, and tastes amazing! It also has a strong negative charge to help “pull out” positively charged toxins, parasites and undigested fats.
Most salts are stripped of all of the natural minerals outside of sodium, causing face bloat, stomach bloat and overall edema. Accelerated Ancient Salt contains over 60 of the natural minerals, balancing out the sodium. As a result true hydration is achieved within the body, eliminating bloat.
Accelerated Keto includes additional fat burning ingredients that de-fat the liver specifically; no other keto supplement incorporates these ingredients. It is lipotropic, meaning it breaks down saturated fats into unsaturated fats. Unsaturated fats are easier for the body to utilize and easier for the body to convert to ketones.
Imagine a wax candle that is solid, and when we light the candle, the solid wax (fat) turns into a liquid, which is then taken up by the wick to burn easily. Because of this property, it is able to de-fat the liver as well. It is well known that the liver is responsible for converting stored fat into ketones. It is the liver that produces the ketones from fats.
The more a person’s liver is defatted and unclogged, the easier it is for the liver to function in all areas including producing ketones. The liver is also where the thyroid hormone converts from T4 to T3, and as the liver function becomes better, the thyroid works better as well, increasing metabolism further. This mechanism leads to diminishing liver fat, visceral fat, and subcutaneous fat.
This is truly “detoxing” your liver the way juicing is trying unsuccessfully to do. Accelerated Keto also contains HMB which is directly related to preventing muscle loss while losing body fat. As you take Accelerated Keto and stick to a low carb diet, you are healing your Leaky Gut, eliminating bloat, while increasing fat loss.
By abstaining from eating for a period of time, your gut is able to heal, eliminating bloat and mobilizing fat from visceral, subcutaneous and liver fat for energy. As a result energy increases and bloat decreases. Furthermore, you enter a state of ketosis or fat burning, where the brain and body utilize its own fat stores for energy. This staves off the “hangry” feeling and the starvation state that are both experienced on a juice fast.
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Sara Banta is a Stanford University Graduate with a Degree in Economics and Psychology, and a certified Natural Supplement Expert & Graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Sara is the Founder of Accelerated Health Products and host of the health & wellness podcast, Accelerated Health Radio.