I was expecting to get some symptoms commonly experienced during a juice fast but sadly there were hardly any big reactions. Day 2 breezed by super fast and I drank 4 juices today, 1 coconut (water only) and bottles of water. I am feeling quite good but when I met my tailor, she thought I looked pale (maybe from the hot sun I was walking under). At NTUC Finest today, I saw baby kales $6.80 and I decided to grab them to make my first kale juice. They are like the super food of the States and I thought it was such a waste to juice up these rare finds! There is also a juice stall right at the entrance of NTUC and I usually head there to get a quick juice fix while shopping. I had ABC juice (apple, beetroot and carrots) $3 with ice.
I read that drinking coconut water $2 during the juice fast is pretty good too so I am going to try having one per day. They are the luxury aspect of my juice diet and the only sad part is I won’t be eating the flesh which I love dearly. For my home-made juice, I had a super whopper bowl of baby kales, 2 celery, 1 apple, 1 lemon and half a packet of small cherry tomatoes. I added a tablespoon of soaked chia seeds as well for health benefits. It was unbelievable how I can finish a drink made out of so many vegetables which I cannot finish if I cooked them for myself.
Here are some common side effects of a detox juice plan:
Hunger pangs: (I don’t really feel hungry and I am just thinking what juice recipes to come up with. It does not help when I walk past food stalls or smell my mum in law’s cooking and having a husband that tempts me with his food all the time too:P)
Hunger pangs are worst-felt during the first three days of a fast. A water enema can help to quickly reduce hunger pangs and get you into a fasting state, as it ends the digestion in the colon. Once you get through the first three days, you will be surprised that the hunger pangs just disappear and you can continue with a prolonged fast rather easily.
Weakness: (I am feeling really fresh and alive but in the mornings I do feel slightly cold.)
Your stamina takes a dip when you are fasting. The lack of energy also means that your body is not burning fuel to keep your body warm. During this time, it is normal to feel cold most of the time. Keep warm by wearing some warm under-garments. Sleepiness is also commonplace, so take your time to sleep in and rest.
Bad breath and body odor: (I am feeling more thirsty than usual and I also brush my teeth after each juice to prevent tooth decay and bad breath!)
Bad breath is normal during fasting and body odor may also increase. But if the odor gets excessive, add alfalfa juice to your juice fast recipes. A white-coated tongue at the beginning of a fast contributes to bad breath, but is evidence of your body eliminating toxins from the body. (
Giddiness or nausea: (I have none of the above problem.)
You may experience some light-headedness or nausea in some cases because of the hunger pangs. During this period, a lie-in might help if you feel faint. Taking about 3000mg to 5000mg vitamin C will help detoxify some of the toxins for relief (don’t worry, you won’t get overdose on vitamin C). You can also drink a glass of carrot and capsicum juice with a little ginger, that will work wonders.
Bloating: (Strangely, I noticed my stomach getting smaller and I am not as bloated as pre juice days. I am also burping more than usual.)
Fresh juices have a way of cleaning out the small intestines, reaching into every fold and “air pockets” and releasing old fecal matters. At the same time, turning inside out, the habitats of the bad bacteria/parasites. There’s a lot of activities going on with the microorganisms inside that’s releasing gas during this time of cleansing, which is why you may feel bloated. This bloatedness will subside over time, but drink LOTS of water with lemon juice in it, to help relieve the bloating.
Bowel movement: (Disclaimer: I am being really honest here so please pardon my toilet language. I was hoping for this to happen and strangely I have only been peeing. Hubby Ro says our vegan diet is really clean to start with and because I have not been taking any solid food hence there are hardly any fibers to be disposed of. He is pretty worried and keeps tempting me to eat solid food. He is concerned that I will have no energy and still thinks I am MAD to try this!)
Diarrhea is common during juice fasting as fruit juices have natural laxative effect. Elimination of mucus or dark stools is normal as these are elimination of toxins. Some people take enemas in the morning to help them ease the bowel. A properly administered colon hydrotherapy will also do much good when juice fasting for a prolonged period.
Aches and pains: (I have none of these.)
Elimination of toxins can cause tightness in some parts of the body resulting in aches and pains. During a long fast, some people are temporarily freed from arthritis and other constant pains that they normally experience. Headaches or stomachaches may be withdrawal symptoms from salt, sugar or caffeine.
After about seven to ten days of fasting, many of these symptoms may subside altogether. However, continuing aches and pains in certain parts of your body may mean continuous elimination of fatty tissue is still going on. This is not harmful, but rejoice that your physical body is working well. But, if you experience severe pain or swelling, you should stop fasting. Then, at whichever point of your fast, take precaution to break your fast slowly.
Follow your instinct and listen to your body. Should you feel severe discomfort and feel that your body cannot take it, break your fast gently and safely. Act responsibly regarding your health when juice fasting. The above are only some symptoms of a “healing crisis”. They are inevitable and should be welcomed during a fast, as evidence that your body is doing a deep-cleansing work.