15 Day Juice Fast: Day 3

by - July 24, 2011

Check out the great bullet point list below. Always good to know these things ... Perhaps KNOWING how great a certain fruit/vegetable/herb is for us, will help us to eat it more often. That is what is helping me get through the juice fast. Today (Sunday) was particularly hard. Sunday is a big "eating" day for our family. A homemade hot breakfast, munching tasty snacks right after church, and a delicious dinner (usually made by the man o the house) that we all feast on. So ya, juice just didn't cut it today. Not that I was HUNGRY, per se. Just that I wanted to EAT. I missed the flavors, the chewing, the satisfaction afterward of an amazing meal. Instead, my kids got to partake. Lucky them!

  • Apples contain antioxidants that help protect “good” HDL cholesterol levels in the blood.

  • Avocados are densely packed with anti-inflammatory, healthy fats. Well-known for its vitamin E content, an important antioxidant.

  • Beets are potent antioxidants with liver-protective properties.

  • Blueberries and blackberries are rich in anthocyanins—these phytonutrients have power. They can reduce inflammation, increase detoxifying enzymes in the liver, and stop cancers from creating their own lifeline-blood supply.

  • Cabbage is a cruciferous vegetable that promotes natural detoxification in the liver. It is high in sulfur and iodine.

  • Carrots are the richest plant source of vitamin A, good source of potassium.

  • Celery is high in organic sodium, magnesium, and iron. Magnesium is important for the breakdown of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats into energy; for muscle relaxation and the prevention of cramps; and for nerve conduction and preventing tooth decay.

  • Cilantro provides a rich source of carotenoids.

  • Cinnamon has been shown to help keep blood sugar in check.

  • Cucumbers contain potassium and phytosterols, which help lower blood cholesterol levels.

  • Fennel’s active ingredient, anethole, blocks inflammation in the body and can stop cancer cells from multiplying.

  • Ginger root reduces nausea, pain and inflammation, and provides heartburn relief. It also aids digestion.

  • Grapefruits provide a rich source of vitamin C, and are a good source of lycopene (a carotene with prostate cancer-protective properties).

  • Kale is an especially nutrient-dense vegetable with many potent micronutrients. Rich and abundant in calcium, lutein, iron, and vitamins A, C, and K, kale has seven times the beta-carotene of broccoli and ten times more lutein, another potent carotene. Kale is part of the cruciferous vegetable family, making it a good source of the phytonutrient indole-3-carbinol. Research shows I3C has many anti-cancer actions, such as promoting estrogen ratios in the blood that are weak, but needed to discourage breast cancer tumor growth. Crucifers are also potent detoxifiers.

  • Kiwis offer twice the vitamin C of an orange per serving. They are a good source of vitamin E (a potent antioxidant) and potassium.

  • Lemons contain natural anti-nausea and overall digestive-aid properties.

  • Mint is rich in plant-based omega-3 fats – an important nutrient for healthy hair, skin, and nails that has powerful anti-inflammatory activity. Omega-3s may also protect against the development of heart disease and certain types of cancers.

  • Parsley is a good source of folic acid, which may help lower the risk of heart disease and certain types of cancers. It also promotes fresh breath.

  • Pineapples are high in the enzyme bromelain, an anti-inflammatory.

  • Spinach is high in iron, vitamin C, and beta-carotene. The vitamin C and beta-carotene in spinach are antioxidants, and may help to protect cells from the damaging effects of free radicals. Most dark green leafy veggies are rich in lutein – a phytonutrient shown to help delay age-related macular degeneration of the eyes.

  • Sweet potatoes (and carrots for that matter) are rich in – a phytonutrient responsible for giving these veggies their rich orange color. Zeaxanthin has anti-cancer activity: it helps encourage cancer cells to commit suicide (apoptosis), and helps prevent tumors from being able to create their own blood supply (anti-angiogenesis).

  • Swiss chard tastes sweeter in juices than spinach. It is rich in vitamin C, potassium, and magnesium. Foods rich in potassium have been shown to lower blood pressure and heart disease risk.

  • Tomatoes are rich in lycopene – a member of the carotene family famous for its potential to prevent prostate cancer.

  • Turmeric has been shown to have multiple forms of anti-cancer activity in prostate, ovarian, colon, uterine, and breast cancer cells. The active ingredient responsible, curcumin, is approximately 1,000 times more bioavailable (absorbable) when combined with black pepper.

Source via HERE.

Today's juices:

-- kale/squash/carrot/cucumber/tomato (eh.)

-- cantaloupe/grapefruit/blueberries/apples/spinach (not bad at all)

-- beet/kale/arugula/ginger (yuck!)

-- lots of water and some lemon herbal tea

My detox symptoms were non-existent until 5pm. That's when all heck broke loose. Headache and dizziness, albeit minor, numbness and tingling on left side (MS symptom), kidney discomfort (again), and grumpiness. As of right now -- 4 hrs later -- I'm feeling much better. It was all temporary. Dang, my body must be full of toxins.

Oh, and I did some searches online for multiple sclerosis and juice fasting. I came across some interesting things.

How is THIS quote for discouraging?

"After cancer, multiple sclerosis is the diagnosis most people hope they never hear from their doctor. The course of this disease is very difficult to change and the outcomes are often dismal; as a result, doctors have told me that they try to avoid caring for people with MS—and after knowing the statistics, you will understand why. Even with the use of the most modern medications, costing $20,000 a year, the future prospect is: half of these patients are unable to walk unassisted, or are bedridden, or wheelchair bound or dead within 10 years of diagnosis." Source via HERE.

Then I read about stories of people who could barely walk were walking again after their fast, claims of complete recovery from MS symptoms. And this, which is my goal:

"Whilst MS is considered incurable, the correct diet, lifestyle and regular fasting may help stave it off indefinitely."

I'd imagine you could use that quote for all autoimmune diseases and disorders. Yes sir, that is why I am doing this. I hate you, MS! And you are going DOOOOOWWWWNNNN!!!!

Day 3 (although it feels like 13) is done. Finito. Audios!

*No vlog today. Not in the mood. I might start doing every third day or so.

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  1. Janet SherwoodJuly 28, 2011

    LOL! you made me laugh this morning love the "your going doooowwwwnnn" comment. Are you making up your own juice combinations or going off recipes from the movie? I ordered a nut milk bag today to go along with my blendtec. I may try this juice thing!
    I have a funny problem though! I have vasil vasal syncope, a fainting problem cause by a change in blood pressure. For me usually when I take a shower. I had them before Katie came and was diagnosed,but once she came, never had them again. That is until last year when I changed my diet to mostly vegan. I say mostly, because we still occasionally partake in meat once in a while and a small amount of cheese on a pizza. With syncope you should have a diet high in sodium and they tell you to eat meat like hotdogs, lunch meats, hams, things that would raise your blood pressure. I have found the umboshi plum (pickled plum from japan) is high in sodium at over 800. So, you see a may have some trouble, and then I there is the water retention that comes with the sodium which may prevent weight loss! Keep it up, I am reading your blog and hoping for you to succeed so I can pass it on to my family with Lupus!

  2. Janet SherwoodJuly 28, 2011

    Lol! you made me laugh this morning with your comment "Your going doooowwwnnn!) Keep blogging, I am curious about the process and would like to try it. I ordered a nut milk bag to go along with my blendtec. I have family with lupus, so your results may be informative to them.
    I have vaovagal syncope which is a fainting problem due to blood pressure and signals between the heart and brain. I was diagnosed just before Katie came to be, and then for some reason I went 11 years with never having a problem or occurance. I thought it was due to stress and wanting a baby. Last summer we started eating a veganish diet, and they reoccurred. The thing is if you have this, you are given a diet to eat hotdogs, ham and meat high in sodium and snack food, the doctor actually give you a diet sheet like that. Billiters daughter Catherine has it too. So, I am trying to manage my sodium somewhat to prevent fainting. For me, it happens most often in the shower! So, I may have to modify the juice for my needs or there is the umboshi plum which is a pickled plum, and it has over 800 sodium in it.

  3. ClairissaJuly 29, 2011

    Hey Janet! Yay! Your nut milk bag will change your life. Not only can you juice in a blender, but you can make your own almond or rice milk. So easy! I'm not really following any juicing recipes. I know there are a million and one online to check out, but I'm not too worried about taste (I just want to get it down), so I just throw in whatever is in my fridge, trying to mix it up with something I haven't had in a while. The all vege ones are not that great, but adding a lime, lemon and/or ginger slice makes a big difference for the better!

    As for your fainting thing....I would be slightly worried. I can tell my blood pressure has been low, especially in the last couple of days. I get very lightheaded when I stand up quickly and get out of bed in the morning. Ask your dr what they think. Find a way to keep your sodium levels up for sure. This sounds weird, but when I could tell my blood pressure dropped a bit too much, I just ATE some salt. haha.


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