Can I Survive on Juice Alone?
by Healthy Homestead Team
3 weeks ago
The human body needs food and water to survive. And while our body can go without food for more than three weeks, it is not clever to deprive your body of nutrients for that long. Mahatma Gandhi survived 21 days of complete starvation. Water, on the other hand, is a different story. Being that our body is made of 60% water, every living cell in our body needs water to function properly.
With that in mind, can a person survive on juice alone? Yes, and no. You can survive on even water for a few days. But juice does not contain adequate amounts of carbs, proteins, fats, and fiber, all nutrients your body needs on a daily basis. Yes, juices are rich in minerals and vitamins, but those are not the only nutrients your body needs. The fact of the matter is that your body needs carbs, fiber, protein, and fats to perform at an optimal level.
Drinking juice and water for a long period is a recipe for disaster. You will do more harm than good to your body. Yes, you can lose weight, but you will also lose muscle mass and your body will go into starvation mode. And once you go back to normal diet, your body will put on weight quickly, and it will be harder to lose.
We do not recommend drinking only juice for a long period. Some people go for a three or five day juice diet, and that is the longest you can survive without regular food. And we recommend such extreme diets only for a specific situation.
Benefits of juicing
Fans of juicing will tell you that juicing is just too beneficial to ignore. You can consume (drink) more vegetables than you can eat. And juicing allows your body to easily absorb the vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants found in fresh vegetables and fruits.
Juicing has been praised for helping with skin health, cardiovascular health, brain health, and boosting our immune system.
And while there are no scientific evidences and studies that show juicing vegetables is more healthier than eating raw vegetables, experience shows juicing is just amazing. Now, we also recommend eating raw vegetables and fruits as well. But if you cannot achieve the daily recommended dose of fruits and veggies, a juice is a nice way to get an instant boost. If you are not eating enough vegetables, drinking might be the best way to up your intake.
The biggest benefit of juicing is that your digestive system will function more efficiently. While you lose fiber from drinking vegetables, your digestive system spends less energy to digest food in liquid form. Juicing also preserves the enzymes found in fruits and vegetables, and gives your digestive system a rest.
Moderation is the key when it comes to juicing. It is not the best idea to live on juice alone. Some raw foodists call it a juice fast. But drinking only juice for a few days is not necessary. As mentioned previously, we approve it only in extreme situations, like having to lose 10 pounds in a few days for your wedding dress. Yes, that might sound crazy to some people, but brides are crazy.
For best results when it comes to juicing, you should strive to drink one glass of green juice per day. Drink it on an empty stomach, early in the morning. Also, make sure your juice is as fresh as possible.
How to add more juices to your daily diet?
Juices are great any time of the day. However, they are best consumed in the morning. That way, you get an instant energy boost, and you do not crave sugars for the rest of the day. You can also consume them as a snack. With that in mind, we suggest you starting with some basic juices. Here are some examples:
- Green juice made with celery, kale, spinach, and parsley
- Green juice made with cucumber and green apples
- Tomato and vegetables juice
- Berries juice