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Juice Detox Diet: Naked Juice or Homemade Juice Cleanse?

Updated on July 31, 2012

Pasteurized, pure, natural, unsweetened bottled juices have experienced increased sales in recent years but a juice detox can only come from fresh homemade juice. The increase in nutritional education is causing more people to consider how they are being effected by what they eat and drink. Have you ever stopped to think that the rate you age partly depends upon what you consume? Aging isn’t just about facial wrinkles. It’s about the whole body inside and out.

All parts of our bodies need nutrition to function properly and to stay young. WIthout proper support, skin, bones, teeth and organs slowly begin to decay. Health conditions begin to develop and the body begins to send out warning signs, in the form of pain or discomfort, that something is desperately wrong.

We go to the doctor and get prescription medicine, or over the counter pain relievers to deal with the pain or discomfort, but the underlying cause is still present and becoming worse by the day. The prescriptions being taken continue to mask the problem and at the same time serious side effects begin to develop.

More people are becoming aware that drugs are not a long term solution and are turning to alternative health treatment and prevention. Groceries stores are trying to accommodate this growing trend by adding more natural, healthy and organic products.

Nutrition scientists all agree that much of our food calories should come from fresh fruit and raw vegetables. The problem that arises for most of us is that we can’t eat enough raw fruit and vegetables per day to get the amount of nutrition needed by the body.

One thing you have probably seen is a lot more 100% natural, unsweetened fruit juices, and vegetable juice blends. For many people this seems like an ideal way to detox the body and add necessary nutrients to the diet. No doubt these juices are more healthy than soft drinks or juices containing little or no real juice, but is the nutrition you are getting from these products adequate, and is worth the price you have to pay?

Unfortunately, health safety concerns require that companies use a heat treating process called pasteurization before putting these juices on the market. Heating destroys most of the nutrition in the juice and diminished the cleansing, toxin binding and antioxidant action of the juice. That is why many times you see juice labels that say vitamin C or D added.

Not only are the vitamins destroyed, but enzymes required for strengthening the immune system and proper metabolism of food are also destroyed. Other vital nutrients missing from these products are trace elements, chlorophyl, bioflavonoids, pigments, and minerals.Pasteurized juices in bottles or cartons tend to make our bodies more acidic, whereas freshly juiced juices make our bodies more alkaline. Cancer cannot grow in an alkaline body.

Many well known institutes are now recommending that sick people go on a raw food diet which includes lots of fresh juices because their healing power is phenomenal. Many people are choosing Naked juice because it is freshly made and unpasteurized. This is a good option as long as the juice is consumed shortly after it has been made. The longer the juice sits, the more vital nutrients are lost. The main objections to making homemade juices are that you need lots of fruit and vegetables which costs too much, and there is too much preparation time involved.

These problems can be solved by purchasing a high quality juicer. A cheap juicer will leave much of the liquid intact, but a good juicer will extract all the juice, making a glass of juice with much less fruit and vegetables. Taking the time and effort to juice for healing or prevention is much less of a hassle than the many doctor and hospital visits it will take to hopefully recover from serious health conditions.

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      Charity 

      6 years ago

      Your information on Naked juice is incorrect. It IS pasteurized. I just read on the label of 3 different types "gently pasteurized." I want to believe that I can still fast on them, since they are delicious, but I don't think they will give me the same effects as juicing my own.

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      h.l 

      6 years ago

      We are lucky to have this!

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      Tonette Fornillos 

      6 years ago from The City of Generals

      Fresh and homemade juice really makes a BIG difference. Another great information to help us think twice about Juice bars and convenient fruit drinks sold over the counter. Good if they're making it out from fresh fruit! Thanks for this Steve. Interesting!

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      joy junni 

      7 years ago

      tanks for this information.i will always make ma own juice and for ma mummy too.tanks

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      Trevor Motha 

      7 years ago

      FRESH JUICE IS THE BEST, WHENEVER MY FRIEND JOHN VISITS ME HE PICKS UP WHATEVER FRESH FRUIT I HAVE AND MAKES A WONDERFUL JUICE FOR ME, HE LOVES IT AND SO DO, NOWADAYS I LOVE HIM AS MUCH AS I LOVE THE JUICE THAT HE MAKES, HE IS GONE TO HIS HOMETOWN, I MISS HIS JUICE AND I LOVE TO SEE HIM BACK AS SOON AS POSSIBLE

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      rolisha 

      7 years ago from North Carolina

      Awesome Hub and very useful.

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      stevemark122000 

      7 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks for your comment not white trash! Juice fasts are great because you are resting the digestive system, getting a complete body detox and getting great nutrition. It is also a very very effective way to boost the immune system by adding regular juicing to a healthy diet.

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      not white trash 

      7 years ago

      so if you do the juices do you just drink juices or can you eat other foods as well? what is most beneficial? is it better to do a juice fast every now and again? what have you had good luck with?

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      membersa 

      7 years ago from USA

      Healthy living should be the priority of everybody. I have a juicer at home and I make my own juice. Since I quit drinking store bought juices, I felt much better.

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      Lita C. Malicdem 

      7 years ago from Philippines

      Landed here just in time. I got my power juicer from my daughters last month and I'm enjoying my naked juice. I compensate the amount of juice I produce by adding 2 regular size of cucumber to an apple or to an orange or to few strawberries, etc. I always see to it that my juice base is cucumber and the sweeteners are the other sweet fruits. I'm diabetic, that's why. If I want more fiber, I go back to my fruit blender. This is a useful detox hub. Thank you.

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      Apple Juice Recipes 

      8 years ago

      Just looking around for information on specific juice recipes; I think it’s important that people take a stand by taking additional time out of their busy schedule to really monitor the kinds of foods and juices they’re allowing to infiltrate their body; excellent hub by the way.

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      anitariley65 

      9 years ago from Little Town Ohio

      This is so good to know. I had a BCIR done in 2000, after I lived with a total colectomy from 1981-2000. I know that a detox is what my body needs, but with my condition, most conventional detox's are out of the question. This sounds like my best bet. I am crazy over fresh fruits and vegetables, but not in puree'd form. Guess I should just be thankful I'm alive. Thanks again for the awesome and so, so useful info. you post.

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      Nancy's Niche 

      9 years ago

      Thanks for your great info on juicing to detoxifying your body…Fresh and natural juice and foods are always better.

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      create a page 

      9 years ago from Maryland, USA

      Great article. Well written.

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      jill of alltrades 

      9 years ago from Philippines

      Great info here Steve! Thank you for sharing.

      I love fresh fruit juices. It's usually the preparation that is a hassle. So I just eat the fruits straight if I can. Lazy me. At least there are more fresh fruit juice stands around although they can be rather expensive.

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      jiberish 

      9 years ago from florida

      Good Hub,thank you for the info. I recently started drinking smoothies made at home from fresh fruit. I'm still experimenting on which fruits taste better mixed together, and yes, unfortunatly it can get expensive.

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      NZUNG SERAPHINE 

      9 years ago

      Very good information for lazy people like us who like the easy way ie buying ready made juice.i have to start making my fruit juice.Thanks for the wonderful hub.

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      ocbill 

      9 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

      Simply incredible information. I would have never known it was more acidic. So, jamha juice & naked juice will get more business from me now. And, I'll buy more frest fruits and make it from scratch.

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