Documentary filmmaker and health advocate Joe Cross discovered a whole new body by vowing to change his life and his health by only drinking fresh fruit and vegetable juices for 60 days. When Cross started filming Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead, he was 100 pounds overweight, on multiple prescription drugs and suffering from an autoimmune disease. He decided to drastically alter his lifestyle and tap into the body’s natural healing abilities by juicing. The results: Cross lost the weight, got off his meds and sought out to spread his message and the success of his personal journey with the masses.
Why might someone consider juicing? According to Dr. Joel Fuhrman, author of The Super Immunity Diet, juicing helps unleash the natural healing power of the body. Juicing floods your system with powerful nutrients and antioxidants. It may also help retrain your taste buds to enjoy healthy fruits and vegetables, making it the first step toward a long-lasting lifestyle change, or jumpstarting a weight-loss regimen. Dr. Fuhrman also says juicing can be beneficial for people with elevated cholesterol and high blood pressure, and those suffering from autoimmune diseases, like arthritis, digestive problems and skin conditions. Read more about the benefits of juicing.
While 60 days of juicing is extreme, and should never be attempted without the supervision of a physician, juicing for shorter amounts of time can still be beneficial.
Note: Before starting any cleanse, make sure to consult your physician, especially if you have a medical condition like diabetes. Also, don’t participate if you’re pregnant or nursing. Detoxes are also not a substitute for medical diagnoses or treatment.
To help you reap the benefits of juicing, Cross has developed a 3-day weekend cleanse that you can do with simple ingredients right at home. But before you get started, there are a few rules you'll need to get familiar with.