A while back I wrote an attention-grabbing article entitled “Intense Exercise Training During a Juice Fast? Is This Even Possible?” Since this article was originally published dozens and dozens of people have written me with specific questions regarding the best ways to approach prolonged juicing fasting (3-10 days or more) in the presence of exercise training.
Juice fasting is always an exciting time to experiment with a variety of vegetable and fruit blends. However, when engaging in exercise during a juice fast, you’ll need to carefully select your combinations in order to effectively fuel your workouts. In the following two sections I’ll highlight specific recipes that I incorporate for consumption before, during, and after workouts.
What I Drink Before and During Workouts
Whether I’m juice fasting or not, I make it a regular practice to consume a large variety of nutrient-dense foods that properly fuel my workouts. Foods consumed prior to or during workouts should contain essential nutrients that enhance oxygen delivery to muscles, support maximum energy production, and reduce overall muscle fatigue during exercise.
In general, performing intense exercise increases the likelihood of what’s called oxidative stress. Excessive exposure to oxidative stress can cause cell-damaging free radicals to build up in the body, which may impair healthy blood flow, reduce physical performance, and weaken overall immune function.
In light of these facts, to exercise at optimal levels while juice fasting, it’s important to drink juices that contain adequate amounts of key nutrients that fight the effects of oxidative stress. These include B-vitamins (thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, biotin, and choline), the antioxidant vitamins C and E, and the vital mineral iron. The following three combinations are potent sources of all these nutrients.