It is important to exercise your lymphatic system during a juice fast. This can be done in different ways depending on where you live and what you have available. The only thing you should keep in mind is: no muscle building. Because your body is going through a detox and its intake of food is reduced to pure nutrients via juices without any pulp, it is NOT recommended to put excessive stress on your muscles. Hiking and enjoying the great outdoors, taking long walks, and light jogging are good activities for helping the body staying active. Here are a few other options for getting your lymphatic system moving and grooving.
If you have a pool or live near a clean pool or lake, swimming is also a great way to exercise because of the weightlessness which allows very little impact on the joints. It is very important that you find a non-chlorinated pool. There are some pools that clean their water with salt water, which can be a little better, but the best way is with oxygen and ozone so there are absolutely no chemicals in it. Remember, you are detoxifying therefore you want to avoid any exposure to chemicals. Your skin in the biggest organ of your body and it is like a sponge. It absorbs everything you put on. If you want to read more scientific articles about chlorine toxicity this is a great place to start: Chlorine toxicity: A matter that should be of concerns to all swimmers, coaches, and parents If you own a pool, look into chlorine alternatives like: Mineral Sanitizers, Ozone, Ultraviolet Light. Here’s an interesting article is on Green Upgrader about letting plants clean your pool, a successful method used in Europe.
If you mention that you are juice fasting to any of your workout buddies, be prepared for twenty questions. Remember that for a lot of people juicing and fasting are still foreign concepts although they have been practiced by civilizations throughout the centuries. We tend to dismiss or advise against something we don’t know anything about, so get used to hearing: “Are you crazy not eating? How can you even stand up? This sounds like is bad for you! Have you consulted a doctor?”
Saunas and steam baths are also a great way to expel toxins through sweating. Suzanne also recently wrote about the ways we expel toxins through our lymphatic system in her article about the importance of letting your lymph fluid flow, even if it means taking off your bra! Use a loofah or skin brush to gently exfoliate your skin, increase circulation, banish cellulite and leave it feeling the cleanest and tightest it could possibly be. Always use the sauna properly. Prolonged time in a sauna may lead to the loss of electrolytes from the body, the same as after rigorous exercise. Risks of dehydration leading to heat stroke in more sensitive individuals can occur and may be reduced by regular sipping of water or isotonic drinks, but never alcohol, during the sauna.
So basically, it is very important you keep moving during your juice fast, get plenty of rest, drink lots of water, and listen to your body- don’t overdo it and take a break from serious weight training. This is a time of healing, detoxifying, and breaking down of old tissues. After your intensive juicing period is over, there will be a time for building back up from a healthy foundation. It is very important to move the lymph, when juice fasting and always. For some further reading, you can check this complete article about the lymphatic system.