Joe’s Journal: Day 2 – Why Just Juice?

By: Joe Cross

October 13, 2007

Well Day 2 is here and I woke up still feeling tired and lethargic, anxious and headache-y. A member of the film crew asked me, “Why Reboot on just juice?”

The short answer: I was desperate and I wanted quick results, so I decided that for the first 60 days I would drink my fruits and veggies. Not blend, juice. (Note: for a 60-day commitment to juicing, I needed a doctor’s supervision.)  I followed my 60 days with three months of eating and drinking only fruits and vegetables. And for some people a combination of eating and drinking on a Reboot works great.

The longer answer: Juice is digested rapidly and requires a smaller expenditure of energy than solid food which gives the body additional time and energy to rid itself of toxins and other unwanted materials that it absorbs. The reason juice works so much better for this purpose it that all the essential ingredients locked within the fibers of fruits and veggies are freed during the juice extraction process, which means those nutrients can be quickly absorbed and used directly. The digestive system then has to expend only a minimal effort to process the food it is taking in, so much more metabolic energy can be used to cleanse mucoid matter from the lymph systems and toxins from cellular tissue. 

Knowing what is transpiring physically during a juice cleanse, it makes complete sense that when you start you are going to feel the whole thing is very isolating, as well as physically and psychologically challenging.  When you embark on a juice Reboot, you are super-charging your body’s healing process which is initially one of the toughest things about it. Sometimes this will show up in the form of headaches, cold, or flu-like symptoms, coughing, bloating, fatigue, skin irritations or breakouts, etc. I experienced everything on the list.

Watch me break it down for you on why I decided to Reboot on just juice.

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Joe Cross

More than 20 million people around the world watched Joe Cross juice his way across America, losing 100 pounds and getting off medication in Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead. The film ignited a juicing movement. Viewers around the world have been inspired to start juicing, lose weight and get healthy - and as a result of the film over 370 million glasses of fresh juice have been consumed, 370,000 tons of fruit and vegetables consumed, more than 24.8 million pounds of weight lost, and over 220,000 people are now medication free. Joe's second film, Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead 2 was released in November 2014. Through his journey and the lives of the people he meets throughout the film Joe shares all that he's learned about how to stay healthy in an unhealthy world, revealing that most of us really do have more control over of our health than we think - and that none of us are perfect, especially Joe himself! His book, The Reboot with Joe Juice Diet, hit the New York Times' best seller list in March 2014, and the companion guide The Reboot with Joe Juice Diet Cookbook launched that summer.

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