Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead
Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead is a 2010 American documentary film which follows the 60-day journey of Australian Joe Cross across the United States as he follows a juice fast to regain his health under the care of Dr. Joel Fuhrman. The sequel was released in 2014 and is focused on the reality of trying to maintain the weight loss and continue to eat healthy despite living in an unhealthy world.
Although extreme in his approach, the message is very clear. The standard western diet is starving our cells of the nutrients they need and our health is suffering from it. As soon as we start putting the right stuff back in our bodies, our cells immediately respond, and our health benefits.
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Take Home Message:
The most important message from both of these films really lies behind the power of plants; specifically veggies!! As we start adding in more fresh veggies and fruits the effects our immediate. Juice in particular acts as a liquid supplement in your body. It takes all the work from digestion out of the equation and absorbs into the blood stream very quickly. This results in micronutrients flooding into your cells very quickly, even if you're dealing with digestive issues.
Fasting has also been used for thousands of years in many cultures around the world to improve health and heal from disease. I definitely believe in the power of fasting to boost the immune system and repair the body and can easily get behind the idea of combining fasting with fresh produce to jumpstart the healing process.
Even just one single green juice or smoothie per day can make a huge difference in your energy, weight, and motivation to make more healthy choices. So even if you're not ready to make the leap into a fast, you can certainly start with the goal of simply getting more fresh veggies and fruits into your diet.