A great way to help the body heal is utilizing the power of juice fasting. There are many benefits of juice fasting, but the best benefit in our opinion is:
It frees up your body to do what it is designed to do: HEAL.
By reducing the energy used for digestion the body is then freed up to use energy for detoxification, removing harmful or damaged cells, and creating new cells. Freeing up the body from the constant digestion and removal of food, allows organs to regenerate–and even more so as toxins are removed. Fasting has the ability to not only destroy/remove cells, but also to create new stem cells!
We recommend using juice for most people and we love the way fresh citrus gives energy, alkalizes the body, and is an easy introduction to juice fasting. We also enjoy and recommend green juices and even water fasting, but we think it is important for people to learn the power of fasting and grow in their understanding by starting with something simple and fresh squeezed fruit juice is a great way to start.
– Typically the first 1-5 days are the toughest of a fast. The body goes through major adjustments as it uses up its glucose stores and eventually starts running off fats (ketosis). Usually these first days can be accompanied by headaches, dizziness, nausea, irritability, fatigue. We recommend resting, doing light activity (walking, yoga, stretching, etc), and spending time meditating (thinking and pondering on truth, not emptying your mind).
– To start we recommend to just keep drink juice when you feel hungry and do not worry about how much. For water, a good recommendation is to drink half your bodyweight in ounces.
– It is important to keep having bowel movements while fasting. If bowel movements are not regular it can make the fast much harder as one of the main ways our body eliminates toxins is through the colon (in addition to sweat, urine, exhaling, etc). In order to ensure bowel movements during a fast, we like: a) the Lower Bowel Balance herbal formula (take 2-4 per way) b) Oxypowder (take as directed) C) epsom salts (only recommended sparingly – 1-2 times) D) Senna tea E) Cool enema (only if it is a must).
– It can help to swish with fresh water after drinking citrus (especially if you do not have alkaline saliva) to remove some of the acids from your teeth.
– To transition back to eating food, always start slow! Eat water-rich, easily digestible foods. We recommend fresh fruit like watermelon, oranges, blueberries, cherries, peaches. Also vegetable broth, or thin soups. Start with smaller amounts and work your way up to larger amounts. As a guideline, take half the time you fasted and think of that as your transition time. So if you fast for 3 days, take a day and a half to be careful about your food intake and allow your digestion to restart slowly.
– If you are a beginner at fasting we recommend starting with 3 days of juice and year after year work your way up to 30 days. Or if you are doing a water fast start with 1 day and work up to 14 days.
Pick a goal, be careful, do some research, and go for it! Have a question? Shoot us an email!