person can extend his life by several years through fasting.
You heal faster, give your organs a rest, clean your liver and
kidneys, purify your blood, cleanse your colon, lose unnecessary
weight, get rid of toxin build-up in tissues, clear the eyes
and tongue cleanse the breath, and lose excess water. Proper
diet, and supplements, exercise, and fasting will more than
double your energy and keep you well and happy.
purpose of a fast is to cleanse yourself, not to starve yourself.
Here are some suggestions that will help you fast, if you decide
to do so. If fasting is not for you, pick and choose what does
work to improve your well-being. Eating lighter seems to go
along with warm weather and Mother Earth provides us, for free,
with some excellent greens for salad that are chock full of
minerals and vitamins. It's no accident that fresh, young herbal
greens arrive just when we need them the most-dandelions, chickweed,
nettles, sorrel, and violet leaves. Mix these "weeds" in with
your store bought salads for a powerhouse of nutrition. These
salad mixes are what I eat the first two days before and the
two days coming off the fast.
you decide to fast, eat only raw foods for two days before and
two days coming off the fast (no dressings or dips). If you
need to eat something while you are fasting, you can eat watermelon
or applesauce from fresh apples with skins that you make in
a blender. Don't chew gum. This puts in motion the digestive
process. Do not fast on water alone. You can take spirulina,
a near perfect food from the sea, during a fast-five tablets
three times a day. Anyone who is hypoglycemic should not fast
without taking spirulina.
seed (found in health food stores) or other high quality fiber
products may be used to clean out the intestines. Psyllium seed
husk swells 8 to 14 times its weight. It is soothing and laxative,
helps increase bowel function as well as cleaning out old debris
that may be lodged in the intestines. Stir a heaping teaspoon
into a little juice mixed with water, and drink it down right
away because it will gel up. Drink eight to twelve 8 oz. glasses
of water a day.
to drink while fasting should be made in a juicer. Fresh lemon
juice with warm water is excellent to start the day as it activates
the liver. Other juices: cabbage, beet, carrot, celery, grape,
and apple juice. Any green drinks you make from juicing leafy
green vegetables are also fine. These are excellent detoxifiers.
Do not drink tomato or orange juice. Do not store cabbage juice.
It loses its vitamin C content.
over three days should be supervised by a qualified health physician.
Diabetics should never fast unless under a doctor's supervision.
Some people, especially the elderly, need certain vitamins and
minerals daily. If you are one of those people, you should continue
to take vitamins while on the fast. You might want to reduce
the dosage of supplements when you are drinking juices.
are ingredients for an excellent broth or juice to drink when
you are fasting. If you choose the broth, cook all the vegetables
together and strain the broth. Your pets might enjoy the pulp.
Use a juicer if you prefer the raw juice.
head of cabbage
2 stalks of celery
¼ bunch parsley
½ clove garlic
here are excellent teas to drink
anytime, but especially when fasting.
first is already made up by Unitea
out of Boulder, CO. and is called Puritea.
This tea is good for you and is delicious.
2 tsp chopped, dry, roasted chicory root
1 tsp dandelion root, dry or fresh
1 tsp sarsaparilla root
½ tsp licorice root
½ tsp ginger, dry or fresh
1 quart water
roast the chicory, spread it on a cookie sheet and bake it at
325°F for 30 minutes. Combine the herbs and water in a non-reactive
pot. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from
heat, cover, and steep for at least 15 minutes, overnight if
possible. Strain. Drink 3 to 4 cups every day.
Reading: For a very detailed description of a three day
fast which also goes into emotional and spiritual aspects of
a fast, I recommend The 3-Day Energy Fast by Pamela Serure.
She also has good recipes for fruit and vegetable juices and
broths you can take during the fast.