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In the last post we talked about the benefits of fasting, especially in preparation for beginning a diet.
Today, we’ll talk about how to actually do the fast.
To prepare for the fast, eat only raw vegetables and fruits for 2 days.
This will make the fast less of a shock to your system.
While on the fast, drink at least ten 8-ounce glasses of purified water a day, plus pure juices and up to 2 cups of herbal tea a day.
Dilute all juices with water, about 1 part water to 3 parts juice.
Don’t drink orange or tomato juice, and avoid all juices made with sweeteners or other additives.
The best juice to use during your fast is fresh lemon juice made by adding the juice of one lemon to a cup of warm water.
Fresh apple, beet, cabbage, carrot, celery, and grape juices are also good, as are “green drinks,” which are made from green leafy vegetables.
These green drinks are excellent detoxifiers.
As a general rule, you shouldn’t combine fruit and vegetable juices.
Apples are the only fruit you should add to vegetable juices.
Follow the juice-water-and-tea fast with a 2-day diet of raw fruits and vegetables.
The desired effects of the fast can be ruined by eating cooked foods immediately afterward.
Because both the size of your stomach and the amount of secreted digestive juices may decrease during fasting, your first meals after fasting should be frequent and small.
Herbal teas may be consumed throughout your fast, once or twice per day or more if you wish.
Try the following teas:
*Use alfalfa, burdock, dandelion, milk thistle, red clover, and rose hips to rejuvenate your liver and cleanse your bloodstream.
*Drink 2 parts echinacea and pau d’arco tea mixed with 1 part unsweetened cranberry juice.
Used 4 times a day, this will rebuild your immune system, help bladder function, and rid your colon of unwanted bacteria.
*Use peppermint tea for its calming and strengthening effect on your nerves, and for indigestion, nausea, and flatulence.
*Use slippery elm tea for inflammation of your colon.
Take 2 capsule of garlic twice a day.
Garlic supplements can be taken daily before, during, and after a fast to promote overall health, help the healing process, and rid your colon of many parasites.
*When fasting, you may not get enough salt.
If you feel lightheaded or dizzy, take some broth with sodium and/or add sea salt to your food.
*If you must have something to eat during the fast, eat a piece of watermelon.
Always eat watermelon by itself, with no additional foods.
You can also try applesauce – fresh, not canned – made in a blender or food processor.
Leave the skin on the apples, and don’t cook them.
*Take a fiber supplement on a daily basis before and after your fast, but not during your fast.
To promote cleansing of your colon before and after your fast, be sure to make extra fiber a part of your daily diet.
Bran, especially oat bran, is an excellent source of fiber.
Try to avoid supplements containing wheat bran, as they may irritate your colon wall.
Be sure to take fiber with a large glass of water.
*Don’t chew gum while on the fast.
The digestive process starts when chewing prompts your body to secrete enzymes into your gastrointestinal tract.
If there’s no food in your stomach for the enzymes to digest, trouble occurs.
*You can take spirulina during the fast.
Spirulina is high in protein and contains lots of vitamins and minerals, plus chlorophyll for cleansing.
If you’re using tablets, take 5 tablets 3 times daily.
If you’re using powder, take 1 teaspoon 3 times daily, mixing the powder with a cup of unsweetened juice.
*If you have hypoglycemia, consult a health care professional before starting your fast.
*If you’re over 65, or if you need daily supplements for another reason, continue taking your vitamin and mineral supplements during the fast.
When you’re drinking fresh juices, reduce the dosage of supplements you take.
*During a fast, as toxins are released from your body, you may experience fatigue; body odor; dry, scaly skin; skin eruptions; headaches; dizziness; irritability; anxiety; confusion; nausea; coughing; diarrhea; dark urine; dark, foul-smelling stools; body aches; insomnia; sinus and bronchial mucus discharge; and/or visual or hearing problems.
These symptoms aren’t serious and should pass quickly.
*During your fast, be sure to get enough rest.
If necessary, try napping during the day to recharge your batteries.
*To make an excellent juice, juice together 3 carrots, 3 kale leaves, 2 stalks celery, 2 beets, 1 turnip, 1/4 pound spinach, 1/2 head of cabbage, 1/4 bunch of parsley, 1/4 onion, and 1/2 clove of garlic.
If you don’t have a juicer, place the vegetables in pure water and gently boil them, adding no seasonings.
A cup of this juice may be substituted for any other juice while fasting.
Save the vegetables from the broth to eat after your fast.
Remember no solid food is allowed during the fast.
*During a fast, as toxins are released from your body, you’ll probably experience a coated tongue and an unpleasant taste in your mouth.
To help this, try rinsing your mouth with fresh lemon juice.
*If you wear dentures, keep them in your mouth throughout the fast to prevent shrinkage of your gums.
*While fasting, continue your normal daily routine, including moderate exercise, avoiding strenuous exercise.
*Be aware when you fast during a low phase, you help your body experience the “up” phase of the cycle – a period during which you feel great.
This happens because your body has been cleansed of impurities.
But, when you start to pollute your body again, the toxins again begin to build up, and, in time, you’ll have another low phase.
When this happens, the fast should be repeated.
*Before, during, and after your fast, use dry-brush massages to rid your skin of toxins and dead cells.
Perform the massage with a natural bristle brush with a long handle, so you can reach your back.
Always brush toward your heart – from wrist to elbow, elbow to shoulder, ankles to knees, knees to hips, and so on.
This massage will flake away large amounts of dead skin, freeing your pores of impurities, and help your skin excrete poisons.
It’ll also greatly improve circulation.
Don’t use this technique on areas of your body affected by acne, eczema, or psoriasis.
Also avoid brushing areas with broken skin, recently scarred skin, or protruding varicose veins.
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