The Healing Power of Juicing
by Cynthia Foster, MD
Imagine the Flavor of Freshly Pressed Juice
other types of fasts are there?
How to do a juice fast
What juices are best to drink?
Caution: Don't ignore colon while juicing
Is there a juice fasting program I can do at home? What do I need?
Herbs that maximize juicing benefits
What juicer should I get?
How will I get enough protein?
What if my condition gets
How long should a juice
Won't I feel weak?
I can't juice - I'm hypoglycemic
Will I lose weight?
I don't have time to juice
How often should I juice?
Many Supplements Fail:
When health begins to decline, usually the first thing people try
are supplements. When one supplement doesn't work, then a
person usually tries another. And on and on it goes - the supplement
roller coaster. Each supplement is supposedly more "miraculous"
than the other. This supplement worked for Auntie Mae, or this one
worked for cousin George. In a random fashion, people often compose
a health program such as this for themselves. These often fail. Meanwhile,
the truly powerful healing techniques such as juice fasting are
ignored. In my clinical practice, what I have found is that juice
fasting is THE quickest, most effective way to heal from almost
any health issue. Doing a juicing program makes every other natural
method work faster: massage therapy works faster for fibromyalgia,
acupuncture works faster for pain, energy healing is accelerated,
herbs work better, etc. It's so easy, you can do it in the
privacy of your own home, or even take juices to work with you.
Helps Incurable Diseases:
I have used it as a healing technique for those with pain, cancer,
depression, arthritis, severe infections that failed antibiotics,
autoimmune diseases and many other supposedly incurable diseases. The
results were nothing short of miraculous. The most amazing result
I've seen from juice fasting was with a lady who came to see me
with the classic symptoms of multiple sclerosis. She had struggled
with this disease for three years straight, remaining symptomatic
constantly throughout that time with a page long list of severe
symptoms. She walked with great difficulty with the help of a cane,
barely able to make it up the three steps to get into my office. She
agreed to do a juice fast for a few days, and I urged her to continue
with it for a full week. Although there were doubts that this
"juicing" would make any kind of difference at all, she began to
discover other sources that confirmed the powerful healing effects
of juicing therapy. After the completion of one week of consuming
just fresh juices and a few herbal formulas (Colon Activator
, and Earth's Nutrition
), she returned to my office walking without a cane,
without a limp, and without any outward signs that there had been
anything wrong with her.
is how strong and effective a juicing program can be. And as effective
as it is, I have found that combining it with a few choice herbal
formulas can effect an even greater, more rapid healing. All
of the following herbal cleanses can work twice as fast when combined
with juice fasting: Colon Cleanse,
Liver/Gallbladder Cleanse, Kidney/Bladder
Cleanse, and Total Body Cleanse. The Total Body Cleanse is a 28-day
cleanse designed to be used with juicing to heal and sometimes reverse
many incurable diseases.
Fresh Pressed Juices
is the therapy most used by the late Bernard Jensen, a chiropractor
whose healing ranch became the site for many healing miracles over
60 years of his natural healing practice. The mainstay of his therapy
was a juice fast lasting for an entire month combined with a very
strong intestinal purification program. This program consisted of
supplements and enemas designed to thoroughly cleanse the intestines. (The
Cleanse Formulas I use are based on Bernard Jensen's, Dr. Christopher's, and Harvey Kellogg's old intestinal
cleansing herbal formulas. Their experience taught them
that the most effective way to cleanse the bowel was to do it while
juice fasting. This way, solid food couldn't interfere with the
this program, these very ill people began to eliminate pounds of
old hardened fecal material. The fascinating part is what happened
after this material came out: people were healed. Their cancers
disappeared, their skin cleared up, their arthritis went away, and
they were able to function again. After a cleanse such as
this, Dr. Jensen taught people how to eat unprocessed whole foods
and lead a healthy lifestyle so that they could maintain the health
that they had just regained. Although he did use several supplements,
which he swore worked wonders, it was the combination of his diet
therapy along with the supplements that allowed him to accomplish
such dramatic healings with his patients.
people do not realize that Bernard Jensen himself came down with
prostate cancer in his eighties. I know about this story because I went to one of his seminars and he had just recovered from the cancer and a car accident that left him in a wheelchair with a spinal cord injury. He had healed all of the cancer and he had started walking again - something the medical doctors had told him was impossible. When I saw him, he was still walking with a cane. He was walking with a bit of a limp. (Although I heard a few months later that he had thrown out his cane and was walking just fine). And he told all of us seminar attendees exactly what he went through to heal 2 different calamities in a row.
After years of healing incurable
disease, he was suddenly faced with his own. His prostate cancer
was at an advanced stage, already spread to his bones. The medical
doctors told him just to give up. Dr. Jensen said he'd like to try
nutrition therapy for his cancer, and the doctors laughed, saying,
"What do we know about nutrition; we're medical doctors!"
Dr. Jensen was unstoppable. He began his own carrot juice therapy
program, fasting on nothing but carrot juice for four months straight. At
the end of four months, there was not a trace of cancer left in
his body. After four months of fasting, he was feeling very weak,
but as he had always instructed his patients: after cleansing, it's
time to nourish and rebuild. He then rebuilt his body with
foods and supplements, and regained his health completely. Eight
years later, at the ripe old age of 92, Bernard Jensen passed away,
not from cancer, and not from any disease, but peacefully in his
sleep because it was his time to go.
is a juice fast?
Well, technically, its's not a juice FAST. A fast implies that one
consumes no food or water. However, during a juice fast, one is
consuming plenty of food. However, that food just happens
to be in liquid form only. Therefore, it allows a person to get
the maximum amount of nutrition while still allowing the digestive
organs time to rest and heal. A juice fast is a liquid, nourishing
diet consisting of solely juices and water. There is no restriction
on the amount of juice that can be consumed. Therefore, it should
not happen that one feels hungry during a juice fast. In fact, one
should feel quite satisfied. But the most noticeable effect is that
of feeling lighter and more energetic. Many natural healers have
combined periods of juice fasting with certain supplements which
potentiate and speed up the benefits of the fast.
It is VERY important to read this entire article before attempting
a juice fast on your own. Some people feel badly due to poorly planned
juice fasts, and there are many inferior healing routines floating
around out there that can make some people feel worse. I've received
some emails from people who tried juice fasts where only 6 glasses
of juices per day were allowed - and they felt lousy the entire
time. I've had others write me who attempted water fasting and felt
worse than when they started. Others skipped the colon cleansing
formulas and were detoxing weeks later instead of feeling better
immediately. To avoid these problems, follow the entire juicing
program outlined in this article, or go to a juicing retreat where
an experienced professional can help you. It is very important to
read the next section on caring for the colon during a juice fast.
Don't Ignore Colon While Juicing
Herbs to Activate and Heal the Digestive Tract
During a juice fast, since there is no solid food ingested, the
bowel does not have any fiber to work against; therefore, the bowels
stop moving. When the bowels don't move and a person keeps
juicing, there are many toxins that are released into the bloodstream,
and they can't get out of the body. This feels absolutely terrible!
Next, instead of being released from the body, many of them
can be reabsorbed back into the tissues. This can be completely
avoided simply by taking the intestinal cleansing formulas listed
below. The bowels can eliminate three or more pounds of toxins
per day - this is a very important elimination organ! We need the
bowels to move, so that the toxins can be released from the body. These
recommendations are very important.
each day of the juice fast, take an herbal laxative at night,
and also first thing in the morning if needed. Herbal formulas
work well to keep the bowel moving - I use the Vibrant
Colon Formula for this. For very constipated individuals
who usually only have a bowel movement every few days or less,
I use an extra strength formula called the Colon
Starter Plus. If you take lots of strong cayenne and/or
juice a garlic clove with one or more of your vegetable juices,
you might not need either of these formulas. Anyone
who has active colitis or a history of colitis should not
take any laxative formulas, cayenne or garlic.
Vibrant Colon Formula
Colon Detox Caps
an herbal formula that absorbs and draws toxins out of the
bowel:These formulas usually contain charcoal, bentonite clay,
and sometimes slippery elm and other herbs. I use the Colon
Detox Caps or the Colon Soothe Formula for this and they work very well. They contain
mucilaginous herbs such as slippery elm to protect and soothe
the colon, and are much gentler than psyllium husks. Plain
psyllium husks, even if combined with bentonite and charcoal,
can be very abrasive and cause severe diarrhea in those who
are sensitive. I've seen psyllium husks cause severe intestinal
inflammation and bleeding in those with sensitive colons,
so it's VERY important to choose well balanced gentle intestinal
formulas containing mucilaginous herbs such as the ones listed above.
cannot guarantee the safety or effectiveness of herbal products
that are not mentioned on this website. When people attempt
herbal cleanses from a drug store or discount herb shop using
similar formulas, the results are usually weaker, or can even
cause unpleasant symptoms. Many years of research and
clinical experience go into this program and my herbal products,
both of which have been based on real patient results, not theories.
- Make sure to drink at least a gallon
of fluid every day. This can include herbal teas and water
and not just juice. The colon needs around two quarts a day
to function properly - it needs more when taking herbs or
doing other sorts of natural healing methods. A gallon of
fluids per day will give the kidneys ample opportunity to
eliminate the toxins that are coming loose and going into
the bloodstream and make the cleanse comfortable. The kidneys
filter toxins out of the bloodstream and naturally release
them into the urine.
people do an enema once or twice a day. Except in cases of
severe disease, this is usually not needed as long as the above-mentioned herbal intestinal cleansing formulas are being used.
Other "Must-Have" Herbs That
Maximize Juice Fasting Benefits:
- cayenne gives energy and helps dissolve mucous,
stops bleeding in the intestines, hemorrhaging of the uterus, and
bleeding in other organs. It dissolves blood clots, and increases
circulation to the head, making it invaluable for use in strokes
and senility such as Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. Start
with 1/8 tsp of 150,000 Heat Units Cayenne once a day. Very gradually
work up to one tsp three times per day. For Cayenne
, start with five to ten drops, and work up to one dropperful
(30-35 drops) three times per day. If you can handle it, take
even more - but do it slowly and gradually. The body does gradually
adapt and is able to handle larger doses over time. For weaker cayenne,
it's necessary to take much more to get the same effect. Powdered
encapsulated cayenne that has had the "heat" removed from it is
about the weakest cayenne available and doesn't do much. Don't
expect it heal anything serious. The hotter the cayenne, the more
it heals. Take strong cayenne with juice - don't take it on an empty
stomach or you will be sorry - intense intestinal cramping can result
from doing this.
Essential Nutrients Formula
Algae - Spirulina, Chlorella, blue green algae, and Dunaliella
(red algae) are the four major edible kinds of algae. People have
been consuming certain types of algae as food for thousands of years.
Algaes have been found to contain all of the essential amino acids. They
are a complete protein source second to none. The protein content
of algaes range from 60-70% with a very high protein utilization
factor. This means that the body is easily able to absorb and use
the protein contained in algae. Algae usually comes in a powder
form, or in tablets or capsules. Begin with 1/2 tsp of the powdered
algae per day and increase to whatever dose feels right. Otherwise,
follow directions on the supplement bottle. For people who
don't like the taste of the powder or liquid, capsules are the next
best way to take algae. The least desirable method is tablets since
they are highly compressed, making them more difficult to digest
and absorb. The Essential
Nutrients contains most of the supplements mentioned in this
article, combined together into a convenient formula that saves
a lot of time and makes juice fasting much easier and even fun.
Nutritional yeast - Saccharomyces cerevisiae - yeast is very
high in B vitamins including B12. The kind I like is Red Star T6635
#12 Large flake. I've seen it sold in bulk at the health food store
as well as in the supplement section. People who have gout
shouldn't not take yeast since the high protein content may aggravate
gout. Start with 1 TBS per day and increase to 2 or more TBS per
day if that feels right. Since nutritional yeast is so high
in B vitamins, and the nervous system requires so much of them to
function properly, this makes an excellent food for the brain, peripheral
nerves, and spinal cord. Those with nervous system disorders such
as myasthenia gravis, multiple sclerosis, brain diseases such as
Alzheimer's disease, premature senility, all types of dementia,
schizophrenia, Tourette's syndrome, and other neurologic diseases
may want to increase their dose as needed. People with milder
neurologic problems such as anxiety, depression, mental and emotional
disorders will benefit, too. This yeast is also contained
in the Earth's Nutrition
Nutrients is very similar but is yeast free and designed to
accommodate those with Candida and yeast problems.
Wheatgrass powder, capsules or tablets. Contained in
Barley Grass powder, capsules or tablets. Contained
Herbal teas - The herbal tea I use the most for this purpose
Chai Spice since it activates all the organs at once and greatly
assists in removing toxins from the body. If there is a history
of kidney stones, the K/B Herbal Tea is an excellent choice that assists in cleansing
stone-causing residues from the urinary tract. Any herbal tea from DrFostersEssentials is fine to drink during a juice fast.
Side Note: there are some herbal teas out there that are marketed for dieting and weight loss that contain loads of caffeine and other stimulants.(e.g. teas such as green tea, ma huang or ephedra). It's not wise to start drinking caffeinated beverages during a juice fast if you have not already been consuming them beforehand, or you could give yourself heart palpitations. Although sometimes
green tea does not contain much caffeine, there are many types that
contain just as much caffeine as regular black tea. People
should not drink teas from these three stimulating herbs except in
the following two cases:
- Severe asthma, in which case these stimulant teas may provide needed
symptom relief in an acute situation.
- People who are already drinking coffee every day who need to stop coffee during their juice fast. People who are regular coffee drinkers who suddenly stop drinking it can get withdrawal symptoms such as fatigue, depression, low blood pressure and possibly fainting.
if coffee is normally consumed on a regular basis, switching over
to caffeinated green tea during a juice cleanse can help avoid caffeine
To summarize: if you're drinking coffee, switch to green tea during a juice fast. If you're not drinking coffee or green tea, don't start.
Germ Blaster Formula
Organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar (Braggs and Spectrum
are good brands usually found in health food stores). Apple cider
vinegar is especially good for arthritis - it helps to wash and
dissolve calcium deposits from joints and muscles and balances body
pH. Start with one Tablespoon three times per day and increase
to as much as you feel you need. A great apple cider vinegar formula
to take at this time is Germ Blaster. The
cayenne, ginger, garlic and onion in this formula greatly stimulate
the circulation all over the entire body. These herbs also
kill many germs and parasites, making this a great formula to use
to speed up recovery from a cold, flu, bronchitis, or any other
type of infection. The horseradish content is excellent for clearing
out sinuses. The cayenne, garlic and ginger should not be taken
by those who have acute or chronic diarrhea since they can activate
the intestines. For those who are usually constipated, it's
Everything Needed For a Successful Juice Fast:
(in order from most important to less important)
Colon Formula (for most people) or Colon
Start Plus (extra strength) Don't take Colon Start Plus
or Vibrant Colon if you have active diarrhea
Tincture (don't take either if you have active diarrhea)
for those with colitis or chronic diarrhea: use Colon Soothe instead of Vibrant Colon, Colon Start Plus and Colon
to do a juice fast:
How much juice should a person drink during a juice fast? Many
people make the mistake of not drinking enough juice. Not drinking
enough juice can cause very unpleasant healing reactions and ravenous
hunger. This is not about hunger or deprivation - this is about
nourishing and healing the body. Drink as much juice as is desired. Drink
at least a gallon per day, and more if there is hunger. If there
is hunger, it means not enough juice is being consumed. Ideally,
it should actually feel as if one is drinking TOO MUCH juice.
Again, this is truly a juice "flush," not a fast.
juices are best to drink?
- parsley, kale, beet greens, chard, spinach, dandelion leaf
vegetables - broccoli, cabbage
vegetables - carrots, beets, sweet potatoes
- dark grapes, apples, citrus
- yucca root (especially good for arthritis and other inflammations
in the body), fennel, spearmint, peppermint, basil, ginger,
garlic, green onion, chili pepper, fresh turmeric root (small
juice - very powerful
juices are concentrates, dilute all juices with an equal amount
of water. I typically do not recommend an all fruit juice fast.
Diabetics should juice fast on diluted vegetable juices only and
not on fruit juices.
is easy to make fruit juice combinations that taste good. It
is a bit more challenging to make vegetables taste good. That's
why it's important to get some good juicing recipe books. A
good juicing recipe book takes all the guesswork out of making juice
combinations taste good. Consult some recipe books for juice
fasting. Michael Murray's The Complete Book of Juicing
contains many recipes for delicious juices. If you've made a vegetable
combination that doesn't taste good, add carrot and/or apple juice
to it. Most of the time, that will make the juice palatable enough
to drink, and sometimes, you even end up with a great-tasting combo!
juicer should I get?
It depends on what a person wants and how much one is willing to spend. The
Champion Juicer has a large motor which practically never wears
out. I've known people who have had their Champion juicer for over
25 years. The great thing about the Champion is that it is so easy
to clean. It also has a homogenizer attachment that makes nut butters,
frozen fruit desserts, and pates possible to make. It retails for
around $249.95. The Champion does a good job with most juices except
wheatgrass and delicate stems and leaves. I had one of these for many years, and I liked it because it was so quick to clean. But I couldn't juice delicate greens very well with it. The stems would get tangled around the masticater, and the juice yield was lower. For juicing delicate greens and fresh herbs, people need a
wheatgrass juicer, a Green Power Juicer or Green Life Juicer
which retails from $449 to $550. These juicers can handle wheatgrass as well
as delicate greens and vegetables. I currently have one of these and it juices everything. It takes a little longer to clean, but I LOVE it because it juices delicate leafy green veggies, and the juice yield is so high. Everyone knows how emphatic I am about the importance of leafy green veggie juices for healing.
Another less pricey juicer is the Omega 4000 which retails for around $300. One of my friends has the Breville Juice Fountain Elite juicer and he loves it because he hardly has to do any chopping of his fruits and vegetables because the opening to the juicer is so large. The amount of time it saves him is an incentive to juice more often. It retails for about $399, and the less deluxe model is the Juice Fountain Plus which retails for around $250.
other types of fasts are there?
Mono Diet Fast:
During a mono diet cleanse, only one type of food
is consumed during a period of time. Probably the most famous and
successful one is the grape diet. Persons on this diet are encouraged
to drink as much grape juice and consume as many grapes (plus the
grape skins and seeds) as desired. This method was popularized by
Johanna Brandt who healed herself of cancer using this diet.
The Lemonade Diet:
The Lemonade Diet
This cleansing diet was used by Wyatt Earp and later by Stanley Burroughs
as a very effective way to detoxify the body using fresh lemon juice,
cayenne pepper, maple syrup and water. This is a good cleanse with
one minor problem: the salt flush. I have tried this one and I have had friends who've tried it as well. Within 1/2 hour of
consuming the salt mixture, an osmotic diarrhea occurs. This
is felt as a watery, often uncontrollable diarrhea. This diarrhea
can cause electrolyte depletion, cause palpitations
and can be dangerous for those who are taking heart medication.
Although popular because it's cheap, the salt flush is not the only or the best way to cleanse the colon. In the world of natural healing, cheaper is NOT always better! Good herbal
colon cleansing formulas such as the Vibrant Colon Formula and the Colon
Detox Caps are moderately priced and can easily take the place of the salt flush - and the good news is that for people that use the herbal formulas, no one has to rush to the bathroom with watery diarrhea.
We've had clients do the Intestinal Rejuvenation Program (Vibrant Colon + Colon Detox Caps)
instead of the salt flush and laxative tea and it worked extremely well. In fact, in one client, the hardened mucoid layer sloughed off of the
colon lining in only 3 days instead of the 10 days that is normally expected when doing the lemonade diet as originally recommended by Stanley Burroughs.
I must caution people about doing the lemonade diet since it is a stronger cleanse, and this makes it mandatory to do the colon cleansing portion.
We've had an acquaintance who had heard about the Stanley Burrough's lemonade diet and started doing it. However, he did nothing to care for his colon
during this time, except to drink a laxative tea once or twice during the week. No salt flush, no Vibrant Colon, and no Colon Detox Caps. He ended up in the emergency room with a very painful gallstone attack. There, they asked him, "Have you
lost a lot of weight recently? Rapid weight loss is associated with gallstones." He had indeed lost weight
quickly (which was wonderful), but the fats that were being released during his weight loss overwhelmed his liver and without the absorptive colon formula to
soak them up from the intestines before they recirculated back to the liver (enterohepatic recycling), they stayed in the liver and gallbladder and caused an acute attack.
The bile must flow freely during the lemonade diet, otherwise gallstones can form. Therefore, please
take your herbal intestinal formulas to prevent this from happening! The Vibrant Colon encourages the bile to flow and the Colon Detox Caps absorbs toxic bile filled with fats so that they are
eliminated in the bowel movements instead of being recirculated back to the liver where they can cause gallstone attacks. Colon cleansing is of crucial
importance for protection against gallstones during the lemonade diet.
During a water fast, only water is consumed. This method is preferred by
adherents of Natural Hygiene who insist it is the only true method
of fasting. It is a dramatic fast, and cannot be extended for
long periods of time (1 to 2 weeks) without adverse effects. Although
it has been effective for some when done for very short periods
of time, I usually find the cleanse to be too "rough" for most people
to handle. Some people have reported that they never gained back
their energy after doing a water fast. I do not recommend water
fasting because there is a chance that it could cause damage due
to lack of nutrients and a too rapid detoxification. Without nutrients, the body begins to break down toxins, and this is beneficial in the short term. However, there is a point where energy reserves from fat are used up and the body begins to break down muscle tissue for energy.
Years ago, a patient of mine refused to have anything to do with juice fasting because her previously healthy brother in his 20's had died during an extended water fast at a water fasting retreat. She was told that his heart had suddenly and inexplicably stopped. There was no history of heart problems or any history in the family of heart problems, so this was a complete shock to the family. Some water fasting extremists have caused irreparable harm to patients by refusing
to give any enemas or herbs to move the colon because of a false
belief that that enemas are unnatural and one shouldn't reverse
the movements of the intestines. Because of this, the rapid detox
overloaded the body and caused kidney damage. There have been many reports of kidney damage caused by extended water fasts. These misguided beliefs cause harm.
I know you're going to find a few cases of people who disagree with me and they want to tell you that water fasting is amazing and wonderful, and I'm sure many of these cases are real, but alas, just because some people succeed at something does not mean it will work for everyone. I am a doctor who is bound by ethics to warn you of things I have seen that have the potential to be harmful or even deadly. I have seen many fruitarians, raw foodists and other people who were so extreme with their diet, they had to be hospitalized with protein deficiency, deadly fungal infections and other complications. All of these people thought they were doing the right thing for their health, and all had been convinced by some "expert" that it was the right thing to do. Enough said.
A Juice fast
, on the other hand, is very safe, and I have never
seen anyone experience a bad outcome from doing a juicing routine.
In fact, I normally see a very therapeutic response which is very
exciting. One of the reasons why is because we are not depriving
the body of calories, but simply putting the nutrition into the body in liquid form instead of solid form. A caveat here is in the case of diabetes. I do not usually put diabetics on juice fasts because it can be very difficult to control the blood sugar response, especially to fruit juices. However, I have had a few Type II diabetics succeed at a juice fast when they focused mainly on leafy greens with just a few low glycemic fruits. Diabetics on insulin can have a few glasses of green leafy veggie juices added to a regular diet, but a juice fast in this case, in my opinion, should really be supervised. I think it's preferable to do a raw food herbal cleanse first to see if we can get more gradual results without blood sugar spikes and lows. If there is a Type I diabetic out there who's done it on their own, by all means, send me an email and I'll make a correction.
Popular Protein Sources
will I get enough protein?
When people do my juice program exactly as I have outlined and take
the above supplements, there is no chance of not getting enough
this is not a fast during which there is starvation. This
is a flush, during which the body typically receives more nutrition
than when solid food is eaten. It is easier for the body to
extract nutrients from liquids than it is to digest solid foods
to get their nutrients out. There are plenty of nutrients
consumed during this juice flush, especially if one drinks at least
a gallon a day of juice, and uses algae and nutritional yeast.
When the body is healing itself, this is a sign that it is getting
even MORE nutrition than it needs. Whenever the body gets more nutrients
than it needs, it will use those nutrients to heal.
average American typically eats too much protein on a daily basis.
He or she has animal protein for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It
is rare to find an entire culture based on this incredibly high
amount of protein in the diet. The human body is not designed
to digest and assimilate this much protein; therefore, it is left
undigested in the body and often stored away in the form of tumors
- both benign and cancerous. The excess protein also acidifies the body, making it more likely to attract illness, and increasing pain in the body. And finally, excess protein must be eliminated through the kidneys, and research shows that excess protein consumption can actually damage the kidneys - and sometimes permanently. We all need to rethink our beliefs about protein, most of which have to come to us through the meat and dairy industry propaganda sales tools.
who feel the slightest bit squeamish about not getting enough protein
during a juice fast can take a double dose (four tablespoons) of
Nutrients per day. The algae content is 60-70% usable
protein that contains all of the essential amino acids. This is
much higher than the percent protein in beef (which is only 22%),
or eggs (12%) or milk (3%). When taking either of these formulas,
there is no way to get protein deficient.
if my problem/ condition gets worse?
In cases of arthritis, fibromyalgia and other painful conditions,
it may get worse temporarily before it gets better. This is normal,
expected, and is a good sign that the fast is working to cleanse
the body. It will pass in a few days, and after that time, the pain
will most likely be better than it was before starting the fast.
If the colon is ignored during juicing, these reactions can
last longer. It is very important to have bowel movements every
day in order to avoid these unpleasant healing reactions. Please
see section on herbal colon cleansing formulas
know my body - I can't do that!
If people really knew their body and were completely in tune with
it, they would not be sick. How does one know if he or she
can do something until that person is in the middle of doing it? I've
put many a person on a juice fast who swore to me that they couldn't
do it. They came through it just fine, and were amazed that they
felt so much energy during it.
I feel weak? I'm too weak to do a juice fast!
Most people don't realize that a juice fast will provide even more
energy than they normally have. I've also put people who were
bedridden with bodies full of cancer on a juice fast and it helped
them tremendously, and got many of them out of bed.
never found a person who was too weak to do a juice fast. Juice
fasting is a time when the mind is stimulated and all sorts of creative
ideas flow. It is the perfect method to use to unleash creativity
for artists, musicians, actors, writers and any other sort of creative
profession. It takes 30% of the body's entire energy to digest food.
This is a lot of energy!
one does not have to digest solid food, one has this much more energy
in the body with which to heal. Since the body is always moving
towards health, it will use this energy to bring itself back into
balance. It will do things such as dissolve calcium deposits in
the joints, release toxins stored in the liver, kidneys, muscles,
and fat. It can dissolve scar tissue in the body, and begin to
regenerate and clean up aging, injured and infected organs. Since
juice is loaded with enzymes, the body does not need to use up extra
energy to create digestive enzymes to digest it. Instead of digestive enzymes,
the body manufactures other types of enzymes (metabolic enzymes) that it can use
to break up protein deposits, hardened lymph (many Chinese herbalists say that fibroids are actually congealed lymph), and other toxic accumulations settled in the tissues.
can't do a juice fast - I'm hypoglycemic
So was I. In fact, I had extreme sugar highs and lows while eating
a normal diet. When my blood sugar would go low, I would be on the
ground unconscious. And when I was unconscious, I would have seizures.
Yet, when I did juice fasting, this did not happen. When people
do the juice fast as directed, they are almost constantly drinking
juice. They drink juice every hour. When they do it this way,
they are continuously giving their body more carbohydrates, and
it is virtually impossible for the blood sugar to go too low.
important situation in which to be cautious about doing a juice
fast would be in cases of diabetes or in someone who has ever passed
out from low blood sugar - this is rare and usually only the case
in diabetes. (In cases of diabetes, I would strongly recommend
frequent monitoring of the
blood sugar at least 3 times daily - the high blood sugar problem can go away so quickly
that the regular dose of insulin or other blood sugar-lowering medication
can make the blood sugar go too low.) Diabetics can also experience
blood sugar peaks, so it is important for them to monitor the blood
sugar frequently during a juice fast. People who are not diabetic do not need to monitor
their blood sugar, since their blood sugar control mechanisms are
functioning fine, and they do not have problems juicing.
people sometimes have short periods of tiredness in the midst of
the energy because the body is doing all of this cleansing work.
Old solid toxins that had previously settled in the fat cells, liver,
kidneys, brain, pancreas, muscles, joints and bones are being liquefied
and released into the bloodstream to be removed. This feeling
of tiredness is commonly misinterpreted as a blood sugar low. It
is NOT. This "healing reaction" as it is commonly called can
be greatly relieved by giving extra attention to the elimination
organs as mentioned above
. This makes the juicing program go much
more smoothly and comfortably. Also, even more energy comes from
taking the Essential
Formula and/or the Cayenne
during a juice fast.
Will I lose weight?
I lose weight?
Juice fasting is a great balancer - it helps the body to return to balance - whichever way that is. The answer is yes, a person can lose weight if one
is in need of losing weight. A juice fast liberates 1/3 of the body's total energy. This is a lot of energy! When this energy is liberated, the body produces metabolic enzymes that break down protein, lymph, mucus and other types of toxic accumulations. The entire body/metabolism can get an overhaul depending on how long the juice fast is continued.
Cases of obesity are usually a combination of over consumption of calories, underactivity, hormonal sluggishness and liver/gallbladder sludge. Juice fasting and herbal cleansing can help to correct the last two. To prevent overconsumption of calories during a juice fast, all fruit juices should be diluted with an equal amount of water. After the juice fast is over, a calorie-overloaded diet rich in processed foods should be switched over to a nutrient-rich whole foods diet in order to maintain the weight loss.
When one is very thin and underweight, it is better to drink the juices undiluted. In these cases, in underweight people
who needed to gain weight, I've known them to gain it. People are
usually underweight because they cannot absorb nutrients from their
food - even if they are eating large amounts of food. Juice
fasting is a fool proof way to make sure the digestive system
absorbs the highest amount of nutrients from food. To increase the
nutrient levels even more, consume two tablespoons of Essential
I lose too much weight?
In cases of severe toxicity, the body must break down many toxins
before it can get to the task of rebuilding the body. Sometimes
we see that cancer patients lose a lot of weight during a juice
fast. This is temporary and nothing to be alarmed about, but it
can be quite dramatic. Cancer patients typically lose a lot of weight
even when they are on a diet full of cheeseburgers, steak and fried
chicken. In fact, they usually have cancer because they have eaten
these highly toxic foods their whole life. Medical doctors fret
over this and usually prescribe a diet of very fatty and unhealthy
foods. It usually never works to help the patient gain weight, but
usually always succeeds in making the patient constipated and even
patients lose weight because cancer is a degenerative disease. The
body is breaking itself down because the metabolism is so deranged
that these patients cannot digest or assimilate even the simplest
of foods - much less fried foods or hamburgers! The technical term
for this is cachexia. Cachexia is sometimes also called "wasting
disease," and is a direct result of the severe toxicity that occurs
in cancer, NOT from juicing. The DISEASE cancer causes people to
lose too much weight even if they never did a juice fast.
When the body is cleansed sufficiently, the cachexia reverses, and
it will then be possible to put on weight - but it's not possible
to do this beforehand. For a rapidly-growing tumor, there is only so much time to detox. Time is of the essence and juice fasting is pretty much the fastest way to detox. Without it, it may not
be possible to detoxify the body rapidly enough to reverse the cancer, and
conventional treatments can also fail.
don't have time to juice fast
Neither do I, but I still do it. Ideally, one should make
the juices fresh and drink them immediately. Juice contains the
most healing nutrients just after juicing. However, for people that needs
to leave the house, it is acceptable to make extra juice and bring
it along in a container. When people know they'll be gone for a
while, they just pack it in a cooler. It's not difficult. If
you forget to bring juice with you, go by a juice bar, and have
them make it for you. This is a nice break from making the juice
yourself. I've even known people to get great results from drinking
store-bought bottled juices, (make sure it is 100% juice) so no
one gets away with using the excuse that he or she doesn't have
time to do a juice fast. With a little planning, everything should
Sometimes people are in the midst of life and death situations. When
people are severely ill and need to juice fast and they give me
this excuse, I tell them to get out of my office. I tell them,
"Stop wasting my time and yours. If you don't have time to get well,
go to a medical doctor who will surgically remove whatever organ
in your body is sick. Don't complain when you don't have any organs
left because you didn't take the time to take care of yourself." I
have had some clients who didn't have time to take herbal supplements,
either. They continued to get sicker and sicker while they DIDN'T
follow my programs. Many of them died. Some of them resorted to surgery. The time to do a health program
is NOW, not when you think you'll be ready. If you wait until you're
ready, you might end up in the hospital because you waited so long to do anything about it. At this point,
it is sometimes too late. Don't wait - do it now!
long should a juice fast last? How often do I do it?
One option is to fast one day a week. Another option is to fast
for three to five days per month. Some people do long fasts - sometimes
up to a month of juice fasting, once a year. These options are all
good for maintenance and for some extra housecleaning of the body. For
more serious or life-threatening situations, more juice fasting
may be indicated. (NOT water fasting) For a cold or flu, the first
thing to do is fast. Juice fast until it's gone. This works usually
within the first 24 hours, but may need to be extended to three
to four days if the cold or flu has already settled in for longer
than a day before beginning to juice. If needed for severe toxicity,
the juice fast can be extended until it is felt that it is time
to stop. The body usually lets us know when it is time to stop.
I once did a juice fast that lasted 63 days. My natural healing teacher had done it for 60 days, and was a good role model for me, and I still had more healing to do. Juicing is completely safe and extremely therapeutic when done
correctly. During this 2-month period, I felt energetic, clear-headed, creative
and I was teaching yoga classes. No one knew I was juicing
if I didn't tell them. Not everyone needs to do a juice fast
for this long, and even just a day or two of juice fasting can have
If there is a severe degenerative disease in
the body, it is even more powerful to take detoxifying herbs during
the juice fast. This is what my 28-Day Total Body Cleanse is for. It's the ultimate maxed out fastest, strongest way to cleanse and detoxify, especially if you have tried everything else and it didn't work. It is for people who want to make a big change quickly. Read more about the 28-Day Healing Program
it work for acute situations?
In acute or emergency situations situations, juice fasting is usually
the BEST thing to do: kidney stones (use with Vibrant
, K/B Herbal Tea
and Kidney/Bladder Formula
), appendicitis, gallbladder attack (use with Simplified Stone Cleanse
), severe colitis attack (use
with Colon Soothe Formula
and liquid chlorophyll or Essential
only), severe bodily injuries (with Essential
and Calcium From Herbs
), hemorrhaging (with Essential
), pneumonia (especially with Intestinal
and Germ Blaster Formula
and/or Echinacea Premium Formula
), and other acute infections. In my experience,
juice fasting works for acute situations better than any herb, vitamin,
or natural supplement. When herbal teas and tinctures are used IN
COMBINATION with juicing, this is the fastest possible route to
healing. Click here
to learn more about how to use herbs for emergencies.
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