Healthy Decisions for the Love of Health

Juice Fasting and Constipation by Pauline Robinson

An acute constipation attack can occur when a regular bowel movement is delayed either by intent or by diet. The large intestine becomes full and strong peristaltic contractions attempt to move waste material out of the system. Peristaltic actions which normally go unnoticed in regular individuals can suddenly become very painful as sections of bowel unaccustomed to pressure are expanded, balloon-like, to accommodate a greater mass of retained fecal matter. Acute attacks are marked by very distinctive, sudden onset, wave-like pains in the lower belly.

Acute constipation is quickly resolved by having a bowel movement. The bottleneck can be unclogged by use of a small enema or by injecting a stimulating and lubricating substance such as castor oil into the rectum.

Acute constipation can readily progress to chronic constipation. The bowel has relatively few nerves which transmit pain so the lower bowel can quickly become inured to defecation urges. This permits unnoticed distension of the bowel into a gross structure capable of holding three or more weeks of fecal matter.

Constipation, being a symptom, can result from many factors. Drugs such as narcotics, antacids, antispasmodics, antidepressants, tranquilizers and iron supplements commonly constipate. It is easy to see how drug treatments quickly lead one spiralling downward toward increased disease. Pregnancy and constipation are well associated, with most women being poorly advised to take iron supplements.

Some foods can also contribute to constipation. Just as we can't easily swallow a tablespoon of flour, our bowel has difficulty moving flour pastes (such as lots of white bread) or fat plugs (too much cheese) along.

Constipation is easily remedied through the use of various laxative products. Unfortunately, they are all addictive. The use of these laxative products relieves the body of the need to produce a natural bowel movement, and the body soon is unable to produce an unassisted movement. Even natural products such as habitual use of supplemental oat bran encourages dependency. Frequent and regular use of enemas can also be addictive.

One of the main purposes of the bowel is to reabsorb into the body fluid from the digestive process. Once the fluid has been largely reabsorbed a semi-solid stool is expelled from the body as feces.

In severely constipated people fluid absorption cannot take place because the bowels are packed to tightly. Only the stool matter adjacent to the bowel walls can have its fluids reabsorbed by the body. This creates a hardened, leather-like bowel lining which after a period of time prevents fluid absorption from new foods traveling through the bowel. The result is diarrhea (i.e. stool without the fluids removed). Diarrhea, therefore, is not a contradictory symptom to constipation.

A nature cure physician be it herbalist, naturopath, or wholistic nutritionist will seek to restore the bowel to complete health. The wholistic practitioner's objective will be to have the bowel moving nearly every day presenting a proper stool in form, size, and consistency, and in a natural manner.

The general approach would be to clear the bowel, rest the bowel and let it heal, and then restart the bowel in an easy, unstressed manner.

There are many natural substances that may be used toward the purpose of restoring health to the bowel. To initially overcome the clogged, constipated bowel a combination of several tactics may be used to create a clearing movement. An osmotic such as licorice or Epsom salt could be used to help in the retention of water. A lubricant such as olive oil can be used orally or by injection. A stool softener (hydragogue) such American Mandrake could be used to loosen bowel material. Bowel stimulants that awaken deadened nerves are frequently used too. These include Senna, Castor oil, Aloes, and Rhubarb root. And, of course, bulk forming materials that enable the bowels to grab stool and move it along are also used. These materials include fibrous and mucilaginous substances such as bran and seeds. Oat bran is commonly used as fibre. Fennel, Psyllium, and Celery are often used seeds for mucilage.

In chronic cases of constipation involving diarrhea the leathery, encrusted mucous membrane also needs to be shed. This involves colonics or enemas using herbed water. Raspberry leaf or Catmint can be used to increase cleansing action. Comfrey, Slippery Elm, or Flax seed can be used for their soothing properties. Plain water can be irritating.

A seven to ten day juice fast needs to be followed to rest the bowel. The entire lining of a healthy bowel replaces itself every five days. A juice fast is required to allow the bowel to restructure and heal itself so that it may again begin working correctly. A fast also helps in the shedding of the old mucous membrane and its associated encrustations. It is vital that this morbid material be removed. Juice fasts are very nutritious and are the beginning of the nutrient restoration process.

Forgotten in all of this so far is that regular bowel movements are important to the prompt elimination of toxins from the body. People who suffer from chronic constipation have, instead, absorbed a great many toxins that would normally have been eliminated. Herbs are used therapeutically to assist the body in increased toxin elimination. Teas of herbs that promote the urine (Buchu, Juniper, Fenugreek) and increase perspiration (Cayenne) are part of the healing process. They are often incorporated into well-designed juice fasts.

Normal feces can be 40% or more symbiotic creatures (by dry weight). Symbionts are bacteria, viruses, parasites, fungus, etc.. They are normal bowel residents in the healthy person. They help break down foods and are essential to our survival. However, in the constipated individual these symbiotic populations go through a growth explosion creating by-products and toxins that destroy healthy tissue and contribute greatly to disease. Fasting helps to reset these populations of flora and fauna back down to minimal levels.

The end result of having a cleansed bowel and cleansed body through the actions of bowel cleansing and juice fasting is that the body can return itself to a healthier state of equilibrium. People addicted to all manner of medications may no longer require their use. Ulcerous sores and skin ailments may heal. Stressed nerves, muscular disorders and nervous afflictions may regress. Those pesky inflammations and aching joints may disappear. Healthier, by definition, is less disease.

After the cleanse and fast, it is vitally important that the diet be adjusted so as to prevent constipation from recurring. Diets high in refined sugars and simple carbohydrates are adjusted toward fruit sugars and complex carbohydrates. White bread is out; whole wheat is in. Refined foods that turn into glue or paste with the addition of water are eliminated from the diet while foods that retain structure when moist (such as naturally moist fruit and vegetables) become the centerpiece of a new eating regimen. A healthy bowel will evacuate each and every day if one is eating a vegetative diet.

A diet heavy in simple carbohydrates is adjusted toward a healthier regimen. Toast and for breakfast, sandwiches for lunch, spaghetti for dinner, and cookies and cakes for snacks is no longer allowed. It is recognized that such a method of eating is simple, cheap, and convenient, but it is also unhealthy. Avoidance of simple carbohydrates is recommended: three kinds of fruit for breakfast, eggs for lunch or perhaps a colourful mixed salad, steamed veggies and meat for dinner becomes the new adjusted trend toward improved eating. This simple type of diet change will be a vast improvement over the past, paste-based diet.

Many people think they will have low energy during a juice fast but the opposite is usually the case. When the body is relieved of the task of digesting solid food and given easily absorbable juices instead, an increase in mental and physical energy results. The feeling one gets during a juice fast is exhilerating. People can work during  a juice fast since it supplies all the calories to keep one's energy up. In fact most people become more productive during a juice fast.

Many people also worry that they will feel hungry during a juice fast. Any feelings of hunger completely diappear after 2-4 days. Also it is recommended that enough juice is used to supply all the calories needed throughout the day. Including enough juice of dark leafy greens supplies the body with large quantities of minerals and amino acids which leave the body feeling satiated.

Since there is not enough bulk being eaten in a juice fast to cause efficient elimination of impacted waste in the colon,  it is necessary to either do enemas, colonics, or take a laxative herb such as senna during a juice fast. Some people also take psyllium powder as a bulking agent to push out waste from the colon.

An extended juice fast for 7 days or more causes the body to dispel black smelly waste build-up from the intestines.  This waste is the result of eating unnatural cooked foods that gradually clog up the intestines over a long period of time. It is amazing to see this black horible smelling stuff being eliminated after drinking nothing but fresh juice for days. After being eliminated, an amazing new level of physical and mental health and well-being is often achieved.

Many authorities recommend drinking at least a gallon of freshly made juice with a combination of ingredients such as spinach, dandelion, parsley, chard, kale, celery, apples, and carrots. Its good to dilute this juice by 1 part water to 3 parts juice and drink it throughout the day.

Some temporary negative effects can occur during the first part a juice fast such as nausea, dizzines, weakness, and tiredness. This is not due to lack of food. These symptoms subside as the juice fast progresses. These symptoms are causesd by some of the toxins and impacted waste matter in the intestines and cells of the body being stirred up and recirculated in the body on their way out. These unpleaseant sensations will go away as the juice fast progresses giving way to feelings of high energy, clarity of mind, and feelings of indescribable joy of life. The feeling has to be experienced to believed, It is no exageration. Juice fasting is an amazing experience that will boost your health to a new level.

 

Intestinal cleansing usually involves fasting (but not always), drinking a lot liquids (advisable), like freshly pressed vegetable juices or lemonade,  doing at least once a day enema, oral or anal enema, or using colonic irrigation equipment like colema, and it may include drinking Bentonite clay, taking coffee enema.

Bowels do not move because one's gastrointestinal tract is under more inflammatory stress than one can presently tolerate. Enervation from lack of rest and sleep, overeating, wrong eating, incompatible food combinations, overwork, nervous tension, nervousness, lack of proper exercise, lack of fresh air and sunshine, overworking the kidneys and impairing digestion by drinking too much water, atony (lack of muscular tone), spasticity and a self-destructive lifestyle, are the principal causes of one's bowel's inactivity. There are occasions when the body finds it necessary to muster all of its energies for some special purpose, as in serious sickness accompanied by lack of desire for food, and the colon may remain inactive for some time. Give it a physiological rest, a water fast, until the digestive tract is asymptomatic and/or one is genuinely hungry.

 Juice Specifics

Juice Fasting:

Juice fasting is much easier than water fasting. It can also be sustained for much longer periods without weakening you too much, or causing too much lethargy and tiredness.

Start with two complete days and take nothing but 1 liter (1 quart) each of fruit and vegetable juice - not mixed together. Make a fresh mix of whatever you like, and or whatever is in season in your local area. Its best to juice this yourself, fresh each morning. But remember to keep a little juice for when you first wake up the next day, so you can have some before you start juicing. Use only fresh, good quality produce for these juices - whatever your budget allows. Ask at your local health shop for a booklet of Juice recipes.

Cabbage, celery, cucumber and carrot (always with a dash of parsley) is a good basic vege juice mix. Pepper and salt and fresh herbs can also be added to improve the taste.

Apple, orange, grapes and watermelon (always with a dash of lemon) is a good basic fruit juice mix.

The above must be adjusted to taste and tolerance (some people can't take cabbage juice) as well as to seasonal expense.

Take a five ounce (larger or smaller if required) glass of each type of juice, vege and fruit, plus a large glass of water to wash it down, first thing in the morning. From then on, take a glass of each every hour or so (watch the time) plus water. And take a small glass of each whenever you feel hungry or weak. Always keep a some extra juice in fridge, and always take with you if you leave the house - so you don't get caught without juice and are tempted to eat instead.

Take some soluble calcium and good quality ginseng. The soluble calcium is a *must* or fasting may weaken your teeth. You will also be more lethargic and tired without it.

 A few words of advice:

If your breath goes stale during a fast, a salt water mouth wash will help. If your lips start to crack during a fast, cut down on the quantity of 'citrus' in your fruit juice, rinse your mouth and lips after taking juice, and use a good lip balm.

If you smoke and drink coffee or tea, be careful of them from the second day onwards during any type of fast. They will absorb far more rapidly into your system. First thing in the morning especially, they will tend to send you into mild shock. You may feel highly nauseous and break out into a cold sweat for a few minutes, after taking them. A weaker brew or dose of any of these, if you must have them, is thus recommended. Note, a few cups of weak tea or coffee during the day will help overcome any tiredness, but should not be taken after 6pm as this will make it hard to sleep later that night. No alcohol should be consumed during a fast. Alcohol weakens will power and loosens inhibitions, and the urge to eat will intensify many times, making the fast more difficult than it needs to be.

For extended fasting (any more than three days) a mineral drink ex. homemade lemonade and celtic salt, should be take a few times a day (especially during water fasts). This will help keep your electrolyte balance healthy, which will help overcome a plethora of potential fasting problems. If in doubt or worried by this, please consult your medical doctor over this matter.

Any type of fasting has the added benefit of purging your body of waste matter and has the effect of lifting your bio-energetic levels - caused by poor eating habits and the resulting build up of waste matter in your digestive tract. Purgatives and enemas can also be used, if desired, to rid the body of waste matter during the early stages of a fast - to increase its inner cleansing benefits. If you are inexperienced with these, its advisable to consult a good health food shop or book store for competent instruction on these practices first - with uninformed experimentation 'not' being advised.


Some juices work better for certain people or conditions. In general, diluted fresh juices of raw organic fruits and vegetables are best. Canned and frozen juices should be avoided. Some bottled juice may be used, but fresh squeezed is best, as long as it is used soon after squeezing.

Water and other liquids are what primarily cleanse our system, increasing waste elimination—rather like squeezing out a dirty sponge in clean water. Lemon tends to loosen and bring out mucus and is useful for liver cleansing. Diluted lemon juice, with or without a little honey can loosen mucus fast, so if this is used, you need to cleanse the bowels regularly to prevent getting sick. Most vegetable juices are a little milder than lemon juice.

Each juice has a certain nutritional composition and probably certain physiological actions, although these have not been studied extensively. You can think of fresh juices as natural vitamin pills with a very high assimilation percentage which we do not need to do the work of digesting them.

In general, some juices are more caloric than others and might be used less if more weight loss is desired. The juices of apples, grapes, oranges, and carrots are good cleansing juices but might be minimized for weight loss. More grapefruit, lemon, cucumber, and greens, such as lettuce, spinach, or parsley, may be more helpful in this situation. Also, a variety of juices can be used in a fast with different ones squeezed daily.


Fruit Juices


Lemon—liver, gallbladder, allergies, asthma, cardiovascular disease (CVD), colds
Citrus—CVD, obesity, hemorrhoids, varicose veins
Apple—liver, intestines
Pear—gallbladder
Grape—colon, anemia
Papaya—stomach, indigestion, hemorrhoids, colitis
Pineapple—allergies, arthritis, inflammation, edema, hemorrhoids
Watermelon—kidneys, edema
Black cherry—colon, menstrual problems, gout

Vegetable Juices

Greens—CVD, skin, eczema, digestive problems, obesity, breath
Spinach—anemia, eczema
Parsley—kidneys, edema, arthritis
Beet greens—gallbladder, liver, osteoporosis
Watercress—anemia, colds
Wheat grass—anemia, liver, intestines, breath
Cabbage—colitis, ulcers
Comfrey—intestines, hypertension, osteoporosis
Carrots—eyes, arthritis, osteoporosis
Beets—blood, liver, menstrual problems, arthritis
Celery—kidneys, diabetes, osteoporosis
Cucumber—edema, diabetes
Jerusalem artichokes—diabetes
Garlic—allergies, colds, hypertension, CVD, high fats, diabetes
Radish—liver, high fats, obesity
Potatoes—intestines, ulcer


To prepare juices, we obviously want to start with the freshest and most chemical-free fruits and vegetables possible. They should be cleaned or soaked and stored properly. If there is a question of toxicity, sprays, or parasites, a chlorine bleach bath can be used. If not organic, they should be peeled, especially if they are waxed. With root vegetables such as carrots or beets, the above-ground ends should be trimmed. Some people like to drop their vegetables into a pot of boiling water for a minute or so for cleansing as well.

Other Aspects of Healthy Fasting

  • Fresh air—plenty is needed to support cleansing and oxygenation of the cells and tissues.
  • Sunshine—also needed to revitalize our body; avoid excessive exposure.
  • Water—bathing is very important to cleanse the skin at least twice daily. Steams and saunas are also good for giving warmth as well as supporting detoxification.
  • Skin brushing—with a dry, soft brush prior to bathing; this will help clear toxins from the skin. This is a good year-round practice as well.
  • Exercise—very important to support the cleansing process. It helps to relax the body, clear wastes, and prevent toxicity symptoms. Walking, bicycling, swimming, or other usual exercises can usually be done during a fast, although more dangerous or contact sports might be avoided.
  • No drugs—none should be used during fasts except mandatory prescription drugs. Particularly, avoidance of alcohol, nicotine, and caffeine is wise.
  • Vitamin supplements—these are not used during fasting; thus, no program of nutrients will follow at the end of this section. Some supplemental fiber, such as psyllium husks, can be part of a colon detox program. Special chlorophyll foods, such as green barley, chlorella, and spirulina, may also be vitality enhancers and purifiers during cleanses. Occasionally, some mineral support, especially potassium, calcium, and magnesium, or vitamin C will be suggested, usually in powdered or liquid forms (pills are not suggested) to help in preventing cramps, if there is a lot of physical activity, sweating, and fluid and mineral losses, or for an extended fast. Some people even use amino acid powders and other vitamin powders with some benefit during cleanses. In general, most of these supplemental nutrients are best used with foods.
  • Colon cleansing—an essential part of healthy fasting. Some form of bowel stimulation is recommended. Colonic irrigations with water are the most thorough. These can be done at the beginning, midpoint, and end of the fast. It is suggested that enemas be used at least every other day if these are the primary colon cleansing. Fasting clinics often suggest that enemas be used daily, even up to several times a day. With these, usually water alone is used to flush the colon of toxins. It may be helpful for an enema or laxative preparation to be used the day before the fast begins to lessen initial toxicity. Herbal laxatives are commonly taken orally during fasting, and many formulas are available, as capsules or for making teas. These include cascara sagrada, senna leaves, licorice root, buckthorn, rhubarb root, aloe vera, and the LB formula of Dr. Christopher. The saltwater flush, or internal bath, recommended by Stanley, is useful for those who can tolerate it. A solution of 2 teaspoons of sea salt is dissolved in a quart of warm purified water (not distilled) and is drunk first thing in the morning on alternate days throughout the fast to flush the entire intestinal tract, an advantage of this cleansing formula. It does not, however, work well for everyone. For example, it is not recommended for salt-sensitive or water-retaining people, or for hypertensives. Whatever colon cleansing method is used, keep in mind that regular cleansing of the intestines and colon is a key component to healthy and stress-free fasting.
  • Work and be creative—and make plans for your life. Staying busy is helpful in breaking our ties to food. We also need time for ourselves. Most fasters experience greater work energy and more creativity and, naturally, find lots to do.
  • Cleanup—a motto during fasting. As we clean our body, we want to clean our room, desk, office, closet, and home—just like "spring cleaning." It clearly brings us into harmony with the cleansing process of nutrition. If we want to get ready for the new, we need to make space by clearing out the old.
  • Joining others in fasting can generate strong bonds and provide an added spiritual lift. It opens up new supportive relationships and new levels of existing ones. It will also provide support if we feel down or want to quit. Most people feel better as their fast progresses—more vital, lighter, less blocked, more flexible, clearer, and more spiritually attuned. For many, it is nice to have someone with whom to share this. Call our clinic or another that offers this service.
  • Avoid the negative influence of others who may not understand or support us. There are many fears and misconceptions about fasting, and they may affect us. We need to listen to our own inner guidance and not to others’ limitations, but we also need to maintain awareness and insight into any problems should they arise. Being in contact with fasters will provide us with the positive support we need.
  • The economy of fasting allows us to save time, money, and future health care costs. While we may be worried about not having enough, we may already have too much. Many of us are inspired to share more of ourselves when we are freed from food.
  • Meditation and relaxation are also an important aspect of fasting to help attune us to deeper levels of ourselves and clear the stresses that we have carried with us.
  • Spiritual practice and prayer will affirm our positive attitude toward ourselves and life in general. This supports our meditation and relaxation and provides us with the inner fuel to carry on our life with purpose and passion.

 

Plan for a one day juice fast

When you wake up, drink a full glass of lukewarm lemon drink. You do not have to heat it; room temperature is good.

9 am glass of water
10.00 am glass of fresh squeezed fruit juice
11.00 am glass of water
Noon glass of fresh squeezed vegetable juice with a pinch of ginger
1.00 pm glass of water
2 pm glass a vegetable broth
3 pm glass of water
4 pm glass of fresh squeezed vegetable/fruit juice
5 pm glass of water
6 pm two glasses of vegetables broth
7 pm glass of water
8 pm cup of herbal tea
9 pm glass of water

Fruits you can juice:
Apple, grape, grapefruit, orange, kiwi, lemon, pear, pineapple, etc...

Vegetables you can juice:
Carrot, beet, celery, cucumber, spinach, lettuce, cabbage, parsley, wheat grass, etc...

Psyllium and Bentonite 7 Day Fast

In my experience, this is possibly the most effective way to cleanse the colon by using psyllium husk powder and bentonite clay.

Psyllium

Psyllium Husk (Sat-Isabgol) is derived from the seeds of plant called 'Plantaqo Ovata'. This is an annual herb grown in Gujarat & Rajasthan States of India. Its ingredients include alkaloids, amino acids, oils, protein, tannins, flavonoids, and a variety of sugars and carbohydrates. Psyllium seeds are oval-shaped, odorless, practically tasteless, and are coated with mucilage. Unlike wheat bran and other fibers, psyllium does not cause excessive gas and bloating.

Used as a dietary fiber, psyllium makes stools softer, which helps relieve constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, hemorrhoids and other intestinal disorders. It is considered a good intestinal cleanser in that it speeds waste matter through the digestive system, shortening the amount of time toxic substances stay in the body and thereby reducing the risk of colon cancer and other diseases.

Bentonite - a volcanic detoxificer

The internal use of volcanic ash goes back to the indigenous peoples of the high Andes mountains, tribes in Central Africa and the aborigines of Australia.

Bentonite Clay, a medicinal powdered clay which derives from deposits of weathered volcanic ash. It is the only product known to remove plaque from the walls of the intestine and colon. It is one of the most effective natural intestinal detoxifying agents available and has been recognized as such for centuries by native peoples around the world. It contains minerals that, once inside the gastrointestinal tract, are able to absorb toxins and deliver mineral nutrients to an impressive degree. Bentonite clay is inert which means it passes through the body undigested.

Technically, the clay first adsorbs toxins (heavy metals, free radicals, pesticides), attracting them to its extensive surface area where they adhere like files to sticky paper; then it absorbs the toxins, taking them away like a sponge.

Cleansing your colon with this method also will minimize the normal die-off reaction since they absorb most of the toxins before they are unleashed into the body.

You can take a Psyllium Bentonite shake three times a day along with Clarkia (Parasite Cleanse) or while eating a normal diet but to fully cleanse your GI tract from top to bottom, you should avoid any solid food. Solid food requires digestive processes to initiate and interferes with the cleansing and healing process. This is why we are reccomending a 7 day fast.

The method we use here is combined with juice fasting. It works very effectively to pass out the mucoid plaque..

Preparation

Psyllium: Mix 2-3 teaspoons of psyllium husk powder to 300ml of water for about 10-15 seconds and then drink immediately.

Bentonite: Mix 1-2 heaped teaspoons of bentonite clay powder to 300ml of water for about 30 seconds. Be sure to remove all the lumps before you drink. I use a hand blender to mix properly. Drink immediately.

Fruit Juice: You can use apples, pears, watermelon, melon, pink grapefruit, apricots, etc. Include also seeds of the fruits as they contain Vitamin B17 & Laetrile.

Vegetable Juice: 75% of your juice needs to be carrot. You can then mix with celery, beetroot, spinach, chard, broccoli, cauliflower, capsicum, cucumber, lettuce, etc. To your vegetable juice you can add cayenne pepper, lemon juice, herbs (garlic, shallots, dill), ginger root.

The above are a suggested list of fruits and vegetable juices only. Experiment using those vegetables and fruits, which are in season at the time of your fast, but at least 75% of your vegetable juice, has to be carrot.

DO NOT use pre-pack or canned juice. Everything must be fresh, when they prepare pre-pack or canned fruit juice they heat it which kills the natural enzymes, these natural enzymes are important when fasting to help the body detox. Try to buy from local farmers markets rather than the supermarket as we want to avoid excess pesticides and chemicals.

To get the best results you must follow the fast for at least 7 days. It may take several weeks before you start passing mucoid plaque.

Day Before

Lunchtime: This is your last solid meal. Do no eat any solid food after 2pm.

Evening: Fresh Carrot Juice - 1 or 2 cups 250ml - 500ml.

Before bedtime: Psyllium & Bentonite

Daily Juice Program:

1 hour before Breakfast: Psyllium & Bentonite

Breakfast: Fresh Fruit Juice - 1 or 2 cups 250ml - 500ml.

1 hour before Lunch: Psyllium & Bentonite

Lunch: Fresh Fruit or Vegetable Juice - 1 or 2 cups 250ml - 500ml.

1 hour before Dinner: Psyllium & Bentonite

Dinner: Fresh Vegetable Juice - 1 or 2 cups 250ml - 500ml.

Before Bedtime: Psyllium & Bentonite

Always drink lots of water. We reccomend to drink at least 2 waters of bottled mineral water (not still) everyday of the fast.

Remember each person is different. Should you lack energy have another juice. Some days on your fast you will require more than others. Remember your body uses energy to detox and if you are missing energy, you need more juice. Fruit juices will give quick energy but do not last long. They are good for the morning to get you up and going. Vegetable juices contain more sustaining vitamins, minerals and less sugar to get you through the rest of the day.

When you are feeling really hungry determine if you are lacking energy or not, if its the energy have some more juice, if its just hunger pains drink more water. Water will help to supress the apetite until your body gets used to not being fed. This only takes a couple of days.

When switching from a vegetable to a fruit juice or, vice versa, let one hour pass between, so as not to mix fruit and vegetable juices together in the stomach. This combination will create gas and or cramping.

DO NOT take psyllium or bentonite within an hour or at the same time you take other medicine. It can interfere with the way drugs are absorbed and make medications less effective.

During the fast you may experience constipation which is caused by consuming large amounts of psyllium husk. To help this you can do a salt water flush. For this you add 2 level teaspoons of uniodized sea salt to a glass (250ml) of lukewarm water. Mix well, then drink the entire glass. This will help everything move again.

When you finish the 7 day fast you need to ease back into regular eating gradually. If you break the fast with lasagna and chocolate cheese cake you will feel ill and may harm yourself. Your digestive system is very sensitive at this time, and you must continue to exercise some self control for at least three days after the fast. Although you might want to eat heavier foods, your system needs time to recover.

The longer the fast the more time is needed for recovering. If you have 7-days fast, then you need 2 days to recover. Avoid oil, dressing, seeds, nuts, avocado, proteins or heavier food for the first day. Juices are good during this period. They are easy for the body to digest. Eating fruits and vegetables and juices for the first three or four days after the fast will allow the body to adjust.

Salads and other raw foods are a good next step. Slowly introduce cooked foods such as steamed vegetables and light soup after a few days for optimal results.

 

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