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.
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
can readily progress to chronic
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
is exhilerating. People can work during a juice
since it supplies all the calories to keep one's energy up. In fact most people
become more productive during a juice
Many people also
worry that they will feel hungry during a juice
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
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
Some people also take psyllium powder as a bulking agent to push out waste from
An extended juice
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.
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.
negative effects can occur during the first part a juice
such as nausea, dizzines, weakness, and tiredness. This is not due to lack of
food. These symptoms subside as the juice
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
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
(but not always), drinking a lot liquids (advisable), like freshly
pressed vegetable juices
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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'
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.
gallbladder, allergies, asthma, cardiovascular disease (CVD), colds
Citrus—CVD, obesity, hemorrhoids,
inflammation, edema, hemorrhoids
Black cherry—colon, menstrual
skin, eczema, digestive problems, obesity, breath
Parsley—kidneys, edema, arthritis
Beet greens—gallbladder, liver,
Wheat grass—anemia, liver, intestines,
Carrots—eyes, arthritis, osteoporosis
Beets—blood, liver, menstrual
Celery—kidneys, diabetes, osteoporosis
Garlic—allergies, colds, hypertension,
CVD, high fats, diabetes
Radish—liver, high fats, obesity
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.
needed to revitalize our body; avoid excessive exposure.
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.
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.
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
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
- 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
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.
for a one day
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
pm glass of water
8 pm cup of herbal tea
9 pm glass of water
you can juice:
Apple, grape, grapefruit, orange, kiwi, lemon, pear, pineapple, etc...
you can juice:
Carrot, beet, celery, cucumber, spinach, lettuce, cabbage, parsley, wheat grass,
Psyllium and Bentonite 7
In my experience, this is possibly
the most effective way to cleanse the colon by using psyllium husk powder and
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
The method we use here is combined
fasting. It works very effectively to pass out the mucoid plaque..
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.
You can use apples, pears, watermelon, melon, pink grapefruit, apricots, etc.
Include also seeds of the fruits as they contain Vitamin B17 & Laetrile.
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
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.
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 &
1 hour before Breakfast: Psyllium
Breakfast: Fresh Fruit Juice
- 1 or 2 cups 250ml - 500ml.
1 hour before Lunch: Psyllium &
Lunch: Fresh Fruit or Vegetable Juice
- 1 or 2 cups 250ml - 500ml.
1 hour before Dinner: Psyllium &
Dinner: Fresh Vegetable Juice
- 1 or 2 cups 250ml - 500ml.
Before Bedtime: Psyllium &
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
When switching from a vegetable to a
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
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
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
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
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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Revised: June 23, 2007