Fasting To Regenerate Your Health!
Fasting is one of natures greatest healing gifts. It allows the entire system to rest and regenerate, release impurities, cleanse the blood stream and reboot the immune system.. Just as when you over work your body and mind without enough rest, you eventually wear yourself down. The digestive system needs a little vacation from food.
Many experts advocate a juice fast over a water fast, as water fasts tend to detoxify the body to quickly, causing a lot of unpleasant side effects. Also, often the body cannot release the toxins quickly enough causing a heavy load on the liver and kidneys.
Juice fasting is a wonderful way to cleanse the body of toxins while at the same time nourishing, regenerating and rebuild the cells. Use primarily green veggies such as celery, cucumbers, broccoli, kale, chard, spinach, beet greens, parsley, cilantro, cabbage, sweetened with just a little fruit such as pineapple, green apple, pear.
Happy Simple Green Juice
- 3 celery stalks
- 1 cucumber
- 2-3 big handfuls spinach or other green
- 1/2 green apple
- 1 inch piece of ginger root
Juice and drink immediately!
“Yogis advocate occasional fasts, especially during sickness, in order to rest the stomach. The recuperative energy may then be directed toward casting out of the toxins and poisonous matter that have been causing trouble. Natures precaution of fasting to restore health is is to be noted even in animals. They stop eating while they are sick, and lie around until the are normal again, when they return to their food.”
Possible Side Effects
- Headaches. Make sure you are drinking plenty of water, resting and doing some form of deep breathing, lavender essential oil
- Nausea. Drink peppermint tea, peppermint essential oil
- Coating on the tongue. Use a tongue scraper, rinse your mouth with water and fresh lemon juice
- Constipation. Before beginning your fast, use fiber supplements, during the fast you can also do an enema each day
- Chilled. Try warm baths, cozy blankets and warm herbal teas
- Hyper emotional. Try meditating, deep breathing or journaling, lavender essential oil
- Light headed. Try adding some vegetable broth for the sodium
After the third day you usually won’t feel hungry. However, if you do need to eat something try having some watermelon. You can also try adding some spirulina tablets or powder in a little juice or added to coconut water.
How you break your fast is very important. Resist the urge to eat too much, too fast or foods that are too heavy. Start with fresh fruits, raw veggie salads and steamed veggies. Try to allow a few days to ease your way back into your normal diet.
During a fast, one of my favorite things to drink is Ginger tea. It’s warming, cleansing and is also good for nausea. Here are a few of my favorite recipes...
Simple Ginger Tea
- 1 cup fresh ginger root, peeled and chopped
- 6 cups water, filtered
Boil for 15 minute and let steep. Enjoy
Spicy Ginger Tea
- 1/2 cup ginger root, peeled and chopped
- 1/4 lemon
- 3 cups water
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon clove powder or 4 whole cloves
- sweeten with a bit of honey or sweetener of choice if desired
Boil for 10 minutes. Enjoy!
Goji Lemon Ginger Drink
This recipe is not a tea or a juice, but it’s my favorite ginger drink on the planet, so I had to add it!
- 3 cups water
- 1/2 cup goji berries
- 1 1/2 lemons, peeled and chopped
- 1/4 cup ginger juice (grate ginger and squeeze through a cloth or juice in a single auger juicer)
- 1/4 honey or coconut nectar
- dash of cayenne
Blend in a high speed blender. Enjoy!
This video is a of one of the recipes I created for our Avocado Smoothie eBook. While not a juice, its a great cleansing and balancing blend. Use to transition into or out of a fast or even during if you feel you need a little something more. For more info on the ebook: http://www.womengoraw.com/2011/10/19/avocado-smoothie-with-21-day-power-plan/
In love and health,
Lori Clayton, LMT, CHHC