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The eyebrows rise when a first-time faster declares I am going on a 40-day water fast. They state, with firm religious conviction, that juice fasting is a compromise, not real fasting. Cautionary words are ignored as the faster heads for a meeting with God. The faster usually lasts 2 or 4 days tops before he humbles himself and asks how to juice fast. Instead of meeting God he met the power of the toxins in his body.
As a teenager, I tried water fasting. On the second day of the fast, my goal of having Buddha-like spiritual enlightenment was smashed by the reality of painful detoxification. The headaches, dizziness and hot and cold flashes were only the warm-up to being hung over the toilet and vomiting for hours.
Unless you have a slow metabolism, fasting on water will become a near impossible exercise for a body nurtured on poisons. Cells are like tiny sponges; they absorb what you breathe, eat, drink and apply to your skin. As a result of man-made chemicals and processed foods, the body’s natural ability to fast has been compromised. This is no accident. Satan has robbed the modern-day church of one of the most powerful weapons against his kingdom—water fasting. But God is always one step ahead! In His grace, He has provided us with juice fasting.
Our God is a God of wisdom and juice fasting is a wise start. And so, we instruct people to start with juice. After one has cleansed years of toxins, the wonder of water fasting will be within reach. If you are fasting for spiritual reasons, have no fear, as juice fasting will get you down to the depth of your soul. God will honor your juice fast. We may enter a Spirit-filled fast and rearm the body’s natural ability to water fast. The juice of fruits and vegetables is filled with healing, cleansing properties that allow the body to gently and safely detoxify. Juice fasting has become an effective steppingstone to water fasting. Juice fasting has a greater ability to encourage healing compared to fasting on water. Juice fasting cleanses the body while supplying a dramatic increase in vitamins, minerals and enzymes.
Look out cancer cells, toxins, built-up chemicals, excess body fat, transformed fatty acids, impacted mucus in the bowel, sickness and disease—here comes the juice! Radiating with God-given power, fresh juice boosts the immune system. Lymphocytes attach themselves to anything harmful in the body, giving it the heave-ho. Fresh juice does not need digestive energy from the body, allowing the body’s entire focus to be on healing and rejuvenation. It is packed with vitamins, minerals, living enzymes, antioxidants, phytochemicals, yet low enough in calories to force the body to cannibalize on its filthy waste, propelling you to vigorous physical health and clarity of mind. With juice fasting, you can increase your vitality whether you are a 21-year-old athlete or a 71-year-old getting ready for a honeymoon! Sure, there will be periods of toxic crisis, but once you learn not to fear them, they can bring an exciting anticipation that your body is going through a deep cleansing.
All the essential nutrients in fruit and vegetables are locked within their fibers. A juice extractor frees these essential nutrients so they can be absorbed and used directly, requiring a minimum amount of digestive effort. Therefore the metabolic energy can be used 100% for cleansing mucoid matter from the lymph and toxins from the cellular tissue.
What you need to increase the quantity of enzymes, vitamins and minerals absorbed into the body is a juice extractor! A good juice extractor is a valuable tool in achieving vitality. A blender will not work as well as a juicer because the fiber is still present in the juice and fiber requires digestive work. Fiber is good during eating but not when you are fasting. Imagine digesting the fiber from ten pounds of carrots compared to drinking a glass of fresh carrot juice from a juicer. A juicer does the work of the body and extracts the nutrients without work so the body can be devoted to cleansing. The juicer can be inexpensive or top of the line, they all work for fasting, but the more expensive juicers make juice more easily and the motor lasts longer. The Champion Juicer is my preferred choice for a juicer. My Champion is 27 years old and still works perfectly.
Fruit and vegetable juices are the cleansers, energizers, builders, and regenerators of the human system. A combination of either fresh, raw fruit or vegetable juices will supply all the enzymes, vitamins, minerals, protein and fats critical to increased vitality! By adding live juices to one’s diet as a daily routine, many have experienced a rejuvenating effect and healing of various illnesses such as cancer, leukemia, arthritis, high blood pressure, kidney disorders, skin infections, liver disorders, alcoholism and smoking. Supplying the body with easily-absorbed nutrients, while the body is cleansing itself in the fasting state, avoids the dangers of total abstinence associated with water fasting. Be confident that this method is both safe and beneficial.
For most health conditions, juice fasting is the best method to transform health. Because juice fasting removes toxins and excess fatty tissue while supplying a full spectrum of nutrients, it has an advantage over any weight loss program. I have been spellbound by the joy and happiness that radiate from those who lost from 20 to 100 lbs. of excess fatty tissue on a juice fast.
Juice fasting works because it does two things at once:
Removes Toxins–Eliminates life-robbing toxins that hinder the body’s God-given recuperative abilities.
Increases Nutrients–Floods the body with nutrients that energize the body’s natural regenerative abilities.
How Long Should I Juice Fast?
Do not be afraid to attempt a juice fast of 20, 30 or even 40 days on your first fast. It is really not that difficult once you get going on a fast. Longer juice fasts enable the body to cleanse toxins that have been accumulating in your cellular tissues from birth. The length of juice fasting can range anywhere from three to forty days. Three days is an excellent tune up. Thirty days is the standard therapy used by health sanitariums in Europe. If you deal with compulsive eating, start with shorter fasts so you may learn how to break the fast correctly. Most severe health conditions require fasts over 20 days, as it takes that long to repair damaged tissue.
How Much Juice Should I Drink?
The amount of juice you drink will determine the intensity of cleansing. Drinking small amounts of juice supplies fewer calories, thereby increasing detoxification. The more intense the cleansing, the greater the discomfort. Juice fasting allows you to have control over the process of elimination. However, when the body enters a cleansing crisis due to toxins in the blood, no amount of juice will eliminate the discomfort. You must wait it out.
When I am working, I make juice each morning and take a large thermos of juice to work. The harder you have to work, the more juice you will need.
Juice fasting can include fresh juice, herbal teas, sweetened with honey or Sucanat, vegetable broth, Barley Green, wheat grass juice, and supplements helpful to your specific condition. You can even have home made frozen juice Popsicles.
If using the enema kit, I recommend using it on the first day of your fast and daily thereafter for the first week. Following this, once every two or three days is sufficient. The enema kit should be used in a cleansing crisis or for a cleansing reaction. If you choose not to use the kit, two teaspoons of powdered psyllium husks per day will help remove the toxins from the colon. The down side is that psyllium husks are mucus-forming. Prune juice or senna tea also may be beneficial.
Modified Juice Fasting
You may consider modifying the fast by including thin slices of avocado or a quarter piece of banana to slow the cleansing process. Modified juice fasting is good for those with health restrictions such as diabetes or hypoglycemia. Bananas and avocados are slow to digest and maintain a stable blood sugar level. Spirulina is also valuable in balancing blood sugar levels. Their high-calorie content slows the intensity of the detoxification and, because they are easy to digest, the body still devotes energy to cleansing.
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