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Juice Fasting - Part Two
Royal Road To Health and Long Life
How Do You Fast?
It is advisable to prepare yourself for
fasting by a short cleansing diet. For
two or three days, eat nothing but raw
fruits and vegetables - one meal a day
of any available fruits, the other of
fresh vegetable salad.
Fasting usually begins with an effective bowel cleansing with the help of
purgatives, such as Glauber's salts or
castor oil. Dr. Buchinger uses an ounce
and a half of Glauber's salts in one and
a quarter pints of warm water on the
morning of the first day of fasting. Since
the Glauber's salt drink is not very
tasty. it is usually followed by a glass of
fruit juice. Glauber's salts will cause repeated and powerful evacuations and
cleanse your bowels thoroughly. Some
European clinics use castor oil for the
same purpose. On the first day of fasting, one or two hours before an enema,
2 tbsp. of pure castor oil is taken in a
glass of water to which the juice of half
a lemon has been added. Of course, you
can begin your fasting without a purgative, just be taking a double enema. First
take 1 pint of plain water and let it
out. Then repeat with a full quart of water, into which camomile tea or a few
drops of lemon juice have been added.
The next day, and each following day
of the fast, you follow this program:
Upon Arising: Enema.
After Enema: Dry brush massage, followed by hot and cold shower. (See
directions in my Fasting book)
9:00 A.M.: Cup of herb tea - warm, not
hot. Health food stores carry a large assortment of herb teas. When fasting
therapeutically, use the herbs that are
listed in my How To Get Well book - specific herbs for specific conditions.
11:00 A.M.: A glass of freshly-pressed
fruit juice, diluted 50/50 with water.
11 :00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.: Walk or mild exercise, or
sunbathing, if the weather permits.
Various therapeutic baths or other
treatments can be given at this time.
1:00 P.M.: A glass of freshly made
vegetable juice or a cup of vegetable
1:30 to 4:00 P.M.: Rest in bed.
4:00 P.M.: Cup of herb tea.
4:15 to 7:00 P.M.: Walk, therapeutic baths, exercises, and other treatments.
7:00 P.M.: Glass of diluted vegetable or fruit juice.
9:00 P.M.: Cup of vegetable broth.
Drink plain lukewarm water, or
mineral water, when thirsty. The total
juice and broth volume during the day
should be between 1 1/2 pints and 1 1/2 quarts.
Never dilute fresh juices with
vegetable broth, only with pure water.
The total liquid intake should be approximately 6 to 8 glasses - but don't
hesitate to drink more, if thirsty.
I suggest that a therapeutic fast be
supervised by a doctor or by someone
who is well initiated in it. Under expert
supervision, such a fast could be undertaken at home up to 30 days,
if necessary. If you suffer from some illness,
and are under your doctor's care, you
may wish to show him this article or my
fasting book and the fasting instructions, and ask him to supervise your
fasting and examine your condition as
the fast progresses. Without expert
supervision, I would not advise fasting
longer than one week to 10 days at a
time. After a few weeks on an optimum
health-building diet, your fasting program may be repeated.
If you do decide to fast on your own, I
strongly urge that you acquire my juice
fasting book, which contains all the detailed instructions for do-it-yourself
fasting. When you fast, you should
be well informed on all the details and
phases of fasting, and thoroughly convinced of its safety and superior healing
potential. My book is called How To Keep Slim, Healthy, And Young With
Juice Fasting, and is available at health
food stores. If your store does not carry
it, you may order directly from: Health
Plus Publishers, PO. Box 22001, Phoenix, AZ 85028.
How The Fast Is Broken
Whether your fast will turn out to be a
success or a failure will depend largely
on how you break your fast. Breaking
a fast is the most significant phase of it.
The beneficial effect of fasting could be
totally undone if the fast is broken incorrectly.
As Dr. Otto H.F. Buchinger
says: "Even a fool can fast, but only a
wise man knows how to break the fast
properly and to build up properly after
The main rules for breaking the fast
- Do not overeat!
- Eat slowly and chew your food extremely well.
- Take several days of gradual transition to the normal diet.
First Day: Eat one half apple in the
morning and a very small bowl of fresh
vegetable soup at lunch, in addition to
the usual juice and broth menu. Take at
least 15 minutes to eat one half apple!
Second Day: A few soaked prunes or
figs (with soaking water) for breakfast.
Small bowl of fresh vegetable salad for
lunch. Vegetable soup made without
salt at dinner. Two apples eaten between meals. All this in addition to the
usual juices and broths.
Third Day: Same as second day, but
add a glass of yogurt and 5-6 raw nuts
(finely ground in a seed grinder) for
breakfast. Increase the salad portion at
lunch. and add a boiled or baked potato. A slice of whole grain bread with butter and a slice of cheese with soup at
Fourth Day: You may start eating normally,
adhering to a cleansing Optimum Diet, as recommended in my
books. If you fasted longer than 10
days, the break-in period should be extended one day
for every 4 days of fasting.
In order to benefit from fasting to the
greatest possible extent, it is of paramount importance that after fasting, a
build-up diet of vital natural foods be
maintained. Such a diet will supply the
healing and regenerative forces of your
body with all the needed elements, so
that the cleansing, regenerative, rejuvenative, and healing processes, initiated
by the body during fasting, can be continued.
But first, and foremost, always keep
in mind the first rule of breaking the
fast; do not overeat! This rule also happens to be the first rule of keeping
healthy and staying younger longer.
Important Tips On Fasting
- ENEMA. During fasting, a huge
amount of morbid matter, dead cells
and diseased tissues are burned; and
the toxic wastes which have been accumulating
in the tissues for years, causing disease and premature aging, are
loosened and expelled from the system.
These wastes are eliminated from the
system by way of kidneys, bowels, skin,
and lungs. But the alimentary canal, the
bowels, is the main road by which these
toxins are thrown out of the body. Since,
during fasting, the natural bowel
movements cease to take place, the
toxic wastes would have no way of
leaving the system, except with the help
of enemas. If you fast without enemas,
these toxins remain in your colon and
are re-absorbed into the system, poisoning your whole body. Your body will try
to get them out through other eliminative organs, particularly through the
kidneys, which, as a result, may often
be overloaded and even damaged.
This is why enemas during fasting are
an absolute must. Enemas during fasting will assist the body in its cleansing
and detoxifying effort by washing out
all the toxic wastes from the alimentary
Enemas should be taken at least once,
but preferably twice a day: the first
thing in the morning and the last thing
before going to bed. One pint to one
quart of lukewarm water is sufficient.
Enema bags are available in any drugstore.
- DRUGS. As a rule, a complete withdrawal of drugs is advised during fasting. Exceptions are: digitalis in heart
disease, insulin in diabetes, and cortisone in arthritis - if these drugs have
been taken previously for prolonged
periods of time. Those who are on any
kind of drugs would be wise to have
their fast supervised by an experienced
- VITAMINS. During fasting,
the intake of vitamins and food supplements
should be discontinued completely.
Three exceptions: a) In serious heart
cases, vitamin E should be taken while
fasting; b) Very sick persons, or those
suffering from colds or flu, can be given
extra vitamin C (up to 3,000 mg. a day)
with fruit juices; c) Very weak patients
can be given 1 or 2 tsp. of natural honey, possibly as a sweetener in herb teas.
All must be closely supervised.
- SMOKING AND DRINKING. No
smoking, no alcohol, and no coffee, of
course. Incidentally, fasting is the best
way to quit smoking and drinking. After about two weeks of fasting, all the
desire for smoking or alcohol will be
gone, as testified by hundreds of fasting
- CONTRA-INDICATIONS. In advanced
cases of diabetes, hypoglycemia, active tuberculosis,
active malignancies, mental diseases, during pregnancy
and lactation, and weak hearts in older
patients, fasting is not recommended.
Where there is any kind of disease, do
not attempt fasting without consulting
your doctor and abiding by his decision
on the advisability of undertaking a fast
in your situation. Also, children under
the age of 14 should not fast more than
a few days.
- JUICES. All juices should be made
fresh immediately before drinking. Do
not use canned or frozen juices. This
means that if you fast on your own, you
have to have your own juicer. Health
food stores sell juicers. Canned or
frozen juice can be used sparingly, only
in an emergency situation when fresh
juices are not available.
- HERB TEAS. The best herb teas to
drink during fasting are peppermint,
rose hips and camomile; but you may
drink any of your favorites. Your health
food store has a good supply of these
and many other herb teas. When fasting
for the purpose of healing, use specific
herbs for specific conditions as suggested in How To Get Well.
- WORK. Must you discontinue your
regular work and rest or stay in bed
while fasting? Not at all! On the contrary,
staying in bed while fasting is definitely harmful,
except for sleeping at
night and for an afternoon siesta. You
may live your normal life and do your
regular work while you fast. You will
have plenty of strength to do it, too - unless you are a ditch digger,
in which case we advise you to take it
- EXERCISE.Your body needs a lot of
assistance in the form of fresh air, motion,
and exercise, in order to accomplish a thorough cleansing of the blood
and tissues and effectively regenerate
and revitalize all the bodily functions.
Therefore, you should do lots of walking and mild exercising in the fresh air
- especially deep breathing exercises
- in addition to sunbathing. Always
sleep with windows open.
- DAILY BATHS. About one third of
all body impurities and wastes are eliminated through your skin.
Since the internal cleansing and speedy elimination
of toxic wastes is a prime purpose of
fasting, it is important to keep the skin
pores wide open and the elimination
through the skin as efficient as possible.
Daily showers, especially in connection
with dry brush massage are recommended.
If the heart and circulation are
good (your doctor must determine this)
then hot baths, sauna, and hot and cold
showers should be taken frequently.
- DRINKING WATER. The fasting
program. as suggested in this article,
will give you 6 glasses of juices, broth
and herb teas during 24 hours. If you
still feel thirsty, you may drink additional regular water: pure and uncontaminated, of course. Avoid chlorinated
or fluoridated water. Natural, hard
water is better than distilled water, although distilled water can be used for a
- HUNGER. Will you feel hungry
while fasting? Yes, naturally, but only
during the first 3 or 4 days. After that,
the unbelievable will happen; the longer you fast,
the less hungry you will feel,
until the time when the body has completed its cleansing work, at which time
you will suddenly feel an excruciating
hunger - a reliable signal that it is time
to break the fast and start eating.
- POSITIVE ATTITUDE. Mental attitude during fasting is of paramount
importance. Avoid negative influences
or thoughts. Don't listen to the terrified
relatives and "friends," and their
"warnings." Have total confidence in
what you are doing. Remember, hundreds of thousands of people have done
it successfully before you. Perhaps
thinking that you are on a juice diet instead of juice fast will make you feel
- DIET AFTER THE FAST. The wonderful results
achieved by fasting will
be nullified in a very short time if fasting
is followed by the improper diet that
created the undesirable condition of ill
health in the first place - a condition
that fasting corrected so successfully.
The regenerative, rejuvenative and
healing processes initiated by your
body during fasting must continue after
the fast is broken.
Therefore, fasting should be followed
by the Optimum Diet - the health-building diet of optimum nutrition as
described in my book, How To Get Well.
Following the Optimum Diet for
optimum health after your fasting will
insure that you are building upon - not
tearing down - the good results the
fasting has accomplished.
- FASTING AND SPIRITUAL AWARENESS.
Fasting not only accomplishes a physiological regeneration
and revitalization of your
body, but has a profound stimulating
effect on your mental faculties. It also
increases your spiritual awareness. It is
important, therefore, to adopt a proper
relaxed attitude. Try to dissociate yourself from the usual everyday problems
and the worries of the material world,
and let the refinement and perfection of
your inner self come to the fore as the
ultimate purpose of your existence.
Fasting is a time of rest, meditation,
and renewal of body, mind, and spirit.
In most religions - Oriental, Hebrew,
Christian, Muhammadan - periodic
fasting played a vital part for two reasons: one, to keep the body (the temple
of the spirit) clean; two, to keep the
spirit attuned with its Divine source.
You will notice that during fasting
your visual and mental perception and
awareness of aesthetic beauty will be
sharpened and that your thoughts will
gradually raise from a lower, everyday
level of unpleasant realities to higher
realities, concerned with the purpose
and meaning of your Divinely designed
life. Your daily walk in the woods will
be a new and totally different experience. The singing of the birds will
sound like the most inspiring Bach oratory, and the tall trees will appear as
mystic Gothic cathedrals. Your heart
will rejoice, your earthly problems will
seem unimportant, and you'll feel happy to be alive. You will count your
blessings instead of your problems. And
you will be amazed at how your mental
activity will be sharpened and how
thoughts and new ideas will flow with
All in all, your fasting will be a
wonderful, holistic experience, which
will recharge, heal, renew, and rejuvenate your whole personality - body,
mind, and spirit.
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