During Your Fast
It is important to chew your juice. Don’t gulp it down. Take breaks. It is important to remember that digestion begins in the mouth, and when you chew your food, enzymes are released that ensure that your stomach can more easily absorb the available nutrition. Therefore, when consuming juice, a chewing motion is recommended to allow the digestive enzymes to begin their work. It should take 30 minutes to an hour for you to consume your juice. After all – it is your meal, not a drink. Drink lots of water. Water is good, but it should only be consumed before your juice or one hour after.
Many people might worry about the hunger they may experience while they are not eating. They will be happy to discover that any hunger that they feel initially will often subside by the third day, and a glass of water will often help to quiet a growling stomach. Juice should not replace water and you must be sure that you are consuming between 2-3 litres a day.
The tinctures added in the juice cleanse are specifically designed to give you certain boosts during the day and relax you in the evening. This being said, the final juice of the day should be consumed at least 2 hours before bed. It is also very important that you get adequate rest during the cleanse (at least 7 hours each night) so your body is able to support healing and eliminating processes.
Some common symptoms that you may experience during a cleanse include:
- Skin rashes
- Lower-than normal blood pressure
- Normalization of high blood pressure
- Elimination of mucus from the chest, throat and nose
- Increased urinary output
- Strong odor to urine
- Strong odor to bowel movements
- Elimination of parasites from the bowel
- Abdominal cramps
- Increased body odor
- Bad breath
- Coated tongue
- Weight loss
- Loss of cellulite
If you experience a couple of these symptoms, don’t worry; they are normal and a part of detoxing. Your body is working to cleanse itself and expel the undesired pollutants left behind in your system.
If you are feel too uncomfortable, one option to blend half of a banana into one of your juices to slow the detox process. If you experience a lot of these symptoms to a degree that makes you extremely uncomfortable, consider breaking the fast with fruit and contacting your doctor.
Breaking Your Fast
Be prepared to break your fast! The best food is banana, avocado, organic veggie soup. Next morning, dairy free smoothies or shake.
After your fast, we encourage you to continue juicing on a regular basis, to build upon the new foundation of health you have achieved through fasting. Juice fasting for 24 hours per week is excellent for overall maintenance.
Take advantage of your new body and outlook on healthy eating! You will find, upon completion of a fast, that whole, natural foods take on an entirely new taste!
It is extremely important to ease yourself back into eating whole foods gradually. If you were to break the fast with a buffet of pizza, red meat, refined sugar and fried foods, you would cause incredible stress to your now-clean digestive system.
Take advantage of your new body and outlook on healthy eating! You will find, upon completion of a fast, that whole, natural foods take on an entirely new taste! It is not uncommon to hear an experienced faster say that the best food they have ever eaten was the first, fresh orange after a fast.
It helps to always plan exactly what you are going to eat in the few days following the fast. Aim to consume fruits with high water content. Avocados and bananas are ideal follow by apples, melons, and pears. Be sure to only have a maximum of 1 cup of fruit to break your fast. Chew it very well and very slowly; 1–2 hours later, have another cup. Another 2 hours later you may have a small serving of vegetable soup or a plain green salad. You will continue to consume raw fruits and vegetables for the next 1–2 days after your fast. Only after your first bowel movement may you add protein! Good choices for post fast protein include hummus, beans, nuts and nut butters and easy-to-digest animal proteins, including white fish and eggs.
Treat this opportunity as your “clean slate”, why eat unhealthy foods and reverse the progress you have made? Enjoy each food, not only for taste, but for the nutrition it is flooding your body with. Know that you are treating your body right and that you are in control of your life!