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A person can extend his life by several years through fasting. You heal faster, give your organs a rest, clean your liver and kidneys, purify your blood, cleanse your colon, lose unnecessary weight, get rid of toxin build-up in tissues, clear the eyes and tongue cleanse the breath, and lose excess water. Proper diet, and supplements, exercise, and fasting will more than double your energy and keep you well and happy.

The purpose of a fast is to cleanse yourself, not to starve yourself. Here are some suggestions that will help you fast, if you decide to do so. If fasting is not for you, pick and choose what does work to improve your well-being. Eating lighter seems to go along with warm weather and Mother Earth provides us, for free, with some excellent greens for salad that are chock full of minerals and vitamins. It's no accident that fresh, young herbal greens arrive just when we need them the most-dandelions, chickweed, nettles, sorrel, and violet leaves. Mix these "weeds" in with your store bought salads for a powerhouse of nutrition. These salad mixes are what I eat the first two days before and the two days coming off the fast.

If you decide to fast, eat only raw foods for two days before and two days coming off the fast (no dressings or dips). If you need to eat something while you are fasting, you can eat watermelon or applesauce from fresh apples with skins that you make in a blender. Don't chew gum. This puts in motion the digestive process. Do not fast on water alone. You can take spirulina, a near perfect food from the sea, during a fast-five tablets three times a day. Anyone who is hypoglycemic should not fast without taking spirulina.

Psyllium seed (found in health food stores) or other high quality fiber products may be used to clean out the intestines. Psyllium seed husk swells 8 to 14 times its weight. It is soothing and laxative, helps increase bowel function as well as cleaning out old debris that may be lodged in the intestines. Stir a heaping teaspoon into a little juice mixed with water, and drink it down right away because it will gel up. Drink eight to twelve 8 oz. glasses of water a day.

Juices to drink while fasting should be made in a juicer. Fresh lemon juice with warm water is excellent to start the day as it activates the liver. Other juices: cabbage, beet, carrot, celery, grape, and apple juice. Any green drinks you make from juicing leafy green vegetables are also fine. These are excellent detoxifiers. Do not drink tomato or orange juice. Do not store cabbage juice. It loses its vitamin C content.

Fasting over three days should be supervised by a qualified health physician. Diabetics should never fast unless under a doctor's supervision. Some people, especially the elderly, need certain vitamins and minerals daily. If you are one of those people, you should continue to take vitamins while on the fast. You might want to reduce the dosage of supplements when you are drinking juices.

Here are ingredients for an excellent broth or juice to drink when you are fasting. If you choose the broth, cook all the vegetables together and strain the broth. Your pets might enjoy the pulp. Use a juicer if you prefer the raw juice.

3 carrots
1 turnip
head of cabbage
onion
2 stalks of celery
2 beets
bunch parsley
clove garlic

And here are excellent teas to drink anytime, but especially when fasting.

The first is already made up by Unitea out of Boulder, CO. and is called Puritea.

Puritea Ingredients:

  • Peppermint for flavor, to freshen breath, and to improve digestion
  • Red Clover for purifying the blood
  • Licorice root for the adrenal glands, to keep blood sugar levels stable, and to assuage hunger
  • Fennel seed for keeping blood sugar levels stable
  • Cleavers for cleansing the lymph glands and kidneys
  • Dandelion root for cleansing the liver, to improve blood and skin
  • Oregon Grape root for purifying blood and cleansing the liver
  • Burdock root for breaking up fatty deposits, to detoxify the liver and blood and to benefit the skin
  • Butternut bard for gently cleansing the colon
  • Chickweed for emulsifying fat
  • Parsley root for strengthening and cleansing the kidneys
  • Nettles for iron and chlorophyll

This tea is good for you and is delicious.

Sara's Liver Tea
2 tsp chopped, dry, roasted chicory root
1 tsp dandelion root, dry or fresh
1 tsp sarsaparilla root
tsp licorice root
tsp ginger, dry or fresh
1 quart water

To roast the chicory, spread it on a cookie sheet and bake it at 325F for 30 minutes. Combine the herbs and water in a non-reactive pot. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from heat, cover, and steep for at least 15 minutes, overnight if possible. Strain. Drink 3 to 4 cups every day.

Further Reading: For a very detailed description of a three day fast which also goes into emotional and spiritual aspects of a fast, I recommend The 3-Day Energy Fast by Pamela Serure. She also has good recipes for fruit and vegetable juices and broths you can take during the fast.