Juice Fasting and Metabolic Detox

Juice fasting is the most effective and therapeutic body cleansing. Fasting is the oldest healing method, but with emphasis on drug-orientated medicine it has been somewhat overlooked. The situation is now changing: scientific studies and clinical results both indicate the preventative, therapeutic and regenerative effects of fasting. The classical method was a water-only fast, but now authorities agree that juice fasting is far superior, as the alkali-forming fruit and vegetable juices accelerate the cleansing and healing process.  For a fast to be effective it should last a minimum of a week, but not more than ten days without supervision. Under professional guidance, a fast can go on for months for special curative reasons and in cases of extreme obesity. Research shows that no harm is done, only good. Apart from health benefits, a fast usually results in an average loss in weight of 500 g. per day after the first three days. After the third day the body starts to live on its own substance and any early hunger symptoms disappear.
  The body will actually burn and digest its own tissues by the process of autolysis. Cells and tissues which are diseased, damaged, old or dead are the first to decompose - this process of getting rid of the unnecessary first is one of the more amazing aspects of fasting. The essential tissues and vital organs are not touched or damaged. Because the old tissues are eliminated, the building of new healthy cells is accelerated. While this is happening, the eliminating organs - lungs, liver, kidneys and skin - are working extra hard getting rid of waste matter and toxins; this is visible in bad breath, dark urine, sweating and sometimes skin break-outs.
  Fasting gives a rest to the digestive and protective organs. It helps stabilize the nerves and stimulates the mind. The glandular and hormone network is also stimulated, while the vitamin and mineral balance is normalized. All this is helped a lot by the intake of juices.
 It is very important that no chewing takes places during the fasting process as chewing stimulates saliva secretions and starts the digestive process. If you grind your teeth at night you should take precautions and wear a preventative shield.

 Suggested Fasting Schedule

For two or three days before fasting prepare the body by eating nothing but raw vegetables and fruits; one meal a day of any fruit, the other of any vegetable; do not mix both at the same meal. Fasting should begin with a good bowel cleansing - a dose of Epsom's salts given on the morning of the first day of the fast, 15 g. salts in a glass of warm water; this is followed by a glass of fruit juice. The daily diet schedule for juice fasting, according to Dr Otto Buchingeris always the same, with an enema given every morning or on alternate days.

Upon rising     enema
9 a.m.              Cup of herb tea, warm not hot (choose from peppermint, chamomile or rosehip)
11 a.m.            Glass of fresh juice, diluted 1:1 with water
1 p.m.              Glass of fresh vegetable juice or a cup of vegetable broth (see recipe below)
4 p.m.              Cup of herb tea
7 p.m.              Glass of fresh fruit or vegetable juice, diluted 1:1 with water
9 p.m.              Cup of vegetable broth

Plain warm water or mineral water can be drunk when thirsty. The total juice volume, however, together with the broth should be between 700 ml. and 1500 ml. The above plan is the juice guide only; the regime can and should include exercise, rest periods and therapeutic baths.

Vegetable Broth
This should be freshly made each day. It is a standard beverage at many health clinics. It is a cleansing and alkalizing drink, supplying vitamins and minerals too.
2 large potatoes, unpeeled and chopped
1 cup carrots, unpeeled and sliced
1 cup celery including leaves, chopped
1 cup red beets, finely sliced
1 cup any other available vegetable - cabbage, turnips, spinach, courgettes

Put 1500 ml. water in a large saucepan (not aluminium or copper). Slice the vegetables directly into the water so as not to expose them to the air. Cook slowly for 45 minutes; allow to stand for 15 minutes; strain.

During fasting, it is important to observe the following rules:

  • No smoking or drinking
  • Do not take even a morsel of any food. otherwise the gastric juices will start to work and the benefits of the fast will be lost.
  • Withdrawal of drugs is advisable; exceptions are usually digitalis for the heart, insulin in type 1 diabetes and cortisone in arthritis.
  • Vitamins should be discontinued.
  • Exercise is very helpful, particularly in fresh air.
  • Do not lie around in bed, it could be harmful.

Daily baths are important to wash away toxins eliminated through the skin; the pores must be kept open.

It is advisable to take an enema every day or every other day; during a fast toxins and waste matter are mainly eliminated by way of the kidneys and bowels; natural bowel movements cease during a fast, so an enema is needed to help evacuate the waste. This can be done with an enema or douche bag with 700 ml. of water (add a few drops of fresh lemon juice). Try to retain the water for a short while, before letting it out.


This is as important as the fast itself, for the success of the time of abstinence will depend on the way you come out of it. The rule is to take it easy; do not overeat; do not rush back to your old ways. Take it slowly and think; one reason for fasting was to prepare the body to adjust to a continuous healthy diet. It takes several days to return to normal.

First Day

Breakfast    Half an apple, herb tea
11 a.m.       Glass of fresh juice
1 p.m.         Cup of vegetable broth, a bowl of fresh vegetable soup
4 p.m.         Herb tea
7 p.m.         Glass of fresh fruit juice
9 p.m.         Cup of vegetable broth

Second Day

Breakfast    Dish of soaked prunes, herb tea
11 a.m.       Glass of fresh fruit juice
1 p.m.         Small bowl of vegetable salad
4 p.m.         One apple
7 p.m.         Bowl of vegetable soup
9 p.m.         Cup of vegetable broth

Third Day

Breakfast    Soaked prunes, yogurt, a few ground nuts, herb tea
11 a.m.       One apple
1 p.m.         Larger portion of vegetable salad, baked potato, cup of vegetable broth
4 p.m.         One apple
7 p.m.         Bowl of vegetable soup, slice of wholegrain bread, preferably spelt or rye
9 p.m.         Cup of vegetable broth

On the fourth day a normal diet can commence, slowly bringing in the full range of wholesome foods according to a basic health diet. Therapeutic fasting can be undertaken again after an interval of six weeks.

An excerpt from Browen Meridith's Vogue Natural Health and Beauty


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