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The Best Methods for Cleaning Produce

Learn the best methods for cleaning produce in this informational blog post. This is important, because while most of us know organic is best, many of us can’t afford the higher prices. In addition, many grocery stores only offer a few varieties of organic fruits and vegetables, leaving us with no choice but to buy non organic produce. No matter how hard you try to buy and consume 100% organic, it’s almost impossible to be perfect in this area. But you can clean non organic produce with proper washing methods, so don’t give up!

Appropriately washing non organic produce is especially important if you’re going on a juice fast. These methods of cleaning your non organic fruits and vegetables remove most of the harmful agricultural chemicals and bacteria. Below are four of the best methods to properly wash your fruits and vegetables.

4 Best Methods for Washing Fruits and Vegetables

1. Lemon Bath

What you need: 4 tablespoons of sea salt, juice of one lemon, water

Procedure: Fill sink or bowl with cold water, add salt and lemon juice*. Soak fruits and vegetables for at least 10 minutes. Once you are done soaking, rinse produce under cold running water.

*If you don’t have lemon, substitute ¼ cup of white vinegar

2. HCL Bath

What you need: 1 ounce of hydrochloric acid (HCL)*, 3 quarts of water

*HCL is available at most hardware stores

Procedure: Add HCL to water in bowl or sink. Mix to create a 1% HCL solution. Soak produce in solution for at least ten minutes. Rinse produce thoroughly with cold running water.

3. Boiling Path

What you need: Boiling water, Heat-Safe Bowl, Tongs*

* This method should not be used on fragile vegetables or fruit!

Procedure: Add boiling water to bowl. Be careful not to overfill. Using the tongs, dip vegetables into boiling water for 5-10 seconds. After dipping, rinse under cold running water. This method helps removes germs and wax from fruits and vegetables.

4. Baking Soda Bath

What you Need: 1 teaspoon of baking soda, two cups of water, bowl

Procedure: If you need more than two cups of water to cover produce, add 1 teaspoon of baking soda for every two cups of water. Mix baking soda with water in large bowl. Soak fruits and vegetables for 10-15 minutes, then rinse produce under cold running water.

Step 4. Baking Soda Bath

Sea Salt vs Table Salt

Use Sea Salt, not table salt for these produce washing methods! Sea salt is a natural disinfectant. Unlike table salt, sea salt does not contain unnatural additives and sea salt is not processed to eliminate essential minerals.

Timing and Scrubbing

Soak all fruits and vegetables for at least 10 to 15 minutes. If you’re not pressed for time, remember 15 minutes is optimal for the removal of toxic chemicals and bacteria from your produce.

In addition, purchasing a scrubber will help you remove built-up waxes and harmful pesticides from non organic fruits and vegetables. Scrubbers are not expensive, so don’t hesitate to add this handy tool to your list!

Bye Bye, Poisons/Hello, Love

In conclusion, there is always a plan B! When you can’t find or afford organic fruits and vegetables, just wash them properly.

Washing non organic fruits and vegetables is simple, cheap, and practical.

Taking the time to rid your fruits and vegetables of most of the toxic chemicals and bacteria is extremely important for your overall health.

Take time to give your body love, it goes a long way!

For in depth information on fasting, click here.

For information on water fasting, click here.

For information on how to correctly break a fast, click here.

For information on Intermittent Fasting, click here.

For information on preparing for a fast, click here.

For information on health benefits in juices, click here.

For information on proper food combining, click here.

The Best Food Combinations for Optimal Health

In this informational blog post, you will learn how to create the best food combinations for optimal health. Since I support fasting for ultimate health and wellness, I believe careful food combining is essential to conserve healing energy for your body and your mind.

SAD – The Standard American Diet

We all know the drill.

You eat until you’re “full”, maybe even a little too much. Then you sit down on the sofa to watch your favorite show and enjoy a relaxing food coma. Everything feels “just right”.

For about thirty minutes, you feel satiated, full, and happy.

Then, “it” happens. You feel your stomach churn and now you are gassing uncontrollably. As your pain and discomfort worsen, you regret eating “too much”.

Of course, consuming too much food too fast results in a bloated, sick feeling. But more often, the culprit is our tendency to combine food incorrectly, not eating too much!

I know proper food combining is overwhelming at first, but you only need to remember three simple rules. Before you read on, I want to encourage you, as I always do, to love yourself. If you suffer from an eating disorder, for example, you might become obsessed and perfectionistic. While I don’t encourage moderation in most things, (I am an “all-in” kind of guy), I trust you to follow your heart and listen to your body.

Three Rules For Healthy Food Combining

Rule One: Never Mix Proteins with Carbohydrates

Proteins are broken down with acid digestive enzymes and carbohydrates are broken down with alkaline digestive enzymes. Consuming proteins and carbohydrates at the same time stops proper digestion. Your body produces acidic enzymes to break down proteins and alkaline enzymes to break down carbohydrates. Since these enzymes are neutralized by each other, the digestive process grinds to a halt. As your digestion slows down, putrefaction and fermentation begin. (yes those words are as bad as they sound)

These unhealthy digestive lapses cause bloating, gas and the “stuffed” feeling in your belly.

Rule Two: Never Mix Fruits With Other Foods

Fruits digest very quickly. For this reason, proponents of proper food combinations recommend eating fruit at least twenty minutes before a meal or a few hours after.

When you consume fruits with slower digesting foods like proteins or complex carbohydrates, your body fails to digest the fruit properly. The sugars in fruit ferment in your gut, raising blood alcohol levels and causing digestive distress.

To avoid this potentially harmful situation, consider an all-fruit meal. For an even easier digestive process, make a whole meal of just one kind of fruit. Eat three apples for breakfast, a half melon for lunch or a whole pineapple for a delicious dinner.

Nothing is simpler to digest than a mono-fruit meal (eating one fruit at a time). After a simple delicious meal of all fruit, you’ll feel energized and light instead of sluggish and heavy.

Rule Three: Never Combine Melons With Any Other Food.

High water content, soft texture and other factors make melons one of the easiest and quickest foods to digest. All varieties of melons contain many nutrients critical for better health; You can enhance the nutritional value of this super fruit by never combining melons with other types of fruits or slower digesting foods.

Following is a guideline to clarify the importance of careful food combining.

Five Tips For A Healthier, Happier Life

  1. Keep your diet simple to keep life simple and happy
  2. Being happy when you eat makes the digestive process easier. (Being upset elevates stomach acids, which can neutralize digestive efforts and create unhealthy acidosis.)
  3. Relax while you’re eating and enjoy your food. Your body will thank you for extra energy for digestion.
  4. Chew foods slowly and well. Remember, the first stage of digestion takes place in your mouth
  5. Don’t drink with meals. Drinking with meals neutralizes essential enzymes, interfering with healthy digestive functions.

“Do your best to calm down before you eat. If you are upset, don’t eat!” – Kevin Kaczmarski

Friends, your body craves simplicity. The less food you combine at one time while eating, the better is it for your digestive process.

Your Body Craves Simplicity

  • When digestion is easier, energy is conserved for healing and movement.
  • When energy is conserved for energy and movement, you feel lighter.
  • When you feel lighter, you feel happier.
  • When you feel happier, the people around you feel happier.
  • Happy people are motivated to practice self-care and compassion.
  • As you heal, the world heals.

As you heal, the world heals. – Kevin Kaczmarski

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world” – Mahatma Ghandi

In conclusion, proper food combining not only eliminates bloating and gas, but it is the first step to elite health and total wellness. When we combine the right foods, we set our body in motion for free and easy digestion.

Remember, less is more. Keep it simple and take it easy.

Enjoy a simple healthy meal and start your healing journey today!

For in depth information on fasting, click here.

For information on water fasting, click here.

For information on juice fasting, click here.

For information on how to correctly break a fast, click here.

For information on Intermittent Fasting, click here.

For information on preparing for a fast, click here.

For information on health benefits in juices, click here.

For information on methods to washing produce, click here.

Fulfill Health Benefits In The Power of Juices

In this informational blog post, you will learn the benefits of different types of fruit and vegetable juices.

To start, juicing is an enlightening experience, which allows your body a chance to heal from harmful impurities and toxins. With juice fasting, the GI tract and digestive system get a much needed rest, stimulating cleansing and lymphatic movement while keeping the kidneys flushed.

Fruit Juices Vs Vegetable Juices

Juices supply glucose and fructose to cells for energy. Fruit juices offer the most powerful way to detoxify your body and your mind. Light and astringent, fruit juices pull on intestinal walls and help rid the body of toxins. Vegetable juices are harder for the body to digest so they are not as detoxifying or astringent.

On the other hand, vegetable juices supply the body with vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. These nutrients are essential for replenishing energy and refreshing you when your body is feeling depleted from an extended fast.

With regards to vegetable juices, let’s take a look at the mecca of green plants, chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is the chemical formed by the chloroplast cells of green plants. All animal life, including human life, depends on chlorophyll; Without it, we could not exist. The benefits of chlorophyll are practically endless.

Benefits of Chlorophyll

  • Heals infected and ulcerated wounds
  • Helps regrow tissue cell activity
  • Acts as effective medicine for bleeding gums, canker sores, and trench mouth
  • Helps aid pyorrhea, gingivitis, and sore throat
  • Makes a great mouthwash
  • Kills odor producing bacteria
  • Fights bad breath
  • Acts as general antiseptic

Since chlorophyll is essential to life on this planet, we want to find the richest sources possible. Wheatgrass and barley are two superfoods, and two of the richest sources of chlorophyll. A one-ounce dose provides abundant amounts of chlorophyll in most cases. Wheatgrass and barley also contain great amounts of dismutase, a powerful antioxidant and anti-aging enzyme. Proven to eliminate inflammation in people with arthritis, the benefits of wheatgrass and barley are continued below:

The Power of Two Superfoods, Wheatgrass and Barley

  • Purifies and rebuilds blood
  • Increases hemoglobin production
  • Alkalinizes blood
  • Cleanses colon
  • Purges the liver
  • Neutralizes toxins
  • Oxygenates cells
  • Heals intestinal walls

Moreover, consuming your juices according to color is a great way to make sure you are getting all the nutritional benefits possible. Every color in each juice represents a different form of healing for your body. Below is a list of the colors of different juices along with their specific healing properties.

Color of Juices and Healing Properties

  • Red Foods (Tomatoes, cherries, red cabbage, cranberry, watermelon)
    • Speeds up Circulation
    • Heats your body
  • Orange Foods (Oranges, carrots, pumpkins, and apricots)
    • Anti-spasmodic
    • Great for pain
    • Great for cramps
    • Strengthens Lungs
    • Opens up feelings of joy
    • Promotes vitality and mental clarity
  • Yellow Foods (Lemon, Pineapple, Grapefruit, Apple, Banana, Mango)
    • Strengthens Nerves
    • Aids in Digestion and Constipation
  • Green Foods (Leafy Greens, Sprouts, Wheatgrass, Avocado)
    • Cleans Blood
    • Kills Bacteria
    • Acts as a Natural Tranquilizer
  • Blue Foods (Blueberry, Plum, Grape, Asparagus, Nuts)
    • Cures Headaches
    • Enhances Spiritual Enlightenment
    • Improves Mental Clarity

To conclude, the power of fruit and vegetables juices contain endless benefits. Someone going on a juice fast pumps countless vitamins and minerals into their body while they are drinking juice. Much of this information was taken from the book Juice Fasting & Detoxification by Steve Meyerowitz. This book is a great source for anyone looking for ultimate health and vitality.  

Drink your juice and have some fun!

For more in depth information on fasting, click here.

For more information on water fasting, click here.

For more information on how to break a fast correctly, click here.

For more information on intermittent fasting, click here.

For more information on preparing for a fast, click here.

For more information on proper food combining, click here.

For more information on proper methods for washing produce, click here.

Intermittent Fasting, Never Missing A Day Of Love

As many of you know, I am a passionate advocate of fasting. I believe fasting is a powerful way to love yourself and heal your body. That’s why I chose the title, “Intermittent fasting, never missing a day of love.” – Kevin Kaczmarski

Yosemite National Park at Sunset on a Fast

Intermittent fasting is a popular health and fitness trend. Even though most people begin intermittent fasting for weight loss, the health benefits actually go much deeper.

Intermittent fasting is defined as an eating pattern which cycles between timed periods of fasting and eating, better described as a lifestyle choice than a diet.

I am passionate about fasting for many reasons, including the natural energy conservation that happens when we fast. Normally, your body uses a great deal energy for digestion and physical activity. In a fasting state, your body doesn’t need to use this energy for digestion. In addition, resting while you fast will allow your to conserve energy normally used for physical activity. This saved energy is then used to heal your body. The longer you fast, the more your body heals. 

To understand why I am so enthused about fasting, please read my informational post about the benefits of fasting, water fasting, juice fasting.

Let’s check out some of the most popular intermittent fasting methods.

Popular Intermittent Fasts

1. The 16/8 Method

  • Most common intermittent fasting technique
  • Fasting Cycle: 16-hour fasting, 8 hour eating.
  • Typical Timing: No food from 8 pm until 12 noon the following day.
  • Common Eating Pattern:  1st meal at noon, 2nd meal near 4pm,  last meal near 6 pm, must be complete by 8pm.

2. The Warrior Diet

  • Be like a warrior, who only ate one meal a day
  • Fasting Cycle: Fast during the day, Eat one evening meal
  • Typical Timing: Fast until 5pm
  • Common Eating Pattern: No food until dinner, then large meal for dinner

3. The 5:2 Diet

  • Follows a weekly pattern, easy for typical work schedules
  • Fasting Cycle: Eat normally for 5 days. The other two days restrict eating, fast for long periods.

4. 24 Hour fast

  • Complete a 24 hour fast once or twice a week. Consume a normal diet on the other days.

5. Alternate-day fasting: Fast every other day

  • Consume a normal diet one day, fast the next day.

6. Instinctive meal skipping

  • Skip meals on days your body tells you to. Days when you feel like you don’t need to eat or days it feels convenient not to.

As I always say, listen to your body. Discover the best fasting style for you. Over time, you can work up to longer fasts, but go slowly. There’s no hurry. Each time you give your body a healing break, you’ll get stronger and healthier.

Although some of these fasts may seem unorthodox or dangerous, fasting is actually more natural than eating 3-4 meals a day.  If one wants to see more healing benefits and achieve a healthier lifestyle, they should incorporate the 80-10-10- diet.

Benefits of Intermittent Fasting

  • Allows your body to take a rest from digestion and focus energy on removing toxins to speed up the healing process.
  • During fasting, cells can more easily initiate important repair processes.
  • Most people start intermittent fasting with the intentions to lose weight, but soon realize the far deeper benefits of fasting as well. During intermittent fasting, weight loss is simple to understand; When you eat less frequently, you consume less calories and lose weight.
  • Reduces harmful inflammation and the symptoms of inflammation.
  • Improves mental clarity as you develop body and mind awareness. The new awareness helps transform an addiction to unhealthy food into a heart-centered desire for healthy food.

Convenient Lifestyle

  • Don’t need to plan or clean up as many meals
  • People can organize their day around the window they chose for eating instead of constantly eating and preparing meals sporadically throughout the day
  • Fits into peoples on-the-go lifestyle better

Intermittent Fasting Safety

Fasting is for everyone, but it is important to recognize where you are at in your life in terms of stress, emotional health, and schedule or workload. Educate yourself on fasting before going on an extended fast.

Start slow

Start off by eliminating a meal a day for a few weeks. Once you feel comfortable with doing this, start eliminating two meals a day or periodically removing different meals on separate days. Once your body is acclimated to intermittent fasting, then you can look to carry out more vigorous fasts. To prepare for a fast, you can read this post.

Have Fun and Be Love

Intermittent fasting might seem hard at first, but once you are comfortable with it and start reaping the benefits, you won’t want to stop. Although weight loss is the primary reason most people want to incorporate intermittent fasting into their lifestyle, they’ll soon enjoy far more benefits than weight loss.

Have fun and be love, you and your body deserve it!

For more information on fasting click here.

For more information on the correct way to break a fast, click here.

For more information on the health benefits of juices, click here.

For more information on food combining, click here.

For more information on properly washing produce, click here.

The Most Loving Way To Break A Fast For Your Body

In this informational blog post, you will learn the most loving way to break a fast for your body. To ensure success, you must follow the proper steps to come off a fast for ultimate health and vitality.

Fasting is like most achievements in your life, challenging in the beginning, easy as habits develop in the middle and most challenging after you’ve succeeded. This is why mental and physical preparation is so important for any lasting success.

Even with surgery, maintaining weight loss is not easy according to this article by Marschall S. Runge. 70% of people who win the lottery are broke within 3-5 years.

Accountability by texting or sharing with a friend helps greatly with discipline when you are ready to end your fast. Environment always trumps will power.

When you need will power the most, you have the least amount. Most of us can’t do this alone. After all, desire for food is the strongest desire we have. Yes, food is even more tempting than sex, money, or drugs for most of us! 

“The desrire for food is the strongest urge we have, and is even greater than the sexual drive,” – Steve Meyerowtiz.

Since breaking the fast properly is critical for success, carefully read this blog post all the way through. Together, we can prepare for a joyful end to your fast!

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Know When To Stop Your Fast

Choosing the incorrect time to break your fast can be a deal breaker. When you stretch your fast too long, many problems occur. Your body does not follow a calendar, so stretching a fast too long can result in problems when your fast ends. Stretching the body beyond its needs can cause a rebound effect during the re-feeding period.

You’ll be tempted to eat far too much too fast if you extend the length of your water fast, juice fast, or dry fast. Therefore, you must always listen to your body. Your body will tell you when it is time to break a fast.

Listen To The Body

  • Recognize your interest in food when it occurs
  • Stop the fast when the desire for food returns
  • Your body will guide you in specific ways
    • Desires to chew food
    • Constant curiosity about the food on your friends’ plate
    • Wondering what’s on the menu (scrolling through food websites, seeing what’s in the fridge, etc.)
  • If these signals continue to persist for the whole day, your body is telling you it’s time to break the fast

Listening to your body allows you to complete your fast in a disciplined healthy way.

Real Hunger vs Temptation

For the simple reason that our minds will tell us we’re hungry because we want to mindlessly eat, it is important to know the difference between real hunger and the hunger made up in our minds also known as temptation.

Real hunger is hard to ignore and once we ignore it, we are no longer fasting but starving. Starving occurs when the body truly needs food and cannot get it. When the body is starving, it wants to build its energy back up again, and seeks amino acids to do so.

When the body is fasting, it is cleansing and eliminating harmful agents. A fasting diary can be used to track food cravings and impulses. You can use a simple journal or a notebook for your fasting diary. Some helpful ideas to include are listed below. Remember to write an affirmation or thought to hold onto each day.

For example, “I am love”, “I am loved.” ” This moment is the best moment ever.” “Love Is Now.”

Fasting Diary Can Be Used To:

  • Track food impulses
  • Record cravings for solid food
  • Record time of the day cravings occur
  • See trends in craving
  • Distinguish between temptation and real hunger
  • Observe hunger trends
  • Guide you to the right time to break the fast

The Three Phases To Introducing Solid Foods

Phase 1

First stage of introducing solid foods back into your diet:

The first foods you should consume when breaking a fast should be soft, high water content fruits. Heavier fruits such as bananas are heavy and starchy with a low water content and should not be the first foods to break your fast.

Same goes with dried fruits as these do not have a high enough water content. These foods should be consumed in phase 2. Eating fruits with a higher water content will help stimulate your appetite and prepare the system for heavier solid foods.

The best foods to break a fast with are listed below. My favorite is pineapple, melons or grapes. Always choose organic when you can.

Best Foods To Break A Fast – Phase One

  • Watermelon
  • Papaya
  • Grapefruit
  • Orange
  • Apple
  • Grapes
  • Peach
  • Pineapple
  • Cantaloupe
  • Mango
  • Other Melons

Amount Of Food And Eating Approach

A fasting stomach is a sleeping stomach, glands that produce digestive juices are relaxed and are not in a place of production. Your stomach has not only been sleeping, it has shrunk. The amount of food we throw back into our sleeping stomach and our approach in doing so should be monitored closely while we break our fast.

How To Awaken Your Body Safely After A Fast

  • Make sure you sit while eating for better and easier digestion
  • Do everything slowly, sip your soup and chew pulpy juice
  • Never rush the refeeding process
  • Don’t push the body to return quickly to full capacity, let your body follow a natural schedule. Listen to your body!
  • Ease your body back into physical activity very slowly
  • As taste sensations return, monitor your portions carefully
    • Don’t let your anxiety to eat overcome you
    • Don’t let prior eating arrangements (going out to dinner with friends, etc.) wreck your progress. Order water or fruit if you can.
    • Listen to your stomach, gurgling sounds or feel bloated feelings are indicators to slow down or eat less

Methods For Phase 1

  • Nibble
  • Feed self like a baby
  • Eat small amounts every hour or two
  • Follow an eating schedule
  • Create a menu for the first day or two
  • Eat the simplest foods
  • Avoid food combining

Furthermore, the duration of the dry, water, intermittent or juice fast determines how long it takes for the digestive system to be turned back on in the post fast phase. Building the digestive system can take from one day to one week depending on the length of the fast.

For someone who has gone on a 10 day fast, the first 5 days after the fast should be foods from phase 1. The next 5 days should be phase 2 foods. Then after 10 days of phase 1 and 2, they can start introducing foods back in from their original diet.

For breaking a three day fast, I recommend phase one on day one, phast two on day two and phase three on day three. Keep it simple!

Phase 2

The digestive system has turned back on and you are able to begin consuming heavier foods. This is the transition phase from phase one light high-water-content foods to foods from your normal diet. These foods are listed below.

Best Foods To Break A Fast – Phase Two

  • Spinach
  • Lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Olives
  • Avocados
  • Sprouts
  • Kelp
  • Olive Oil
  • Almonds
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Dried Fruit
  • Tofu
  • Vegetable Soups

Best Foods To Break A Fast – Phase Three

When you feel your digestive system is working properly and your body is adequately energized, you’re ready to reintroduce grains, starch vegetables, and cooked foods. Dairy and animal products can be reintroduced as well, but remember, these foods are clogging to the digestive system and cause high levels of acidosis.

CAUTION: Be careful with deep fried foods such as French fries or dairy such as high fat cheese. Foods with processed sugars should be consumed very minimally or not at all. The benefits of your fast can be reversed if you go back to eating a diet high in mucus forming foods! (Meat, Dairy, processed foods).

Breaking a fast correctly is critical; the time after your complete your fast is absolutely the most dangerous part of the fast.

Possible hazards of Breaking A Fast Incorrectly

  • High levels of stress on heart, liver, lungs, and other vital organs
  • Reversal of fasting benefits
  • Shock to your system, resulting in potentially serious health conditions

Three days fasts are a good idea, since you do not have to be as cautious about breaking the fast as people who have fasted for 30 days or more.

Even though you may feel like you’re on cloud 9 nine when your body breaks a fast with cooked foods, this satisfaction will be short lived. Once the digestion process begins, you’ll feel energy being used for digestion instead of healing. Our taste buds are always ready for food, but our digestive system is not.

Safety Precautions

The healing power of fasting is second to none, but experts recommend a slow build up to longer fasts. Start with a one-day juice fast, then work up to a three-day fast, then a seven-day fast. This will prep you for a longer term fast correctly without putting yourself in danger by carrying out incorrect fasting methods.

Success Is Determined By How You Break Your Fast

In the end, your success is determined by how well you break your fast. Don’t let three days of healing on a fast go down the drain by breaking your fast incorrectly.

Breaking your fast correctly takes dedication and willpower, but when done correctly, you’ll enjoy all the incredible benefits of your fast. Practice with a one day fast soon and best of luck on your fasting journey!

For information on preparing for a fast, click here.

For more information on health benefits in juices, click here.

For more information on proper food combining, click here.

For more information on washing produce correctly, click here.


Water Fasting, The Missing Piece To Your Spirit

Read this blog post to learn the basics of water fasting for ultimate health and optimal wellness.

Water fasting is a demanding task, one requiring strict limitations and discipline. A water fast seems simple, but you need to prepare your body and your mind before you begin the healing process of fasting.

7 Basic Requirements For Fasting Success

  • A stress free schedule
  • A schedule where you can attain plenty of bed rest
  • A sanitary environment to rest in such as a clean bedroom or a clean living room
  • Silence – I recommend meditation practice. Wherever You Go, There You Are By Jon Kabat-Zinn, is a great book if you’d like to learn more about meditation.
  • Abstinence from electronics – Remember, you are uprooting past emotions, and overuse of electronics will suppress this life-changing healing process
  • Plenty of sun; If you live in a cold climate, open your blinds and get as much natural light as possible. Visit Verilux.com to learn about the benefits of happy lights, which can be a helpful ally in your fasting journey.
  • Prepare to drink one glass of water every hour. This quantity is recommended by some experts; However, your body knows best, so listen to your body and drink the amount of water appropriate for you.

Although you can drink any type of water on a water fast, we recommend drinking distilled water or reverse osmosis water for the best results. Remember, the goal of water fasting is to purge your body of toxins so drinking clean water is most beneficial to your bodies.

For more in-depth details on how to prepare for a water fast, click here.

What Happens In Your Body When You Engage In A Water Fast?

  • Catabolism is your body’s process of breaking down and cleaning up. Fasting enhances this process; normally your body experiences higher levels of catabolism while you are sleeping.
  • Catabolism usually slows down in the daytime as you use energy for digestion and recovery from exercise.
  • When you rest and fast, you put a halt to these stressors, allowing your body to undergo catabolism during daytime.
  • Feeding your body only water allows your body to concentrate energy on healing.
  • Energy normally used for digestion available for use in your immune, lymphatic and glandular systems, creating high levels of body cleaning and purging.
  • Ultimately, we are able to remove high levels of stored toxins, mucus, and inflammation.

The benefits are endless when our bodies are in a fasting state and they can be seen here.

Who Should Vs Who Shouldn’t Take On A Water Fast

Like I mentioned earlier, water fasting is a strenuous task requiring high levels of discipline and dedication. Even though everyone can benefit from water fasting, it is not meant for every stage of life.

For an average individual, water fasting can give energy, but it is not recommended for highly depleted individuals following an unhealthy lifestyle. You must build up your health before beginning a water fast.

Unlike juice fasting, we are depleting our bodies energy source so our body must work with the energy it already has. Individuals who improve their health with a diet of raw fruits and vegetables are most ready to gravitate towards a water fast.

You Should Participate In A Water Fast If You’re:

  • Cleaned of impurities
  • Built up on raw foods (fresh fruit and vegetables)
  • Seeking higher forms of consciousness
  • Gravitating towards spirituality

You Should Not Participate In A Water Fast If You’re:

  • Highly dependent on cooked foods
  • Going through a rough patch in life
  • Not emotionally stable
  • Addicted to drugs, alcohol, etc.

Listen To Your Body

Even though this should and shouldn’t list is a rough estimate of people who are ready vs people who aren’t ready to take on a water fast, it is important to listen to your body at all times; Your body will NOT steer you wrong.

Your body will tell you if you are ready to take on a water fast. Listen. Yoga and meditation can help you listen to your body. The skill of body awareness is critical for fasting success.

When coming off a prolonged fast, it is extremely important to come off the right way. Read this post and learn how to break a fast the right way.

Be Love

As a final point, always be love. Water fasting is an extremely uplifting process leading you to higher forms of enlightenment. Being love, being aware you are nothing but love will make your fasting journey easier.

Everything you thought you were was actually love manifested in you as something else. Allow love to carry you and let healing begin.

I hope your fasting journey is filled with love!

For information on Intermittent Fasting click here.

For information on Health Benefits of Juices, click here.

For information on Food Combining, click here.

For information on Washing Produce, click here.