Commonly Asked Fasting Questions
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Is fasting safe?
Everything has risks, but juice fasting is a safer healing method than medications. Your physician will monitor a fast if you request it but fasting is a normal body system that can be stopped at any time. Most overweight people carry enough calories stored in their fat reserves to last for months without food, so worrying about damage due to starvation on a 5 day juice fast is foolish.
Can I exercise while fasting?
Exercise oxygenates the blood. The pumping action of the muscles flushes the lymph system and cells of metabolic waste. Exercise is important but not necessary during a fast. You will feel weak during water fasting, and rest is advised. While juice fasting, you may experience an abundance of energy that can make exercise easy. At other times you will experience energy loss. At these times, limit yourself to stretching exercises, light walking or deep breathing. During a fast, try to avoid intense, physical activity even if you feel energetic. You can feel tired and weak for the next day or two after intense exercise as your body tries to recover the glycogen reserves in the muscles.
How much should I drink?
As much as you want! When water fasting, drink when thirsty. Your body has a homeostatic mechanism that triggers thirst in relation to the body’s need for liquid. On a water fast, I drink small amounts of water but a juice fast is another world. More juice means more calories and more energy. Drinking less juice means more intense detoxification and less energy. Working 14 hours a day of hard physical labor may require the calories of three cantaloupes or honeydews, one watermelon, plus herbal tea with honey and a vegetable juice combination. That is a lot of juice. If you do not have to work at hard physical labor, you can cleanse more quickly by drinking smaller amounts of juice.
Be careful not to drink too much watermelon juice in the morning. Gastric secretions are also waking up to activity. Too much acidic juice early in the morning may cause stomach cramps.
Will I get too thin during my fast?
If you are thin or average weight and you fast for 30 days on juice or 10 days on water, you will become very thin. Ribs will show, the face will become gaunt, and friends and family will display concern. But the body will quickly normalize its weight in 5-to-10 days after the fast. If you are thin to start with, fasting may allow you to gain additional weight after the fast. Metabolism is normalized due to the cleansing process. It is very important not to try to gain weight too quickly. The body can rebuild only at a set rate. Overeating will burden the body and undermine the rebuilding process.
Will fasting shrink my stomach?
From years of over-filling the stomach, it is no surprise that it has lost its natural elasticity. Fasting helps recover the stomach’s natural elasticity, restoring a flat stomach. After water fasting, you cannot eat big meals without feeling bloated, but that is a sign of a healthy body.
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