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Allison Barns 01-17-2007 10:27 PM

Fasting for recovery?
I've seen a few references here to fasting (as in juice fasting) for recovery from disease or injury. I'm wondering what you knowledgable folks here think about it. It seems to me that a juice fast (by this I mean fresh veggies juiced with a countertop juicer) would play havoc with insulin levels. Would say a 3 day juice fast send the body for a loop?

Comments? Perspectives?


Mike ODonnell 01-18-2007 06:25 AM

I think fasting is good to help the body repair.....but there are a few different kinds such as water fasting, juice fasting, IF fasting, 3 day fasting, etc....Juice fasting is 80% vegetables...so they are not high in sugar (minus the carrots)...otherwise you could be playing with insulin levels...although fasts are short term and you would recover fine. If I feel sick....(about 3 years ago last time I was) I do a complete water and ACV fast and sleep for a whole day....puts me on my ass but I feel 85% better the next day....my opinion, just let the body do what it needs to do. Digestion in theory is a huge drain on the energy system of the body....so if you need that energy elsewhere to fight off or repair something, then you need to minimize digestion (hence the juicing and not just eating raw fruit/veg). I've seen it work well for people with diseases such as arthritis....even just taking a 24hr fast once a week. Just be careful with diabetics.

Bragg is huge on juice fasting for health if you want to read his book.....but it will pretty much tell you the same stuff.

Chris Forbis 01-18-2007 04:26 PM

I have found ACV to be hugely helpful for my every other day IF. They aren't hard without it, but they are really easy with it.

Allison Barns 01-18-2007 10:58 PM

One question - "ACV" means Apple Cider Vinegar?

Thanks for your replies!

Chris Forbis 01-19-2007 04:02 AM

Yeah. Be sure it is raw, organic, and unfiltered. Bragg's is a popular brand; I buy it from their website. http://www.bragg.com/

Mike ODonnell 01-19-2007 06:57 AM

Don't forget the "mother"

Allison Barns 01-19-2007 01:34 PM

Thanks again!

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