For thousands of years, fasting has been used as a powerful tool to cleanse the body and access its natural ability to heal itself. From the Ancient Greeks and Egyptians, to Tibetan Monks, Yogis, and Doctors of Ayurvedic Medicine, fasting has been relegated as one of the most natural and effective ways to regenerate and repair the body, mind and spirit.
Today doctors, naturopaths, authors and health experts agree that juice fasting gives us a modern day approach to an ancient wisdom.
Following are some words of wisdom from both ancient and modern day experts that inspire us.
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”.
Hippocrates (c. 460 BC – c. 370 BC), Father of Western Medicine.
“The doctors of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition”.
Thomas Edison (1847-1931), Prolific American Inventor
“Given how incredibly polluted our environment has become, as well as the ever-increasing body of scientific research that directly links environmental toxins to a wide range of diseases, including cancer, the need for regular periods of detoxification of our bodies has never been greater. And when it comes to effective self-care approaches for detoxification and disease reversal, fasting has no equal. Not only are the many benefits of fasting observable and predictable, they also serve as a remarkable example of the healing power of the human body”.
Steven Bailey ND & Larry Trivier Jr. (2007). Juice Alive: The ultimate guide to juicing remedies.
“Fasting is the first principle of medicine; fast, and behold the strength of the Spirit”.
Rumi (c.1207-1273), Sufi Mystic.
“Fasting is simply resting from solid food. You’ll still be receiving an enormous amount of nutrition (and oxygen!) in liquid form. Fasting gives your body a break from spending the enormous amounts of energy required to break down food … and allows you to redirect that energy towards healing and detoxification. While fasting, you release toxins stored in your colon, liver, lungs, bladder, sinuses, skin, and kidneys, allowing your body to function better”.
Kris Carr. (2011). Crazy sexy diet: Eat your veggies, ignite your spark, and live like you mean it.
“Juice cleans the blood through its rich alkalinity, near bio-identical makeup to hemoglobin, delivers the most absorbable form of minerals, floods the body with fresh Life Force Energy, and makes you feel absolutely fresh and energetic”.
Natalia Rose. (2009). Detox For Women.
“Regular consumption of juices strengthens all bodily functions by keeping the organs, glands, and cells clean and free of the toxins that create an acidic condition. Again, juices, with their high water content, catalyze cleansing”.
Donna Gates. (1996). The Body Ecology Diet.
“The juices extracted from fresh-raw vegetables and fruits are the means by which we can furnish all the cells and tissues of the body with the elements and the nutritional enzymes they need in the manner they can be most readily digested and assimilated”.
Dr. Norman Walker. (1970). Fresh Vegetable and Fruit Juices.
“…when you ‘drink your vegetables,’ your body is getting a greater concentration of rapidly usable alkaline salts, vitamins, minerals, chlorophyll, and enzymes, so vegetable juices are very alkalizing. They also have an important cleansing effect in the intestines. Juicing vegetables you might otherwise cook also provides enzymatic relief to the digestive organs”.
Robert O. Young, Ph.D. (2002). The pH Miracle