Fasting is the oldest of all healing practices and the healing modality of choice in the animal kingdom. The idea of “feeding a cold and starving a flu” becomes folklore nonsense when you start looking at the systems of the body in a logical manner. Foods require energy to be digested properly and when a person is sick they need to conserve their energy for healing. Pure water and fresh juices are ideal for healing people when they are both sick and well. Yes, you can heal yourself when you are not “sick”. “Sick” is just an outward appearance of an internal condition.
Our bodies are constantly dealing with potential conditions of sickness. It’s only when we are really worn down (illness) or when we are extremely well nourished (cleansing reaction) that the body shows outward signs of sickness. There’s no need to wait until you’re sick though to use fasting to heal the body. Most people never give their bodies a vacation from food except when they’re forced to by sickness. Periodic voluntary fasting can prevent forced fasting caused by sickness. And when you’re not fasting, eating a diet made up of predominantly hydrating whole foods can keep the systems of the body running optimally.
Sometimes juice fasting is too extreme for a beginner so we tend to start people out on a juice “feast”. Feasting puts no limits on the amount of fresh juice one can drink during the course of a day. This is especially useful if you need to continue your daily and weekly tasks while juicing. A person can still get the benefits of hydration, mineralization and optimization of weight while juice feasting. Detoxification of the body will also occur but on a less dramatic scale than if you were to completely take it easy.
While juice feasting a person will still experience fluctuations in energy levels and mild cleansing reactions. Though a person may continue their weekly tasks they should take great care to respect the signals their body is sending them. It’s best to back of the intensity and amount of tasks done in a day when juice feasting to accommodate cleansing and detox. The ideal way to experience juice fasting is to set time aside completely devoted to juicing and healing. This is considered a true juice fast.