The Point of Health

I started a juice cleanse this past weekend and if you’ve never done one, it’s a remarkable physical and dare I say, spiritual experience. The notion of consuming only water or juice to cleanse the body is not a new one, in fact, virtually every major religion has some form of fasting ritual which supposedly allows the body and mind to rest, heal and regenerate. If you are not a religious person, you might think such claims are egregious, but go through a fast yourself and you’ll perhaps see why this practice has long been a part of human function.

The first few days are typically spent in a fog as your body adjusts to the mix of non-inflammatory, non-acidic and densely micro-nutrient packed fresh vegetables and fruits. It is a withdrawal of sorts, especially if you’ve over-indulged in sweets, processed foods, alcohol and other such things that tend to gum up the works.

The physical detoxification is typically accompanied by mental detoxification. As your body comes clear of the gravitational pull (and physiological addictions) of the substances you probably shouldn’t be ingesting anyway you start to think about the world around you differently. For example, in the midst of the fast things that you once craved might start to seem repulsive. Or you might develop a heightened compassion for the the people around you who are painfully addicted to substances and attitudes that are obviously encumbering their minds and bodies and therefore hampering the full expression of their spirit.

If you are interested in fasting I would recommend that: 1) you read up on it so that you can make informed decisions about how you go about it, 2) you do it under the supervision of an informed medical professional and 3) you not lord your newfound resolve and health over others in your world. The whole point of health is not to be better than others, it is to have your body and mind in the best possible condition for expressing your inner spirit clearly and cleanly in blessing to the world around you.

Juice fasting (80-90% green vegetables and 10-20% fruits) for an appropriate period of time gives you a chance to see the real you, absent the coping mechanisms and crutches you’ve picked up over time to deal with the world. Try it…you might be surprised by what you discover!

4 thoughts on “The Point of Health

  1. Zach

    Sometimes too I think it is good to break the timing habits that eating creates. If you don’t have to sit down and take the time for your three square meals, a lot more time is open all of a sudden.
    I think fasting is really interesting, and it sounds like a great way to easily eat a lot of vegetables.

  2. MMc

    I’ve fasted and done juicing diets but really never combined the two. I’ve had some interesting experiences while doing both. I agree that educating yourself on the options and process first is very important. I love the Hippocrates quote, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” , it makes me think about what I do eat, especially when I’m trying to get well or compensate for an momentary issue.

  3. David R

    In phases of fasting – physical, mental or emotional – purification is emphasized and facilitated. It seems there is a natural rhythm to this process – building and deconstructing, nutrition and cleansing. I notice a renewed interest recently in routine fasting, both in the course of a day and a week, which appears to normalize weight in a hurry. Great subject to entertain, it would seem!

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