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Reasons Why Food Sucks

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December 10, 2012

Reasons Why Food Sucks

1. You eat, then a few hours later you’re hungry again.
2. It messes up your face.
3. It gets stuck in your teeth at the worst possible time.
4. It makes your breath stink.
5. It makes you fart.
6. It makes you poo.
7. It can get you really sick and make you barf.
8. It makes you thirsty, then you have to drink water, and that opens a whole other can of worms.  (Please see “Reasons Why Water Sucks” volumes 1,2, and 3).
9. It makes you fat.
10. It makes you feel like a lazy lion.
11. It gets your teeth all dirty.
12. You HAVE to eat, so you’re a slave to food for your entire life.  Food is your master!  Ahhhhhh!
13. It makes you have to wash your hands and use napkins.
14. It can taste really bad.
15. It can smell up the whole place.
16. When other people are eating food, then you might get hungry too.
17. Did I mention it makes you POO?
18. You get grumpy and start making all these dorky noises when you don’t have food.
19. It can burn and start fires.
20. It makes you indecisive cuz there are so many different types of food.  Then you waste all this time trying to decide while your stomach growls away.  Then you don’t get to eat cuz you spent so much time deciding what you want to eat that you’re now late for your chiropractor appointment.  Then your chriopractor gets pissed and cracks your back in half.

That’s why I say: SCREW FOOD!

Drinking Water, Sanitation & Hygiene

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Drinking Water, Sanitation & Hygiene

The UN suggests that each person needs 20-50 litres of water a day to ensure their basic needs for drinking, cooking and cleaning.
Source: World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP)

In 2010, 89 % of the world’s population, or 6.1 billion people, used improved drinking water sources, exceeding the MDG target (88 %); 92 % are expected to have access in 2015. By 2015, 67 % will have access to improved sanitation facilities (the MDG target is 75 %).
Source: WHO

Between 1990 and 2010, two billion people gained access to improved drinking water sources and 1.8 billion people gained access to improved sanitation facilities.
Source: WHO

11% of the global population, or 783 million people, are still without access improved sources of drinking water.
Source: JMP 2012

Globally, diarrhoea is the leading cause of illness and death, and 88 per cent of diarrhoeal deaths are due to a lack of access to sanitation facilities, together with inadequate availability of water for hygiene and unsafe drinking water.
Source: JMP

The provision of improved sanitation and safe drinking water could reduce diarrhoeal diseases by nearly 90 per cent.
Source: JMP

Today 2.5 billion people, including almost one billion children, live without even basic sanitation. Every 20 seconds, a child dies as a result of poor sanitation. That’s 1.5 million preventable deaths each year.
Source: WWDR, 2012

In Sub-Saharan Africa, treating diarrhoea consumes 12 percent of the health budget. On a typical day, more than half the hospital beds in are occupied by patients suffering from faecal-related disease.
Source: WSSCC

Washing hands with soap can reduce the risk of diarrhoeal diseases by up to 47 per cent.
Source: WHO

The first ever global handwashing day was celebrated on 15 October during the International Year of Sanitation.
While the percent of population with access to improved facilities increased since 1990 in all regions, the number of people living without access has increased due to slow progress and population growth. In 2008, 2.6 billion people had still no access to improved sanitation facilities.
The Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target is to reduce by half the proportion of people without access to basic sanitation by 2015.
Source: World Bank

Resourcing of the water, sanitation and hygiene sector is relatively low priority compared to other sectors. In many countries, policies and programmes underemphasise adequate financing and human resource development to sustain the existing infrastructure and to expand access to sanitation, drinking-water and hygiene services.
Source: UN-Water: GLAAS, 2012

Overall, the number of cholera cases for the decade 2000–2010 increased by 130 %.
Source: WHO, 2010

With increasing populations living in peri-urban slums and refugee camps, as well as increasing numbers of people exposed to the impacts of humanitarian crises, the risk from cholera will likely increase worldwide.
Source: WWDR, 2012

63 % of the global population use toilets and other improved sanitation facilities.
2.5 billion people lack improved sanitation.
1.1 billion people (15 % of the global population) practice open defecation.
949 million open defecators live in rural areas.
Source: WHO 2012

Wisdom on Drinking

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Wisdom on Drinking

Drunk Taster 
In an alcohol factory the regular taster died and the director was in urgent need of looking for a replacement.
A drunkard with ragged, dirty look came to apply for the position.

The director of the factory wondered how to send him away. They tested him.

They gave him a glass with a drink.
He tried it and said, “It’s red wine, a Muscat, three years old, grown on a north slope, matured in steel containers.”
“That’s correct”, said the boss.

Another glass.
“It is red wine, cabernet, eight years old, a south-western slope, oak barrels.”

A third glass. 
”It’s champagne, high grade and exclusive” calmly said the drunk.

The director was astonished. 
He winked at his secretary to suggest something.

She brought in a glass of urine. The alcoholic tried it.

“It’s a blonde, 26 years old, pregnant in the third month. 
And if you don’t give me the job, I’ll name the father!” 


To my friends who enjoy a glass of wine...
And those who don’t.

As Ben Franklin said:
In wine there is wisdom,
In beer there is freedom,
In water there are bacteria.

In a number of carefully controlled trials,
Scientists have demonstrated that if we drink
1 litre of water each day,
At the end of the year we would have absorbed
More than 1 kilo of Escherichia coli, (E. Coli) – bacteria
Found in faeces.
In other words, we are consuming 1 kilo of poop.

However, we do NOT run that risk when drinking
wine & beer or tequila, rum, whiskey or other liquor
Because alcohol has to go through a purification

process of boiling, filtering and/or fermenting.

Water = Poop,
Wine = Health
Therefore, it’s better to drink wine and talk stupid,

Than to drink water and be full of shit

There is no need to thank me for this valuable information:
I’m doing it as a public service!

How to Determine if an Egg is Fresh?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 20, 2012 by ecofrenfood

How to Determine if an Egg is Fresh?

Fill a container up with warm water. I use warm water. The reason for this is. Eggs are porous. If you put an egg in cold water, it will contract and draw any bacteria that is on the outside of the shell in through the pores. This is not good. So, if you use warm water, the egg will expand, and you will notice that little air bubbles form on the shell.

Put your eggs into the warm water, and look at them. A very fresh egg will sink to the bottom and lay on it’s side. Week old eggs will rest on the bottom but the fat end of the egg will rise up slightly. Three week old eggs will be balanced on pointy end with the fat end sticking up. Old eggs will be floating, bobbing along the surface of the water. These floaters should be tossed as they aren’t any good to eat.

10 Ways We Waste Water

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10 Ways We Waste Water
May 25, 2010 | By Casey Holley

Water shortages in some areas of the country are common, even in areas where fresh water seems abundant. Conserving water is important because, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, only 2.8 percent of the water on the Earth’s surface is suitable for consumption.

Leaving Water Running
When you brush your teeth, take a shower, wash your face or wash dishes, you will waste a lot of water if you leave the water running. Turn the water off when you don’t need water, such as when you lather up in the shower. You can always turn the water back on when you need to rinse.

Partial Loads
Running the dishwasher or washer with only a partial load, especially if the load size isn’t adjustable on the appliance, can waste a lot of water. To conserve water, wait until you have a full load or purchase a new appliance with adjustable load sizes.

The Southwest Florida Water Management District states that even a slow water leak can waste up to 300 gallons of water per month. Check for leaks by reading your water meter and then returning 30 minutes later to recheck the reading. During that time, no water should be used. If the meter reading changes, you have a leak.
Automatic Pool Refilling
Automatic pool refilling devices constantly refill the water level in your pool. These devices can make it difficult to realize that your pool or pump is leaking. Instead of these devices, install a recirculation pump and keep an eye on the water level so you know if your pool is leaking.
Baths or Long Showers
Taking a full bath or a long shower uses a lot of water, up to 50 gallons notes the EPA. Instead, take a 5-minute shower or only fill the bathtub up a third of the way. In addition to saving water, you will save money on heating the water.
Inefficient Appliances and Fixtures
High flow toilets, shower heads, faucets and other appliances waste a considerable amount of water. The California Energy Commission states that 75 percent of water used in a home is in the bathroom. Changing these items only in the bathroom can save a lot of water, but changing them throughout the house is even better.
Constant Flow Recreational Toys
Toys that require a constant flow of water waste a lot of water. If your child has a toy like this, use it in an area of the yard that needs to be watered and limit the amount of time the toy is used.

Vehicle Washes
Car washes and washing your vehicle with a hose can waste water. Some car washes now have recycling pumps so any water used is recycled for another wash but try to avoid car washes that don’t recycle the water. If you wash your vehicle with a hose, wet the vehicle and then turn the water off while you scrub it. Turn the water back on to rinse.

Linen Changes
Hotels, motels and other similar facilities waste a lot of water on daily linen changes. When you are at home, you probably don’t wash your sheets daily, so don’t have them washed daily at the hotel unless you are going to bed filthy at night

Driveway Cleaning
Rinsing off your driveway instead of sweeping it off or using a blower to blow the debris off is a waste of water. Use a deck brush or broom with water only on heavily soiled areas of the driveway and then allow the area to dry. Once it is dry, sweep up dirt or debris.

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Dangers of Energy Drinks

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Dangers of Energy Drinks
High Caffeine Drinks Not Meant for Exercise
By Wendy Bumgardner, Guide
Updated September 30, 2011

High-caffeine energy drinks have become increasingly popular, but these drinks don’t mix well with exercise. While most sports drinks are non-caffeinated and meant to replenish fluids lost in exercise, energy drinks have a large dose of caffeine and caffeine-like stimulants (such as guarana). These can lead to dehydration, according to Dee Rollins, R.D., Ph.D., dietitian with Baylor Regional Medical Center at Grapevine, Texas.

Sports Drinks vs. Energy Drinks
Traditional sports drinks such as Gatorade and Powerade include water, salt, and sugars in proportions that help the body absorb fluids and salts lost in sweat and in the breath while exercising. The sugars not only help the body take in the water, but also provide fuel for muscles that need sugars to keep performing well during long walks, runs, or bikes. A small amount of salt helps protect the body from hyponatremia, (also known as water intoxication), which can happen if you drink a large amount of water without any salt.
Energy drinks are formulated to deliver caffeine and other stimulants, such as guarana or ginseng, to give the drinker a rush of energy. They are not designed to replace lost fluids during exercise. Some come in small cans that deliver a large amount of caffeine in a small amount of fluid. Many are carbonated, which can lead exercisers to experience burping, nausea and a bloated feeling.

Marketing at Athletic Events
The energy drink Red Bull is often handed out at running and walking events by marketers, which might lead people to think it is a sports drink. “Most people assume that if you stick something in their hand while they are exercising, that it is good for them,” says Rollins. But Red Bull comes in small cans that pack as much caffeine as a cup of coffee (80 milligrams) and more than a can of cola (40 milligrams). While replacing less fluid, it delivers a punch of caffeine that stimulates the kidneys to produce more urine and lose more fluid.

Dangers of Too Much Caffeine and Exercise
Rollins notes that if you have already had a cup or two of coffee in the morning, adding a can of energy drink can put you over the amount of caffeine most dietitians think is a reasonable limit for the day. “You are losing body fluids through perspiration when walking. Caffeine compounds dehydration further,” said Rollins.
Losing Track of Caffeine
If exercisers rely on energy drinks, they may drink two to three small cans thinking they haven’t had enough fluids. If they drink a larger can, it may contain two servings. Many pain medications, sinus medications, and other beverages also contain caffeine. “People may be in more trouble than they realize,” said Rollins. She says a general consensus is that 250 milligrams per day of caffeine should be the limit. Drinking more than 400 milligrams a day — two cups of coffee and an energy drink — can lead to jitteriness, nausea, or even heart palpitations.

Effects of Caffeine When Exercising
Caffeine stimulates urine production, which removes water from the body. If you are already losing water in sweat, losing more in the urine means needing to drink more during exercise. Caffeine can also have a laxative effect. “When you walk, you make your whole GI tract move from mouth to rectum,” noted Rollins. This can lead to needing a restroom more often, or with more urgency (runners trots).
Preventing Dehydration
There is no magic formula for determining how much water and sports drink you need to prevent dehydration while exercising. Everyone reacts a little differently. The recommended rule of thumb for walkers and runners is to carry water or sports drink with you so you can drink as soon as you are thirsty. Don’t ignore hunger pangs, either. Rollins notes that some people will feel hungry rather than thirsty when they need water.
Weighing yourself before and after a workout can tell you whether you are drinking correctly. You should neither gain nor lose any weight over the course of a workout. If you lose weight, you are dehydrated. If you gained weight, you are drinking too much and may put yourself at risk of hyponatremia.

Drinking Recommendations for Distance Walkers
The International Marathon Medical Director’s Association revised guidelines for drinking and fluid intake for walkers and runners at endurance events in May 2006. For a workout of 30 minutes or more, they recommend drinking sports drink, and not diluting the sports drink with extra water or switching back and forth between sports drink and water. Evidence says that thirst is the best protection for athletes when it comes to drinking the correct amount.
•Drink when you are thirsty.
•Don’t drink if you aren’t thirsty.
•Don’t drink at every water stop at an event just because it is there or your companions are drinking.
•Rely on your thirst unless you discover it is leading you wrong, from weighing yourself before and after a workout.

Lewis G. Maharam, MD.FACSM (chair),Tamara Hew DPM, Arthur Siegel MD, Marv Adner, MD, Bruce Adams, MD and Pedro Pujol, MD, FACSM. “IMMDA’s Revised Fluid Recommendations for Runners and Walkers.” IMMDA. 6 May 2006.

Tamara Hew-Butler, DPM, Joseph G. Verbalis, MD, and Timothy D. Noakes, MBChB, MD, DSc, “Updated Fluid Recommendation: Position Statement From the International Marathon Medical Directors Association (IMMDA),” Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine, 2006;16:283

CNN news

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From Int’l New, CNN: NASA reports, that by the next 10 months, earth
gets hotter by 4 degrees from now. Himalayan
glaciers are melting
at rapid rate. Our climate is changing drastically & it’s getting
worst. So we must help fight Global warming by the
doing the following:
1. Plant more trees
2. Don’t waste water, water is precious
3. Use cloth bag instead of plastic
4. Don’t burn plastic
and please don’t delete without forwarding even to just one (1)
person. Do your share and part. SAVE OUR PLANET! Pass
this and save our mother earth.

10 Instant Health Boosters

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 29, 2011 by ecofrenfood

10 Instant Health Boosters|10-12-2011|

Say Yes to Yogurt
Spooning up just two ounces of yogurt a day can help protect you from developing gum disease, say Japanese researchers. Why? They say the lactic acid in yogurt could be responsible for helping keep your mouth healthy by reducing germs that can lead to gum disease. Yogurt is also full of probiotics or the good bacteria that strengthens the body’s natural defenses and keeps your intestines running smoothly

Grab a Cup of Cocoa
Drink more cocoa and you’ll help your heart, immune system and brain health, says a new study just published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry. A cup of cocoa a day can also help you lose weight. That’s because the flavanols work to reduce the amount of carbs and fat your body digests. That’s also why it’s best to drink a cup before eating. Researchers say about 375 mg of flavanols daily will do the trick — that’s about the amount in one cup of cocoa made with real chocolate (not the powdered stuff).

Chill Out
Most of us gravitate towards a steaming hot, sauna-like shower when we want to relax. But here’s the thing: standing under cold water tells the brain to release feel-good hormones like serotonin which decreases the likelihood of stress, says Wayne Andersen, M.D., an internist at Johns Hopkinsand author of Dr. A’s Habits of Health. “Stress contributes to high blood pressure and heart disease so in addition to feeling good, it’s good for your heart,” he says. You don’t have to shiver. Just two to three minutes in a luke warm or cool shower or refreshing (not heated) pool is all it takes to feel better, he says.

Get Your Bag Off the FloorSure, you already suspect the toilet handle in a public restroom or the shopping cart at your local grocery store to be breeding grounds for germs. But your purse?

Stuart Reeves, Ph.D., director of research and development for Embria Health Sciences says the bottoms of our beloved bags have bacteria counts in the tens of thousands per square inch — including several species of bacteria that can cause staph and other infections. Salmonella and E. coli, the causes of food poisoning, are also common residents on the bottom of purses. “Four out of five purses tested positive for salmonella,” he says. Reeves thinks it’s because we set our bags down on germy surfaces like movie theater or public restroom floors. He suggests keeping a pack of antibacterial wipes in your purse to give the bottom of your bag a good cleaning — preferably once a day. Better yet, keep it on your shoulder or lap — once it’s clean. Leather and vinyl purses are easier to clean which is why Reeves suggests ditching cloth purses.

Clean Your Car
When’s the last time you cleaned your dashboard? Dashboards of cars in hot and humid climates are home to gigantic amounts of bacteria, according to research by microbiologist Charles Gerba at the University of Arizona. The dashboards of cars in areas where the mercury dips below 32 degrees on a regular basis (the Northern half of the US) were dominated by yeasts and molds – which love the cooler climate. Your dashboard can hold onto millions of germs for a long time because a car’s air circulation system drives air over the dashboard. The result? Germs are free to breed undisturbed, explains Gerba.

He suggests cleaning your dash often to reduce the chances germs will take up residence and lead to the flu, colds and viruses, respiratory illnesses and even strep throat. Use an antibacterial wipe at least once a week. And make sure to clean things like radio buttons, turn signals and the headlight on/off switch. Germs live there, too.

Freshen Up Your Produce
Your veggies and herbs look fresh and hydrated thanks to the misters in the grocery store produce department. But Reeves says those irrigation spouts are often filled with dirt and bacteria. And since the organic produce is sprayed with the same system, your organic broccoli is getting a bacteria bath every 10 minutes. “Many of these systems recycle the water so the bacteria is continually sprayed,” says Reeves.

What can you do? Never leave your produce in the store-provided plastic bags you used to tote them up to the check-out lane, especially if you have asthma or some other respiratory condition. “Having asthma or respiratory illness makes a person more susceptible to developing colds or illness after breathing in the bacteria-laden mist,” Reeves says. At home, wash and pat dry all produce before eating or putting it in your fridge.

Get Rosy
Here’s an easy way to boost your mood and cut down on stress: Wear something bright. When researchers at İstanbul’s Kültür University looked at the impact colors have on a person’s mood and psyche, they found pink and yellow are the colors most likely to snap you out of a funk, help stave off depression and reduce stress. The news is especially good since stress is a leading contributor to heart disease.

“These colors also elicited feelings of being cheerful, warm and confident,” says Banu Manav, assistant professor and one of the study’s lead researchers. To boost your mood, Manav suggests surrounding yourself in these “happy” colors. “Paint a wall, put pink or yellow flowers on your desk, or even keep a pad of sticky notes in pink or yellow can create the happy affect,” he says.

Skip Soap DispensersInfection-causing bacteria was present on 23 percent of public and restaurant restroom refillable soap dispensers, according to Gerba. Sure, most of those germs might disappear when you wash your hands, but if you happen to have a paper cut and touch the germy soap dispenser, it could leave you at risk for a host of infections. Unless the soap dispenser is hands-free, you’re better off using the hand sanitizer you’ve stashed in your purse (the one you keep off the floor). And once your hands are clean, don’t forget to use a paper towel to turn off a faucet that’s not hands-free since that’s filled with germs, too.

Break For Breakfast
You know it’s good at balancing your energy levels and curbing mid-day hunger pangs, but new research offers another reason to start your day with a healthy breakfast. The vitamin B12 and folic acid found in fortified whole-grain breakfast cereals could help fight off canker or “cold” sores. After examining the diets of people prone to canker sores, researchers at the University of Connecticut found they all had low levels of vitamin B12 and folic acid. “These deficiencies can cause inflammation of the tongue and mouth and that leads to a canker sore,” Dr. Andersen says.

Just one cup of a fortified whole-grain breakfast cereal has about 400 micrograms (mcg) per day of folate and 100 mcg of B12, the amount Dr. Anderson recommends, per day, to fight off cankers.

Fill ‘er Up
Add this to the many reasons to drink more water. Drinking plain old unflavored tap can boost your energy, suggests a recent study from Vanderbilt University Medical Center. “Water increases the activity of the sympathetic — fight or flight — nervous system, which raises alertness and energy expenditure,” says the study’s lead author, David Robertson, M.D.

There’s another added benefit to drinking water: weight loss. The increased energy we feel from drinking water can help promote weight loss, Dr. Robertson says. “It might be as much as five pounds a year if you drank three 16 ounce glasses of water a day.”

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Food Poisoning Symptoms

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 23, 2011 by ecofrenfood

Food Poisoning Symptoms
More than 76 million persons in the United States become ill from the food they eat and over 5000 will die every year from food poisoning. Uncooked or undercooked foods (meat, eggs or fish) and improper cleaning and washing of fruits and vegetables are the main causes of food poisoning.

The reason for Food Poisoning symptoms
The underlying cause of food poisoning is the presence of large amounts bacteria in food. The most common are Staphylococcus ( found in salad dressing, ham, eggs, custard-filled pastries, mayonnaise, and potato salad), Salmonella ( found in poultry, beef, eggs, or dairy products) or E. coli (found in undercooked hamburger, unpasteurized apple juice or cider, raw milk, contaminated water (or ice), vegetables fertilized by cow manure)

Symptoms of Food Poisoning
The symptoms of food poisoning vary with the source and severity of contamination and usually manifest within a few hours of consuming contaminated food. The general symptoms can include one of more of the following:

Upset stomach
Fever that lasts longer than 24 hours
Abdominal cramps
Diarrhea (Bloody diarrhea or pus in the stool)
Dizziness and/ or fainting,
Rapid heart rate
Numbness or tingling in the arms, legs or mouth
Most food poisoning symptoms will resolve themselves on their own in a few days. You should seek medical attention if:

The symptoms of food poisoning last for more than two days of if there is a persistent fever with or without shivers or chills.
There is extremely watery diarrhea
There is blood pus or mucus (whitish-gray in color) mixed in with the stools
There are symptoms of dehydration — excessive thirst, dry mouth, little or no urination, severe weakness, dizziness or lightheadedness
There is anyone else in your family is also sick with similar symptoms.
Fluids and electrolytes and lost from vomiting and diarrhea should be replaced by drinking clear liquids or diluted energy drinks such as Gatorade or Powerade. If medical attention is necessary, a doctor may prescribe medication to treat the fever, vomiting or diarrhea.

Tips to Prevent Food Poisoning
1.Use purified or bottled water
2.Practice proper hygiene (thoroughly washing hands) when coming into contact with food
3.Workers in the food industry should use masks, cap and gloves during cooking and serving.
4.Sick individuals should not handle food
5.Kitchen and other food preparation surfaces should be kept clean
6.Utensils should be washed with soap and hot water.
7.Food that has been prepared should not be kept at room temperature for prolonged periods of time.
8.All food materials should be kept in closed containers.
9.Fruits and Vegetables should be properly washed
10.Meat should be fresh and should be purchased from butcher or market
11.Do not consume foods that passed their expiration or “use by” date

Juice Fasting

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Juice Fasting
It is easier to find a consensus as to what to not eat, as opposed to what you should eat, when it comes to juice fasting. As far as the don’ts – no solid food, no meat, no dairy products, and no grains. Smoking, alcohol, and caffeine are also not recommended. Beyond this there is a range of ideas about what kind of drinks you should actually drink. If you added up all the things juice fasting advocates suggest you could have, the list would include: fresh fruit and vegetable juice, herbal teas, vegetable broth, Barley Green, wheatgrass juice, and frozen juice popsicles. Few would agree with all these options.

Some people fast for extended periods of time (many days or weeks) and drink limited quantities of fruit juice. At the other side of this spectrum are so called juice fasts where all kinds of fruit and vegetable juices are ingested, with no intent of limiting total calorie intake. These types of fasts are often undertaken as a body detoxification diet and, in terms of the regime followed, are perhaps more properly thought of as a diet rather than a fast. Obviously your aims and goals will play a part in what and how much you juice and ingest.

How is Juice Fasting Practiced?
Spiritual or health reasons can be the driving motivation for this type of fasting. The approach one takes as to what they ingest is largely dependant on the purpose of the fast.

As a tool to go on a very restrictive multiple day fast some people will opt to drink some fruit or vegetable juice instead of limiting themselves to water. This can be thought of as a variant of water fasting, as the goal is not so much to benefit from the juice as much as it is to not completely cut oneself off from calories and nutrients. People that undertake longer term fasts and lightly imbibe juice typical practice this kind of fasting for spiritual reasons.

The second reason for practicing a juice fast is to improves one’s health. The main motivation here is typically to stop taking in solid food, give the digestive tract a rest, and allow the body to eliminate toxins in the blood and tissues. Juice fasting in this manner is quite different from a water fast. Rather than deny yourself almost all forms of food and energy most detox juice fasts do not restrict the amount of juice you can have in a day.

Juice Fasting for Health Reasons
Juice fasting will have real and noticeable effects on your body but individual experiences do vary. We are all different and enter into a fast with our unique dietary habitats that have preceded the fast itself. If you drink coffee everyday and stop when you are fasting, for example, you may have headaches as a result of caffeine withdrawal. On the other hand you might not get headaches at all and have periods when you feel you are experiencing heightened mental acuity.

The amount of time one spends fasting will make a large difference in how different effects actually influence how you feel. A fast of a few days may create a lot of unpleasant side effects like bad breath, a coated tongue, and other problems (see below). People that fast for longer, many days or even weeks, say that many early to arise problems do go away and give way to beneficial effects.

What are some Benefits of Juice Fasting?

Some argue that juice fasting is more beneficial, from the perspective of your body being able to cleanse itself, than a water only fast. It is true that the juices of fruits and vegetables provide relatively pure nutrients and, when juiced, are being ingested without the need for your body to digest solid food. How this actually influences the physiological effects of fasting is debated by doctors and fasting advocates. Authors of some juice fasting books claim, sometimes dubiously, that juice fasting delivers a amazing range of health benefits.

Here are a few of the benefits that some people do experience:

the elimination of toxins
reduced allergy symptoms
healing and cleaning of the digestive system
increased energy
mental acuity improvements
improvements in skin tone

Will there be any fasting side effects?
There are numerous minor discomforts you may notice during juice fasting. These include:

feeling cold
light headedness/dizziness
bad breath
body odor
constipation or diarrhea
stomach ache
acne or other skin eruptions
increased dreaming
changes in sleep patterns
aches and pains
frequent urination
coated tongue – a result of your body shedding toxins and cleansing itself
headaches – possibly the result of withdrawal from caffeine or a reduction in salt or sugar consumption

If any of these symptoms rise above the level of a minor problem or occasional discomfort, you may need to seek medical attention and/or end your fast.

General Juice Fasting Tips
The first point applies to juice fasting for detoxification. The other points relate to either calorie restricted or juice detoxification plans.

Drink a reasonable amount of Juice.
How much should you drink? A gallon of juice may seem like a lot but it is not when you think about it as your food for a day. Some folks will limit themselves to not much more than this for a day. This is fine and, if fasting is what you are after, is probably not a bad goal. If you are fasting over many days your hunger will wax and wane through the course of different days so you may drink more juice on some days and less on others. Try to moderate how much you drink if you have a tendency to eat to make yourself feel good or simply to change your mood.

Do still drink some water during your juice fasting.

Drink Fresh Juice
Bottled, canned, and “fresh” packaged juices are almost all treated (pasteurized) or added to ( sugars, salts, flavorings, etc) in one way or another. Fresh juice is best. Large metropolitan areas may have juice bars or food stores that make fresh fruit and vegetables juices. If you do need to use some form of prepared juice try to use the closest to fresh as possible. There are some juices you can buy in cartons that are pure juice. Frozen fresh, pure juices are also good as they typically retain more of their nutrients than with other packaging methods. Juice drinks, like V8, might seem appealing but can contain a lot of salt or other additives (i.e. ingredients added to the juice).

Acidic Juices may cause discomfort.
Acidic juices (grapefruit, orange, tomato) may bother your digestive system during a fast, causing you stomach aches or other minor discomfort. Some people though do not experience any trouble with such juices.