The term juice fasting refers to a special form of fasting.For a limited period of time the faster consumes only fruitand vegetable juices, tea and water. Combined with fitnessexercises, this should lead to an improvement of personalhealth. Juice fasting primarily aims at weight loss, however it isalso an excellent method of detoxifying the body. The focusof the cure is not medical problems but rather regeneration,as well as the improvement of general health and wellbeing.The advantage and main difference between fruit fasting andother types of fasting is that, despite complete abstinencefrom solid food, a variety of vitamins and minerals are stillconsumed through fruit and vegetable juices.We recommend Buchinger Fasting (a form of fasting basedon vegetable juices) for anyone looking for a high quality,effective form of juice fasting.
Fasting according to Dr. Buchinger
Otto Buchinger (1878-1966) was a German doctor and thefounder of Buchinger fasting. Buchinger explains the effectivenessof fasting, in that it cleanses the body and activatesthe capacity for self-healing. He called this “purification”.During a Buchinger fasting cure, only vegetable broths andjuices containing very few calories, vitamins and mineralsare consumed. The fasting cure begins with a few relief days.During this time period, the body is prepared for the fast and only light dishes from the meal plan are consumed.
The actual fast begins with a complete evacuation of thebowels. For a fixed period of time, usually around 5 days, threelitres of liquid are consumed throughout the day: in the formof herbal tea in the morning, through vegetable juice or brothat midday and herbal tea or mineral water in the afternoon.The evening meal is replaced by fruit juice or vegetable broth.Exercising during the fast is recommended, however stressand hecticness should be avoided in order to find inner peace.Meditation techniques such as yoga help to bring body and soul into harmony.
The fast ends with a phase known as “fast-breaking”. Thebody becomes accustomed to solid food again, step by step,beginning with an apple and vegetable broth. The final phaseis the “build up days”. They include massages and showerswhich alternate between hot and cold water, as well as alight and conscientious diet. Numerous studies have proventhat around 80% of people who have undertaken a fastingcure have notices a significant improvement in their generalcondition.
Fasting according to F.X. Mayr
The F. X. Mayr cure is a method of “purging” and improving health, named after its founder Franz Xaver Mayr (1875-1965).He was amongst other doctors specialising in healing cures in Styria, Karlovy Vary and Vienna, and his type of therapy was known as “Milk-bread cure”. The main goal is the “rehabilitation” of the colon, in the sense of completely restoring all of the digestive functions. The therapy is based on three principles, which contribute towards a long term restoration of the colon:
1. Relief: The digestive system is given a break through fasting, in orderto support regeneration.
2. Cleansing: “Cleansing” refers to the detoxification and deacidificationof the digestive tract. This is achieved by ingesting Glaubersalt (sodium sulphate) or another epsom salt every morning. Drinking cures with herbal tea and water support this cleansing.
3. Training: “Training” refers to the gentle training of organs to get themused to working properly again. Conscientious eating andthorough chewing are deemed to be particularly effective. A subsequent stomach massage causes the colon to contractand activates the functions of the liver and pancreas, aswell making breathing become deeper and stimulating thecirculation of blood and lymph. This massage is an essential component of F.X. Mayr therapy.
The process of such a cure can be split into three parts. The first phase is serves to cleanse the colon, helped by a diet of tea, water and epsom salts. Then comes the “milk-bread cure”. In the morning a dry bread roll is consumed - every bite should be thoroughly chewed and eventually washed down with a little bit of milk. After some time, the monotony of the meals should help the body to fully digest natural foods. The dry bread also requires thorough chewing, producing saliva, which is important for digestion. The “cleansing”, a diet low in salt and fat but rich in alkaline, comes at the end of the cure. Sometimes vitamins, trace elements, minerals and phytonutrients are provided in the form of food supplements during the treatment to prevent malnutrition.
The dieting concept “Metabolic Balance” comes from the USA and was developed by doctors and nutritionists. It is a holistic programme designed for long-term weight regulation and is based on blood analysis, which is used to create an individual nutrition plan. The nutrition plan corresponds to the dieter‘s “body chemistry” using specific suitable “chemistry of food” and should bring the metabolism into balance. Only foods which meet one‘s individual needs can be consumed.The nutrition plan is orientated completely towards the individual‘s physical condition. The goal is to support a healthy metabolism and regulate body weight. Care is provided by certified professionals. Long term changes in the body are achieved through a suitable, healthy and varied diet in combination with an appropriate amount of exercise - the perfect cure for the vices of modern life. The restoration of natural nutritional balance leads to the re-establishment of natural body weight. At the same time, performance and concentration are heightened. As a consequence of this diet, body fat is lost, sleep improves and physical and mental strength are improved.
Classic Schroth Cure
The Schroth cure was developed by Fuhrmann Johann Schroth as a natural healing method. It is known to activate self-healing mechanisms and, as a holistic method, has a positive effect on body, mind and soul. Schroth developed his cure around 1820 as an attempt to find a method by which to heal his own stiff knee after he was severely injured by a horse stepping on his knee. His experience: “wood, fruit and wine flourish in warm water, as do flesh and bone”. Schroth observed that ill cattle avoid food and drink little, which gave him the idea of applying this principle to ill humans. That was the origin of the Schroth cure. The main goal of anyone undertaking this 2-3 week long cure is detoxification. The principles of the Schroth cure lead towards internal and external detoxification and purification, which is achieved through a combination of fasting and external treatments using warm water.
The Schroth cure consists of four pillars:
1. Schroth Diet: The first component of the Schroth cure is a special low salt, low protein and diet. It is also important not to eat raw food -food should be cooked or boiled. Fruit should also be avoided.The first days of the cure are difficult, but the strict discipline is rewarding as the body draws from its reserves and the feeling of hunger disappears.
2. Schroth Wraps: The application of Schroth wraps involves being woken up very early, given a cup of tea to drink and wrapped up for around two hours. The naked body is covered in a special “pack” made from cold, wet towels and covered in blankets and towels. After a short time, the skin, which is warm from sleep, will react to the cold and blood supply will strengthen. As pores are opened by the pack, toxins can escape the body. After about half an hour, the body will begin to sweat. Due to the way the pack is woven together, the warmth stays in the pack and turns the cold towels into a warm cocoon, creating an artificial fever. Therefore it is important to get a sufficient amount of rest. The Schroth wraps train the body‘s immune system and the artificial fever kills bacteria.
3. Schroth Drinking Regulations: The Schroth drinking regulations denote switching between drinking and dry days i.e. days with a high intake of fluid and days with a low intake of fluid. This practice lifts the mood. During the dry days fluid is retained as conjunctive tissue inthe blood, which is then released as urine during the drinking days. As a rule, only mineral water, tea and juice are drunk during the cure. Sometimes a small amount of dry wine is also consumed. The type and amount of fluid is dependent on the doctor running the treatment.
4. Exercise and Rest: Switching between active and rest days is another of the four pillars of the Schroth cure, contributing towards a sense of wellbeing and supporting detoxification. Following on from the principle of drinking regulations, on dry days one should focus on physical and spiritual relaxation. On drinking days, moderate exercise helps to activate the metabolism andprevents the degeneration of muscles, particularly the heart muscles.