Here's some resources for additional information on fasting and other health-related topics, and a few recommended products to enhance the fasting experience and aid in the elimination of toxins.
Books on fasting and cleansingFasting and Eating for Health: A Medical Doctor's Program for Conquering Disease,
by Joel Fuhrman, M.D.
This is THE book to read for greater understanding of fasting and its healing effects on the body. Easy to read and yet full of scientific references, Furhman is all about water fasting in particular.
Specific effects of fasting on headaches, hypoglycemia, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, colitis, psoriasis, lupus, and uterine fibroids are covered in depth.
At the end of the book is information for do-it-yourselfers who want to try short-term water fasting (3 days or less) on their own.
The New Detox Diet: The Complete Guide for Lifelong Vitality With Recipes, Menus, and Detox Plans, by Elson M. Haas, M.D.
Dr. Haas has been known as the "detox doc" over the many years he has promoted detoxification for health. In this easy-to-read book, he covers all the essentials and offers recipes comprised of easy-to-find ingredients. Information to target specific addictive toxic substances such as alcohol, sugar, nicotine, and caffeine is included.
The Fast Track Detox Diet: Boost metabolism, get rid of fattening toxins, jump-start weight loss and keep the pounds off for good, by Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD
This book offers a whole program for conducting a one-day juice fast with the most benefit and the least discomfort. Proper preparation before the fast and proper reintroduction of healthy foods afterward is integral to the program.
This book came to me through the readers of this site. Recitas is a nutrition expert with a message I couldn't agree with more wholeheartedly -- that each person's body is unique and we each need to discover the foods that support us and the foods that disagree with us, causing poor health, inflammation, and weight gain. This book details a 20-day plan to help you unravel the "mysteries" of your own body.
Juicers perfect for a fastHamilton Beach Big Mouth Pro Juice Extractor
After extensive testing on juicers in the price range of $50-300, measuring amount of juice extracted, ease of use, noise level, and jammability, Consumer Reports gave this Hamilton Beach model the award for best buy (April 2010). What a great buy for $60!
Black & Decker CitrusMate Plus Citrus Juicer
This little citrus juicer is a great buy at $35. It has two different sized cones to accomodate both large citrus and smaller lemons and limes, and offers control over the amount of pulp allowed in the juice. While this isn't the citrus juicer I own, the reviews are incredibly favorable.
Body cleansing and careDry Skin Brush - with natural vegetable bristles
Natural bristle brush made just for dry skin brushing. The long handle makes it possible to reach areas of the back, but is removable for easier handling on the rest of the body. Read about the benefits of dry skin brushing.
Coconut Oil - Gold Label Organic Virgin
High quality, virgin coconut oil is as full of health-promoting properties as it is of wonderful tropical fragrance. Anti-bacterial and anti-fungal as well as completely nourishing to your skin, use coconut oil straight out of the jar all over your body. Used on the underarm area it acts as a natural deodorant, killing the bacteria that cause body odor.
Tropical Traditions' Gold Label is their high-end unrefined coconut oil, hand-made by traditional methods that retain the greatest number of nutrients and anti-oxidants in the finished oil. Use this grade in the kitchen as well for a healthy cooking oil.
Tongue Sweeper Model PRO
Remove the harmful bacteria from your tongue once a day with a tongue scraper. Unchecked, this bacteria causes bad breath, adds to plaque formation on the teeth, can inhibit your ability to taste foods clearly, and is generally unhealthy. This stainless steel one-handed model does a far superior job of removing the debris from the tongue than the cheap plastic ones do, and it will last you a lifetime. Use at least once a day during any kind of fast, then add it to your regular daily oral hygeine.
Ancient Secrets Ceramic Nasal Cleansing Pot (Neti Pot)
The easiest way to cleanse the nasal passage and sinus cavity is with the assistance of a neti pot. You will be helping your body to detox by cleaning out unwanted mucus and will find yourself breathing much more easily and fully. Not a practice to reserve just for during fasting, but excellent as a part of your regular hygiene whenever you feel "clogged up". Use of a neti pot has been shown to increase the speed of recovery from colds and to ease the discomfort caused by airborne allergens. Full directions are included with this neti pot.
Tom's of Maine Natural Care Deodorant Body Bar, Lemongrass, 4oz (Pack of 6)
It's important to cleanse the skin without use of harsh detergents, chemicals, and artificial fragrances that irritate the skin. These deodorant bars are perfect during fasting and cleansing to counter the effects of detox that can leave you feeling "less than fresh". I use Tom's of Maine soaps because of their reasonable price and convienient availability -- many retail stores now carry Tom's products.
Websites supporting fasting
Rudolf Steiner Health Center If you can make it to Michigan, the Rudolf Steiner Health Center offers medically supervised weekend fasts, usually one in the Spring and one in the Fall.Fasting Connection A forum where you can connect with others who are fasting or send questions to "The Fast Doctor".
Dr. Ben Kim's Website A great site full of informative articles on health, healing, fasting, cleansing, and natural foods.
Freedomyou.com A Christian resource for juice and water fasting, nutrition, vegetarian recipes, compulsive eating, food addiction, and spiritual renewal.
The Raw Food Site If you're considering doing a Master Cleanse, this site offers all the support you might need. Run by Peter Glickman, a major proponent of the Master Cleanse, this site also offers kits and supplies for a Master Cleanse.
SelfGrowth.com This is a website dedicated to self improvement and personal growth, including natural health and alternative medicine.
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