Wednesday, March 13, 2013


So you started your juice fast, whoo-hoo! high five! Now what? Well chances are you're about to start feeling pretty darn lousy. Head aches, flu symptoms, dizziness, nausea, rashes, sore throat, low energy, etc...


Here is what's going on - as your body starts going through the detox process you will likely start feeling pretty crappy. Many people people take these initial symptoms as signs that  the fast isn't working and quit before they ever get to experience the AMAZING stage that follows the really really crappy one.

If you're in this position right now, my encouragement to you is: Hang in there! It WILL get better!

I read a great article that describes why we experience certain symptoms during a juice fast and how we can help relieve them. Here is part of it (you can read the full article here)
Fasting is like cleaning out a filthy garage, twenty, thirty, maybe fifty years of harmful food latent in every cell.  Sometimes things must get worse before they get better.  This has never been truer than with fasting.  Fasting stirs up toxins on a cellular and spiritual level, resulting in days of discomfort.  They surface in the forms of bad breath, cankers, nausea, feelings of sadness, remorse, even depression.  All this can convince the faint of heart, fasting is bad. What you are about to read are common physical reactions to fasting.  These reactions are not symptoms of fasting but years of neglect.
Fasting will result in weakness and lack of energy.  There can even be dips in stamina during a juice fast if you have a high metabolism.  Weakness is a vital part of fasting’s slowing down process.  Embrace this wonderful quieting state, your expectations should be adjusted when planning a fast.  Give yourself lots of down time; enjoy the holiday away from the hustle and bustle.   

Back pain can increase due to toxins in the lower intestine.  Blood vessels that draw nutrients from the colon are very close to the nerves of the spine.  Back pain will often decrease after elimination of the toxins.  Back exercises can also relieve some pain.  A cold pack also will help.  Using the enema kit will be the best remedy. 

Bad Breath

Waste passes through the lungs, which are an eliminative organ.  Brushing the tongue with a toothbrush using dental floss and rinsing with mouthwash will reduce bad breath.  

Toxic build-up in the mouth and the absence of the washing-action of chewing food can allow an increase of bacteria between the teeth.  The tongue becomes coated with waste.  To stop cankers, gargle with sea salt mixed with water several times daily.  Dabbing the sore with tea tree oil or vitamin E quickens the healing process. 

Cold Virus
Mucoid is the perfect food for viruses.  Toxins weaken the immune system.  When large quantities of toxins and mucus are in the blood due to a fast, they can cause susceptibility to colds.  To fight a cold, continue fasting to eliminate mucus.  Increase intake of citrus juices.  

During fasting the body conserves energy.  The heart pumps slower and blood pressure lowers.  Standing or moving quickly from a resting position will cause the blood to flow to the legs, causing blackouts and dizziness.  To stop blackouts get down on one knee or sit.  Lowering your center of gravity will instantly stop a blackout.  Blackouts are more frequent during water fasting.   

Fruit juices have a laxative effect which is more pronounced after water fasting.  The enema kit or using phylum husk during diarrhea helps regulate diarrhea. 

Toxins can cause muscle tightness in the neck and shoulders.  This can result in tension headaches.  Massaging the neck and shoulders will help relieve the tension.  The herb Fever Few, which is available in health food stores, is well worth trying. 

Muscle Tightness
The muscles may become tight and sore due to toxin irritation.  The legs can be affected, as toxins accumulate in the large muscles.  A self-massage, hot baths, stretching and exercising will help to release the toxins. 

When waste is released too quickly by the lymph glands some of the toxic overload is taken by the liver and secreted with bile into the stomach.  This causes nausea.  Drinking water or carrot juice will dilute the bile and toxin mixture, helping to flush it from the system.   

The elimination of toxins can irritate damaged nerves.  Light exercise will relieve tension.  Use quarter slices of avocado to slow the fast.

Skin Disturbances
People with problem-free skin may have a few days of pimples or boils.  A pallid complexion is also a sign of waste in the blood.  When cleansed of mucus and toxins the skin will be healthy, soft and unblemished.   


Sleepiness is normal during water or restricted juice fasting.  Very few people receive enough rest, so enjoy the extra sleep; it may be as healing and rejuvenating as the fast itself. 

So there you have it! Turns out all those crappy symptoms aren't actually bad, they just feel bad - for now. They WILL pass.

Here are some things that I do to ease or speed up the detox symptoms
  • I drink lots and lots and lots of water. The water helps flush the body of toxins. (Read about the importance of hydration durig a juice fast here)
  • If I'm feeling weak and tired I take a nap or go to bed early. Sleep really helps because it gives your body a chance to conserve energy and use it to help the detox process. Many times I've gone to bed feeling super crappy and wake up feeling refreshed and having a clearer mind.
  • I surround myself with supportive and loving people. The support really makes a difference, I don't know if I could do this without it. If you don't have a good support system, holler! ;)
  • Finally, I try to remind myself, that I'm not going to feel like this forever and that this IS GOOD for me.
I hope that this is helpful and somewhat encouraging. Let me know if you have any questions, or share with me your crappy detox journey!


  1. Helpful tips!!! I am so excited! today is day 3 for me so yay! day 4 here i come. I feel mostly nauseous yuck! but I am glad it isn't headaches ( I pray I don't get it since my 3 days are up) but yes I am feeling really great! (To the point where I am excited to go to work isn't that weird? .
    Great post! You are encouraging us all who are juicing! thank you for updating!

    1. Day 4 almost done!!! I'm super proud of you for soldering on despite the nausea. How was work?!

    2. Hi Lorena!
      Work wasn't so bad today I was hungry in the morning because I had to wake up earlier than usual but it was very tempting. More tempting than my sis cooking chorizo LOL. So i had to pace myself and drink a ton of tea, I am almost out of yogis. Anyways but I am glad it wasn't crazy busy! But I made it! With God's help of course! Now unto day 5!! So happy!
      We can do this!!!
      (Oh and I also tried that super good recipe on the reboot site omg! It was tastegasmic! the juice name is spiced peach pear) You should totally try it!!!

      and once again we can do this!!! What juice did you make today? I think I want to try the lemonade recipe with the strawberry
      Be well!


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