July 16th, 2015On the Rebound

by: Mishelle Knuteson, M.H.

 

 

 

“Why work out when you can play in?” states David Hall founder of Cellersize rebounder. I subscribe to this philosophy. I believe getting in shape and feeling good doesn’t have to be the “no pain, no gain” philosophy. I want exercise to be simple, easy and fast. I want to accomplish a lot in just a short amount of time and I want to see results quickly.

 

Shortly after I started working for the School of Natural Healing, David and Fawn Christopher had David Hall on their radio show A Healthier You (Clickhere to hear the show) and in Dr. Christopher’s HerbShop to do a demonstration on his rebounder. David Hall asked the question. ” What if you could strengthen all your muscles all at the same time; reduce body fat, improve flexibility, digestion/elimination, back, knee and shoulder health, tighten and tone, improve balance, open lungs, improve coordination, reduce stress, tighten skin and so much more in just 10 minutes a day?!” I was sold.  That was everything I believed exercise could and should be.

 

If you are like me, when it comes to exercise the hardest part is getting started. Furthermore, if I’m not enjoying it or seeing benefits right away then it goes by the wayside pretty quickly. Who doesn’t love to jump? Even babies love to be bounced. We jump for joy when we are happy, so jumping for health can be a very joyful experience. Another bonus is that I don’t need a gym membership, the right kind of clothes, nor do I even have to leave the house!

 

One of the health benefits of bouncing on a trampoline is giving the body a full detox. The lymphatic system in our body relies on movement to flush toxins out. Rebounding is by far the most effective exercise for increasing lymphatic flow and draining toxins. Dr. John R. Christopher said, “The exercises that are of greatest value in case of constipation are those which bring into strong action the muscles of the abdomen.” Rebounding fits this description perfectly. Click here to find an extensive list of health benefits by using a rebounder.

 

I personally chose a Cellersizer as my rebounder. I first purchased one from Walmart that was a lot cheaper yet it was like trying to bounce from the floor. My mom had a Cellersizer and I put it side by side with the one from Walmart and another I had found. In my opinion there was no comparison, the Cellersizer had by far the better, less jarring bounce. For information on ordering one go to Christopher Publications

I use my Cellersizer at least 3 times a week and bounce anywhere from 10-20 minutes depending on the plans for the rest of the day. I will sometimes put on upbeat music and just dance/bounce, I also put together a simple routine from the basic moves that David Hall teaches in one of his videos, and I have found some great routines on YouTube.com that I can follow along with. It is fun to be able to change it up depending on my mood and the time I have available.

 

The most important thing is to find a type of exercise that works for you so that you will stay with it. If you want to exercise ALL 75 TRILLION CELLS at the same time; a rebounder may be the right type of exercise for you too. Even better, it requires only 10 minutes a day!

 


Mishelle Knuteson is certified in Rapid Eye Technology (RET) an emotional release therapy, teaches classes in The Art of Feminine Presence and a Master Herbalist ~ graduate of The School of Natural Healing. Mishelle currently works as an Educative Master Herbalist (MH) for The School of Natural Healing and as Office Manager of Christopher Publications.

July 15th, 2015Savory

by: Jo Francks, M.H.

The International Herb Association has named Savory as herb of the year for 2015. The two common varieties of Savory are Summer Savory, Satureia hortensia, and Winter Savory, Satureia montana.

 

Summer Savory is an annual plant grown from seeds sown in the spring and flowering in mid-summer. The tips can be harvested frequently to ensure a continual supply throughout the season.

Winter Savory is a low growing, shrubby perennial and can be used as a low growing hedge. The plant is propagated by cuttings, layering, division or seed.

 

The leaves of both plants are used in cooking. The name suggests that it is quite a fragrant plant and historically was planted near beehives. The leaves have a strong, slightly peppery taste resembling that of thyme. Anciently the Romans made a sauce of vinegar and Summer Savory, very much like the mint sauce of today. Beans and peas are greatly enhanced by this herb with which they have a particular affinity.

 

Medicinally the leaves are used as a carminative to alleviate flatulence. Additionally, it may also help with diarrhea, indigestion, colic, upset stomach and mild sore throats. Externally the leaves can be used to rub on a bee sting to alleviate the pain.

 

Savory has been used for centuries both as a culinary herb and for its medicinal properties. Culpepper tells us that, “the juice dropped into the eyes removes dimness of sight if it proceeds from thin humours distilled from the brain. The juice heated with oil of roses and dropped in the ears removes noise and singing and deafness.”  It is rich in minerals and vitamins and the leaves contain many essential oils such as carvacrol and thymol. These oils are known to have antifungal and anti-bacterial properties. The tea made from the leaves is considered a powerful antiseptic and can help improve the functioning of the liver and the kidneys.

 

Consider planting a variety of Savory in your garden this year. Harvest and dry the leaves for use throughout the year.

 

Jo Francks is a Master Herbalist graduate of The School of Natural Healing. She is also a Holistic Iridologist and Quantum Touch Practitioner. 

by: David Christopher, M.H.

 

Controlling blood pressure naturally involves life style changes such as eating whole, live, naturally grown foods, proper exercise and positive thinking.  If this lifestyle is ignored and blood pressure rises, then one would need to cleanse the brain and the arterial system.  If the blood cannot deliver oxygen and nutrients to the cells, then these cells will start to malfunction and eventually die. In this deprived state the cells will send off a distress signal.  The central nervous system responds to this signal by sending a life-saving signal to the circulatory system, raising blood pressure to deliver nutrients to these starving cells.  Changing the life style will help correct the problem and negate the need for high blood pressure.  Herbalaids can be used to achieve this goal and a suggested use is outlined in Dr. Christopher’s Three Day Cleanse Program, under the section titled “Extended Herbal Cleanse.” Along with these cleansing formulas, Dr. Christopher formulated an excellent herbal aid which he named simply Blood Circulation Formula.  He was once asked, “Will this formula raise or lower blood pressure?” He answered this question with a simple, “Yes.”  If someone has high blood pressure it will help lower it, however if they have low blood pressure it will help raise it.


 

Another cause of high blood pressure relates to our emotions.  I realize that positive thinking is easier said than done.  However, our overreactions to situations should be controlled and can be helped. Some helpful actions are counseling, yoga, bio-feedback and Bach Flower remedies.  Dr. Christopher’s Relax-ease tea and Mind Trac formulas are wonderful aids in this scenario.


As far as blood pressure is concerned we were designed, by our Creator, with self- correcting regulators that automatically set blood pressure levels at optimal levels. One of these regulators is nitric oxide, a substance made popular with body builders. Using supplements like this should be done with care so as to not interfere with the body’s natural pathways of correction.  Nitric oxide (N.O.) relaxes and dilates blood vessels, and a lack of N.O. contributes to increased rigidity of the vascular walls. Your body produces nitric oxide from nitrates in foods. These nitrates in foods are converted to nitrites by friendly bacteria residing in the crypts of the tongue. They accomplish this via nitrate reductase enzymes.  When nitrite rich saliva comes in contact with stomach acid it is converted to nitrous acid and then decomposes to nitric oxide. Nitrites consumed in the diet (i.e. nitrites found in cold cuts and bacon) do not convert to nitric oxide and may destroy the pathway, thus contributing to cardiovascular disease. Mouthwashes may also interfere with this pathway by killing the bacteria, instrumental in creating nitric oxide, thus negating blood pressure regulation. If this pathway has been destroyed, there are three foods that can be used to create nitric oxide. The first is beets, nature’s highest source of nitrates. Second, are hawthorn berries which are nature’s highest source of nitrate reductase and third, melons that provide the amino acid catalyst L-Citrulline. 


Therefore, these natural foods contain exactly what the body needs to control blood pressure.  Taking large amounts of body regulators is never a good idea, and doing so can interfere with blood pressure regulation.  Also eating foods that bypass one step in the regulating process (i.e. nitrites instead of nitrates) can also interfere with the pathway, losing regulation capacity. 


High blood pressure doesn’t have to be a concern, if we live our lives naturally and let our bodies self-regulate.

 David Christopher is a Master Herbalist and the director of The School of Natural Healing. He also co-hosts the popular radio show “A Healthier You” and is a popular international teacher and lecturer.

July 15th, 2015Healthy Recipe

by: Nicodemo Casciato

 

Greetings! My name is Nico, and I’m a recent graduate of Dr. Christopher’s College of Herbology. I currently live in Denver, Colorado and have been working towards building a future as a health educator and personal consultant.

 

As I have walked my personal path to better health, I have utilized some simple, nourishing meals that are quick and easy to prepare. The one I’d like to share is a combination of brown rice, mung beans and steamed vegetables that I personally enjoy. Mung beans contain vitamins A, C and E and minerals like folacin, phosphorus, magnesium, iron and calcium. They are also a great source of protein, dietary fiber and phytoestrogens. Additionally, brown rice is a great source of manganese and also provides a good amount of selenium, phosphorus, copper, magnesium and niacin (B3). This combination is great for lunch or dinner, but  it could also be enjoyed for breakfast.

 

Nutritious whole grains (as well as legumes, nuts and seeds) even when properly prepared can inhibit the absorption of minerals like calcium, magnesium, iron and zinc due to the presence of phytic acid.  This acid, a storage form of phosphorus, binds to these minerals making them and the phosphorus unavailable for use in the body while also inhibiting enzymes like pepsin, amylase and trypsin that are needed for digestion. To minimize this effect, we should presoak the rice as well as the mung beans—even though mung beans don’t require it as much as the rice. Presoaking grains, beans, nuts and seeds also diminishes/removes lectins (except in wheat and soy), gluten, tannins, goitrogen and other anti-nutrients, encourages the production of beneficial enzymes, neutralizes enzyme inhibitors, increases nutrient content, breaks down proteins that are hard to digest (making them more bioavailable) and reduces hypersecretion of pancreatic enzymes.

 

Over 60% of the phytic acid in mung beans is destroyed in cooking, so, many people don’t soak them at all. However, presoaking them ensures an even greater ability to be digested. To presoak the beans, just put the beans in a bowl and cover them with pure water and let them sit for 6-24 hours. An additional quick-soak method consists of bringing the beans to a boil for a few minutes (depending on the bean) taking them off heat and letting them sit for 2-6 hours. Once this is finished, discard the water and add mung beans in a 1:3 ratio with pure water to a pot and bring to a boil.  Reduce to a simmer and cover. Once the water has been absorbed, remove from heat and let sit for 5-10 minutes; don’t remove the lid throughout the whole process. Once you have done this, if desired, you can mash them and add sea salt, pepper or garlic powder.

 

To prepare the brown rice, soak them in pure water for 24 hours at room temperature. Always store 10% of the soaking water in the fridge to be added to future batches after soaking. This preserved liquid will eventually improve the effectiveness of soaking through continued use until it removes 96% or more of the phytic acid. Discard the remaining 90% and add fresh water in a ratio of 1:2, rice to water. Bring to a boil; reduce to a simmer and cover. Then, remove it from the heat and let the rice sit for 5-10 minutes covered. I normally add a little sea salt and Bragg’s Liquid Aminos once finished.

 

To steam the vegetables, place them in a metal steamer, put it in a pot, and fill it with pure water until the water level nears the bottom of the steamer. Bring it to a light boil. The time needed to cover and steam will vary according to whatever vegetables you are using. I personally enjoy broccoli, snap peas and cauliflower because they are all very nutritious, tasty, and can cook in about 5 minutes. Once done, you can flavor them with some olive oil, lemon, sea salt, pepper or anything else you might like.

 

Finally, add them all together and enjoy!

 Nicodemo Casciato is a recent masters graduate from the School of Natural Healing. He currently resides in Denver, Colorado.

July 15th, 2015Tonsilloliths

by: Tonya Judd, M.H.

A few years ago when one of my children was in high school I heard a loud call for help from the other room.  This child had just discovered tonsil/throat stones also known as Tonsilloliths, and was quite upset not knowing what was going on and why these “hard things” were coming from the throat area.

 


I could always tell when this child had tonsil/throat stones because there is a distinct offensive smell which is very different than the average case of halitosis. Tonsilloliths or tonsil/throat stones are hardened concretions of mucus, bacteria and food that lodge in the pockets or crypts of the tonsils. When tonsil stones are released from the tonsil it can feel like you swallowed a small hardened piece of food. Tonsil stone symptoms include: feeling as though you have a sore throat, feeling as if something is stuck in the tonsil area, distinct, offensive and putrid breath, swollen tonsil(s), swallowing hardened concretions, and fever. Once the tonsil releases the stone(s), the throat will immediately feel better.   

Tonsil stones are caused from an unclean body system and excessive mucus. This mucus in the system comes from consuming mucus forming foods such as dairy, sugar, meat, soda and processed foods. Also, we often forget that the body is a whole system, and we need to remember to check in with the emotional and spiritual aspects along with the physical. Energetically speaking, tonsil stones have much to do with not speaking up, not feeling like your voice is being heard, swallowed emotional hurts, repressed fear or anger, and not expressing your feelings

Tonsil stones do NOT require the removal of your tonsils. This is only an indication that this area of the body needs a little TLC and cleaning up. It indicates that the tonsils are doing their job as the filter and keeping harmful bacteria from entering the body. Your tonsils are part of your immune system and an important gland that needs to remain in the body. Be thankful that you have been blessed with such an amazing set of glands. Dr. Christopher often stated that, “The tonsils are the first line of defense of the body. Their job is to control the entrance into the body of large armies of germs. They are a ‘filtering system’.”

 The following is the protocol we used to completely eliminate the tonsil stones:

 

  • Dr. Christopher’s Infection formula

     

  • Dr. Christopher’s X-Ceptic tincture rubbed on the outside of the throat over the tonsil area

     

  • A LOT of fresh garlic!  I press the garlic cloves through a garlic press and put it in veggie caps

     

  • Dr. Christopher’s Mullein/Lobelia formula used as a fomentation on the neck and taken internally

     

  • 1 Tablespoon honey, 1/4 - 1/2 tsp. cayenne and 2-4 cloves of garlic mixed and taken by the spoonful

     

  • Make sure the bowels are working and flushing everything out

     

  • Fresh fruit and vegetable juices

    Additional herbal aids:

     

  • Hydrangea root extract squirted directly on the tonsils.  Whenever using dissolvent herbs a great addition to consider is marshmallow. Marshmallow helps thin out the mucus.

     

  • Apple cider vinegar wraps on the throat

     

  • Gargling with salt water made from real or natural salt, can also help loosen Tonsilloliths/throat stones 

     Keep those tonsils where God created them to be…in your throat!

     

    Tonya Judd is a Master Herbalist graduate of The School of Natural Healing and an Emotional Release practitioner.

  • July 15th, 2015Melt In Your Mouth

    by: Melissa Chappell

     

    Love your treats? I know I do. Here is a great recipe book with 50 plus recipes that we can indulge ourselves in and not feel guilty. This is a dessert cookbook with a healthy AND delicious approach. For the past decade Melissa Chappell has owned a wholesale, healthy dessert company called Raw Melissa. Her desserts have become famous and are sold at a premium price.

    Now Melissa is sharing some of her most precious recipes with you. “I want you to know that as I wrote this cookbook and dreamed up the many recipes inside, I thought of you, a person I will probably never meet, but whom I adore for sharing a piece of pie or a scoop of ice cream with me in your own kitchen, if only through this cookbook.”

    There are many gluten-free, dairy-free, and soy-free options as well as raw, vegan, and grain-free recipes. She uses whole food ingredients such as sucanat, honey, whole grain flours, real salt, coconut and nut milks, lots of fresh, dried and frozen fruits, nuts, and plant oils like sunflower oil, coconut oil and almond oil.


    Some of my favorite recipes are the Chocolate Covered Macaroons, Toffee Almonds and Chili Lime Popcorn. I have loved everything I have tried and I’m sure you will too.

    July 15th, 2015Neti Pot

    by: Mishelle Knuteson, M.H.

     

    Sinus congestion seems to affect many this time of year. Our sinuses have to deal with the dryness of the winter season as well as being closed up in our homes and businesses with the furnace going, stirring up dust and adding to the dryness and pollutants in the air. Sinuses are hollow spaces within the bones of the face. There are three pairs of sinuses: frontal, ethmoid, maxillary and one single sinus at the base of the skull called sphenoid. Each of these connect to the nose through a small opening called ostia. The ostia acts to humidify and warm the air we breathe, add to our sense of smell and taste, and plays a significant role in the quality of sound we hear. That is why when our nasal passages are clogged we don’t taste or hear things as well.

    Sinuses are lined with a mucous membrane called mucosa. Mucosa acts as a filter to trap inhaled germs, dust pollens and environmental pollutants before they reach the respiratory system. When the sinuses are inflamed or irritated the ostia becomes blocked.  If the mucous membranes dry out, the body produces reactive mucus. In either case the nasal environment is disturbed and the mucous accumulation becomes a breeding ground for viruses and bacteria. A way to help protect and clear the sinus passages is by using a nasal saline irrigation therapy. The most popular means is with a neti pot– a ceramic or plastic pot that looks like a cross between a small teapot and Aladdin’s magic lamp.  

    The use of the neti pot is a very effective method to clear away crusting in the nasal passages and for relieving symptoms from allergies and environmental irritants that cause congestion and facial pain and pressure. A neti pot works by thinning the mucus and flushing it out of the nasal passages. Use of a saline solution helps the cilia (the tiny hair like structures that line the nasal cavities) draw out the excess mucus and irritants.

    To use the neti pot mix 16 ounces of warm distilled water with 1 teaspoon of the finest grind natural salt (sea salt, himalayan, real salt, etc). Some people like to add ½ teaspoon of baking soda to buffer the solution and make it gentler on the nose. I don’t use the baking soda but I do like to add a drop or two of clove or eucalyptus oil to my solution as well as about ¼ teaspoon of either sesame or olive oil. This can be stored up to 5 days in a covered container.  The solution should be close to body temperature when you are using it.

    Once the the neti pot is filled, tilt your head over the sink at about a 45-degree angle. Place the spout into your top nostril and gently pour the saline solution into that nostril. The fluid will flow through your nasal cavity and out the other nostril. Blow your nose to get rid of any remaining liquid, then refill the neti pot and repeat the process on the other side. Use about 2 to 4 ounces in each nostril. You shouldn’t have any of the solution run down your throat.  However, if you do just spit it out.

    You can use the neti pot daily, 3-4 times a day if needed in chronic conditions and after that three times a week is enough to keep your nasal passages clear and cleaned out. Under normal circumstances, you should not feel any burning or stinging. If there is any discomfort you can use less salt in your solution or change the temperature of your water. Keep the neti pot clean by rinsing with warm water and air drying between uses, or wash in the dishwasher. 

     

    Mishelle Knuteson is certified in Rapid Eye Technology (RET) an emotional release therapy, teaches classes in The Art of Feminine Presence and a Master Herbalist ~ graduate of The School of Natural Healing. Mishelle currently works as an Educative Master Herbalist (MH) for The School of Natural Healing and as Office Manager of Christopher Publications.

    by: Jo Franks, M.H.

    This time of year you will find pomegranates in most grocery stores. There are a lot of interesting facts about this amazing fruit, which dates back thousands of years. The plant is a native of Persia and in the 18th century Spanish sailors introduced the plant to the southern United States. They have long been a symbol of prosperity and abundance. In Greek history it is considered good luck to smash a pomegranate on the ground at weddings and New Year’s. It is said that the number of seeds that fall out of the fruit, will be the number of children the married couple will have.

     

    The Latin name for pomegranate (Punica granatum) means seeded apple. It is rich in nutrients and antioxidants, namely punicalagin. Studies have shown that this is effective in preventing platelets from sticking together and forming blood clots. It is also high in other polyphenols, tannins, quercitin, and anthocyanins which offer heart health and anti-cancer benefits. Pomegranates can also be beneficial for arthritis, increasing oxygen levels to the heart, heart disease, many types of cancer, diarrhea, and mental and emotional health.

     

    Not only is the fruit delicious, very nutrient dense and full of anti-oxidants, but there are parts of the whole plant that are beneficial medicinally. The root bark has been used as a remedy for all kinds of parasites, including tapeworms. The fruit rind and flowers can be made into a tea for a sore throat. If the rind is dried and powdered, it can be used as a tooth powder for brushing the teeth.

     

    We always recommend eating foods in their wholesome form. Enjoy the season of pomegranates! From all of us at The School of Natural Healing, have a Happy and Healthy New Year!

     

    Jo Francks is a Master Herbalist graduate of The School of Natural Healing. She is also a Holistic Iridologist and Quantum Touch practitioner. 

     

    For further study:

    http://www.wellcorps.com/MedicinalPropertiesPomegranates.html

    https://www.drfuhrman.com/library/article19.aspx

    http://davesgarden.com/guides/articles/view/888/#b 

    July 15th, 2015Male Hormone Balancing

    by: Jared Tropple, M.H.

    Hormones affect pretty much all the vital functions of the body to some degree. Hormones help keep us physically and emotionally healthy. Hormonal imbalance can cause a wide range of symptoms that can greatly affect our health.

     

     

    When discussing hormone imbalance, men are often forgotten about. If there is mention of hormones for men, it most often focuses only on their sex drive. This observation is further validated when browsing the selection of men’s hormone supplements available. Supplements that focus mainly on stimulating men’s sex drive often leave out many other important aspects of the male hormone system. Of course the major hormone associated with men is testosterone, but estrogen, along with several other hormones, also play important roles in men’s health. More testosterone isn’t always better. There is actually a delicate balance of testosterone and these other hormones that when increased or decreased, even slightly, can cause several unwanted symptoms.

     

    So what are the symptoms of male hormone imbalance?

    Many symptoms come on gradually, so often they go unnoticed. The symptoms include infertility, fatigue or lack of energy, decrease in muscle mass with increase in body fat, changes in cholesterol, reduced bone density, low libido, night sweats, mood swings or irritability, depression and anxiety, memory loss, and insomnia.

     

    Do men have cycles like women do?

    The short answer is, yes.

     

    Men’s testosterone levels vary, and may go up and down four or five times in an hour. There are daily cycles, with testosterone being higher in the morning and lower at night. There are seasonal cycles, with testosterone being higher in November and lower in April. Men have hormonal cycles during adolescence and between the ages of 40 and 55, men have what is called Andropause. There are hormonal changes in men that can be related to stress in their life. Men have a monthly hormonal cycle that is unique to each man. Men who track their moods are able to recognize how they are related to hormonal changes throughout the month.

     

    Which herbs may help with male hormone imbalance?

    This is by no means a comprehensive list, however it is important to mention the following herbs. Terrestris Tribulus is most commonly associated with testosterone production. Ginseng, Eleuthero, and Maca are widely used to balance male hormones. Saw Palmetto helps with prostate issues but also helps balance out estrogen and other hormones in the body. Sarsaparilla works by stimulating hormone production in the body. Licorice helps heal the adrenal glands, which are affected by stress. Drinking plenty of water and adding good oils to your diet or supplement regimen is also important. Finding time to exercise is also key to balanced hormone levels.

     

    Men’s hormones are more complex than just their sexual drive. Often, hormonal imbalances go unnoticed due to lack of social awareness of men’s hormonal issues. By recognizing possible symptoms, and by taking into account a fuller spectrum of men’s hormones, true balance and optimum health can be restored.

     

    Jared Tropple has been a Master Herbalist for more than 8 years. He managed the Christopher’sHerb Shop, worked and taught at Dr. Christopher’s School of Natural Healing and created Ginger’s Garden Café. During this time he has been able to help countless people with their health. He is back working at Dr. Christopher’s Herb Shop making herbal preparations and consulting as needed.

    by: Joseph Kukucka, M.H.

    We have learned that the best way to deal with many health problems is to cleanse and nourish.  Sometimes the body needs a period to concentrate its efforts to rid itself of toxins. By abstaining from solid food and drinking plain water only, the body can extend all its effort and energy on clean-up and repair. That is what fasting can do for you.

     

    For centuries man has utilized fasting for cleaning, healing and strengthening, not just physically and mentally, but spiritually as well. Fasting has been practiced by every religion. We can read accounts of fasting in the Bible in both the Old and the New Testaments. This was not only done for atonement, but for strengthening, and at times the fasting lasted for 40 days. Almost every Native American tribe incorporated fasting as well. Today fasting is largely viewed as a practice done in the past, and not for modern times. In fact, the very idea of going without food for any extended period terrifies many.

    Stomach grumblings, headaches, nausea and other discomforts that arise a few hours after a meal, are perceived as hunger pangs because they go away after eating something. According to Dr. Joel Fuhrman, those aren’t the symptoms of true hunger. Rather, when digestion of a meal is complete, the body shifts into a cleansing mode to rid itself of toxins & built-up waste from the typical American diet. This is the real cause of those uncomfortable symptoms.

    Anyone who has worked closely with animals has probably observed that when not feeling right, they will refrain from eating. The animal is following its instincts to work toward wellness.

    Eleven years ago I learned of fasting’s ability to help the body heal. Once, I fasted for 7 days and numerous times I’ve done 2-day and 3-day fasts. But my usual routine is to fast one day a week. Fasting one day a week is easily achievable, but I don’t recommend that anyone should start fasting even one day a week without some preparation. This is because as your body goes into detoxification mode, it shuts down the digestive system. Any food that is in the system will remain in the lower bowel and become hard as the body draws water from it, no matter how much water you drink. Therefore, the best way to fast is to follow Dr. Christopher’s recommendation of the 3-day juice cleanse routine, then continue fasting on water for 1 or 2 days.  Once you have done it a few times you will start looking forward to it.

    Each time you fast it will be different.  Sometimes you will have aches and pains and feel foggy.  Other times you will feel full of energy and quite lucid. You will also learn to strengthen your inner discipline as you control temptations to take a little snack.

    Fasting is not only free but it will save you money as you are eating 3 meals less a week. Also, the time usually spent shopping for, preparing meals and then cleaning up, can now be utilized for other endeavors: yoga, prayer, meditation or simply relaxing.

    When dealing with chronic problems, fasting should be considered as part of the healing regimen. Fasting will make you healthier, detoxify your body and bolster your immune system for resisting disease. It’s like pushing a reset button or rebooting the computer.

    Joe KuKucka is a Master Herbalist Graduate from the School of Natural Healing. He lives and works in Ohio and would be happy to answer questions via email. jkukucka@ford.com andjoseph454@centurytel.net.



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