Purists insist that this is the only true therapeutic fast, which provides maximum self-healing benefits, provides rest for the digestive system and preserves muscle even during weight loss. This method was even recommended since historical times by Hippocrates. Though it is intimidating fast in healing chronic conditions, it is recommended to start off with simpler fast like juice or fruits, since it is not that easy for everyone’s body to get used to it.
Master Cleanse or Lemonade Diet
This is a system of liquid fasting which involves consumption of lemon for cleansing and maple syrup for nutritional support, both mixed in a glass of water. This is largely practiced by people who go on a 10-day fast every year, consistently. It can be utilized during shorter fasts as well since it is fairly comfortable to perform.
Drinking hot broth has been familiar since ages. We can fast on animal or vegetable broths prepared on our own. A commercially available broth lack nutritional value as well as contains a lot of salt and chemicals. Homemade broths can be extremely nutritious, filled with vitamins, minerals, and electrolytes—especially an animal bone broth.
Bone broths are extremely nutritious, high in minerals and rich in gelatin and collagen. Addition of wine or vinegar during preparation will help draw out minerals like magnesium, calcium and potassium. Highest quality bones of organically-raised and hormone-free animals are used and simmered for 30-40 minutes. 2-4 tablespoons of vinegar, any vegetables and water are added. Allow it to sit for about 30 minutes to an hour before boiling it. The scum that appears on the surface is removed. Continue to simmer for 4-24 hours; more nutrients get drawn out of the bones if simmered longer.
Any organic vegetable may be used, covered with water and simmer for 30-40 minutes. Dark leafy green vegetables may be added to increase the nutrition value. You can strain it and retain the vegetables behind for another time. Such properly prepared broths can be nourishing, hydrating as well as warming.
Monks have been said to have fasted on beer during middle ages. High quality beer is sometimes referred to as liquid bread due to similar nutritive content. Modern day beers not only lack nutrients but also lack purity. It is not recommended to try beer fasting since it needs guidance, due to its alcohol content, and needs to be supplemented with plenty of water.
This is another popular liquid fasting choice is with fruit or vegetable juices. Any fresh, raw, and preferably organic fruits or vegetables may be juiced. One should make sure that they consume only the suggested quantity of juices and not start feasting on them. Raw juices are concentrated with nutrients and need to be diluted with water before drinking. The process of pre-digestion begins by swishing each mouthful thoroughly mixes it with the saliva, thus improving digestion. It is preferable to make fresh juices as the commercially available juices contain chemicals as well as for the reason that pasteurization would have killed all the natural enzymes. The most popular juices for liquid fasting are the oranges and grapefruits since they can be easily juiced.
Milk fasting with raw milk or Cultured milk products
It is considered to be among the most followed ones, milk diet is highly preferred in homeopathy, naturopathy and traditional yogic treatment of digestive disorders. In fact it is a therapeutic practice to cleanse all the digestive tissues. Compared to other liquid fasting diets, milk provides more nutrition, and can be comfortably performed. Pasteurized milk creates excess mucus because of all the toxins created in the process. Thus it should be avoided by those facing mucus problems.
Liquid diets work by providing fewer calories than that is regularly used. Weight loss may not last for a longer time since drastic reduction in calories may slow down metabolism to save energy. Unless the eating habits are changed, there are chances of regaining the lost weight. Diets that include both solid and liquid can help overweight people to control the calories that are consumed and help maintain lesser weight for several years. Before going on a liquid diet plan, one should know the nutritional value of what they drink, especially if a commercial diet is chosen.