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Fresh juices, herb teas, mineral broths, and smoothies have been the mainstay of the Bauman College Vitality Fasting Retreats which are held every spring and summer at Stillheart Institute in Woodside, California.  These healing beverages increase the alkaline-forming minerals, such as potassium and magnesium, which cleanse the blood and tissues and revitalize digestive and eliminative organs. The healing beverages are also a wonderful source of antioxidants that protect the body from harmful environmental toxins and acidic metabolic waste which can trigger a systematic inflammatory response. At a fasting retreat, a person will drink up between 16 to 24 ounces of juice, 16 to 24 ounces of herbal tea, and 8 to 12 ounces of mineral broth per day.

Bonus: These nutritive beverages neutralize acids and protect against free radical damage that is caused by excessive coffee, soft drinks, sports drinks, alcohol and tap water.

Here is a program you can do at home.

1)      Start the day by making 2-4 cups of loose herbal tea, in a blend of mint, rosemary and lemon verbena, or  a heartier blend of licorice, dandelion and burdock roots, or a red tea, called rooibos, taken plain or mixed with lemon and honey. A general rule of thumb is to use 1 TB of loose herbs to one cup of near boiling water.

2)      Later in the morning or at noon, make 16 ounces of fresh juice by juicing fresh carrots, celery, cucumbers, and an apple. Drink half now and the other half later in the afternoon when you begin to get a bit tired.

3)      You can add the Bauman Vital ScoopTM a smooth and tasty superfood powder to the fresh juice to enrich it with protein, fiber and fruit and extracts. One scoop to 12 ounces of fresh juice makes a great breakfast or afternoon snack.

4)      For dinner, make and enjoy a warming mineral broth, consisting of the stock from a pot of vegetables that contain one third root vegetables, one third green vegetables, and one third a combination of herbs, spices, seaweed and flaxseed. Cover the vegetables in filtered water. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 3-5 hours. Strain and enjoy.  The complete recipe can be found in the Flavors of Health cookbook.

One might ask, “Why aren’t we taking in the fiber from these plants?” In this instance, by liquefying the fruits, vegetables, and herbs, we are maximizing our uptake of the essence of the plants and making it easier to digest and assimilate the healing carotenes, flavonoids, vitamins, and minerals. Unless you are on a fast, you can add any of these beverages to complement whole food meals.

Important: Make sure that the water you are drinking has been purified to remove chlorine, fluorine, bacteria, heavy metals, chemicals, and other unwanted compounds such as medical drugs that have been found in municipal water supplies. A simple carbon filter on your sink can make a world of difference in the purity of the water you take in. Remember to drink half your weight in ounces of healthful liquids every day.

“The prime object of natural healing is to give the principle of life the line of least resistance, that it may enable man the most abundant health.”
-Dr. Benedict Lust, the Father of Naturopathy, exactly one hundred years ago

THE HEALING BENEFITS OF DRINKING RAW JUICE 

  1. Raw juices release the pure liquids locked in the cells of plants which have definite therapeutic value.
  2. Just as herbs have specific curative values, so do juices which come from specific fresh fruits and vegetables.
  3. Fresh fruit juices are the cleansers of the human system.
  4. Vegetable juices are the regenerators and builders of the body.
  5. Grown in healthy soil, they contain all the substances needed for nourishing the human organism—provided the juices are used when fresh and raw, and without preservatives.
  6. When vegetables and fruits have been ripened by solar energy, they contain all the elements the sun and earth have buried deep within their fiber.
  7. Raw juices are second to honey in ease and speed of assimilation (on an empty stomach, juices will be absorbed by the bloodstream and glands 15 minutes after ingestion).
  8. Because most people consume a limited amount of pure raw food daily, a pint (16 oz.) or more of fresh raw fruit or vegetable juice daily will have a marked therapeutic effect.

Note: Those who have lived for years on highly-seasoned foods, abundant protein, pastries, and heavy starches may complain of distress when starting a rigorous raw juice schedule.  Such disagreeable reactions denote a disharmony within, an unhealthy condition of the stomach and bowels, or an acid condition of the blood.  I work in a gradual and gentle way to minimize a healing crisis cathartic reaction.

PROPERTIES OF RAW JUICE

CARROT JUICE

  • Carrot juice can generally be consumed in large quantities without difficulty. Because of its excellent vitamin content it is good for conditions where it is important to improve the quality of the blood.
  • Carrots constitute a powerful cleansing food, and are one of the most effective means of changing the intestinal flora from a putrefactive to a non-putrefactive type.
  • Carrots have some protein, are rich in carbohydrates, potassium, sodium, and calcium, and contain abundant alkaline minerals, a trace of iodine, and a good proportion of all vitamins.
  • It is very effective in aiding chronic infections such as tonsillitis, colitis, and appendicitis and in controlling anemia, stones, acidosis, blood poisoning, faulty circulation and ulcers.
  • Rheumatic ailments are a result of nutritional disorders and respond readily to carrot and celery treatment.
  • One of the richest sources of vitamin A, which the body can quickly assimilate, carrot juice contains an ample supply of vitamins B, C, D, E, G, and K.
  • Carrot juice helps to promote appetite and is an aid to digestion.
  • The minerals in carrot juice help to improve the bone structure of teeth.
  • The nursing mother should consume liberal quantities of carrot juice to enhance the quality of her milk.
  • Because of its strong alkalinity, carrot juice helps to combat fatigue.
  • Carrot juice offers resistance to infection and is a protector of the nervous system.
  • A glass of carrot juice daily is wonderful for skin health and beauty!

CELERY JUICE

  • A prolific source of magnesium, sodium, and iron, celery juice quiets the nerves and is conducive to sound sleep.
  • Celery juice contains as much sodium as calcium, which is valuable in arthritis conditions.

PARSLEY JUICE

  • Parsley juice contains properties that are essential to oxygen metabolism.
  • Like celery, parsley juice is a sedative, and an effective drug poison eliminator.
  • An important cleansing herb, celery juice is rich in vitamins and strongly alkaline, abounding in iron, calcium, potassium, and magnesium.
  • It also has stimulating, invigorating, life-giving qualities.
  • Because parsley juice is highly concentrated, it is best used sparingly (2 oz.) and in combination with other raw vegetable juices and pure water.

CABBAGE JUICE

  • Cabbage juice is effective in cleansing the mucous membranes of the stomach and intestinal tract.
  • It provides high sulfur, chlorine and vitamin C; therapeutic only when taken raw.
  • Sauerkraut and its juice is an excellent form of cabbage.

LETTUCE JUICE

  • Fresh lettuce juice offers generous quantities of iron and magnesium. Magnesium has exceptional vitalizing powers, particularly on the muscle tissue brain and nerves. Magnesium also assists in maintenance of the normal fluidity of the blood, in the absence of which proper metabolism is impossible.
  • Fortified with calcium, potassium, phosphorus, sulfur, and silicon, lettuce is important in the proper maintenance of skin, sinews and hair and is a lymphatic cleanser.
  • Best to use the dark green varieties of lettuce such as romaine, spring mixes, arugula and baby spinach.

SPINACH JUICE

  • Spinach juice contains the finest organic material for cleansing, reconstructing, and regenerating the intestinal tract.
  • Properly prepared and combined, spinach juice will correct the most aggravated case of constipation within a few days or weeks.
  • It tastes good with apple or carrot juice.

Please note: It’s best to dilute fresh juices from 25-50% to lower the concentration of natural sugar in the juices, especially fruit or carrot juice. Adding the Bauman Vital Scoop or a quality protein powder to a juice is advised for anyone with a low or high blood sugar issue.

The spring Vitality Fasting Retreat is full. Best to reserve your place now in the August 4-10, 2012 program if you want to join us as the fabulous Stillheart Institute this summer.

The Summer Bauman College Vitality Fasting Retreat is August 4-10 at Stillheart Institute in Woodside, California. Stillheart Institute is a sanctuary on holy grounds supported by a genuine healing mission that permeates the facility.

Learn more: Bauman College Vitality Fasting Retreat Information and registration information.

 Next Blog – Cleansing Recipes!

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