Q : When is the best time during the year to do a fast, such as a juice or water fast (or even a green smoothie cleanse)? How many times per year should a person do a cleanse or a fast?
A: The #1 ideal time to do a cleanse or fast is in the spring time. The heavier and darker days of winter hibernation now past, the longer and sunnier days of spring beckon a time for lighter meals to re-calibrate the body. Spring is a time of rejuvenation and is associated with the liver and gallbladder. As you may know, the liver is a major organ that is responsible for performing over 500 functions in the body, and it is also one of the few organs in the body that can regenerate itself. A rest is most welcome during this "spring cleaning" time, whether it be in the form of green smoothies, green juices or green soups.
Green is the color associated with the liver in Chinese medicine, and that is easy to understand when you see green beckoning forth everywhere during the spring! Both bitter and sour foods, such as leafy greens and citrus fruits, respectively, help with the detoxification of the liver. Other beneficial foods that can be juiced, made into a smoothie or a soup include the Brassica family, micro-greens, beets, and wild spring greens such as Violet leaves, Plantain leaves and Dandelion leaves. To help with fatty liver or to help clear out the gallbladder, radish and daikon radish are highly beneficial. Apart from citrus fruits, low glycemic fruits such as berries, green apples and pomegranates are good choices.
One last word about fasting: while fasting can follow the seasons, as described above, if a person has a chronic disease (e.g. cancer) or a heavily toxic body (e.g. years of alcohol or drug abuse) then a fast can occur at any time during the year. While one's personal "eco-system" takes priority over what season it is, the goal is to have a healthy body that can enjoy the bounties and beauties that all seasons have to offer.
To your fasting success and health,
Article Originally Written in 2017. Updated 2020.
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