Hepatitis C and a Juice Fast
Donna asks, “Hi, I am on Day 8 of a 30-day juice fast. I am 52 years old and have hepatitis C. I don’t take any prescription medications. And I feel fine with the fast so far. I have more energy, mind is clearer, and I’m sleeping better. Should I be taking supplements of any kind during this fast.”
Yikes, and a thousand times yikes, Donna!
Hepatitis C means your liver’s in a world of hurt. Adding a juice fast to its miseries is not a loving gesture, but more like a kick in the slats. (Assuming a liver has slats.)
Especially if any of the juice is fruit juice. Fruit is fructose city, and when you get rid of the pulp, fiber, etc. by juicing, the fructose gets pretty pronounced. A healthy liver can handle a certain amount of fructose, but a sick liver has all it can do to wave a tiny white flag.
And the damage gets worse if any of the juice has been reconstituted (from a frozen form) with fluoridated water. Fluoride is murder on any number of body parts, including the entire endocrine system-and the liver.
And you may feel terrific, at least at the moment. The liver can slide pretty far down in the ditch without giving you any noticeable symptoms.
Symptoms can also show up in other body parts. I talked to a man who went on a juice fast, mostly with fruit juice. He LOVED fruit! Well, at least until gout showed up in his big toe. Yeah, fructose can do that, too.
While there’s a lot of happy talk about the wonders of juicing, juice fasts, etc., you must be certain your body’s up for a stringent diet of any sort before you launch into it.
The good news is even a liver that’s lost 80% of its capacity can be healed.
Which brings me to the supplements part of your question.
First, supplements aren’t optional. Grocery-store food has less than half the nutrition it did forty years ago. Most of the nutrition in our fruits and vegetables comes from the soil they grow in. Once agribusiness took over from small farms, the minerals in the soil never got replenished, and after a while, the minerals were gone, never to be seen again. Well, at least until wake up to the fact there’s a problem.
Instead of replenishing the soil, they dinked around to improve the looks of what they grew, and now every piece of fruit dazzles the eyes. Then they worked to make each beautiful piece of fruit, or vegetable, last for a long time.
And we end up with great looking produce that lasts, and lasts, and lasts-but has about the same nutrition as cardboard.
Second, it’s not a matter of a little this and a little that. You need to put together a complete vitamin/mineral program based on what your body needs. Not my body or your neighbor’s body, but your body.
Individual nutrition needs vary from person to person, even in the same family. That’s what I write about (in my Pep for the Pooped vitamin/mineral book and my Moving to Health program): How to know what your body needs so you can make it happy. When your body’s happy, you’re happy. Else, you’re both unhappy.
Finally, not all vitamins and minerals are created equal. Avoid any that are sold in grocery stores, drugstores, Target, Costco, Sam’s, Trader Joe’s, etc. And don’t be asking a clerk for advice. They may be well intentioned, but they pretty much repeat whatever they’ve heard-right, wrong or irrelevant.
If symptoms, the language of the body, indicate you need, say, Vitamin D3 (as many of us do), I give you a direct, on-line link to a brand of D3 that I’ve vetted for quality. I get no money or other payback for the links; they’re about helping you make your way through a jungle of information that appears to be written in Latin.
To sum up: A juice fast won’t make your liver sing a happy song, but a solid vitamin/mineral program will perk it right up.
Did you know that good nutrition can actually heal hepatitis C? Oh, indeed.
God is good,
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P.S. Bette Dowdell is not a doctor, nor does she purport to be She’s a patient who’s been studying and successfully handling her own endocrine problems for more than 30 years. She offers introductory teleseminars and an in-depth 12-month subscription program, “Moving to Health” about living well with endocrine issues. She explains how things work-or don’t, discusses what things to avoid as well as the things that help, and she provides a lot of well-researched nutritional information. Subscribe to her free e-zine at Information is power.