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Water Fast or Juice Feast for Adrenal Burnout?

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16 Jun 2010 19:17 #4662 by david
david created the topic: Water Fast or Juice Feast for Adrenal Burnout?
I came across this statement on a fasting.ws protocol and feel it important for our members to be aware of the dangers if they are suffering from Adrenal Burnout. And unfortunately in this day and age most urbanites are. Also known as sympatheticonia.

"Many doctors believe that fasting may make adrenal insufficiency worse. This makes sense, in that lowered blood sugar, lowers muscle glycogen that in turn would lessen the reaction to adrenaline. Therefore we do not encourage anyone with adrenal fatigue to water fast for treatment. Juice fasting on the other hand fasting powerfully assists the glands and organs to regenerate. Recommend period of juice fasting for long-term therapeutic results would be 30 days. The juices can be any mixture of fruits and vegetables."

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20 Jun 2010 18:26 #4672 by david
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21 Jun 2010 08:14 #4673 by TheFastDoctor
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Bear in mind please that the Adrenal glands consists of two distinct organs: Medulla and Cortex. The medulla makes adrenalin and adrenalin-like substances whereas the cortex makes cortizone and related substances.

I am always a bit cautious with far-reaching all-encompassing generalizations such as "most urbanites suffer from adrenal burnout". It is rather difficult to determine the presence of this condition: You need at least 2 24-hour urine samples, one for VMA (Adrenalin breakdown product) and one for the steroids (cortizones). I am not aware of any large scale studies done to have determined this.

Sure the adrenal glands works a bit harder during a fast, as both groups of hormones made in the adrenals helps increase blood sugar. But after a few days, as the body becomes catabolic and largely independend of blood sugar, the Adrenals (both parts) likelyh also go into a rest phase. I have actually seen adrenal insufficiency respond to fasting.

Hope I am not boring, but once again I argue: "Juice fast" is not fasting: Whether the fruit was chewed by our teeth or by a machine, the same substances gets into the body and ultimately into the blood/metabolism. So for the 2 years I ate only fruit, this term would consider me to have fasted for more than 700 days..?!

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21 Jun 2010 17:50 #4674 by david
david replied the topic: Re:Water Fast or Juice Feast for Adrenal Burnout?
Thank you for your input Fast Doctor and I take your point re sweeping statements. I should have stated it differently. I was a little alarmed when I came across that statement on fasting.ws and and wanted to check the accuracy of that statement. If it is not already on one of the forum threads, sooner or later someone would have posed the question, "is it OK to fast during adrenal fatigue "
So here is another item to add to the FAQs Thanks and regarding the term juice fasting I think most of us understand now that the correct term as used on other sites is 'juice feasting' or 'juice dieting' otherwise we end up with a contradiction.

David

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