The Miracle of Juice Fasting for Crohn’s Disease, Colitis, Celiac and IBS

The Miracle of Juice Fasting for Colitis and IBS

I enjoy a good meal and a glass of red wine as much as the next person – so forgoing those two things has never been very high on my to-do list!  But when you get sick with ulcerative colitis (like I did), you get so desperate, you’ll try anything.

I was born in Russia, and I knew that, for hundreds of years, supervised fasting has been used with great success as part of European medical treatments. The first time I personally tried fasting was in 1989. Twenty-one days of juice fasting together with medicinal enemas, nutritional supplements and herbs healed my supposedly “incurable” Pancolitis.  My intestinal bleeding, chronic diarrhea, and joint pain vanished. I felt energetic and excited about being alive. Juice fasting saved my life and healed my soul.

I realized Hippocrates, the father of Western Medicine was right: fasting allows the body to heal itself.

Why Does Fasting Work?

When we stop eating our usual 3 meals a day, and start consuming live, raw juices our bodies spend all that extra energy (used to digest food) on detoxification, including purging from drugs, chemicals from personal care products, mucus, bacteria, parasites in our intestines, and food additives and preservatives.

The Benefits of Fasting

Fasting allows our major organs (e.g. colon, liver, kidney, lungs, and skin) to release and eliminate toxins. Fasting promotes the formation of new, healthy cells. It can be used as a method of healing from acute and chronic illness or as a disease prevention tool for healthy people. Fasting can reverse the aging process for the middle-aged and elderly. Your body has a built-in mechanism of breaking down and digesting diseased tissues and damaged cells. After all the garbage in our system is disposed of, the body starts building new, healthy organs and tissues. The raw power of juice also purifies the blood, removes the waste from large intestine, and rejuvenates the endocrine system.

Fasting is highly effective for the following conditions:

  • Food allergies/Sensitivities
  • Asthma
  • Arthritis
  • IBS/Celiac Disease/IBD
  • Flus/Colds/Fever
  • Constipation
  • Migraine Headaches
  • Skin problems (eczema, psoriasis)
  • Back problems (sciatica, low back pain)

How Often Should You Do Juice Fasting?

Juice fast 1x/week for one month, then expand to 2 days/week, once a month. Seven day fasts can be done 4 times/year, at the beginning of each season: Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter.

How to Juice Fast

To prepare for a fast longer than 24 hours, eat vegetables and some low-sugar fruits for at least 3 days before embarking on 3-14 days fast. While fasting, consume hot herbal teas and hot vegetable broths, in addition to fresh vegetable juice. To improve the absorption of the juice, I would recommend diluting fresh juice with some water in a ration of 75% juice and 25% water.

Juice Fasting vs. Water Fasting

Juice fasting is much easier than water fasting. A water fast puts more stress on your vital organs (kidney, liver, heart and intestines) by promoting a faster release of acids (eg. uric acids) and toxins.  This process itself could be overwhelming for a person who is doing fasting for the first time. Raw juices supply much needed vitamins, minerals and enzymes, improves cell oxygenation and promotes recovery from sickness.

Side Effects of a Juice Fast

Be aware that during a fast, as a part of the body’s tissue cleansing process, you may experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Coated tongue
  • Metallic taste in the mouth
  • Headaches/Dizziness
  • Mucus discharge from sinuses and bowel
  • Diarrhea/Fever/Fatigue
  • Dark, foul smelling urine and feces
  • Joint aches and pain

Do not be alarmed – this is a part of the internal detoxification process. Those symptoms are not dangerous and should go away after couple of days. Using colon therapy for the first 3-5 days will help you to minimize all those unpleasant physical symptoms. Stop fasting if your experience vomiting and diarrhea for more than a day! The possibility of dehydration is too high and might become dangerous for the faster.

Who Should Avoid Fasting?

Individuals with the following health conditions should avoid juice fasting:

  • Anorexia
  • Malnutrition
  • Peptic Ulcers
  • Tuberculosis
  • After Surgery
  • HIV an Chronic Infections
  • Type I Diabetes
  • Advanced Stage of Cancer
  • Pregnant and Lactating Women
  • Acute or Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Patients taking prescription medications should consult their doctor

Galina’s Patient Case Study

Patient: M.L. 8-year-old girl

Condition: Asthma

The Case Study: This lovely 8-year-old girl suffered from a serious asthmatic condition. She was regularly using inhalers, and sleeping in a sitting position to prevent asthma attacks. As a last resort, her pediatrician recommended steroids (corticosteroids) to control her asthma.

I suggested a 2-day juice fast using diluted vegetable juices, followed by a special diet (no gluten, dairy, sugar, eggs, or peanuts). Plus, I prescribed special supplements to heal the lung tissue and to strengthen the immunity. After 30 days, she was able to be taken off all medication, and she slept peacefully lying down in her bed. She was rollerblading and skating for hours with her friends. Her parents were so happy to see their daughter enjoying her childhood to the fullest.

Galina’s Conclusion

It is prudent for a person with chronic, debilitating disease to undertake FIRST TIME juice fasting therapy while under the care of a medical professional experienced in fasting. Detoxification can be overwhelming, and may temporarily increase various symptoms of the disease.

65 Responses to “The Miracle of Juice Fasting for Crohn’s Disease, Colitis, Celiac and IBS”

  1. Hey Galina,

    I did a 7 day juice fast 3 months ago after suffering with Ulcerative Colitis for 3 years with no medication having any effect. It did wonders for me as my pancolitis is now left-sided colitis. I do, however, still have serious inflammation near the end of the colon, which persists and due to the location I was told just a 7 day fast can’t really help. Do you have any specific advice on additions to the fasting…herbal enemas, some specific juice to be included for that last part of the colon right before the rectum? I am currently on day 5 of my second juice fast.

  2. Galina is been a plesure to find your page , I need your orientacion about vegetables juices ,years hago i start taking fasting juices for IBS first with carrot,beet,celery,parley but three weeks ago i start taking the leafy green juices and i really notice improvment and Energy i wiil really apreciat any recomendation about it Thanks !

  3. Hi Aleks,
    I’ll be conducting webinars (on specific remedies to promote fast colon healing) next year. Please subscribe to my free newsletter at http://www.knowyourgut.com to learn about the dates and time.

  4. Hi , love your site!
    im not sure what to do, iv had severe pain in left lower abdomen and middle general area since my teens ,I tended to always be on anti inflammatorys and over the last 4 years i found cutting out dairy, wheat and recently suger and taking peppermint caps has helped a little to ease the sharp cutting pains to a dull constant on and off…
    I have made an appt to see my gp re this ,as its now flared up more than ever before- that any bowel movement causes cutting pains in my colon I can feel it and may collapse(sorry for description) and I can’t seem to get a hold of it with diet anymore.
    I probably need a diagnosis of something but am apprehensive as when iv approached previous gps in my teens and early 20′s they dismissed my abdo pain as menstrual cramps (being a student I sucked it up and dealt with it thinking “ok it must be normal to have PRE, DURing and POST meantrual cramps” ie :all month and experienced awful pain through intestines but always stabbing in lower left region and less so the middle).
    I have juiced veg responsibly (with avocados, flax, green powders, b & c vita ect) of and on for years guided by a naturopath and found it helped with energy levels and relieved aforementioned pain. i also have used l-glutamine and bentonite clay and intesticlear intermittently.

    My Question: This time after 7 days veg juicing -the pain/ inflammation is the same and Iv been using all of the above and cut out fruit -using only ginger and a lime or lemon instead… ( my energy is fine and head fine).
    Should I persevere with juicing or just accept its not really helping this time… The only problem is when I eat full veg and protein the severe pain in lower left area is very painful and cutting.
    I’m thinking I should persevere but I don’t want to do anything that’s making it worse and I’m not sure what tests I should ask my Dr to do? my experience thus far has been dismissive re abdo pain.
    But I live in hope
    Best wishes

  5. This has been the most informative website I have come across in the 8 years that I have been diagnosed with IBS-C. I have just starting juicing, hoping it will help my IBS. Look forward to receiving more information.

  6. Rossita Atanassova February 4, 2013 at 9:13 am

    Privet, Galina, so glad to find your website :) I am an ulcerative colitis sufferer of 12 years, but honestly, colitis hasn’t been as bad to me as it has been to others. I think this is because of my three years on the Specific Carbohydrate diet after I first got diagnosed. In 12 years I have only had 2 brief relapses and have never used steroids. What I have much more problems with is the Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, which I got after pregnancy, 9 years ago. I recently tried to go on a raw food diet because of it, but the diet only irritated my intestines and caused diarrhea (for a day) and soreness for a week. I had to stop the diet, of course. I was wondering if juice fast would be a better option. I am slim to begin with (110 lb) , so I am also concerned about loosing weight. Do you think I would be able to do a targeted juice fast, that would allow my Hashimoto’s to heal without aggrevating my colitis? I would so much appreciate your help.

    Rossita

  7. Thank you Sanna for your kind words! I am planning to conduct a free Webinar on IBS-C Healing System this spring. I’ll inform my subscribers about exact day and time for this Webinar. Stay tuned!

  8. Hi Rossita,
    Both Ulcerative Colitis(UC) and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis are autoimmune diseases. My program would emphasize strengthening your immune system.
    You should consult endocrinologist regarding your Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis(HT). And you can consult me about your UC and appropriate dietary modifications for HT.
    You should be very careful about juice fast since you are slim & possibly underweight to begin with. If you need my further help, here is the link to my consultation page:
    https://www.knowyourgut.com/consultation/ For more information, you can subscribe to our Free newsletter at: http://www.knowyourgut.com

  9. Hi Claire,
    If your doctor dismisses your abdominal pain, you should see a good gastroenterologist who can determine the real cause of your “severe pain in left lower abdomen and middle area”.
    Then, after you have a clear diagnosis, I can help you further at https://www.knowyourgut.com/consultation/.
    For more information, you can subscribe to our Free newsletter at: https://www.knowyourgut.com

  10. Hello Galina Kotlyar;I am overweight and have Astma ,please help me.Thank you

  11. Hi,

    I have pretty severe celiac disease. I’ve been on a gluten free diet for about 8 years now, but the last 4 years have been really difficult because my husband’s job moved to a country with no knowledge of celiac or food labeling. Because of this I’ve had my fair share of hidden gluten. I have been on iron supplements for severe anemia for about 4 months and now my MD believes I may not be absorbing other vital nutrients.

    Could juice fasting one day a week help my body heal?

    Thanks so much for your blog!

    Sarah

  12. Hello,

    i was wondering what the specific guideline is for this in regards to how much juice, what fruits/vegetables to juice on the fast, how much should you consume etc.

    is there a specific plan to follow or specific vegetables to juice?

    Thank you,

  13. I am 42 and have been diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. I also have had inflammation in my stomach as well. I have done a 4 day juice fast in the past and I had felt better. Then the pain comes back. I have realized I’m very susceptible to certain foods. My question is should I take long juice fasts? I am 6 foot and 205. My weight is not what I’m worried about, it is being healthy on a regular basis.

  14. Hi Harry,

    Doing 4 days juice fast can be very beneficial for people with Ulcerative Colitis. However, juice fasting is not enough to completely eliminate GI inflammation (in your case it is large intestine and stomach). You need alkaline elemental diet and herbs used in IBD Immediate Help Kit. To learn more, you can subscribe to my Free Webinar at https://www.knowyourgut.com/services/ibd-colitis-crohns/
    Galina

  15. Hello Nily,

    I have specific guidelines on juicing for specific diseases.
    Galina

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