How to Do a Spring Equinox Fast

The Spring Equinox, which marks a specific time of the year when days and nights have equal lengths, is celebrated all over the world. People from many cultures with different spiritual and religious beliefs celebrate this period by fasting to cleanse their minds and bodies. Continue reading to learn how to do a Spring Equinox fast.

Steps

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    Meet with your doctor or a health professional before making the decision to fast.
    • Fasting may be dangerous or risky for people with specific health conditions, such as women who are nursing or pregnant or people in advanced stages of cancer.
    • Some prescription medications may have dangerous effects on your body if you take them while fasting, because they alter your blood chemistry.
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    Cleanse your digestive tract using 1 of 3 methods.
    • Perform an enema by visiting a doctor or administer one on yourself at home. An enema will assist in dilating your bowels and stimulates a bowel movement.
    • Give yourself an internal bath, also known as an intestinal bath or colon cleanse. Methods include taking powdered or liquid colon cleanse supplements or visiting a colon therapist.
    • Drink a natural, laxative tea that contains senna. Senna is an herb that stimulates your bowel and encourages bowel movements.
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    Eat specific fruits from 8 a.m. to noon.
    • The only fruits you can eat during the Spring Equinox fast are kiwis, lemons, grapefruits, limes, apples and oranges.
    • These fruits can be eaten in either their solid form or as a liquid, such as juice.
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    Eat certain vegetables from noon to 8 p.m.
    • The vegetable products you are allowed to eat during the fast are garlic, beets, sprouts, asparagus, cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli, parsley, dandelion leaves and olive oil.
    • These vegetables can be prepared in any way, including baked, steamed, roasted, raw or blended to create juice.
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    Drink only water or herbal teas during the Spring Equinox fast.
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    Repeat the fasting schedule with fruits and vegetables for at least 3 days, but no more than 10 days.
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    Drink laxative tea after the third day of fasting.
    • Prepare herbal laxative tea that contains the senna herb and drink it once in the morning and once at night.
    • The laxative tea will help your body expel colon waste and aid in the process of removing toxins from your blood stream, organs and tissues.
    • If you decide to fast for more than 3 days, you can drink the laxative tea in the morning and at night each day for the remainder of your fasting period.
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    Exercise during your fasting period.
    • Perform mild exercise such as walking to help relieve tension or back pain you may experience as a result of fasting.
    • Limit your exercise to stretching or deep breathing if fasting has made you feel weaker than usual.
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    Shower or bathe daily during your fast.
    • Your body will release toxins through your pores during the fasting period, which may result in extra dirt that forms a gum-like consistency on your skin.
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    Break your fast.
    • Add foods back into your diet after at least 3 days and no more than 10 days have passed.
    • Recommended foods to add immediately include whole grains such as rye, wheat, millet and barley.

Tips

  • Although the Spring Equinox fast does not require you to eat fruits and vegetables that are organic, doing so will aid in your cleanse. Organic produce does not contain pesticides or any harmful chemicals.
  • Fruits and vegetables contain vitamins, minerals and other antioxidants that will provide you with energy and help your body expel toxins.

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