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This article was written on 08 Apr 2008, and is filled under Popular diets.

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Fruit Diet

A temporary period of detoxification and cleansing

Have you ever had a perfectly ripe mango or peach, picked from the tree? You bite into its soft flesh, juice drips down your chin, its flesh is living with taste. Even the fragrance of freshly ripe fruit is enough to stimulate salivary glands, preparing the mouth to marry with splendid taste.

The body’s reaction to fruit does not stop in the mouth, but continues as the digestive system accepts a food filled with enzymes. These enzymes do almost all the work of digestion for the body, allowing the pancreas a much needed rest. Fruit sugars, which are compounded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, are carried by the bloodstream and delivered to every cell in the body. Fruit does not create mucus, a sure sign of how clean and suited this fuel is to our metabolic needs. The fibers that are left behind in the colon are moist and cleansing in nature, softening and removing years of impacted mucus.

There are thousands of varieties of delicate, colorful fruit. From a tiny blueberry in the cold climate of the Northern Hemisphere, to exotic fruit grown in the lush tropics. It is incredible that North American has turned to heavy hamburgers and french fries as their mainstay instead of the abundance of fruit available all year. Fruit is not addictive and does not rise up cravings as does fat, salt, and sugar-filled processed foods. In fact those who live on a high percentage of fresh fruit find themselves becoming sharp in mind and sensitive in emotion. Many of us who run away from inner turmoil and pain would find it difficult to live a high fruit diet, even for a short time because of the sensitivity it brings.

All Fruit Diet as a Detoxification Program
A 30 day all fruit diet will provide a benefit similar to juice fasting and is a great alternative. Eating a diet exclusively of fruit takes far more discipline and self-control than fasting. I have gone on many fasts but have yet been able to accomplish a lengthy diet of fruit. During fasting, your digestive system shuts down. Psychologically and spiritually you have become resolved not to eat. But an all fruit diet is very different in that your digestive system is fully active and you are still engaged in eating. For most of us who are accustomed to living on a highly, concentrated diet of meats and starches, fruit can often feel unsatisfying physically because our digestive system is producing large amounts of hydrochloric acid, resulting in a grumbly stomach for the first two or three days of a fruit diet. Also, physiologically, fruit does not give that heavy, full-belly feeling, and cravings can rise powerfully to the surface.

Surprisingly, a fruit diet is lower in calories than juice fasting, hence resulting in a deeper detoxificaton. Due to the cleansing effect of fruit and reduction of calories, the tongue will become coated, breath, foul and you may experience times of weakness due to the release of toxins.

Because the digestive system is still active, but you have drastically reduced caloric intake, for the first few days, you may experience intense hunger. Hunger is good! Face it with courage. Show who’s in control. But don’t face hunger on your own strength. Keep your mind and your heart focused on Jesus and spend time in prayer. What a glorious joy it is to overcome hunger’s control over your life. That victory will lead you to many others.

Types Of fruit during a Fruit Diet
In choosing fruit, try to eat melons and non-acid fruits. Too much citrus fruits will increase detoxification. At the start, fruit may cause diarrhea. In time, the body will grow accustomed to the fruit’s cleansing properties.

Those who wish to change over to a fruit diet will experience occasional weakness, or possibly even a cleansing crisis. Fruits are high in vitamin C, as well as citric acid, which is a powerful detoxifier. The absence of mucus-forming foods allows the lymph glands a chance to detoxify. Less digestive effort results in more cleansing time resulting in vibrant health and a need for less sleep.

What Is More Nutritious, Bread Or Fruit?
What enters more gradually into the bloodstream, a complex carbohydrate or fruit? Most of us would answer confidently that fruit enters the bloodstream more quickly because it is a simple sugar. Whereas, complex carbohydrates like bread, potatoes, rice, and pasta are gradually digested and broken down into glucose. This is a misconception.

According to the Blood Glucose Response Table given as a guide to diabetics, bread, beans, white potatoes, brown rice all break down to glucose in the bloodstream more quickly than fruit. White sugar is less of a dramatic shock to the blood sugar level than whole wheat bread!

Fructose, the sugar commonly found in all fruit, is the gentlest to enter the bloodstream, requiring the least amount of insulin.

Complex carbohydrates melt in your mouth into simple sugars because of the digestive enzyme, alpha-amylase present in the saliva. Chewing a slice of whole wheat bread will transform up to 50% of the starch into glucose before it even hits the stomach. Fruit is a better source of fuel than bread because of its ability to sustain energy without overtaxing the pancreas for insulin production. Fructose does not need insulin to break down as it is slowly absorbed through the lower intestinal wall.

The best source of fuel for the body is protected simple sugars found in fruits. Honey, maple syrup and molasses are unprotected sugars because they lack natural fibers to slow down the rate of absorption. Fruit sugar (fructose) is the healthiest alternative when using a processed sweetener. Fruit sugar, locked into the soft fibers of fresh fruit, is the most perfect fuel for the cells. Gentle, slow-releasing, energy-sustaining, compounded with vitamins, minerals, water-soluble proteins, enzymes and trace elements. As the blood carries fructose to every cell, these life-giving elements are compounded with the fructose molecule, allowing the nutrients to be highly absorbable and readily used. Fructose molecules act as a delivery system to your cells.

All starch is composed of long chains of sugar molecules. Through digestion, these chains are broken down into simple sugars. Fruit, bread, potatoes, rice, and beans are reduced to glucose. To the body, white sugar and white flour are the same fuel. Of these foods, fruit requires the least digestion to supply the body’s need for glucose fuel.

North American’s love cooked starch. From muffins to macaroni, starch is the biggest part of our diet. Yams, turnip, corn, beans, peas, potatoes all taste better when cooked, yet there is a change in how these foods digest. Raw corn is high in natural, health-giving oil and starch. However, when cooked it alters and becomes mucus-forming. Raw potatoes can be used in the healing of stomach ulcers, yet through cooking they lose this healing property, becoming mucus-forming. The immune system increases the production of white blood cells, reacting as if an intruder had entered the blood.

Cooked, starchy food requires strong acids to digest. Excess acid in the blood has a negative effect on the immune system, healing and creating a sluggish metabolism.

Wait till you experience our healthy alternatives. They will blow your taste buds off and work in perfect harmony with the body God has given you.

Fruit Diet Results In a Clear Mind
We have been called to be clear-minded and self-controlled so that we can pray. God desires us to be vibrant with His life, body, soul and spirit. Christians ought to be the most alive people on the face of the earth, radiant with His life, pulsating His health and enthusiasm.

As Daniel lived in a hostile kingdom, we too live in a hostile world. Hostile to everything that is God. But the Lord has prepared a table for us in the presence of our enemies. His table does not result in cancer, heart disease and thousands of other sicknesses as a result of a destructive diet. His table nourishes us with life, health, joy, peace, love, acceptance and mental stability, that we may live in this world as shining lights.

We are not trying to spiritualize a diet high in fruit, but only to encourage a deeper understanding of how much God wants to bless your life. He ministers to the whole man, body, soul, and spirit.

Most Christians thank the Lord for their food before eating. They make a connection between the blessing of God and the table set before them. We too make that connection and understand that all things that God created is filled with health blessing. As you begin to explore his provision for you, it will reinforce, over and over, how much of a Father’s heart God has for His children.

Check out our book, Whole Foods & Healing Recipes, it is full of colorful and delicious fruit and raw recipes.


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