sour taste promotes salivation, the first step in the digestive
process. Sour foods are generally cleansing as well as stimulating
to the appetite. They are also carminative and often diaphoretic
(cause perspiration) due to their heat producing qualities. Overconsumption
of fruits can derange the fire element and lead to excess catabolism.
The first evidence of this will usually be muscle weakness and/or
diarrhea. Dark rings around the eyes are another indication that
purification has been carried too far and should be balanced by
proper tonifying foods, particularly those that address kidney-adrenal
One of the favorite sour foods used in India is
tamarind. This is prepared as chutney, juice, or a paste and is
often used for alcoholism. In the West, rose hips might be used
in place of tamarind. Thanks in part to the lack of appreciation
for fruits seen in the Macrobiotic diet, many contemporary diets
have underestimated the role of fruits and even of wine and fermented
dairy products. Fruits are much more than sugar and water. They
are rich in natural vitamins and organic acids, many of which aid
digestion and purification. In general, fruits should not be consumed
with other foods, but rather eaten separately. The exceptions are
condiments and wine.
It is worth noting that during my many years of
living in Hawaii, there was frequent occasion to observe people
who had been on fruit fasts. Though there is much to be said for
periodic cleansing of the body, fruits tend to be more eliminative
than building. Hence, many of those who carried such fasts too
far, often making lifelong occupations out of fasting, were in
severely debilitated condition after sometimes only a few months.
Though Ayurveda may teach that this is due to the predominantly
catabolic effects of fruit, it is my opinion that after a certain
point, the body begins to consume its own earthiest parts, joints
and bones, to obtain the trace minerals that the vital organs need
in order to function. Therefore, though a well planned fruit fast
may be excellent for people who have consistently overeaten heavy
and junk foods, beyond a certain point, it is reckless. It is certainly
ill advised once thirst, fever, or dizziness make their appearance.
Also, though this is often celebrated, it is also probably unwise
to continue fruit fasts if a woman ceases to menstruate. Likewise,
a severe drop in the libido may not be a sign of spiritual transcendence
but rather of loss of genuine vital power. So, though sour foods
are generally purifying and they aid digestion and impart strength
to the heart and other organs of the body, they should not be consumed
One of the common fasts is the olive oil and lemon
juice fast used to flush gall
stones. Another is the lemon juice, maple syrup, and cayenne
fast. This was recommended by Stanley Burroughs to cleanse the
lymphatic system. It was continued for 10-40 days. The recipe is:
||organic lemon (juiced fresh, not canned
||pure maple syrup, grade B (the dark
|up to ¼ t.
||cayenne as tolerated
||pure warm water
Drink at least five glasses per day, more if
hungry. If making more than what will be immediately consumed,
put the extra in a thermos and sip as needed.Continue as directed
by your health care practitioner. Remember, this is a fast so
no other food is to be consumed, but since it is important to
keep the bowels working, laxative teas should be taken once or
twice a day.
Water can be used to activate the water. Cayenne tincture can
be used instead of powder. Some substitute black strap molasses
for maple syrup. Limes can be used instead of lemons.
Warning: I have
seen some people suffer from electrolyte imbalances while on
this fast. This is a fast that is generally endured better by
water and earth types than air or fire types. As a general rule,
it is very difficult for air types to fast more than three days.
Diabetics should not undergo this fast without professional supervision.
Perhaps a variation of this recipe is the one
Dr. Leonard Horowitz has proposed for relief from exposure to chemtrails.
He uses a gallon of distilled water, 5-6 freshly juiced lemons,
half to one cup of grade B maple syrup, and then as much of the
hottest cayenne one can stand. He says to drink one gallon of this
mix per day for three days. Obviously, I have no idea whether this
cures the barium blues or anything else falling from the sky, but
it is surely time to stop the desecration of our Planet.
Years ago, I was bitten all up and down my leg
by a black widow spider. My Ayurvedic teacher suggested I alternate
two large glasses of buttermilk with two glasses of cucumber juice.
This was to neutralize the toxins of the venom. Since then, I have
been very tuned in to people who have used yoghurt, buttermilk,
quark, and other fermented dairy products for various purposes,
including treatment of very serious diseases. The most famous exponent
of such diets was Dr. Johanna Budwig, but there are clinics in
India in which cancer patients are placed on three-week fasts on
Obviously, the quality of the product is important.
products should be used. There are many theories as to why
these products are beneficial. Not all have to do with the presence
of probiotics though these are surely credited with the reduction
of gastrointestinal complaints and growth of fungal organisms.
The Budwig diet has been touted by some as the
most successful anti-cancer diet in the world. Budwig was an expert
on oils and fats. She emphasized the importance of essential fatty
acids in conjunction with naturally occurring sulfur such as is
found in cottage cheese and quark as well as garlic, onions, and
leeks. Before experimenting with this diet to treat serious conditions,
it would be better to read Budwig's book so that all the components
are integrated properly. However, her basic recipe can be added
to muesli or granola along with fresh fruits and nuts.
Quark or Cottage Cheese
||organic quark, cottage cheese, or yogurt
||cold pressed flax oil
||freshly ground flax seeds
||pure warm water to soften
||cayenne, garlic, ginger
Copyright by Ingrid Naiman 2004
Reprinted from The Elements:
Constitutional Type and Temperament by Ingrid Naiman
Copyright 1989 and 1998 by Ingrid Naiman