Dear Sproutman

I have tried juice fasting for 4 days 2 months back. On 4th day, i had wheatgrass juice and i became very sick on the 5th day and was unable to get up from my bed with flu like symptoms and stomach pain. I have now acid reflux going on. Do you think that it is a good idea to go on fasting with acid reflux? Why did wheatgrass made me sick? Ayurveda says that in order to digest well, cook food slightly or gently.  Please get back to me so I can decide about juice fasting. –Thanks, Lakshmi.

Dear Lakshmi,

Your body could have been having a cleansing response, which is common during fasting. But on my guided fast, we work it so that you won’t have a response like this during the short fasts of 7-10 days. Since I did not guide you on your recent fast, I don’t know what protocol you were following or what you were drinking. So it is impossible for me to guess what was going on that might have caused this.

The body holds many mysteries. There are 30 trillion cells inside us interacting with each other and our environment. Diagnosing how and why we are reacting can be so much guesswork. If you went to a medical doctor, most often they would not have an answer without requiring more information. This usually means tests most of which are expensive and invasive. Truly, we ourselves hold the best clues for what could be causing of our symptoms. Unfortunately, most of us don’t know how to interpret those clues. That takes intuition and expertise.

Fasting will indeed end your acid reflux. And although wheatgrass can upset your stomach, so too can many other things we put inside us. Try drinking garlic juice and watch how your stomach reacts! But does that mean that garlic is bad for you. Not! In fact, the opposite is the case. Unfortunately the cause of our symptoms is often neither obvious nor straight forward.

But wheatgrass is not required for doing this juice fast and acid reflux will go away within 1-2 days on a juice fast. That’s a promise. —Good luck, Steve Meyerowitz, Sproutman