How To Know When To Break Your Juice Fast

Last time I discussed many of the reasons people break their juice fast too soon and the goals of a fast. This time I’ll share how you can tell when the time is right for ending your juice fast

Signs you are ready to start eating again are:

Hunger. I’m talking about true body hunger as opposed to the emotional craving you may have had when you started the fast and no doubt continued to have during the fast. Sometimes it is difficult to tell what is what. Get help and advise with this one.

The Breath, becomes sweet and clean. For most fasters the breath has been foul and offensive during the detoxification process.

The Tongue becomes clean. The majority of fasters experience a thick and greasy coating on their tongue during the fast. This disappears when the detoxification process is complete.

Body Temperature, returns to normal. For most it was low during the detoxification process.

Previously elevated Blood pressure and pulse returns to normal.

Previously elevated blood sugar returns to normal.

The Skin reactions and other reactions have resolved.

The Bad Taste in the mouth goes away.

Salivary Secretion becomes normal.

The Eyes become bright and eye sight improves.

The Excreta loses its odor.

The Urine becomes light, clear and almost white in color.

Circulation improves. Coolness of the extremities and blanching in the fingers resolves. Improved color in the nail beds going from pale to pink indicate the circulation has improved throughout the body.

Emotions. Feelings of lightness, well-being, peace, clarity of thought, optimism, cheer and contentment are signs the emotional detoxification has completed.

Spirit. Increased conscious union with God and ones ancestors is a sign the spiritual detoxification has occurred. Clarity of prayers and peacefulness in meditation is present. Dreams are more vivid and better remembered and are more enlightening as to guidance and purpose. That sense of purpose in life becomes more clear.

Mind. The thought processes are clear and faster. Ideas and inspiration are abundant. There is greater ability for understanding.

Not withstanding the most important and the ultimate sign that the fast is to be broken is the return of hunger; all the other indications are secondary. Sometimes the secondary signs are absent when hunger returns. When true body hunger returns it is time to eat.

Paying attention to these signs will help you make sure you get the most out of you fast. For more information and guidance check out our The Optimum Fast online training.

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Nana Kwaku Opare, MD, MPH, CA
Dr. Nana Kwaku Opare, BS, MD, MPH, CA is an internationally recognized authority in Integrative and nutritional medicine. He combines; standard allopathic medicine, acupuncture/traditional Chinese medicine, nutritional medicine and osteopathic manual medicine. He is author of: The Rule Book and user Guide For Healthy Living, and Juice Fasting For Health Wellness and Weight Loss. Opare is a strong advocate for the vegan and raw vegan lifestyle. He calls his style of practice Afrikan Natural Hygiene.

4 Comments on “How To Know When To Break Your Juice Fast

Fenecia Caldwell
03/02/2016 at 1:04 pm

Awesome information I’m about to start a juice fast and this article came just in time. Thank you for all you do. Peace.

Ama Opare
03/09/2016 at 3:36 pm

My pleasure Fenecia Caldwell. I hope your fast goes (or went) well.

01/20/2016 at 11:02 am

Greetings! I,m on a total raw& living foods diet for two& half yrs. Would like info on expanding further into the raw reality as I haven,t had much access to persons with first hand knowledge/experience. Oneness!!! Raphael

Ama Opare
01/20/2016 at 3:44 pm

Raphael, we do have experience. Do you have specific questions? Our Healthy Eating Success course has is a deep dive into creating and sticking to your optimal diet. Check it out at


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