Want to give the fruit diet a try? Here’s what you need to know.
If you are experiencing symptoms of constipation and sluggishness, chances are, your body is in need of a “detox”. Filled with vitamins, minerals and enzymes, a fruit diet can work to nourish and cleanse your body of the harmful substances that are bogging your body down. Want to give the fruit diet a try? Here’s what you need to know.
Raw fruits cleanse your system.
Raw fruits have naturally high carbon content which effectively acts as the body’s “incinerators of waste matters” and increase its alkaline action, according to Dr. Norman Walker’s The Vegetarian Guide to Diet & Salad. In this light, remember to avoid sugar and starch at all cost as they nullify this cleansing effect and can even cause carbohydrates to ferment.
Fruits should be taken on an empty stomach.
Due to our fast-paced lifestyle, our modern diet usually consists of protein and carbohydrates that we need for energy and bodybuilding. We end up reserving fruits for dessert time. But if you ask homeopathic practitioners, consuming them on an empty stomach is the ideal environment to activate enzymes and encourage efficient absorption of nutrients.
Eat fruits in progression according to their taste.
Did you know that it’s good to follow a certain order when you consume mixed fruits? Sour fruits such as orange, grapefruits and lemons should be consumed first, followed by tart fruits like apples, pineapples, mangoes. Sweet fruits such as bananas, watermelons and grapes should be consumed last as this help ease tummy bloating later.
Melons are meant to be eaten alone.
In general, it is okay to eat different kinds of fruit in one sitting. However, most types of melons — like cantaloupes, honey dew and watermelon — are an exception. According to Dr. Norman Walker, melons are to be considered as an entire meal in itself. Its detoxifying cellulose fiber content are most readily digested by the body when not mixed with other foods.
Diabetics should take sweet fruits in moderation.
Dessicated fruits have become an acceptable way of preserving seasonal fruits. But if you are diabetic, it’s important to note that sugar content in dried fruits can become more concentrated. If you still wish to consume them, try to soak them in water before consumption. Just remember: even if fruits are beneficial for your body, sweet ones must still be taken in moderation.