Day One - Thirty Day Fast!
It's been a long time. It's funny how you know the right path you should take but it takes a while to finally do it. I am embarking on a thirty day juice fast. I am hoping to stabilize my emotions, free myself from food addiction, change my appearance, and begin a journey into raw foods. If anyone wants to join me today, that would be awesome! We could compare notes.
So far today I've had carrot juice and my herbs. (pearl powder and schizandra). I am feeling the need to sit up military straight in my computer chair which is a definite change, and I also feel really cold.
Have a great day!
Wish me luck!
I wish you all the best. I would join you, but I just got done. It is amazing and you will not be sorry that you do this. I was cold a lot too. I still am!
The Lord hath appeared of old unto me saying, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee. Jer 31:3
my blog about my journey and my raw food life: http://eatrawtolive.blogspot.com/
our website: www.deschenesdanes.com
May I ask what is the reason for taking pearl powder and schizandra? just curious.. Was wondering their purpose.
Thanks for the well wishes!!!
Schizandra does everything! Pearl Powder is used for the skin. It works better when taken internally. I get my herbs from http://www.dragonherbs.com you can check there and learn about the herbs, it would probably explain it better than I can.
******* Curious, were there any appearance changes you experienced after your fast/during your fast? Did you look younger? Please let me know, I need all the encouragement I can get!
30 day unsupervised fast? while taking junk like that? i hope you don't kill yourself.
It never ceases to amaze me...........
How on a postive board there always has to be someone trying to spread their negativity around. First of all Schizandra is a berry, and if you would have known that you would have realized that making a statement with a lack of knowledge makes you seem ignorant.
I sincerely hope that you bring more positivity in your life....
When you do, you'll realize that a statement like "I hope you don't kill yourself" is so negative and it makes you seem very unhappy.
Oh, and I want to help you get educated... so... just so ya know:
Schizandra is a famous tonic historically consumed by Chinese royalty and by Daoist masters. It is one of the few herbs that contains all three treasures. Schizandra is renowned as a beauty tonic and is considered to be a youth preserving herb. It has been used for centuries to make the skin soft, moist and radiant. It is also said to be a powerful tonic to the brain and mind, and is believed in China to improve memory. It is also said to be an excellent sexual tonic when consumed regularly. It is said to help produce abundant sexual fluids, increase sexual endurance and to strengthen the whole body. It is used in many tonic formulations as an "astringent." Schizandra has a wonderful multi-layered flavor when processed properly.
Schizandra develops the primary energies of life, and generates vitality and radiant beauty when used regularly for some time. If used for 100 days successively, Schizandra is said to purify the blood, sharpen the mind, improve memory, rejuvenate the Kidney energy (especially the sexual functions in both men and women), and cause the skin to become radiantly beautiful.
The Daoists especially revered Schizandra. Schizandra was my teacher¬ís, Sung Jin Park¬ís, favorite herb. This is because Schizandra contains all five elemental energies in abundance, contains all three treasures in abundance, and enters all twelve meridians. Master Park considered it to be the quintessential herbal substance.
Schizandra is said to increase the Water Qi in the Kidney. In particular, it is said to vastly increase the "water of the genital organs," referring to the sexual fluids. Schizandra is said to promote the production of semen. It is famous for its ability to relieve sexual fatigue and for increasing the sexual staying-power in men. Schizandra is also said to increase circulation in and sensitivity of the female genitals. Many women claim increased genital warmth and sensation after using Schizandra for a period of time. The Chinese sexual classics claim that continuous use by a woman will increase the amount of "female elixir," a euphemism for vaginal secretions, during intercourse.
Schizandra is considered to have "aphrodisiac" qualities, especially when combined with other Kidney tonics. Furthermore, Schizandra is one of the most important astringent herbs used in Chinese herbalism. An astringent herb conserves fluids, and in the case of Schizandra, it tends to contain sexual fluids until the appropriate time of release. Thus, consuming Schizandra for a period of time, one tends to build up sexual fluids. Schizandra is used in sexual formulations to prevent premature ejaculation and to help promote incredible endurance.
Schizandra is widely used to beautify the skin and to protect the skin from the damaging effects of the sun and wind. Due to the astringent quality of Schizandra, the skin tends to hold its moisture and becomes full and beautiful. It has always been very popular with the wealthy men and women of China because of its youth preserving and rejuvenating effects. I have seen the benefits of this herb with my own eyes hundreds of times in my life. People who start taking Schizandra regularly all change for the better. Their skin virtually glows and becomes clear and fine after several months.
This herb is considered to be one of the premium mind tonics of herbalism. It is used to sharpen concentration, improve memory and increase alertness. Yet, unlike caffeine-like stimulants, Schizandra does not produce nervousness. In fact, some people consider Schizandra mildly "calming" while producing wakefulness and improved focus.
It has been demonstrated that human intellectual activity can be enhanced and work efficiency increased by consuming Schizandra. Various tests have shown that moderate therapeutic doses of Schizandra can improve various activities requiring concentration, fine coordination, sensitivity and endurance. The tests in humans confirming Schizandra¬ís efficacy in these areas range from threading needles to running marathons.
Human studies have also shown that Schizandra can improve vision, even enlarging the field of vision, and can improve hearing. It also improves the discrimination ability of the skin receptors. It has been determined that this increased sensitivity is due to improved function of the central nervous system¬ís ability to analyze data flowing to it from the peripheral sensors
PEARL: Pearl is revered in China as one of the premier beauty and Shen tonics ever discovered. It purifies the blood, reduces wrinkles and blemishes, helps regenerate tissue, and promotes a clear and lusterous complexion. It is also used as a Shen tonic to calm the mind and stabilize emotions.
Our pearl is "hydrolyzed" to achieve a solubility rate of 98%, 95% of which can be absorbed into the blood stream. This means that your body can utilize more of the benefits of pearl from our capsules than from other products on the market which do not use "hydrolyzed" pearl.
Pearls have been used in Chinese herbalism for more than three thousand years. They were described in detail in the Ben Cao Gong Mu and are currently listed in the Pharmacopoeia of the People's Republic of China." Pearl was made especially famous as a beauty tonic by the Dowager Empress Xi who consumed pearl every day to maintain her stunning beauty. She has been regarded as one of the great beauties in the history of China. She maintained her beauty until she was very old and always looked younger than her years.
None. Safety studies have shown pearl powder to be extremely safe at all reasonable doses.
Pearls have a tremendous reputation in China as
both a beauty tonic and as a Shen tonic.
As a beauty tonic, pearl powder help heal
blemishes and maintain the health of the skin
by participating in the metabolic activities of the
skin. Pearl promotes the regeneration of new
cells and makes the skin smooth, fine, elastic
and naturally beautiful. High quality pearl
powder can promote the activities of the
important natural antioxidant enzyme, SOD, and
can help prevent the development of melanin,
which causes freckles and dark patches on the
skin. It can help prevent the skin from becoming
old looking, wrinkled and sagging. This is partly
due to its stimulation of SOD activity and partly
due to other capacities and nutrients. Consistent
use of pearl powder can eliminate blemishes such
as colored spots and even pimples and boils.
Constant use can help assure that the skin will
age much more slowly and that it will not be easily
harmed by either time or the elements. Pearl is
one of the great secrets of the most beautiful
women of the Orient.
Pearl is also a powerful Shen stabilizer. It is
among the elite substances of this type known. It
can relieve uneasiness, nervousness, anxiety
and tension. Pearl promotes sound sleep,
prevents nerve-disorders and nerve weakness,
and is commonly used to prevent or overcome
fatigue. Consistent use helps a person maintain
their energy and vitality. It is an ideal Shen tonic
and is the main ingredient in the finest Shen tonic
Hydrolyzed pearl powder, which is pearl that has
been broken down for easy and complete
absorption, has been shown in China to help the
growth of children's teeth and bones and to
improve children's intelligence. Hydrolyzed pearl
has also been shown to be beneficial for habitual
constipation, acting quickly, gently and effectively.
Studies indicate that hydrolyzed pearl can lower
blood pressure, increase endurance, and can
prevent osteoporosis and various cardiovascular
diseases. Recent studies indicate that hydrolyzed
pearl is effective in healing inflammation of the
Pearl is extremely safe. Safety studies on
hydrolyzed pearl have shown it to be absolutely
harmless. It can be taken by anybody for the
course of a lifetime without side effects.
To many people's surprise, pearl is not just a
mineral. It contains dozens of amino acid (eight
of the amino acids are "essential," in other words,
cannot be produced in the body but are required
for health), and dozens of minerals, including:
calcium, magnesium zinc, iron, strontium, copper,
selenium, silicon, titanium, etc. Pearl contains
calcium carbonate, magnesium carbonate,
calcium phosphate, ferric oxide, silica.
Various components in pearl participate in DNA
and RNA metabolic activities, and thus can
promote and accelerate cell renewal.
Mucopolysaccharides in Margarita have been
shown to prevent wrinkling and to increase libido
and sexual potency in humans.
Cultivated pearls are not considered to be of the
same herbal quality as natural pearls. They tend
to be large and difficult to grind into fine powder.
However, over the last decade a new technology
has been developed in China whereby the
cultivated pearls are "hydrolyzed." Through
modern advanced biochemical technology, pearl
can now be made virtually totally water soluble.
The result is pure instant pearl powder. The
solubility rate of this hydrolyzed pearl is 98%,
and of this, studies have shown that 95% is
absorbed into the blood streamthrough the
digestive tract. This absorbability is
approximately four times the bioavailability of
normal ground pearl, and double that of the
finest ground natural pearl. This increased
bioavailability and the enormous reduction in
cost makes thehydrolyzed pearl an
extraordinaryvalue for all but the richest of
herbal consumers and even for the rich and
famous, a blend of hydrolyzed pearl and
premium natural is probably best.
Natural pearls have more magnesium carbonate
than cultured pearls, and cultured pearls have
more calcium carbonate than natural pearls.
Do not buy dissolvable, hydrolyzed pearl powder
from a dealer that you do not know and trust.
Some pearl powders on the market are not real
pearl, or contain pearl mixed with adulterants.
Some of these counterfeits come in lovely boxes,
but they are worthless. Good pearl powder costs
a little more than the cheaper brands, but is well
worth the added expense.
Hi PasRenee...Not to rain on your parade, but you know that hundreds if not thousand of substances have been touted with imparting qualities not unlike this over the centuries. Health and vigor come from healthful living and the requirements for that perscription are really quite simple and easily attainable for everyone willing to comply. Stimulants (under the guise of natural therapies) are very seductive, moreso the legal ones that every culture promotes and sells.
Originally Posted by PasRenee
I don't expect you to go 'hey, your right ...what was I thinking?
Just know that there's a road less traveled that will get where you want to go without all the commercial therapeutics .
All the best on your journey...
if my comment struck a nerve with you, good as that was my intention. not because i have any ill will towards you, but because of a sincere concern and so maybe you would reconsider or investigate further from a different point of view.
as far as the "superfood", it's still junk to me. who knows maybe there are people out there who agree with me. perhaps you should research their point of view as well :)