How to Get Rid of a Headache and More Fasting Tips : Exclusive Renegade Health Interview with Steve Meyerowitz

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Sproutman Steve Meyerowitz is a champion of the natural health movement…

He’s been teaching about sprouting, fasting and more for over 30 years.

Every time Annmarie and I run into him, we always seem to learn something new.

So today, since we’re (you and I) running into him virtually, you’ll likely learn some things as well.

In this first half of our interview, Steve talks about how to get rid of a headache while fasting, things to do on a fast and the difference between types of fasting.

Here’s where you can listen in now (my written comments follow)…

Listen to Part 1 here:

Click the play button to start the call:


Here are my thoughts…

1. A natural Headache remedy?

Steve explained how he eliminates headaches when he’s fasting. There are preventative measures as well as an acute — “shoot, I have a headache” remedy.

Basically, to lessen the chances of a headache while fasting, Steve suggests colonics and sauna — but when you get a headache, he recommends drinking a quart of water in a 20 minute time frame. Doing so will flush your system and hopefully clear out some of the toxins that may be giving you the headache. Regardless, even if it’s not toxins, you’ll be more hydrated.

2. List of additional things to do on a fast…

Some of the things I mentioned above are the same, but colonics, liver cleanses, sauna, and light exercise are all on Steve’s list of things to do when you’re cleansing.

For me, I feel that if you can do these things, you might as well. They — in many cases — can assist in the rebuilding process.

3. Difference between a few types of fasting.

I asked Steve what he felt was the difference between water fasting, juice fasting and smoothie / healthy food type fasting.

Steve explained that water fasting is best done when you have time to take a complete break. Juice fasting is more for the adaptive lifestyle that we have — you can still work, still move and still function at a high level. Finally, healthy food or smoothie fasting is great, but doesn’t deliver the amount of nutrients that juice fasting does because of the extra fiber.

4. Steve’s simple green juice.

I always want to know what others are drinking, so I asked Steve what his regular fasting juice is…

Here it is:

Kale, celery, parsley, lemon.

5. Be patient, my friend.

Steve made a great point about healing and cleansing. Essentially, he reminded all of us not to think that a natural approach will work in days. He said, you can spend decades polluting your body so we can’t expect a natural cure to turn everything around in a week’s time.

Smart dude.

Thanks for the reminder Steve.

If you want to learn more about Steve, you can click here.

Your question of the day: When was the last time you fasted?

Live Awesome!

Kevin Gianni

Kevin Gianni is a health author, activist and blogger. He started seriously researching personal and preventative natural health therapies in 2002 when he was struck with the reality that cancer ran deep in his family and if he didn’t change the way he was living — he might go down that same path. Since then, he’s written and edited 6 books on the subject of natural health, diet and fitness. During this time, he’s constantly been humbled by what experts claim they know and what actually is true. This has led him to experiment with many diets and protocols — including vegan, raw food, fasting, medical treatments and more — to find out what is myth and what really works in the real world.

Kevin has also traveled around the world searching for the best protocols, foods, medicines and clinics around and bringing them to the readers of his blog — which is one of the most widely read natural health blogs in the world with hundreds of thousands of visitors a month from over 150 countries around the world.


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  1. Tara Burner says:

    I fasted a few months ago…21 days water & juice 🙂

  2. Chris Wark says:

    Great timing! I’m on a water fast right now!

  3. Good interview. Our church schedules a 21-day period of prayer and fasting every January. I usually do mostly water with a little fruit, carrot and low-sodium vegetable juices. I sometimes have about a half cup of almond milk during the day. For some reason, I have not had a problem with headaches, but perhaps that is because I eat healthy most of the time. Last year I extended my fast to 40 days and had no trouble at all. I lost 16 pounds and kept much of it off until just a couple of months ago. This year I did a smoothie a day because I couldn’t afford to lose more weight. I am planning some fasting during the summer, mostly water with a little juice. My main aim is prayer, but I know how good the cleansing is for our bodies. I start a fast with a coffee enema and end with one. If it’s a longer fast, I may do one in between.

  4. Steve is a cool guy! He’s got a great book out as well that’s super helpful to read:

    For me personally, I have found juicing to be one of the best things that I can do to notice a different. I’m actually in the midst of doing it now! My regular juice includes cucumber, spinach, celery and peppers. If you’re new to juicing I think that is a GREAT combo to start with!

  5. W. says:

    about a year ago. thanks for the encouragement, will be doing one soon!

  6. mike says:

    Im on a cleanse now, guess that doesnt count. I fast during Lent. Though 2 meals per day doesnt sound like this type of fasting. I almost feel like ive been on a fast for the past year. Day 32 of cleanse..skipped 3 days..gotta finish pills..getting delerious..think its just its past my bedtime

  7. Amila Kassaby says:

    Great stuff guys. Me and my friend are about to start a 21 day Juice fast. Since Ramadan is about to start this month we thought it would be a great time to go all out and only juice at sunset. :)))

  8. Derek says:

    I’ve been doing some intermittent fasting, so I guess you could say I do a “mini” fast almost everyday. So far I’ve been able to go a solid 18 hours without food before I really even start to notice too much hunger. Before that I always felt like I needed food every couple of hours.

  9. Terese Covey says:

    Hi Kevin,

    Great interview with Steve!

    The last time I did a fast I did a 30 day juice fast that I started on the Spring Equinox of March 22nd 2012. It was my first juice fast. Well, first real one anyway. The first time I attempted a juice fast was in the mid-nineties before I really knew what I was doing. I did it for 3 days with store bought juices. Needless to say, they were completely different experiences.

    I’ve been meaning to ask you since my first 30 day juice fast… I’m choosing to ask you, by the way, because after following (reading) the raw food health circuit over these past few years, I have come to trust what you share. I see you continue to seek, and share, the best knowledge. You were honest in telling us when you were going through some health issues, and learned what to do to turn that situation around. I really appreciate you sharing your struggle, even when you thought you could possibly ruin your reputation by doing so. That’s integrity. Thank you. Anyway, back to my question…

    Sometime during my 30 day juice fast, I noticed a feeling on the surface of my teeth. Especially within the last week of my 30 day juice fast. I was afraid perhaps it was effecting the enamel of my teeth. Does that happen? How can I avoid that on my next 30 day juice fast? Was it because I was sipping my juice slowly throughout the day? Should I drink a certain amount within a certain amount of time, then immediately floss and brush my teeth?

    That was the only thing that concerned me, and that I’d like to solve before doing my next 30 day juice fast. Oh, I should also tell you, sometimes I did all veggie juice, a few times only I did all fruit juice, most of the time I would do something like cucumber, kale, green apple, lemon, and cilantro.

    Thank you so much for all the valuable information you share, and all the hard work you put into it..and Ann Marie too!

    Much Love & Light,


  10. Bryan says:

    Yay! Sproutman was one of my votes. 🙂 I have felt guided to fast one day a week for a couple of years and have been doing it for about 3 months now. I use the Master Cleanse Lemonade mix as my ‘food’ to maintain blood sugar levels through the day as I trust the way my body felt while I did Master Cleanse 10 days 3 times a year for 3 years in a row. I did 9 months of back-to-back Liver and Gall Bladder cleanses (one per month). Like Steve M. said, my first two tries at the Liver/Gallbladder cleanse did not get great results and I was a bit disappointed, but I stuck with it. The third round I had amazing results of the type of stuff I expected from the book I followed. It took till month 8 before there was virtually no results and I did one more round to be sure. Now I do the Liver/Gallbladder cleanse twice a year on the Equinoxes. I have been debating on a general detox cleanse for a while, but have been putting it off until I can afford blood testing to see where I am at to get a better picture of how I want to go about where I am going with my diet.

  11. Danny says:

    I have completed some 8 7 day juice fasts over the last 3 years.
    With time I find that my body (and mind) finds it easier and easier. Also – I have got rid of all kinds of aches and pains, mainly in my joints. In fact, at 54, I feel in excellent shape, probably as good as when I was at my peak in the early 30’s, when I was climbing and doing lots of physical activity. In fact I am doing a concentrated (30 days) Yoga Ashtanga teacher’s course right now, and enjoying it completely. Of course – this has not been the only factor – going on a mainly raw vegan diet, taking care of sleep, exercise etc. have also been important components

  12. I love Steve and have known him for years. But I disagree with one statement about juice fasting delivering more nutrients. I have supervised fasts, water and juice, for over 30 years, and consider it my medical specialty. What happens during a fast is cleansing, not nutrition. Fasting is a catabolic process, eating anabolic. You don’t do both at the same time (like driving in forward and reverse). The body uses the energy from the juices but not the nutrition because it is in breakdown/catabolic/cleansing mode. We need to see fasting for what it is – elimination of everything we do not need. I tell people it is giving themselves back to themselves. Because food and medicine has become commerce in this country, we have been programmed to believe that we are missing something. The majority of the time, we are unwell because there is something in us that is hurting us. It could be plaque in the arteries, toxins in the liver, or even resentment in the soul. Trust that as you let go and release, all that will be left is for your good. We have lost our faith in nature and in the wholeness that the body is always striving for, because the big business of medicine and food has instilled fear that we aren’t enough “without them”.

  13. Skai Juice says:

    I pretty surprised that he thought that juice feasting was superior to water fasting. There are benefits to both but water fasting heals the body is a much quicker time then juicing could ever do. I guess he is just more of an advocate of juicing. But fasting is a natural process from the earliest of humanity. Juicing is not natural and rather new. I mean when in nature did humans takes tons of veggies and fruit and ram them through a machine to get the juice out of them…only recently. Water fasting goes back eons….

  14. Dana Naylor says:

    I just did the Master Cleanse last month. My goal was 10 days but on day 6 I had lost too much weight and was feeling very weak. So I started slowly back on food. It took my bowels about another week to start working normally. Still felt like it was successful in giving my liver and kidneys a rest.

  15. Kaelian says:

    I wonder why so many people seem to put kale on a pedestal. Indeed it’s rich in nutrients, but there’s just one little catch: humans don’t metabolise it. We can’t even access all of that good stuff, because it’s a very tough plant and we’re unable to digest the cellulose. If you eat kale, it’s going to be excreted mostly the same in appearance as it was just after chewing it. Pardon me for being a bit disgusting a moment, but I’ve eaten it many times and saw it each time in the toilet bowl after eating it. I have no bowel challenges, and everything else was processed in my body smoothly. That said, one could certainly extract the water content of it with a juicer, but even then the machine doesn’t extract the nutrients…Unless there’s new technology that has eluded me. *chuckles* In any case, I’m open to being surprised and learning more along with everyone else.

    I agree with the nice combination of celery, parsley and lemon though.

    Celery is also more nutritious than it may seem and it contains much water and a good amount of sodium. I appreciate this particularly, since I happen to eat a many fruits that contain high levels of potassium, including bananas daily (although I don’t crazy with those). However, be careful to obtain “organic”, since it’s high on the list of vegetables that tend to be exposed the most to pesticides. Do a search on “dirty dozen food”.

    Parsley chelates metals, and although the body requires some metals, most of us have probably a little too much.

    Lemon is fantastic for so many things, and in this case, I focus on the facts that it’s naturally cleansing, promotes bowel movements, and really helps the body to maintain hydration!

  16. Kaelian says:

    NOTE: I agree wholeheartedly with Rainbow Casey! Well said, Rainbow!

  17. I’ve never tried fasting before, because I worry about fainting in just the first few days. What can you recommend or can you give tips on how a person should handle fasting for the first time?

  18. Peder says:

    I think a good way to start a fast is to go slow in the beginnin – go for instance for a week with two small meals a day + lots of water and juice. Then make it one meal the next week. Then cut this meal too, and you are on a juice fast. Then you can reduce the amount of juices until you are water-fasting, if you want to go all the way. If go to fast to the next level, you can always go back – by adding the item that you just dropped. Doing it this way ensures you have more control of your fasting reactions. What do you people think – is this a good way? I am doing it this way these days. Read about it in a book by Rich Anderson, “Cleanse and Purify Thyself”.

  19. alden says:

    dear kevin:
    thanks for interviewing the real sproutman.
    after reading one of his books i started to grow
    sprouts.they are good in many ways,especially with a tortilla,refried beans and hot sauce.
    im tied up theses days with smoothies,water kefir, and kombucha.

    on your next interview with steve, ask him who really started and made green smoothies?

  20. Regan Olson says:

    I tried a water fast for the first time yesterday. My dad has lost 40 lbs recently water fasting 2 times a week. -I had a pretty bad headache by the time a woke up this morning. A sauna isn’t handy and getting a colonic just isn’t practical for me. I can try the water remedy drinking a quart within 20 mins, but I’m wondering if there are other helpful hints. I understand headaches during water fasting are more prevalent if a person tends toward hypo-hypoglycemia, which I do. I am a 38 year old woman.

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