I had no idea either that there were any medical conditions that could be exasperated by fasting. But apparently there are several genetic liver enzyme disorders, all of which can cause jaundice and other problems when the liver is stressed. Gilbert’s Syndrome is the most common, but there are several others as well. Typically people with them will experience slight yellowing when they’re ill, perhaps vague abdominal discomfort, but most are only diagnosed after a routine bilirubin blood test comes back a little high or after turning jaundiced while sick, stressed, dehydrated, or fasting. In my case, I had never experienced any problems before, never even had the slightest hint of jaundice before attempting this juice fast. And since I’m fairly young (27) I’d never needed “routine” liver function tests and never had my bilirubin tested before. I’d even done short water fasts before with no problem. But after my doctors explained the triggers, it was obvious that my fast was the precipitating factor. Then with not being able to keep anything down I also got extremely dehydrated, which made things even worse. So definitely a lesson learned… I still love my juicer, but I’ll be incorporating fresh juice into my diet rather than fasting again!
Early on I was generally drinking 4-6 cups of juice per day, but as I started getting ill I was drinking significantly less, maybe 2-3 cups. So on average I was drinking one cup orange juice, one cup mixed fruits (apple/pear, orange/pineapple, strawberry/mango, cantaloupe), and about 3 cups veggie juice (mostly carrot, but also yam/carrot/apple, tomato, and some low sodium V8 juice when I didn’t have time to make fresh).
If you have any other questions, please let me know. I’m certainly willing to share my experience and what I’ve learned about these conditions, especially if it might help prevent someone else from suffering through what I did.