The Schroth cure is a type of therapeutic fasting that also explicitly allows wine. FITBOOK explains how fasting works and what modern nutritional science thinks about it.
The Schroth Cure is a natural healing method that relies on the self-healing powers of the body. Basically, it is based on the principle of fasting and a vegan diet. In the original version, wine is also an integral part of the cure.
What is the Schroth Cure?
The name is often misinterpreted because “Schroth” refers to inventor Johann Schroth (1789-1856) – not the whole grain cereal Schrot. Nevertheless, cereal products play a crucial role.
The Schroth cure belongs to the category of therapeutic fasting and is a low-calorie diet with severe restrictions on food choices. The so-called dry days and the days of drinking with wine are characteristic of this cure of partial fasting.
Unlike some other fasting methods, the Schroth Cure has no medical training. Schroth was a farmer and based on his observation that sick animals restrict their food and drink little, he developed a suitable vegan fasting method.
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Principle and procedure of the Schroth cure
The Schroth fast typically lasts one to four weeks. On three dry days a week, up to 500 kilocalories are allowed, on consumption days – up to 1200 kilocalories. The change is believed to activate the cleansing process of the body and thus alleviate health problems.
Small amounts of tea and juice (partly with juniper schnapps) and 125 milliliters of wine (or grape juice) are drunk in small sips. More liquid is taboo.
Small and large consumption days
On drinking days, fluid intake is increased: in the original version, between 250 milliliters and up to one liter of wine is allowed!
In addition to the diet plan, a specific body wrap in the form of cold, damp cloths to stimulate blood circulation is essential during the Schroth treatment. Sufficient relaxation and physical activity are also recommended.
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A Schroth cure also includes moderate exercise in the form of aqua fitness or walking. You should avoid intensive workouts
Foods allowed in the Schroth cure
The basis of the Schroth fast is an easily digestible diet: the basis consists of foods low in fat, low in salt and high in carbohydrates; animal proteins are taboo. The Schroth cure is supplemented with vegetables and fruits and drinks on an empty stomach. The foods allowed during the Schroth cure are:
- cereal porridge*
- dry buns
- vegetable soups
- cooked fruit
- crispy bread
- water, juice and tea
- Wine & juniper schnapps
*based on oats, rice or semolina
Is the Schroth cure suitable for losing weight?
Alcohol inhibits fat breakdown and stimulates appetite. Wine also provides an extra serving of calories. Another problem: on drinking days, the sometimes high alcohol consumption can mean that the fast cannot be maintained. The principle of the original version of the Schothkur is not only questionable because of the alcohol.
If you want to lose weight permanently, you cannot avoid thinking about your eating habits and changing your diet; this is where fasting for overweight people can’t help. The learning effect required for this is replaced by a “wet and happy” nutrition plan. In the meantime, there are also adapted forms of the Schroth cure, in which alcohol is avoided and in which the diet is also specifically adapted in order to avoid deficiency symptoms.
Nevertheless: Even if some weight loss is probably due to reduced energy intake, the Schroth cure cannot be recommended for (permanent) weight loss.
Critique of the Schroth cure: health is different!
From a nutritional point of view, fasting at Schroth is dangerous for health. In particular, the sometimes high alcohol consumption has nothing to do with a healthy diet, since harmful cellular toxins are produced during the breakdown of alcohol. This aspect gets in the way of the goal of detoxification during fasting.
In addition, wine has a diuretic effect, so it removes fluids from the body that are not sufficiently balanced with mineral water or juice sprays during the Schroth cure. Finally, alcohol inhibits the breakdown of uric acid, which increases the risk of gout attacks.
Even if you abstain from alcohol, the food choices are unbalanced and pose the risk of nutritional deficiencies; in particular, the supply of micronutrients such as antioxidants, vitamins and minerals is neglected.