When people talk about detox these days, they don't automatically associate the trend with the name Rudolf Breuss. And yet by the middle of the last century the Austrian naturopath had already discovered how fasting can influence our health.
Born on 24 June 1899, Rudolf Breuss grew up in Bludenz in the Voralberg region of Austria, the eldest of three siblings. At the age of just 17, he was drafted into the First World War by the army and sent to the front. He was seriously injured in action and was left in a fragile state of health. Instead of just resigning himself to this condition, he began searching for alternative healing methods. Breuss finally found what he was looking for in naturopathy. He devoured countless books, delving particularly deeply into the teachings of Pastor Kneipp, founder of the world-renowned Kneipp Cure.
Testing fasting on himself
Breuss was thrilled with how he was able to improve his own health using naturopathic medicine. He devoted special attention to fasting and realised early on that fasting for several days brought extensive relief for the entire body, both for minor ailments and chronic diseases. Breuss thus discovered in the early 1960s, completely on his own, the benefits of what is fashionably known today as detoxing. He tried out various methods and kept making adjustments while reading more and more books. Finally, after countless trials with himself as subject, he came up with his famous vegetable juice blend, which he named the “Breuss Cure”.
The best from vegetables
At the time, Breuss saw his mixture as an alternative remedy against disease, but for him it was really about finding the optimal combination of five highly nutritious sorts of vegetables which could supply the body with all the important nutrients it needed, without placing a burden on the organism. On the contrary, in his view the selected vegetables would support the detoxification organs (kidney, liver, etc.) in their work and thus promote purification processes.
The Breuss blend lives on
Rudolf Breuss documented his experiences with the Breuss Cure and his knowledge of naturopathy in several books that are still available today in various languages. Throughout his life he himself adhered to a balanced, plant-based diet with plenty of vegetables and fruit, and fasted regularly until old age. Rudolf Breuss died on 17 May 1990 shortly before his 91st birthday.