Fasting sounds scary, doesn’t it? People often think of fasting two ways, either synonymous with starvation or a religious act. People don’t often think of fasting as a health exercise. Fasting is very healthy, and, in fact, should be practiced by everyone on a semi-regular basis.
The body is usually burdened down with the process of digestion. We, as Americans, tend to eat three squares a day…or more…and the body is continually having to break down and convert this food to energy or fat. When it is doing this process, it consumes a lot of energy. When the body doesn’t have to spend its energy in the process of digestion, almost immediately positive changes start to happen. For instance, bad cholesterol can be lowered after two skipped meals, as the body can redirect its focus on cleaning and detoxing the body. The body rids itself of toxins and excesses, while also reorganizing and recuperating from stresses caused by toxins, poor diet, and environmental factors. When your toxic load is reduced, every cell in your body works better.
Our body has different methods that it uses to cleanse itself, through the liver, kidneys, the colon, and others. When these organs get bogged down with toxins, the body has no choice but to resort to other methods of elimination of toxins; such as skin breakouts, other discharges, sweating, nausea and vomiting, diarrhea and others. If these methods are not working, then the body has to resort to other places to deposit the toxins, such as your joints, muscles, blood vessels, or other tissues. It’s easy to understand, then, why we end up with so many chronic health conditions over time through the buildup of toxins.
When you fast, your body has plenty stored up to subsist on for many days, so going a day or two without food will not hurt you at all. There is only the upside, which is the cleansing effect and better overall health. The body spends all its energy during a fast toward the process of eliminating toxins, which in turn will improve your overall health condition. Often on the first day of a fast, there is discomfort because you are used to eating and you get hungry. Don’t worry, this will pass. It’s strange..but we get physiologically addicted to the processed foods, sugars, MSG, and other additives in our food and we crave it. This is very noticeable the first day of a fast. We tend to crave the very things that our bodies have problems with, so of course our bodies want to hang on to all of that junk until we take control.
Even one day of fasting on a regular basis will do positive things for your health and your toxic load. If you are diabetic and have blood sugar issues, you should definitely get advice from a trusted health professional before starting any fasting or detox program. If you decide to fast for longer than a day, make sure that you rest, because recovery and detoxification happens much more rapidly when your body is at rest.
My last fast was three days. During the first three days of fasting, I helped my body to eliminate dead cells, damaged tissues, fatty deposits, tumors and abscesses [if they were present anywhere] which were all burned as waste. Good digestion and elimination were restored somewhat. I think that I have more energy, too. And, I did notice more mental clarity during the fast. It makes sense because a lot of the junk we eat causes brain fog. I will continue to fast at least one day on a regular basis just to ‘top off’ my detoxification efforts.
If you happen to be a cancer patient, fasting and detoxification are even more important for you, and you should ask your practitioner about it. To help avoid illnesses like cancer, detoxification is a must.
To Your Health,