Posted April 11, 2011on:
Although the article below was forwarded by a
well-meaning friend who is
experienced with fasting, it does not mean you
should just follow the example
and fast on your own. For new beginners to
fasting, its essential to seek
advice from a health practitioner or dietitian
before commencing on the fast and
monitoring your progress.
What is Fasting?
Fasting is a period of abstinence from
all food or specific items. Fluids are consumed in sufficient
quantity to satisfy thirst and physiologic requirements. During the
absence of food, the body will systematically cleanse itself of
everything except vital tissue. Starvation will occur only when the
body is forced to use vital tissue to survive. Although protein is
being used by the body during the fast, a person fasting even 40 days
on water will not suffer a deficiency of protein, vitamins, minerals
or fatty acids. In the breakdown of unhealthy cells, all essential
substances are used and conserved in a most extraordinary manner.
There is an unwarranted fear of fasting that strength diminishes from
the catabolism of proteins from muscle fibers. Even during long
fasts, the number of muscle fibers remains the same. Although the
healthy cells may be reduced in size and strength for a time, they
remain perfectly sound.
A. J. Carlson, Professor of Physiology,
University of Chicago, states that a healthy, well-nourished man can
live from 50 to 75 days without food, provided he is not exposed to
harsh elements or emotional stress. Human fat is valued at 3,500
calories per pound. Each extra pound of fat will supply enough
calories for one day of hard physical labor. Ten pounds of fat are
equal to 35,000 calories! Most of us have sufficient reserves,
capable of sustaining us for many weeks.
Rest is understood to be a big factor
in enhancing recovery, as it is when the body is at rest that it is
able to direct the most energy towards the various chemical and
mechanical processes of detoxification. When fasting, a person
experiences recovery at a rate that is swifter than normal. He is
ridding his body of toxins and excesses; allowing the body to use its
own wisdom to healthfully reorganize itself from the atomic level. As
the toxic load is reduced, the functioning of every cell is enhanced.
In the same way that vital nerve energy is accumulated during a
night’s sleep, the faster builds nerve energy through rest, sleep,
The human body has many ordinary modes
of achieving elimination: the liver, lungs, kidneys, colon, etc. When
these are overloaded, the body will resort to “extra ordinary”
methods of elimination: boils, mucous and other discharges, sweats,
vomiting, diarrhea, and many others. Should elimination be impossible
or uneconomical of body energy, the toxic overload will go into
storage forms in the joints, vessels, muscles, organs; almost any
tissue in the body. While fasting, the body is highly conservative of
its energy and resources. During this deep and profound rest, toxin
intake and production are reduced to a minimum while autolysins and
elimination proceed unchecked. Anabolic processes such as tissue and
bone healing also proceed at a maximal rate during the fast.
In the body, the first stage of
cleansing removes large quantities of waste matter and digestive
residues. The first few days of a fast can be rough due to the
quantity of waste passing into the blood stream. The tongue becomes
coated and the breath foul as the body excretes waste through every
opening. After the third day of the fast, there is little desire for
food. The second stage is the cleansing of mucous, fat, diseased and
dying cells, and the more easily removed toxins. As the fast
continues, the cleansing process becomes more thorough. The last
stage is the cleansing of toxins that have been accumulating in your
cellular tissue from birth, and the microscopic tubes that carry
vital elements to the brain. Cleansing of the last layer is only
possible through a combination of juice fasting, water fasting, and a
healthy diet high in raw foods. To overcome a severe disease like
cancer, it is important to continue through a series of fasts, to the
point where the full scouring action of catabolism removes the
disease from the tissue.
During extended fasts the body removes:
dead, dying and diseased cells; unwanted fatty tissue, trans-fatty
acids, hardened coating of mucus on the intestinal wall; toxic waste
matter in the lymphatic system and bloodstream; toxins in the spleen,
liver and kidney; mucus from the lungs and sinuses, imbedded toxins
in the cellular fibers and deeper organ tissues; deposits in the
microscopic tubes responsible for nourishing brain cells and excess
Nearly everyone who fasts, discovers
the same thing, that when they fast they actually have no hunger and
more energy than they normally have. It is indeed liberating to find
out that if we let go and trust that we will be taken care of.
Fasting is the simplest, easiest and most effective way to find out
that we do indeed have the power and freedom to heal and take control
of our bodies.
Probably the most important reason is
that the body uses quite a bit of energy to digest food, and when
fasting this energy becomes available for other uses. In the fasting
state, the body will scour for dead cells, damaged tissues, fatty
deposits, tumors, abscesses, all of which are burned for fuel or
expelled as waste. The elimination of these obstructions restores the
immune system functionality and metabolic process to an optimum
state. Fasting restores good digestion and elimination, and
peristaltic action is quickened. Fasting allows a deep, physiological
rest of the digestive organs, and the energy saved goes into
self-healing and self-repairing. By eliminating obstructions, by
cleansing, detoxification, and purifying the intestines, the blood,
and the cells, we can overcome many of our physical ills or handicaps
as well as getting a boost in energy. Fasting not only removes
obstructions and helps the body to heal itself, it is also
rejuvenating and life-extending. These resulting benefits can have
lasting affects in your mental and emotional health.
The other very important aspect is that
your self-awareness will be elevated. If you are sick and depressed,
then this might be the most important thing you can try in your
healing program, because it gives you immediately an energy boost and
increased awareness which might allow that you see things more
clearly, allowing you the first step out of your sickness and onto
the path of recovery. While fasting you become more aware of your
body process, your life and with everything you are doing. It becomes
a period where you can evaluate all that you’re doing more
objectively, and you naturally have more time for contemplation
because you aren’t using time amassing, preparing, eating,
eliminating and cleaning up all which is used to prepare food. You
become more aware of what your body likes and doesn’t like when you
start to eat again. You gain self-confidence in your ability to
control your life process, to set a goal and carry out an intention.
Fasting enhances mental acuity
Perhaps the most instructive testimony
as to the acuteness of mental powers during fasting comes from Dr.
Herbert Shelton who supervised the fasting of more than 40,000 people
over a period of fifty years. His message is that the freer the body
is of toxic materials flowing through the blood and lymphatic system,
the clearer is the ability to think.
These facts are due to physiological
causes. Large amounts of blood and nervous energies have to be sent
to the digestive organs to digest a meal. If these energies are not
required there, they may be used by the brain for better thinking.
This increase in mental acuity doesn’t usually happen until after the
first few days of a fast, because the body is busy cleaning out
excess toxins and substances and so the first few days can be a
period of depression, with headaches and various pains as this
process is underway. This makes the first stage of fasting difficult
but after the body has thrown off it’s load of toxins, then the brain
is fed by a cleaner bloodstream and the mental powers and clarity of
thought are extraordinarily increased and the other senses also
become more acute.
One’s mind becomes clearer and one’s
ability to think and solve intricate problems is enhanced. One is
simply more alert, and one’s mind seems to open up into new fields.
The mental and physical senses are heightened, and often there can be
a feeling of euphoria, especially during longer fasts. Some, for the
first time, will experience emotional stability. The reasons for this
are multifold – the elimination of the emotional dependence on food,
exclusion of stimulating foods like caffeine, processed sugars,
recreational drugs, tobacco and trans-fatty acids, all of which can
have a devastating effect on delicate emotions.
Dr. Ehret stated an amazing fact at the
turn of the 20th century. He said that, for a water fast to awaken
the higher mind functions, it had to be longer than 21 days. Fasting
has a history of awakening intuitive senses, creativity, and deeper
spiritual questions in those with enough determination to get past
the 21 day mark.
During a fast, a metamorphosis occurs.
The body undergoes a tearing down and rebuilding of damaged
materials. For this reason, fasting is famous for its ability to
rejuvenate and give the body a more youthful tone. Why does fasting
have such a powerful effect in healing the body? Fasting dissolves
diseased cells in a systematic manner, leaving healthy tissue. The
result is a thorough cleansing of the tube, membrane and cellular
structures. There is a remarkable redistribution of nutrients in the
fasting body. It hangs on to precious minerals and vitamins while
catabolizing on old tissue, toxins and inferior materials.
Each cell of your body is a complete
living entity with its own metabolism. It needs a constant supply of
oxygen and sufficient nourishment. When due to nutritional
deficiencies, sluggish metabolism, sedentary life, overeating and
consequent poor digestion and assimilation of food, lack of fresh air
and sufficient exercise and rest, our cells are deprived… they
start to degenerate… the normal process of cell replacement and
rebuilding slows down and your body starts to grow old, its
resistance to disease will diminish and you become ‘sick’.
Animals will naturally fast when they
are sick or injured, and when we are ill, our hunger diminishes. If
we get out of the way and allow nature to take its course, we will
find that we can heal from any problem. Since the dawn of recorded
time, in fact since before the word “doctor” came into
existence, priests provided sanctuaries where people could go to
fast. Whereas modern medical practitioners admit that they have no
cures, only drugs that mask the symptoms while causing yet other
symptoms to appear.
“I had a medical practice for 20
years in NYC, supervised hundreds of long fasts, and I found that the
physical healing or weight loss was but a pleasant side effect. What
really happened is that the person got in touch with their higher
self, their true self, and came to the experience that healing can
take place at every level, simply by letting go and allowing Mother
Nature to do her work.” – Dr. Rai Casey
Fasting has been beneficial for these
Although fasting is not recommended in
every situation, (cancer of the liver is one instance where fasting
is contraindicated), in many situations fasting is the only known
solution. Fasting has been beneficial for arthritis, asthma, high
blood pressure, lupus, chronic fatigue, colitis, Crohn’s disease,
diverticulitis, spastic colon, irritable bowel, cases of paralysis,
neuritis, neuralgia, neuroses, and mental illness as well as many
others. Fasting will also break down tumors and for this reason, many
have overcome cancer with fasting.
Fasting decreases dependency on
How many of us believe that when we get
sick, that a doctor is going to save us from pain and death? We just
assume that the technology is going to be able to repair us when we
break down, by giving us a pill, a treatment or a surgery. We are so
alienated from our bodies that we think that a doctor knows more
about us than we do. The reality is that doctor’s don’t have the
cures that we need, what is offered by the traditional system of
healers is only the possibility to treat our symptoms never being
able to cure us or root out the cause. When we take these kinds of
treatments to suppress our symptoms then that cause, which is the
underlying reason we are sick, goes unattended, then in fact our
illness continues to grow. We will never be healthy until we take
responsibility for our own health We need to stop blaming the outside
for making us sick, whether it is corporations, a person, our
immediate environment or a government, and to recognize instead that
our sickness is a symptom telling us something is inside needs to be
addressed. For sure there are outside influences that we can’t
control, but there is much that we can control by taking
responsibility for ourselves and working to change our habits.
Benefits of Fasting
1. Mental clarity is improved and brain
fog is lifted.
2. Rapid, safe weight loss is achieved
3. The nervous system is balanced
4. Energy level and sensory perception
is increased. The longer the fast, the bigger increase in energy and
vitality. You normally need less sleep.
5. Organs are revitalized
6. Cellular biochemistry is harmonized
7. The skin becomes silky, soft, and
8. There is greater ease of movement
9. Breathing becomes fuller, freer and
10. The digestive system is rejuvenated
and becomes more effective; the peristaltic action of the intestines
(the cause of a natural bowel movement) is stronger after fasting.
11. Fasting retrains your tasting sense
back to more healthy food as acute sensitivity is restored.
12. Fasting can increase confidence in
our ability to have control over our lives and our appetite, and that
our body is self-regulating and a self-healing organism capable or
establishing balance when given the possibility to do so.
13. Normal metabolic and cell
oxygenation are restored.
14. Detoxification – as soon as the
body realizes that it’s fasting it will begin to eliminate those
things that cause disease, such as fat cells, arterial cholesterol
plaques, mucus, tumors, stored up worries and emotions.
One Day Fast
One way to start is to fast one day,
working towards fasting regularly, one day per week or for longer
periods of time. You can fast from all food, or only from solid food.
You can choose a one day fast with only:
fresh fruit juice
fresh vegetable juice
Avoiding during the fast:
cooked vegetables, cooked whole grains,
whole grain flour products, bread, pasta, etc. vegetable protein, soy
dairy: milk, cheese, yogurt, ice cream,
butter, eggs, meats, fast food, junk food, prepared foods, etc.,
chemicals: sugar, caffeine, artificial flavoring, sweeteners, etc.
Not to consume any drugs, nicotine and
alcohol during fast should be clear.
You can fast from 1 to 40 days. Try to
drink 2 liters of water or more per day.
The ten day water fast has become a
recommended number of days. Ten days on water will cause the same
weight loss as 30 days on juice. But water fasting is far more
difficult, especially if you have a fast metabolism. Water fasting
cleanses the body aggressively removing toxins rapidly. Water fasting
can be more beneficial than juice fasting in combating more
persistent forms of cancer, cleansing the tissues more aggressively.
Water fasting demands mental preparation, the less pressure and
responsibility you have during a water fast the better. Think of it a
holiday away form the normal patterns of living. Some recommend that
the week before your fast, you drink fresh juices and eat mostly raw
fruits and vegetables to cleanse the body so that the detoxification
during water fasting will be less aggressive. Water fasting should
always include two of three days of juice fasting before and after
the water fast. This alternating between juice and water fasting is
the most effective method of achieving a full cleansing through
Water Fasting Tips
Avoid water straight from the faucet.
Distilled water is the best for cleansing because of its inherent,
magnetic properties and ability to absorb and suspend large
quantities of toxins, flushing them from the body. The perceived
value of mineral water is misleading because the inorganic minerals
are like huge boulders to the cellular membranes, making them
impossible to assimilate. Plants are able to break down the minerals
from the soils, allowing them to be completely absorbable to the
cells of the body. The best water is distilled, secondly, spring or
There are no calories or nutritional
value in water. On a water fast you have given your body no options
but to turn to itself for fuel. This can create a problem when you
have spent years depositing counterfeit fuel. Living exclusively on
dirty fuel during a fast takes tremendous courage & strength. To
ease into water fasting some recommend juice fasting with periods of
water fasting. For example 3 days on juice, 2 days on water, 5 days
on juice, then 3 days on water. You can juice when you have to work
and water fast on the weekend when you can rest.
Water Fasting Concerns
It is not advisable to water fast under
the conditions of hyperglycemia, hypoglycemia, schizophrenia or a
chronic heart condition. If you have existing conditions it is best
if you consult with a fasting expert and/or be monitored throughout
Be careful of dizziness and black outs.
The heart is resting as much as it can during water fasting. Before
you stand up, take one or two deep breaths to get the heart pumping.
If you start to black out, sit down or crouch down on one knee. This
will immediately stop the dizziness.
Master Cleanse Fast
The Master Cleanse or Lemon Cleanse is
between a water fast and a juice fast. Basically it consists of
drinking a mixture of freshly squeezed lemons, water and maple syrup
for a period of 8 to 40 days. It is easier to do than a water fast
because you are still getting nutrients and energy from the lemons
and the maple syrup. This fast can be done while still maintaining
your normal work, yet is less calories than what you would get from a
juice fast. It is normal to lose weight on this fast and it is
excellent for cleansing the colon. For full details on how to do this
fast see the following link: Stanley Boroughs Master Cleanse
Juice fasting is safe and can allow the
body to clean itself of toxins while greatly improving conditions for
health. A benefit is that your energy level is high because you are
receiving sufficient nutrients from the juices, so you can carry out
normal activities. A juice fast takes some burden off the digestive
system and frees up some energy for accelerated healing though a
water fast does much better in that regard. Also, juices can make
available extra quantities of nutrients that a person might lack.
Juices are easy to assimilate and take hardly any digestive energy
from the body, allowing the body to put more energy into healing and
rejuvenation. Packed with vitamins, minerals, living enzymes,
antioxidants, phytochemicals, yet low enough in calories to force the
body to cannibalize on its filthy waste, propelling you to vigorous
physical health and clarity of mind.
For your first fast and for the purpose
of healing disease most experts recommend a juice fast over a water
fast. Fasting on water has become a near impossible exercise for a
body that has been nurtured on poisons. The juice of fruits and
vegetables are filled with healing and cleansing properties that
allow the body to gently and safely detoxify. Juice fasting has
become an effective stepping-stone to water fasting. Through juice
fasting, thousands of individuals have been freed from serious
diseases such as cancer, leukemia, arthritis, high blood pressure,
kidney disorders, skin infections, liver disorders, alcoholism and
The thirty-day juice fast is a
standard. This length of fast feels about right because after 30 days
it seems like you have been fasting forever. Less then 30 days and
you can miss the best experiences of the fast. If you are juice
fasting, a few days on water occasionally will intensify the fast and
assist with weight-loss if you have a slow metabolism.
Most people can juice fast safely for
up to 30 days. The exceptions are those with hypoglycemia, diabetes,
hypo thyroid, and Wilson’s Syndrome. For these conditions, eat slices
of avocado and banana every few hours, add high quality vegetable
source protein powder to your juices, and add psyllium or another
good bulking agent to your juices twice a day to regulate blood sugar
levels. Do not juice fast if you have impaired kidney function.
The amount of juice you drink will
determine the intensity of cleansing. Drinking small amounts of juice
supplies fewer calories, thereby increasing detoxification. The more
intense the cleansing, the greater the discomfort. Juice fasting
allows you to have control over the process of elimination. However,
when the body enters a cleansing crisis due to toxins in the blood,
no amount of juice will eliminate the discomfort. You must wait it
Drink all-vegetable or all-fruit
juices, never combine fruits & vegetables to create juice. Make
your juice from fresh vegetables or fruits. You can also include
herbal teas with honey, vegetable broth, Barley Green, wheat grass
juice and supplements helpful for your specific condition. Drink
juice whenever hunger develops until pleasantly full as opposed to
stuffed full. It is best if you filter or strain the juices, removing
any excess fiber or pulp so that you continue to give the digestive
system a rest. Also if it looks like you are not losing weight on
your fast, you can dilute the juices with water.
You may consider modifying the fast by
including quarter slices of avocado or banana to slow the cleansing
process. Modified juice fasting is good for those with health
restrictions such as diabetes or hypoglycemia. Bananas and avocados
are slow to digest and maintain a stable blood sugar level. Their
high calorie content slows the intensity of the fast and, because
they are easy to digest, the body still devotes energy to cleansing.
Preparation for Your Fast
Inform yourself about fasting: by doing
your own investigation, reading all you can about the fasting
process, the various kinds of fasts and what you can expect as side
affects. If you have a pre-existing health condition then you should
find out if there are contrary indications with fasting and your
Determine your cleanse duration and
time period: Try to arrange that your fast is in a time period where
you have low activity or lobsters. Avoid heavy kinds of work if at
all possible. When it comes to long fasts and inability of somebody
to handle a long fast, you just do the best you can. When
detoxification increases as it does during fasting, the liver,
kidneys, lungs and immune system work extra hard to handle the load.
If these systems were already compromised before the fast, one must
proceed carefully. You go as long as you can tolerate it, whether
physiologically or emotionally, and then come back to eating again.
Once you have some energy and are a few steps further toward health,
you can consider doing another fast. Several short fasts can
definitely do wonders if one long fast cannot be undertaken. Long
fasts are preferable to short ones because once the body is in the
fasting state it cleanses systematically into the harder to get at
body tissues. For this reason, most of the recoveries from illness
have taken place in the latter parts of long juice or water fasts.
Long fasts give the body the uninterrupted time to do the work of
healing. The first few days of fasting gets rid of the gross waste
products of digestion, but only after this can the body pull out its
tools to get to work on healing.
Frequency of Fasting
Of course, the best is that people stay
on a good daily health regime and then when the need comes to fast to
go ahead and do it for a week to 10 days or longer if indicated. At
least long enough to move completely into the fasting physiology and
accelerated detoxification. Ideally people should fast once or twice
a year just as a tune-up to deal with the environmental toxins and
junk in our foods as well as the emotional build up. Traditionally
people have fasted in the spring and fall, when the weather is mild.
It is good to at least have mild
exercise and movements with short walks to keep the lymphatic fluid
moving and to the keep the vascular system working. The amount of
exercise you can do is very much dependent on your existing condition
and how you are feeling that day and what kind of fast you are doing.
Basically one needs to be alert and listen to one’s body and not to
overdo. Fasting is resting, not a marathon! You may feel weak during
a water fast and may need to rest more often. While juice fasting,
you may experience an abundance of energy that makes exercise easy.
If you experience energy loss, limit yourself to stretching
exercises, light walking or deep breathing.
Proteins & Fasting
It was theorized that protein loss
during fasting was harmful and that a fast should be supplemented
with protein. Fasting with protein became known as the Opti-fast.
Fasters took nothing but water and a protein drink. Sadly, several
people died. Protein digestion during the fasting state created an
overload of urea and the blood become acidic. In this condition, the
organs become more damaged instead of healing. To the body, fasting
is a natural process. During water or juice fasting, the protein
levels of the blood remain constant. Although protein is being
utilized, a person fasting 40 days on water will not suffer a
deficiency of either protein, vitamins, minerals or fatty acids. In
the breakdown of dying and diseased cells, all essential substances
are available while fasting for reuse within the body. These dead
cells are utilized in a systematic manner.
Protein deficiency is non existent in
North America. You never hear of anyone being diagnosed with protein
deficiency. Fruit and vegetable juices have water-soluble highly
absorbable proteins. The body has a store of protein, and it uses it
selectively. Dying cells are the first to be used and healthy and
vital tissues are the very last and will only be used as a last
resort. Only during starvation is protein being stripped from healthy
tissue to be used to survive. This may take 30 to 80 days of fasting
on water to reach this point.
The systematic searching of cells to be
metabolized is crucial in the healing of cancer. A cancer cell
represents protein and calories. Some cancers are so persistent that
you have to force the body to choose between healthy cells and cancer
cells. This requires a long fast on small portions of juice combined
with days of water fasting.
Aiding Elimination of Toxins
Enemas: If you are not having natural
bowel movements then an enema is advised to move out the toxic
material that is being scoured by your body. You will feel much
better after taking an enema. An enema can be taken daily in the
beginning days of a fast, then bi-daily for the remainder using just
Mucus: It is common, during fasting,
for the nose and throat to pass sticky mucus, clogging the sinuses.
White strands of mucus may be found in the stool. You may find that
you are more comfortable if you use a Neti Pot to clear the sinus
cavities, to prevent getting a cold with the clogged sinuses. You can
also drink lemon juice with water to help clear the mucus.
Showers/Bathing: Plan to shower or bath
daily to aid in cleaning the pores and assist the removal of toxins.
The skin is a large organ and many toxins are removed through the
pores causing a gummy deposit on the surface of the skin. It may help
to brush the skin removing the sludge that is deposited there.
Reactions from Fasting
The ‘healing’ reactions you get from
fasting are dependent on your existing health and the toxic load
present in your body when you start. The first three days can be the
most difficult until one’s appetite for food goes away, which it
normally does after the third day. Many people experience headaches,
joint pain and other discomforts in the first few days. Your tongue
will become coated and your breath foul, and you may notice increased
body odor. These are all normal detox reactions as the toxins move
out of your body. With extended fasting you will notice some days are
symptom free, then as you move into deeper layers of detoxification
you will experience episodes of symptoms as your body cleanses these
other systems. In the later stages you remove the mucous from your
system and this can increase your likelihood to catch a flu or a
cold. At times you may feel weak or tired, so you should listen to
your body and rest. Periods of high-energy and mental clarity will be
experienced and can be variable, alternating between periods of
healing reactions and symptom free days. With extended fasts it is
normal to also have strong emotional reactions that have been
suppressed, as the body brings these to the surface also for
healing… This can be a difficult period, but can be dealt with more
easily with meditation or Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). The
cleansing response that happens is dependent on experience with
fasting, current health and level of toxins and sickness in your
body. If you have an existing health condition, it is possible that
you get a strong healing reaction or healing crisis. A link to a page
describing this reaction in detail is given below.
If cleansing responses arise (headache,
stomach upset, mental fog, lethargy,.etc) exercise great patience and
take rest until symptoms pass. It’s all part of the process. Always
go to your capacity but never over-do. If unreasonably strong
physical or emotional symptoms occur, it may be wise to discontinue.
The following are common reactions and what can be done to ease the
symptom while you are fasting.
As the system detoxifies, many of these
spiritual aspects of ourselves that have been waiting to come through
for a long time are finally able to, and that person, hopefully
fasting in an environment that is calm and serene and peaceful and
loving, will be able to express and deal with these spiritual
phenomena such that it can have a very beneficial and positive
effect. Meditation, EFT and other tools can be used to help relate to
spiritual and emotional phenomena.
Weight loss can initially be as high as
three to four pounds per day, but as the fast continues, the average
loss will be one pound per day. If you are juice fasting and not
losing weight, the juice is supplying all the calories you need. You
may have to cut down on the juices or alternate between water fasting
and juice fasting if losing weight is part of your goal. The slower
your metabolism the slower the weight loss. If you are thin or
average weight and you fast for 30 days on juice or 10 days on water,
you will become thin. Ribs will show, the face will become gaunt, and
friends and family will display concern. But the body will quickly
normalize its weight in 5 to 10 days after the fast. If you are thin
to start with, fasting may allow you to gain additional weight after
the fast. Metabolism is normalized due to the cleansing process. It
is very important not to try to gain weight too quickly. The body can
rebuild only at a set rate. Overeating will burden the body and
undermine the rebuilding process.
You may experience dizziness, if you do
get down on one knee and the dizziness will stop immediately.
Back pain may increase due to toxins in
the lower intestine. The blood vessels that draw nutrients from the
colon are very close to the nerves of the spine. Back pain often
decreases after elimination of the toxins. Back exercises also can
relieve some pain. A cold pack also will help. An enema may be in
Waste passes through the lungs which
are an eliminative organ. Brushing the tongue with a tooth brush,
using dental floss and rinsing with mouthwash will reduce bad breath.
These may develop from a toxic buildup
in the mouth. Unhealthy bacteria increases between the teeth. The
tongue becomes coated with waste. To stop cankers, gargle with sea
salt mixed with water several times daily. Dabbing the sore with tea
tree oil or vitamin E quickens the healing process.
Mucoid is the perfect food for viruses.
Toxins weaken the immune system. When large quantities of toxins and
mucus are in the blood due to a fast, they can cause a susceptibility
to colds. To fight a cold, continue fasting to eliminate the mucus.
Reduce the liquid intake and drink lemon juice.
During fasting the body conserves
energy. The heart pumps slower and blood pressure lowers. Standing or
moving quickly from a resting position will cause the blood to flow
to the legs. For a few seconds, the brain may not get enough oxygen,
causing blackouts and dizziness. To stop a blackout get down on one
knee or sit. Lowering your center of gravity will instantly stop a
blackout. Blackouts are more frequent during water fasting.
Fruit juices have a laxative effect
that is more pronounced after water fasting. It can be stopped by
using the enema. Using psyllium husk during diarrhea will help
regulate the system.
Try to journal, EFT, meditate, talk a
walk, or rest.
Toxins can cause muscle tightness in
the neck and shoulders. This can result in tension headaches.
Massaging the neck and shoulders will help relieve the tension. The
herb Fever Few, which is available in health food stores, is well
Drink lemon juice with water, combine
with Neti Pot.
The muscles may become tight and sore
due to toxin irritation. The legs can be the worst affected as toxins
accumulate in the legs. A self massage, hot baths, stretching and
exercising will help to release the toxins.
When waste is released too quickly by
the lymph glands, some of the toxic overload is taken by the liver
and secreted with bile into the stomach. This causes nausea. Drinking
water or carrot juice will dilute the bile and toxin mixture helping
to flush it from the system.
The elimination of toxins can irritate
damaged nerves. Exercise will relieve tension. Use quarter slices of
avocado to slow the fast or drink fruit juice if on a water fast.
However, you should note that any food intake may cause one’s hunger
to return and make it more difficult to stay on the fast, just do the
best that you can.
The skin may become oily as rancid oils
are purged from the body. People with problem free skin may have a
few days of pimples or boils. A pallid complexion is also a sign of
waste in the blood. When cleansed of mucus and toxins, the skin will
be healthy, soft and unblemished.
Tiredness is normal during water or
restricted juice fasting. If the tiredness is too much, increase the
quantity of sweet juices like melon and carrot juice.
Include bananas and avocados when juice
fasting to balance the blood sugar level. Toxins in the blood and
reduced blood sugar levels may cause a weak heart to labor. Like any
other organ, the heart needs nutrients, a toxin free environment, and
time to heal. Also if one has the disorder of POTS it is advisable to
take salt so that the blood pressure does not get too low.
Do not juice fast unless you use
bananas and avocados to balance the blood sugar level.
Fasting can irritate damaged kidneys
due to the amount of toxins they filter. Try short juice fasts of 3
to 5 days before progressing to longer fasts.
The liver can become toxic due to
abuse. If the liver is badly degenerated, cleansing must be done in
stages. Start with short juice fasts and lead to fasts over five
days. Avoid heavy proteins, refined flours and fatty foods. Eat meals
of fruits or vegetables between the fasts.
Nobody is too old to fast – it is
exactly what the body needs to feel young again. Shorter fasts are
recommended to start. Assess your physical state as you proceed. If
juice fasting becomes too intense, bananas and avocados will lessen
the intensity by slowing the cleansing.
Fasting will help significantly. Choose
the juices that do not irritate the condition.
(The cleansing reaction, the detox
reaction, or the Herxheimer reaction.)
During your fast you may enter into a
healing crisis, which indicates that a deeply seated sickness is
being healed, but also this means that you are going in reverse
through the reactions that you went through as your sickness
progressed. This is normally a good thing, because it shows that
there is a major healing happening, but the downside is that it is
not easy to go through because of the uncomfortable reactions that
cause pain, etc. If you are feeling quite ill then you should read
through the healing reaction article to try to determine if this is
what is going on with you or not. It may be advisable to check with
your medical professional at this point, to try to determine if you
want to continue the fast or not. For more information read the
following article: Healing Reaction
Going Off Your Fast
“It’s a fact that eating causes a
cycle of hunger. It’s only when we stop eating that we lose hunger!
Think about it. All fasting experts agree that hunger sensations are
usually lost on or shortly after the third day of fasting, and
sometimes don’t return for weeks, but when they do return, usually
very strongly, it’s the time to break the fast.”
But all fasting experts point out that
it is important to resume eating very lightly, and very gradually, in
exact relationship to the duration of the fast. Therefore, if
breaking a 40-day fast, you may want to start with only small
quantities of fruit juice for several days up to a week, before
actually resuming with solid food like regular fruit.
Keep the first solid meal light and
simple even though the mental temptation to dive into heavier
favorites will probably be high. Be gentle with your digestive system
and your digestive system will not only thank you but the overall
benefits of the cleanse will last much longer. If you were on a water
fast, then your first day can be juices, if your were on a juice
fast, then your first day should be raw vegetables or fruits. The
next meal may include heavier items such as potato, avocado or corn,
but in any case you will notice that your body is very sensitive to
what you eat and you should use this period of transition to learn
more about what your body likes and doesn’t like you to put into it.
When waking up a slumbering digestive
system, the desire to eat will be intense. The flavors and textures
of food will be enhanced by super clean nasal passages. Eating will
be a brand new experience. This is the time to flex your new-found
muscles of discipline and self-control. As the body screams, I want
more, wisdom whispers, you have had enough.
Eating small amounts of raw fruits and
vegetables for the first five or six days will allow the body to
gently wake up the digestive system. The body will continue to
detoxify and cleanse during this period. Any toxins that have
accumulated will begin to move due to the sweeping action of the soft
fibers of fruits and vegetables.
For six days gradually increase the
amount of raw fruits and vegetables in your diet. To break a fast and
gorge on meat, bread or junk food will be disaster. Jarring the
system this intensely when the digestive system is in a sensitive
state can cause stomach cramps, nausea and weakness, negating much of
the benefits of the fast.
Eat slowly and chew your food well.
Saliva has enzymes that assist in digestion. Up to 80 percent of the
starch, 30 percent of the protein and 10 percent of the fat can be
digested by the enzymes in saliva.
Do not overeat! Discover the amount of
food that your body needs to live a vibrant, healthy life. Discern
the difference between cravings and hunger. Never feed your emotions.
When breaking a fast over ten days, the
break-in period should be extended one day for every 4 days of
Greater Sensitivity – Restored Senses
An interesting phenomenon occurs after
a fast. The years of conditioning your body to tolerate unhealthy
foods is reversed. The body is as clean as a newborn baby. Try
feeding a newborn baby Grandma’s apple pie.
When the body is full of toxins, its
defense systems are not able to operate effectively. After a fast the
natural defenses are restored and sensitivity to unhealthy food is
increased. You will feel satisfied with smaller amounts of food and
sluggish and tired when overeating. Rich foods, full of fat, salt,
and processed sugars will cause nausea, headaches and weakness. A
handful of fruit will be thoroughly satisfying. Because the digestive
system has to work less, there will be boundless energy to spare.
Why? After a fast your body is clean,
and has far less tolerance to the poisonous foods that you were used
to eating previous to the fast. Understand, feeling sick when eating
poison is a sign that your body is functioning normally. Fasting
restores the body’s ability to violently react to harmful, health
damaging, food. If you really desire, you can desensitize your body
by slowly introducing harmful foods back into your diet, but why you
should? You better select your food carefully, even though it is not
possible to avoid toxins as these are every where. So fasting as a
regular cleaning is important and will keep you healthy.
Although the above article was
forwarded by a well-meaning friend who is experienced with fasting,
it does not mean you should just follow the example and fast on your
own. For new beginners to fasting, its essential to seek advice from
a health practitioner or dietitian before commencing on the fast and
monitoring your progress.