Fasting for your health, as a detoxing remedy, for religious, or for dietary reasons? Take a look at these fasting tips first to ensure a healthy fast.
Fasting has become an increasingly popular approach to cleansing the body. Some people engage in juice fasts, water fasts, fasts that merely limit rather than eliminate foods, and other variations on a strict fasting schedule. If you are generally healthy, any one of these fasting techniques may help to correct minor health ailments or simply improve your overall health.
If you intend to begin a fast, start slowly and be sure to drink plenty of water. Rest, nap, or meditate frequently, as your body will not have its normal energy reserves. And when you come off your fast, eat only a little bit to start in order to give your body time to readjust.
Home Remedies: Fasting can help reduce cholesterol levels in the blood and blockages in the veins. It is an excellent way to reduce toxins in the body. A healthy fast can also help to restore the health of your digestive tract and excretory system.
Our readers offer information and opinions on Earth Clinic, not as a substitute for professional medical prevention, diagnosis, or treatment. Please consult with your physician, pharmacist, or health care provider before taking any home remedies or supplements or following any treatment suggested by anyone on this site. Only your health care provider, personal physician, or pharmacist can provide you with advice on what is safe and effective for your unique needs or diagnose your particular medical history.
01/11/2009: Dianna from Austin, TX: "this is a link to a site which has a very simple technique for sitting on the toilet a different way which helps your intestines empty easier. i have tried it and it works.
EC: Looks easy enough!
[YEA] 01/21/2012: David from London, Uk: "In my personal opinion a lot of ailments are diet related, what better way to help the body out than to give it a holiday (all the systems of the body are at ease) every now and again from the daily barrage of food and drink, I have fasted many times over the years ( with no adverse effects) sometimes as a religious exercise, sometimes just to cleanse the body out , you see how during the fasting process the body heals and responds to the cleansing and resting process, but a fast for me has to be planned. I always start on a Monday and completely clear my fridge and cupboards of all perishable food stuffs. I have done weekly fasts and a few monthly fasts, it's not as hard as you think the first 24 hours can be the worst untill the body and mind settle into the fast and your reasons for doing it, for a beginner I would suggest a 3 day fast without any solid food only fruit juices.... give it a try you may be amazed at the results..."Replies
01/22/2012: Francisca from Zug, Switzerland replies: "Hi David, I have tried fasting a couple of times. Even read a few books about it, especially fasting with fruit and vegetable juices but.... I am not sure at all that fasting is good for you! Our body needs a complex group of food stuff in order to function well, would it be right to not feed it for a period of time? Somehow I came to the conclusion that this may not be right and gave up! Also the fact that you have to start eating in an adapted way a few days before you start the fast, then have to go back to eating slowly as well... Although it makes a lot of sense it is quite troublesome! Not sure I will try it again...... If you live alone you do whatever you want, if like me, you have a husband, it is not easy!"
[SIDE EFFECTS] 12/01/2011: Jumpingjackflash from Mckinney, Tx: "I have done quite a few fasts over the years for religious reasons and it always seems that if I go on a full fast, only drinking water, that after a couple of days I become very jaundiced especially in the white of my eyes. Anyone know what this might be from?"Replies
12/02/2011: Timh from Louisville, Usa replies: "Jumpingjackflash, during your fasting/jaundice period, consider a visit to the doc. and get your liver examined cause you might have hepatitis."
12/04/2011: Catherine from Colorado Springs, Co replies: "I'm a reader of everything health related and as I read your post a light bulb went off in my head about your fasting induced jaundice. It might have nothing to do with it, but it made me think, nonetheless. Your liver produces glutathione, among others, as an antioxidant to help push toxins out of your body as part of detoxification and needs protein to do this adequately. If glutathione is not produced, the toxins can build up quickly and easily. Now, I'm not saying that you need to increase protein (maybe you do, maybe you don't), but that you should see what seems to be harming your liver so that these symptoms show up while you are fasting. In the mean time, think about supplementing with Bill's arsenal of liver helping herbs and possibly N-Acetyl-Cysteine which converts to glutathione in your liver."
[QUESTION] 02/19/2009: Jason from Vancouver, BC, Canada: "Hi, First things first. Thank you for making all this possible. You are truly heroes in my book - all of you. My question is have any of you any information regarding the efficacy or dangers of fasting? I came across Patricia _____'s book on fasting but it is rife with only stories. I'm looking for more reliable proof that fasting works before I take the plunge. Thanks!! Keep up the great work."
01/03/2009: Kelly from Mt. Healthy, Ohio: "hello, i'm relatively new to this site. I have a complex question for Ted. My budget is tight and the chemistry of homeopathy is a little overwhelming until I get learn more. Could you give some suggestion on fasting with homeocleansing. please answer under "new posts" w/ that broad subject. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Please include any measurements, and unfortunately what is common to you is exotic to me (not much availability here) so keep it as simple as possible. THANK YOU! MANY BLESSINGS TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY."
EC: Sent to Ted for response. We'll post it as soon as he writes back!
[YEA] 10/18/2010: Bluewater from Santa Ana, California : "I did the Master Cleanse (also known as the Lemon Diet) by Stanley Burroughs, and I recommended to various people who did the diet with tremendous results. It truly is the most complete body cleansing program an individual can do using natural products you find in the super market. The average person has about 5 pounds of excess stuff in their digestive system, as well as in in their body organs. This cleanse will take care of everything. A friend of mine who did the diet healed an ulcer, my sister after doing the diet has remained in her regular weight level ever since she did the cleanse about two years ago. When I did the cleanse, my skin cleared of acne and I felt great. Another friend of mine did it, he said that for couple of days he was scared of what he was getting rid of in the toilet, stuff black as coal, and his face complexion cleared quite a bit and lightened up in color.
If you are interested in doing the diet, I recommend strongly that you buy the book. It was written in 1945 or so. The genius of this book applies to this day, and for ever. Mr. Burroughs mentions why the diet works, and the formula for doing the diet is covered in about three pages. You don't have to read the whole book to do the diet. I asked my holistic doctor (has a degree in chiropractic care, chines medicine and acupuncture)if he knew about the diet. He mentioned he did the diet back in the '70s, and that he recommends it. If you do the diet I recommend that you don't tell your friends and associates, because for sure they will tell you they know better. Just do the diet, and you are going to come out of it super cleansed.
Keep in mind that this diet is to cleanse the body, but you will lose about 2 pounds per day. Once you hit your normal weight you will remain there during the diet. This only indicates that the diet is well balanced. Whatever amount of weight you lose, you we'll get 1/2 back. People who are overweight or who have eaten terribly, we'll have a harder time doing the diet in the beginning. Your body will start releasing toxins, they get into your bloodstream and head, and you will feel headaches, nausea, and other things. This is all the more reason to continue, why there? If you think it's to much and you can't continue, do the diet just to replace a meal or two, and once you've cleared some stuff out of your body, go ahead and do it fully every day until you finish the minimal 10 days. If you do the diet, you will prevent future diseases, and more likely add couple or many years to your life. Best of luck."Replies
10/21/2010: Maureen from Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada replies: "Here is a link to the Master Cleanse Book online. It is free to download