Last Modified on Nov 01, 2014
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.
[YEA] We store glycogen and fat as energy specifically to survive periods of fasting. Using stored energy allows the body to take a break from digestion and really focus on healing the body. Longer fasts (generally 10-40 days) can even cure chronic disorders such as allergies, asthma, IBS, diabetes, etc. There are cases of obese patients water fasting for 90 days or more (under doctor's supervision of course) and keeping the weight off indefinitely.
A simple cold, sinus infection, or flu, however, can be rid from the body by fasting for several days. Water fasting is generally most effective, but bone broth, vegetable juices in moderation, and small amounts of coconut oil may be taken if going without food is too uncomfortable. Fruit juices are discouraged because the sugar can encourage bad bacterial growth. Fasting will also discourage lingering mucus and other cold symptoms after it's run its course.
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] 60 years of age and dedicated to mental/emotional clearing work and decided a "Dry Fast" would complement my mental/emotional/spiritual goals.
Started Oct. 1 '13 with starting weight of 159lbs for 5'7". Now at day 37 and body still happily munching away at toxins in body. Weight down to below 125, which was my weight when I was about 15 years of age.
Except for great thirst (which I discover is mostly mental) I am happy. Of course there is body weakness. Dr. Shelton writes about this extensively. Body still manages to pee about one cup per day. I think it is getting water through the pores and breathing.
Of course, I had to get set up properly for this and that took some work, esp. with my loved one, but he gives me deep tissue massages, and I take daily footbaths. Absolutely no water by mouth. Tried it and vomited. Body wants water through pores (I exfoliate) and nostrils.
No bowel movements yet although I feel the churning so I'm sure it will occur in its own time.
My clearing work is much more intense and I sort of know now what Jesus must have gone through when he fasted (dry fasted) for 40 days and nights in the desert. After he withstood the test rivers of living water poured from him and he no longer suffered from any thirst.
There is a point when you know the body has done all it can so I am not worried about expiring or anything like that.
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[YEA] 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...
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01/22/2012Posted by Jumpingjackflash (Mckinney, Tx) on 12/01/2011
[SIDE EFFECTS] 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?Louisville, Usa