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Fasting Tips

Last Modified on Aug 11, 2015

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.

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Posted by Misty (Indiana, US) on 11/01/2014

[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.

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Posted by Dianna (Austin, TX) on 01/11/2009

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!

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Posted by Gnosis (Shelton, Ct) on 11/06/2013

[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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Posted by Hisjewel (America, New York) on 08/10/2015

[YEA]  Fasting has served my fellow prayer warriors and myself, as a means of nurturing our relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and our heavenly Father. Through fasting, we have also experienced favor from God for a way out of no way out situations.

Weekly we fast two days, Tuesdays and Fridays. These are done on the go so people do the fast as they feel led. Some people do their fast no water and no food. This is not hard once you get the swing of it; because it is only 24 hours then you get a break. When you get use to this, you actually start looking forward to your fast days. Others do their two day fast by not eating until dinner those two days.

We also do three days fast which is often called the Esther fast. This fast is easier to master during a prayer shut-in. We shut in the church from time to time to accomplished this. The togetherness, and the saying there is strength in numbers works here. A hand few of prayer warrior stay in the church the full three days leading the prayer and bible study continually, while those who work come by for an hour or so to be refreshed. As a young woman working I would do my three day Esther fast and go to work with no problems. I would take teenage children out of their wheel chairs, and put them on them on the mat. At the appropriate time, I often had to pick them up myself and put them back in the wheel chair. Sometimes I was in the middle of a seven-day dry fast. I was young and healthy ( between 28 and 38 years old).

As the years passed by my body began to change and I had to prepare for a three to seven day fast if I was to complete it successfully. As I learned which foods were interfering with my fast I eliminated them two weeks before a dry fast. 1) I started getting headaches, so I had to stop drinking soda, tea, hot chocolate, and whatever caffeine was in, I had best success when stopped two weeks before fast. 2) By day two of a dry fast I noticed I was spitting a lot, so I learned to water down my juices and cut out deserts two weeks before my fast. 3) Even though older prayer warriors would break their fast with soup or an apple, I was young and did not listen. They would eat soup before they left church. I would go home and have a big breakfast. When I got older my body no longer break down the big breakfast after a fast. I got terrible, painful gas that would go on for days. I didn't know what to take. God healed me. I learned my lesson. I didn't go for soup, but something soft like watery grits.

The dry seven-day fast which I only did a few times a year, was a real challenge. As a young woman, I found it easier to do the seven days dry, no food, no water. On the fourth day I would feel ill and throw- up the bile. One that happened I made it through work and all with no problems. Later I learned that I should be doing a seven day fast with water. So, I would do the first two days with water, three days dry and water again on the seventh day. When I fast the seven days with water, the bile still came up, sometimes the fifth day and sometimes the seventh, but in all kept going.

Now older, I find that I must limited my activates when I fast less I get heart palpitations. When the church say's the are doing a three day shut-in, I am in it. I have had several healing miracles after a fast A lump in my breast was gone after a fast. A terrible firey pain in my back was gone when I completed a three day fast Shut-in during the Easter season. And so many other wonderful things like a gift for my plane ticket came in on time. Fasting can be a blessing everyway, Praise the Lord!

Replied by Hisjewel
America, New York

I just want to make the last sentence in the second chapter clear: "Others do their two day fast by not eating anything until dinner time on their days." And I would like to add one year I lost over Forty pounds eating "one meal after 3pm each day" for three months. I still had not changed my eating habits, my favorite meal was one or two pieces of fried chicken, french fries a biscuit and soda. I did do quite a bit of walking during that time, because I was giving out bible tracts.

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Posted by David (London, Uk) on 01/21/2012

[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...

Replied by Francisca
Zug, Switzerland

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!

Posted 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?

Replied by Timh Donate

Louisville, Usa

Jumpingjackflash, during your fasting/jaundice period, consider a visit to the doc. and get your liver examined cause you might have hepatitis.
Replied by Catherine
Colorado Springs, Co

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.
Replied by Louise
Sandy, Utah, Usa

I would love to know what Bill's arsenal of liver helping herbs is. I Googled it but could find nothing. Where do I find this information?
Replied by Bill Donate

San Fernando, Philippines

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Hi Louse...My own high regard for naturally maintained health really stems from ensuring that the body's liver, kidneys, intestines and thyroid are healthy. With healthy liver and kidneys, your excretory pathways are solid and assured and your body will continually detox itself adequately and successfully. I really learnt this essential truth from reading the extensive research of Drs Burt Berkson, Harold D Foster (What Really Cures AIDS), Max Gerson (curing all types of cancer) and William Kelly. They all strongly stressed the importance of maintaining the health of the excretory and nutritional pathways in the body -- with exceptional results that cannot be denied. If you assure these pathways are healthy then you will have pure healthy blood and the other part is a healthy natural diet to adequately feed your cells.

Most people also forget or don't bother about digestive or intestinal health or turn to it later when they perhaps have autoimmune problems. As many have already said on this site, most autoimmune problems have to begin somewhere and it usually starts with a weakened local immune system in the intestines. This is the origin and this is also one of the places where bacteria, viruses, parasites, fungus etc can hide and secretly proliferate in the body with ease due to our poor supermarket diets.

My favourite smaller list of just liver helper nutrients are:

Chanca piedra

Selenuim, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Milk Thistle (aka Dr Berkson's Triple Antioxidant Therapy)

Lugols Iodine

Makabuhay (Tinospora cordifolia vine)

Makahiya (Mimosa pudica) -- Not the tree, it's a small tropical ground shrub with sensitive leaves.

Other liver health promoters would be nutrients such as acetyl cysteine, MSM, Dandelion, Burdock, Tumeric -- the list goes on and on.

I've also stumbled across some remarkable recent research on the effectiveness of quercitin, catechins and narenginin -- simple bioflavinoids found in green tea, grapes and other fruits like pomegranates -- that apparently have the ability, according to the research at UCLA, of reducing Hep C viral load quite quickly by interfering with the proliferation of the Hep C virus. I'm still researching this one, but this anti-viral bioflavinoid approach seems to also strongly promote liver health as well as having many other health benefits with no dangerous side-effects. More research on quescitin and Hep C here and here.

Posted by Jason (Vancouver, BC, Canada) on 02/19/2009

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.

Posted by Kelly (Mt. Healthy, Ohio) on 01/03/2009

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!

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Posted by Bluewater (Santa Ana, California ) on 10/18/2010

[YEA]  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.

Replied by Maureen
Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada

Here is a link to the Master Cleanse Book online. It is free to download