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.
The best fast for modern day people is alternate day fasting! Simply because fasting is not easy and it is hard on you, you simply cannot work or function normally while on a fast for more than a few days, weakness, dizziness, nausea, and a long list of other side affects will hit you while fasting and it will be extremely uncomfortable possibly even dangerous driving or operating machinery etc while on a fast because of these conditions! So here's how you can regain your health by fasting and not have to deal with so harsh of conditions> You fast every other day! That's right! You eat one day and skip the next, eat then next day and skip the following! I was skeptical too! But reports from those who do this indicate loss of excess weight, blood pressure returns to normal, and health ailments disappear like magic.
Go to You Tube and study people who have done this and gather your own conclusion! And it makes sense, as God would not ask you to risk your life at work by fasting to where you pass out and become injured or worse! Alternate day fasting not only works but also indicate that the overall health benefits are the same as that of long term fasting achieves but without the stress and dangers!
When a dear older friend of mine told me his doctor told him that he was "too old to fast", I resolved to endeavor to experience the easiest type of fast I could learn about. Life is short even when it is long and there are many great spiritual and intellectual people such as Upton Sinclair that claim their surprisingly long and productive life was a direct result of fasting of some type or another. It makes sense since probably the most onerous task anybody ever does is digest food.
When you give the body a break, it goes into an automatic "cleansing" mode that is well understood but little discussed in the mainstream media that would rather have people jumping from one useless supplement to another and/or addicted to sugar rushes.
Basically, you just start the day with a cup or two or three of BLACK coffee. It MUST be black. Coffee with sugar and/or cream will just stimulate your appetite too much and you will never make it past noon! I also need to do physical work of some sort. Just sitting still makes fasting impossible for me. When you start to get hungry you take a few sips of mineral water and keep working. What a surprise when I found my hunger had disappeared and it its place was a feeling of being energized young again! Remembering the clarity and energy before I "broke" any fast made me want to carefully try the more traditional types. Better late than never -- if you have never fasted you are really missing out on one of the greater experiences of life!
Unfortunately, if you are on prescription drugs or under a medical doctors care, you may never get to enjoy the experience. Doctors don't make money on people who don't depend on them for expensive treatments. Think of the money you will save! Believe me, you will be surprised.
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!
(America, New York)
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!
(America, New York)
(America, New York)
(America, New York)
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(America, New York)
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...
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?
(Colorado Springs, Co)
(Sandy, Utah, Usa)
(San Fernando, Philippines)
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.
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!
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.
(Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada)
When coming off the dry fast be sure to have the potassium ready. As a young woman, I did a dry fast 3 days straight every week. When I came off the fast, I ate as if I had never been on a fast. When I was in my forties my hands and feet began to cramp the moment I started back drinking water. On an occasion or two I oiled my legs and feet with prayer oil (olive oil) and told the pain to go, and it went. Then there was a time when I was over my mother's house in the middle of preparing food for the holiday, and my hand began to turn and brought me to tears. My mother said here take some potassium and it worked. So ever since then, I try to have some orange juice or other quick source of potassium available for coming off a dry fast.
I recently did a 21 day water only fast. I had read in many places that fasting shrinks cancerous tumors as well as fibroids. I don't think my health was good enough for such a fast and it ended up just stressing my body. Now I have lots of bile in my stools, and I also had some yellowish diarrhea while doing the fast. Can anyone explain what's up with this bile overproduction? I've never before had a problem with this. I also did one coffee enema towards the end of the fast, if that matters.