FASTING FOR YOUR HEALTH
Fasting is the avoidance of solid food, with liquid intake varying from no liquids (1-2 days) to just water or water and fresh juices. A fast can last 24 hours or several weeks. Fasting has long been a tradition in Judaism, Christianity, and the Eastern Religions. Religious fasting can involve purification, penitence, or preparation for approaching God. Fasting has been called “nature’s single-greatest healing therapy.”
An increasing number of doctors are recognizing that fasting can be physically healing while allowing us to focus our energy inward, bringing clarity and change.Fasting is generally safe, but those with medical conditions should check with their health-care professional. An extremely important benefit of fasting is the elimination of toxins. By minimizing the work our digestive system must do, we allow it to repair itself and expel stored toxins.
In the beginning of a fast, the liver will convert stored glycogen to energy. As the fast continues, some proteins will break down unless calories are provided through juices and sweeteners such as maple syrup. The first 2 to 4 days of the fast are often the most difficult, since you will be overcoming the powerful psychological need to eat. As the body begins to cleanse itself of parasites and putrefying toxins, a person may experience a sudden surge in energy and well-being. Tapeworms, pinworms, roundworms etc., may be seen in the stools after 4 to 6 days. As the cleansing progresses, the mood will become sharper, the memory will improve, and the spirit will become more buoyant.
Anyone cleansing or fasting for more than three days should do so under the supervision of a health-care professional. Never begin a shut-down fast unless you have been fasting regularly for at least two years. This type of fast should always be done under supervision.