Hippocrates on Fasting Diet...
"Everyone has a doctor in him; we just have to help him in his work. The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well... to eat when you are sick, is to feed your sickness."
Our bodies naturally detoxify every day as part of normal body processes. The feeling we know as 'hunger' comes from a state of detox. The body eliminates toxins, this elevates the acidity in our blood (acidosis) - and we feel hungry.
The longer the interval from one meal to the next meal... gives the body a chance to get rid of stored toxins.
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I did my first prolonged water fast at age 18. I fasted for 21 days. I was interested in holistic healing and I wanted to see for myself how this would affect me, my overall well-being and health. Fasting diet
I have never looked back...
I found that fasting not only clears my body, but also my thoughts. It gives me the time-out in life, to focus and re-evaluate my path.
I have learned different ways of fasting... each one appropriate for certain times and situations.
Why fast? I have learned to love it! A prolonged water fast is the most efficient way to heal and detox the body. The problem to prolonged fasting is that we need to step out of our regular routines... if you hold a challenging job, as prolonged water fast can only be done during a vacation. So...
Alternate day fasting or Intermittent Fasting can become part of the routine as well.
Try different fasting and detox techniques and see how you feel. Adjust these techniques to your personal life style.
Most people I speak to about fasting and detox, react very strongly. How can anybody stop eating? Why would we do such a thing? By choice?
I can understand the reaction... but I can also assure you, that fasting and detox will 'grow' on you. It is hard to explain... but the feeling is just great. You feel light and renewed after a fast. You rid yourself of all addictions... yes, I think most people are addicted to something... Fasting give us the opportunity to just stop! ... and let it be... rest...
Our lives have become polluted... not only our environment but also the pace. We are pressured for time and stressed with daily chores.
With the pollution found in the air, water and food we eat, our bodies have a hard time keeping up. Most of us eat too much animal protein, too much caffeine, alcohol and sugar. Our health is compromised.
Body systems and organs that were once capable of cleaning out unwanted substances are now completely over-loaded to the point where toxic material remains inside our tissues.
The body tries to protect us from dangerous substances by setting it aside, surrounding it with mucous and fat so that it will not cause an imbalance or trigger an immune response.
The body copes with the toxin overload, up to a certain point - the point where sickness breaks out.
Detoxification through special fasting, cleansing diets and enemas is the best way to assist the body’s natural self-cleaning system.
It is especially important for immune-compromised diseases like cancer, arthritis, diabetes and chronic fatigue. However, even if our diet is good, a 'spring cleaning' can revitalize our system and rid our body of harmful bacteria, viruses and parasites.
Water is consumed to satisfy thirst. During the fasting diet, the body will systematically cleanse itself of everything except vital tissue.
In the breakdown of unhealthy cells, all essential substances are protected in a most extraordinary manner.
Although the healthy cells may be reduced in size and strength for a time, they remain perfectly sound.
The body's nutritive materials are stored in the form of fat, bone marrow, glycogen, muscle juices, lacteal fluids, minerals and vitamins.
The healthy body maintains in store enough nutritive reserves to tide it over several days, weeks, or even over two or three months without food.
Both man and animals have shown that when the physical organism goes without food, the tissues are used in the inverse order of importance to the organism. The stored fat reserves are used up before any of the functioning tissues of the body are called upon to provide nutrients for the more vital tissues, such as the brain and nerves or the heart and lungs.
Underfeeding, in contrast to overfeeding, prolongs life and provides for better health. This is described in Hormesis - where ' controlled stress' (underfeeding) is beneficial to health.
It is important to understand that starvation and fasting are two totally different stages of food abstinence.
To fast is to abstain from food while one possesses enough reserves to nourish the vital tissues; to starve is to abstain from food after these reserves have been used up so that vital tissues are sacrificed.
Contrary to popular opinion, the vital tissues of a fasting organism, those tissues doing the actual work of life, do not break down the instant a fast is started.
Rest is a big factor in promoting recovery. When the body is at rest it is able to direct most energy towards the various processes of detoxification.
When fasting, a person experiences recovery at a rate that is quicker than normal. The body is ridding itself of toxins and excesses - using its own wisdom to healthfully reorganize itself from the cellular level.
As toxins are reduced, cell function is enhanced.
Most 'fasters' discover, that when they fast they have no hunger and more energy.
During my first prolonged fast I recognized... that I have the power and freedom to heal and take control of my body.
Fasting must be carried out intelligently, with proper precaution, and with common sense.