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Fasting is a period
of abstinence from all food or specific items. Fluids are consumed in sufficient
quantity to satisfy thirst and physiologic requirements. During the absence
of food, the body will systematically cleanse itself of everything except
vital tissue. Starvation will occur only when the body is forced to use
vital tissue to survive. Although protein is being used by the body during
the fast, a person fasting even 40 days on water will not suffer a deficiency
of protein, vitamins, minerals or fatty acids. In the breakdown of unhealthy
cells, all essential substances are used and conserved in a most extraordinary
manner. There is an unwarranted fear of fasting that strength diminishes
from the catabolism of proteins from muscle fibers. Even during long fasts,
the number of muscle fibers remains the same. Although the healthy cells
may be reduced in size and strength for a time, they remain perfectly sound.
A. J. Carlson, Professor
of Physiology, University of Chicago, states that a healthy, well-nourished
man can live from 50 to 75 days without food, provided he is not exposed
to harsh elements or emotional stress. Human fat is valued at 3,500 calories
per pound. Each extra pound of fat will supply enough calories for one
day of hard physical labor. Ten pounds of fat are equal to 35,000 calories!
Most of us have sufficient reserves, capable of sustaining us for many
Rest is understood
to be a big factor in enhancing recovery, as it is when the body is at
rest that it is able to direct the most energy towards the various chemical
and mechanical processes of detoxification. When fasting, a person experiences
recovery at a rate that is swifter than normal. He is ridding his body
of toxins and excesses; allowing the body to use its own wisdom to healthfully
reorganize itself from the atomic level. As the toxic load is reduced,
the functioning of every cell is enhanced. In the same way that vital nerve
energy is accumulated during a night's sleep, the faster builds nerve energy
through rest, sleep, and detoxification.
The human body has
many ordinary modes of achieving elimination: the liver, lungs, kidneys,
colon, etc. When these are overloaded, the body will resort to "extra ordinary"
methods of elimination: boils, mucous and other discharges, sweats, vomiting,
diarrhea, and many others. Should elimination be impossible or uneconomical
of body energy, the toxic overload will go into storage forms in the joints,
vessels, muscles, organs; almost any tissue in the body. While fasting,
the body is highly conservative of its energy and resources. During this
deep and profound rest, toxin intake and production are reduced to a minimum
while autolysins and elimination proceed unchecked. Anabolic processes
such as tissue and bone healing also proceed at a maximal rate during the
In the body, the first
stage of cleansing removes large quantities of waste matter and digestive
residues. The first few days of a fast can be rough due to the quantity
of waste passing into the blood stream. The tongue becomes coated and the
breath foul as the body excretes waste through every opening. After the
third day of the fast, there is little desire for food. The second stage
is the cleansing of mucous, fat, diseased and dying cells, and the more
easily removed toxins. As the fast continues, the cleansing process becomes
more thorough. The last stage is the cleansing of toxins that have been
accumulating in your cellular tissue from birth, and the microscopic tubes
that carry vital elements to the brain. Cleansing of the last layer is
only possible through a combination of juice fasting, water fasting, and
a healthy diet high in raw foods. To overcome a severe disease like cancer,
it is important to continue through a series of fasts, to the point where
the full scouring action of catabolism removes the disease from the tissue.
During extended fasts
the body removes: dead, dying and diseased cells; unwanted fatty tissue,
trans-fatty acids, hardened coating of mucus on the intestinal wall; toxic
waste matter in the lymphatic system and bloodstream; toxins in the spleen,
liver and kidney; mucus from the lungs and sinuses, imbedded toxins in
the cellular fibers and deeper organ tissues; deposits in the microscopic
tubes responsible for nourishing brain cells and excess cholesterol.
Nearly everyone who
fasts, discovers the same thing, that when they fast they actually have
no hunger and more energy than they normally have. It is indeed liberating
to find out that if we let go and trust that we will be taken care of.
Fasting is the simplest, easiest and most effective way to find out that
we do indeed have the power and freedom to heal and take control of our
Probably the most
important reason is that the body uses quite a bit of energy to digest
food, and when fasting this energy becomes available for other uses. In
the fasting state, the body will scour for dead cells, damaged tissues,
fatty deposits, tumors, abscesses, all of which are burned for fuel or
expelled as waste. The elimination of these obstructions restores the immune
system functionality and metabolic process to an optimum state. Fasting
restores good digestion and elimination, and peristaltic action is quickened.
Fasting allows a deep, physiological rest of the digestive organs, and
the energy saved goes into self-healing and self-repairing. By eliminating
obstructions, by cleansing, detoxification, and purifying the intestines,
the blood, and the cells, we can overcome many of our physical ills or
handicaps as well as getting a boost in energy. Fasting not only removes
obstructions and helps the body to heal itself, it is also rejuvenating
and life-extending. These resulting benefits can have lasting affects in
your mental and emotional health.
The other very important
aspect is that your self-awareness will be elevated. If you are sick and
depressed, then this might be the most important thing you can try in your
healing program, because it gives you immediately an energy boost and increased
awareness which might allow that you see things more clearly, allowing
you the first step out of your sickness and onto the path of recovery.
While fasting you become more aware of your body process, your life and
with everything you are doing. It becomes a period where you can evaluate
all that you're doing more objectively, and you naturally have more time
for contemplation because you aren't using time amassing, preparing, eating,
eliminating and cleaning up all which is used to prepare food. You become
more aware of what your body likes and doesn't like when you start to eat
again. You gain self-confidence in your ability to control your life process,
to set a goal and carry out an intention.
enhances mental acuity
Perhaps the most instructive
testimony as to the acuteness of mental powers during fasting comes from
Dr. Herbert Shelton who supervised the fasting of more than 40,000 people
over a period of fifty years. His message is that the freer the body is
of toxic materials flowing through the blood and lymphatic system, the
clearer is the ability to think.
These facts are due
to physiological causes. Large amounts of blood and nervous energies have
to be sent to the digestive organs to digest a meal. If these energies
are not required there, they may be used by the brain for better thinking.
This increase in mental acuity doesnít usually happen until after the first
few days of a fast, because the body is busy cleaning out excess toxins
and substances and so the first few days can be a period of depression,
with headaches and various pains as this process is underway. This makes
the first stage of fasting difficult but after the body has thrown off
itís load of toxins, then the brain is fed by a cleaner bloodstream and
the mental powers and clarity of thought are extraordinarily increased
and the other senses also become more acute.
Oneís mind becomes
clearer and oneís ability to think and solve intricate problems is enhanced.
One is simply more alert, and oneís mind seems to open up into new fields.
The mental and physical senses are heightened, and often there can be a
feeling of euphoria, especially during longer fasts. Some, for the first
time, will experience emotional stability. The reasons for this are multifold
- the elimination of the emotional dependence on food, exclusion of stimulating
foods like caffeine, processed sugars, recreational drugs, tobacco and
trans-fatty acids, all of which can have a devastating effect on delicate
Dr. Ehret stated an
amazing fact at the turn of the 20th century. He said that, for a water
fast to awaken the higher mind functions, it had to be longer than 21 days.
Fasting has a history of awakening intuitive senses, creativity, and deeper
spiritual questions in those with enough determination to get past the
21 day mark.
During a fast, a metamorphosis
occurs. The body undergoes a tearing down and rebuilding of damaged materials.
For this reason, fasting is famous for its ability to rejuvenate and give
the body a more youthful tone. Why does fasting have such a powerful effect
in healing the body? Fasting dissolves diseased cells in a systematic manner,
leaving healthy tissue. The result is a thorough cleansing of the tube,
membrane and cellular structures. There is a remarkable redistribution
of nutrients in the fasting body. It hangs on to precious minerals and
vitamins while catabolizing on old tissue, toxins and inferior materials.
Each cell of your body
is a complete living entity with its own metabolism. It needs a constant
supply of oxygen and sufficient nourishment. When due to nutritional deficiencies,
sluggish metabolism, sedentary life, overeating and consequent poor digestion
and assimilation of food, lack of fresh air and sufficient exercise and
rest, our cells are deprived... they start to degenerate... the normal
process of cell replacement and rebuilding slows down and your body starts
to grow old, its resistance to disease will diminish and you become Ďsickí.
Animals will naturally
fast when they are sick or injured, and when we are ill, our hunger diminishes.
If we get out of the way and allow nature to take its course, we will find
that we can heal from any problem. Since the dawn of recorded time, in
fact since before the word "doctor" came into existence, priests provided
sanctuaries where people could go to fast. Whereas modern medical practitioners
admit that they have no cures, only drugs that mask the symptoms while
causing yet other symptoms to appear.
ďI had a medical practice
for 20 years in NYC, supervised hundreds of long fasts, and I found that
the physical healing or weight loss was but a pleasant side effect. What
really happened is that the person got in touch with their higher self,
their true self, and came to the experience that healing can take place
at every level, simply by letting go and allowing Mother Nature to do her
work.Ē Ė Dr. Rai Casey
has been beneficial for these conditions:
Although fasting is
not recommended in every situation, (cancer of the liver is one instance
where fasting is contraindicated), in many situations fasting is the only
known solution. Fasting has been beneficial for arthritis, asthma, high
blood pressure, lupus, chronic fatigue, colitis, Crohn's disease, diverticulitis,
spastic colon, irritable bowel, cases of paralysis, neuritis, neuralgia,
neuroses, and mental illness as well as many others. Fasting will also
break down tumors and for this reason, many have overcome cancer with fasting.
decreases dependency on authorities
How many of us believe
that when we get sick, that a doctor is going to save us from pain and
death? We just assume that the technology is going to be able to repair
us when we break down, by giving us a pill, a treatment or a surgery. We
are so alienated from our bodies that we think that a doctor knows more
about us than we do. The reality is that doctorís donít have the cures
that we need, what is offered by the traditional system of healers is only
the possibility to treat our symptoms never being able to cure us or root
out the cause. When we take these kinds of treatments to suppress our symptoms
then that cause, which is the underlying reason we are sick, goes unattended,
then in fact our illness continues to grow. We will never be healthy until
we take responsibility for our own health . We need to stop blaming the
outside for making us sick, whether it is corporations, a person, our immediate
environment or a government, and to recognize instead that our sickness
is a symptom telling us something is inside needs to be addressed. For
sure there are outside influences that we canít control, but there is much
that we can control by taking responsibility for ourselves and working
to change our habits.
Mental clarity is
improved and brain fog is lifted.
Rapid, safe weight
loss is achieved without flabbiness
The nervous system
Energy level and sensory
perception is increased. The longer the fast, the bigger increase in energy
and vitality. You normally need less sleep.
Organs are revitalized
The skin becomes silky,
soft, and sensitive
There is greater ease
fuller, freer and deeper
The digestive system
is rejuvenated and becomes more effective; the peristaltic action of the
intestines (the cause of a natural bowel movement) is stronger after fasting.
Fasting retrains your
tasting sense back to more healthy food as acute sensitivity is restored.
Fasting can increase
confidence in our ability to have control over our lives and our appetite,
and that our body is self-regulating and a self-healing organism capable
or establishing balance when given the possibility to do so.
Normal metabolic and
cell oxygenation are restored.
Detoxification - as
soon as the body realizes that it's fasting it will begin to eliminate
those things that cause disease, such as fat cells, arterial cholesterol
plaques, mucus, tumors, stored up worries and emotions.
One way to start is
to fast one day, working towards fasting regularly, one day per week or
for longer periods of time. You can fast from all food, or only from solid
food. You can choose a one day fast with only:
fresh fruit juice
fresh vegetable juice
Avoiding during the
cooked whole grains, whole grain flour products, bread, pasta, etc. vegetable
protein, soy products, etc.
dairy: milk, cheese,
yogurt, ice cream, butter, eggs, meats, fast food, junk food, prepared
foods, etc., chemicals: sugar, caffeine, artificial flavoring, sweeteners,
Not to consume any
drugs, nicotine and alcohol during fast should be clear.
You can fast from
1 to 40 days. Try to drink 2 liters of water or more per day.
The ten day water fast
has become a recommended number of days. Ten days on water will cause the
same weight loss as 30 days on juice. But water fasting is far more difficult,
especially if you have a fast metabolism. Water fasting cleanses the body
aggressively removing toxins rapidly. Water fasting can be more beneficial
than juice fasting in combating more persistent forms of cancer, cleansing
the tissues more aggressively. Water fasting demands mental preparation,
the less pressure and responsibility you have during a water fast the better.
Think of it a holiday away form the normal patterns of living. Some recommend
that the week before your fast, you drink fresh juices and eat mostly raw
fruits and vegetables to cleanse the body so that the detoxification during
water fasting will be less aggressive. Water fasting should always include
two of three days of juice fasting before and after the water fast. This
alternating between juice and water fasting is the most effective method
of achieving a full cleansing through fasting.
Avoid water straight
from the faucet. Distilled water is the best for cleansing because of its
inherent, magnetic properties and ability to absorb and suspend large quantities
of toxins, flushing them from the body. The perceived value of mineral
water is misleading because the inorganic minerals are like huge boulders
to the cellular membranes, making them impossible to assimilate. Plants
are able to break down the minerals from the soils, allowing them to be
completely absorbable to the cells of the body. The best water is distilled,
secondly, spring or filtered.
There are no calories
or nutritional value in water. On a water fast you have given your body
no options but to turn to itself for fuel. This can create a problem when
you have spent years depositing counterfeit fuel. Living exclusively on
dirty fuel during a fast takes tremendous courage & strength. To ease
into water fasting some recommend juice fasting with periods of water fasting.
For example 3 days on juice, 2 days on water, 5 days on juice, then 3 days
on water. You can juice when you have to work and water fast on the weekend
when you can rest.
It is not advisable
to water fast under the conditions of hyperglycemia, hypoglycemia, schizophrenia
or a chronic heart condition. If you have existing conditions it is best
if you consult with a fasting expert and/or be monitored throughout your
Be careful of dizziness
and black outs. The heart is resting as much as it can during water fasting.
Before you stand up, take one or two deep breaths to get the heart pumping.
If you start to black out, sit down or crouch down on one knee. This will
immediately stop the dizziness.
The Master Cleanse
or Lemon Cleanse is between a water fast and a juice fast. Basically it
consists of drinking a mixture of freshly squeezed lemons, water and maple
syrup for a period of 8 to 40 days. It is easier to do than a water fast
because you are still getting nutrients and energy from the lemons and
the maple syrup. This fast can be done while still maintaining your normal
work, yet is less calories than what you would get from a juice fast. It
is normal to lose weight on this fast and it is excellent for cleansing
the colon. For full details on how to do this fast see the following link:
Stanley Boroughs Master Cleanse
Juice fasting is safe
and can allow the body to clean itself of toxins while greatly improving
conditions for health. A benefit is that your energy level is high because
you are receiving sufficient nutrients from the juices, so you can carry
out normal activities. A juice fast takes some burden off the digestive
system and frees up some energy for accelerated healing though a water
fast does much better in that regard. Also, juices can make available extra
quantities of nutrients that a person might lack. Juices are easy to assimilate
and take hardly any digestive energy from the body, allowing the body to
put more energy into healing and rejuvenation. Packed with vitamins, minerals,
living enzymes, antioxidants, phytochemicals, yet low enough in calories
to force the body to cannibalize on its filthy waste, propelling you to
vigorous physical health and clarity of mind.
For your first fast
and for the purpose of healing disease most experts recommend a juice fast
over a water fast. Fasting on water has become a near impossible exercise
for a body that has been nurtured on poisons. The juice of fruits and vegetables
are filled with healing and cleansing properties that allow the body to
gently and safely detoxify. Juice fasting has become an effective stepping-stone
to water fasting. Through juice fasting, thousands of individuals have
been freed from serious diseases such as cancer, leukemia, arthritis, high
blood pressure, kidney disorders, skin infections, liver disorders, alcoholism
The thirty-day juice
fast is a standard. This length of fast feels about right because after
30 days it seems like you have been fasting forever. Less then 30 days
and you can miss the best experiences of the fast. If you are juice fasting,
a few days on water occasionally will intensify the fast and assist with
weight-loss if you have a slow metabolism.
Most people can juice
fast safely for up to 30 days. The exceptions are those with hypoglycemia,
diabetes, hypo thyroid, and Wilson's Syndrome. For these conditions, eat
slices of avocado and banana every few hours, add high quality vegetable
source protein powder to your juices, and add psyllium or another good
bulking agent to your juices twice a day to regulate blood sugar levels.
Do not juice fast if you have impaired kidney function.
The amount of juice
you drink will determine the intensity of cleansing. Drinking small amounts
of juice supplies fewer calories, thereby increasing detoxification. The
more intense the cleansing, the greater the discomfort. Juice fasting allows
you to have control over the process of elimination. However, when the
body enters a cleansing crisis due to toxins in the blood, no amount of
juice will eliminate the discomfort. You must wait it out.
or all-fruit juices, never combine fruits & vegetables to create juice.
Make your juice from fresh vegetables or fruits. You can also include herbal
teas with honey, vegetable broth, Barley Green, wheat grass juice and supplements
helpful for your specific condition. Drink juice whenever hunger develops
until pleasantly full as opposed to stuffed full. It is best if you filter
or strain the juices, removing any excess fiber or pulp so that you continue
to give the digestive system a rest. Also if it looks like you are not
losing weight on your fast, you can dilute the juices with water.
You may consider modifying
the fast by including quarter slices of avocado or banana to slow the cleansing
process. Modified juice fasting is good for those with health restrictions
such as diabetes or hypoglycemia. Bananas and avocados are slow to digest
and maintain a stable blood sugar level. Their high calorie content slows
the intensity of the fast and, because they are easy to digest, the body
still devotes energy to cleansing.
for Your Fast
Inform yourself about
fasting: by doing your own investigation, reading all you can about the
fasting process, the various kinds of fasts and what you can expect as
side affects. If you have a pre-existing health condition then you should
find out if there are contrary indications with fasting and your condition.
Determine your cleanse
duration and time period: Try to arrange that your fast is in a time
period where you have low activity or lobsters. Avoid heavy kinds of work
if at all possible. When it comes to long fasts and inability of somebody
to handle a long fast, you just do the best you can. When detoxification
increases as it does during fasting, the liver, kidneys, lungs and immune
system work extra hard to handle the load. If these systems were already
compromised before the fast, one must proceed carefully. You go as long
as you can tolerate it, whether physiologically or emotionally, and then
come back to eating again. Once you have some energy and are a few steps
further toward health, you can consider doing another fast. Several short
fasts can definitely do wonders if one long fast cannot be undertaken.
Long fasts are preferable to short ones because once the body is in the
fasting state it cleanses systematically into the harder to get at body
tissues. For this reason, most of the recoveries from illness have taken
place in the latter parts of long juice or water fasts. Long fasts give
body the uninterrupted time to do the work of healing. The first few days
of fasting gets rid of the gross waste products of digestion, but only
after this can the body pull out its tools to get to work on healing.
Of course, the best
is that people stay on a good daily health regime and then when the need
comes to fast to go ahead and do it for a week to 10 days or longer if
indicated. At least long enough to move completely into the fasting physiology
and accelerated detoxification. Ideally people should fast once or
twice a year just as a tune-up to deal with the environmental toxins and
junk in our foods as well as the emotional build up. Traditionally people
have fasted in the spring and fall, when the weather is mild.
It is good to at least
have mild exercise and movements with short walks to keep the lymphatic
fluid moving and to the keep the vascular system working. The amount
of exercise you can do is very much dependent on your existing condition
and how you are feeling that day and what kind of fast you are doing. Basically
one needs to be alert and listen to oneís body and not to overdo. Fasting
is resting, not a marathon! You may feel weak during a water fast and may
need to rest more often. While juice fasting, you may experience an abundance
of energy that makes exercise easy. If you experience energy loss, limit
yourself to stretching exercises, light walking or deep breathing.
It was theorized that
protein loss during fasting was harmful and that a fast should be supplemented
with protein. Fasting with protein became known as the Opti-fast. Fasters
took nothing but water and a protein drink. Sadly, several people died.
Protein digestion during the fasting state created an overload of urea
and the blood become acidic. In this condition, the organs become more
damaged instead of healing. To the body, fasting is a natural process.
During water or juice fasting, the protein levels of the blood remain constant.
Although protein is being utilized, a person fasting 40 days on water will
not suffer a deficiency of either protein, vitamins, minerals or fatty
acids. In the breakdown of dying and diseased cells, all essential substances
are available while fasting for reuse within the body. These dead cells
are utilized in a systematic manner.
is non existent in North America. You never hear of anyone being diagnosed
with protein deficiency. Fruit and vegetable juices have water-soluble
highly absorbable proteins. The body has a store of protein, and it uses
it selectively. Dying cells are the first to be used and healthy and vital
tissues are the very last and will only be used as a last resort. Only
during starvation is protein being stripped from healthy tissue to be used
to survive. This may take 30 to 80 days of fasting on water to reach this
The systematic searching
of cells to be metabolized is crucial in the healing of cancer. A cancer
cell represents protein and calories. Some cancers are so persistent that
you have to force the body to choose between healthy cells and cancer cells.
This requires a long fast on small portions of juice combined with days
of water fasting.
Elimination of Toxins
Enemas: If you are
not having natural bowel movements then an enema is advised to move out
the toxic material that is being scoured by your body. You will feel much
better after taking an enema. An enema can be taken daily in the beginning
days of a fast, then bi-daily for the remainder using just plain water.
Mucus: . It is common,
during fasting, for the nose and throat to pass sticky mucus, clogging
the sinuses. White strands of mucus may be found in the stool. You may
find that you are more comfortable if you use a Neti Pot to clear the sinus
cavities, to prevent getting a cold with the clogged sinuses. You can also
drink lemon juice with water to help clear the mucus.
Plan to shower or bath daily to aid in cleaning the pores and assist the
removal of toxins. The skin is a large organ and many toxins are removed
through the pores causing a gummy deposit on the surface of the skin. It
may help to brush the skin removing the sludge that is deposited there.
The 'healing' reactions
you get from fasting are dependent on your existing health and the toxic
load present in your body when you start. The first three days can be the
most difficult until one's appetite for food goes away, which it normally
does after the third day. Many people experience headaches, joint pain
and other discomforts in the first few days. Your tongue will become coated
and your breath foul, and you may notice increased body odor. These are
all normal detox reactions as the toxins move out of your body. With extended
fasting you will notice some days are symptom free, then as you move into
deeper layers of detoxification you will experience episodes of symptoms
as your body cleanses these other systems. In the later stages you remove
the mucous from your system and this can increase your likelihood to catch
a flu or a cold. At times you may feel weak or tired, so you should listen
to your body and rest. Periods of high-energy and mental clarity will be
experienced and can be variable, alternating between periods of healing
reactions and symptom free days. With extended fasts it is normal to also
have strong emotional reactions that have been suppressed, as the body
brings these to the surface also for healing... This can be a difficult
period, but can be dealt with more easily with meditation or Emotional
Freedom Technique (EFT). The cleansing response that happens is dependent
on experience with fasting, current health and level of toxins and sickness
in your body. If you have an existing health condition, it is possible
that you get a strong healing reaction or healing crisis. A link to a page
describing this reaction in detail is given below.
If cleansing responses
arise (headache, stomach upset, mental fog, lethargy,.etc) exercise great
patience and take rest until symptoms pass. It's all part of the process.
Always go to your capacity but never over-do. If unreasonably strong physical
or emotional symptoms occur, it may be wise to discontinue. The following
are common reactions and what can be done to ease the symptom while you
As the system detoxifies,
many of these spiritual aspects of ourselves that have been waiting to
come through for a long time are finally able to, and that person, hopefully
fasting in an environment that is calm and serene and peaceful and loving,
will be able to express and deal with these spiritual phenomena such that
it can have a very beneficial and positive effect. Meditation, EFT and
other tools can be used to help relate to spiritual and emotional phenomena.
Weight loss can initially
be as high as three to four pounds per day, but as the fast continues,
the average loss will be one pound per day. If you are juice fasting and
not losing weight, the juice is supplying all the calories you need. You
may have to cut down on the juices or alternate between water fasting and
juice fasting if losing weight is part of your goal. The slower your metabolism
the slower the weight loss. If you are thin or average weight and you fast
for 30 days on juice or 10 days on water, you will become thin. Ribs will
show, the face will become gaunt, and friends and family will display concern.
But the body will quickly normalize its weight in 5 to 10 days after the
fast. If you are thin to start with, fasting may allow you to gain additional
weight after the fast. Metabolism is normalized due to the cleansing process.
It is very important not to try to gain weight too quickly. The body can
rebuild only at a set rate. Overeating will burden the body and undermine
the rebuilding process.
You may experience
dizziness, if you do get down on one knee and the dizziness will stop immediately.
Back pain may increase
due to toxins in the lower intestine. The blood vessels that draw nutrients
from the colon are very close to the nerves of the spine. Back pain often
decreases after elimination of the toxins. Back exercises also can relieve
some pain. A cold pack also will help. An enema may be in order...
Waste passes through
the lungs which are an eliminative organ. Brushing the tongue with a tooth
brush, using dental floss and rinsing with mouthwash will reduce bad breath.
These may develop
from a toxic buildup in the mouth. Unhealthy bacteria increases between
the teeth. The tongue becomes coated with waste. To stop cankers, gargle
with sea salt mixed with water several times daily. Dabbing the sore with
tea tree oil or vitamin E quickens the healing process.
Mucoid is the perfect
food for viruses. Toxins weaken the immune system. When large quantities
of toxins and mucus are in the blood due to a fast, they can cause a susceptibility
to colds. To fight a cold, continue fasting to eliminate the mucus. Reduce
the liquid intake and drink lemon juice.
During fasting the
body conserves energy. The heart pumps slower and blood pressure lowers.
Standing or moving quickly from a resting position will cause the blood
to flow to the legs. For a few seconds, the brain may not get enough oxygen,
causing blackouts and dizziness. To stop a blackout get down on one knee
or sit. Lowering your center of gravity will instantly stop a blackout.
Blackouts are more frequent during water fasting.
Fruit juices have
a laxative effect that is more pronounced after water fasting. It can be
stopped by using the enema. Using psyllium husk during diarrhea will help
regulate the system.
Try to journal, EFT,
meditate, talk a walk, or rest.
Toxins can cause muscle
tightness in the neck and shoulders. This can result in tension headaches.
Massaging the neck and shoulders will help relieve the tension. The herb
Fever Few, which is available in health food stores, is well worth trying.
Drink lemon juice
with water, combine with Neti Pot.
The muscles may become
tight and sore due to toxin irritation. The legs can be the worst affected
as toxins accumulate in the legs. A self massage, hot baths, stretching
and exercising will help to release the toxins.
When waste is released
too quickly by the lymph glands, some of the toxic overload is taken by
the liver and secreted with bile into the stomach. This causes nausea.
Drinking water or carrot juice will dilute the bile and toxin mixture helping
to flush it from the system.
The elimination of
toxins can irritate damaged nerves. Exercise will relieve tension. Use
quarter slices of avocado to slow the fast or drink fruit juice if on a
water fast. However, you should note that any food intake may cause one's
hunger to return and make it more difficult to stay on the fast, just do
the best that you can.
The skin may become
oily as rancid oils are purged from the body. People with problem free
skin may have a few days of pimples or boils. A pallid complexion is also
a sign of waste in the blood. When cleansed of mucus and toxins, the skin
will be healthy, soft and unblemished.
Tiredness is normal
during water or restricted juice fasting. If the tiredness is too much,
increase the quantity of sweet juices like melon and carrot juice.
Include bananas and
avocados when juice fasting to balance the blood sugar level. Toxins in
the blood and reduced blood sugar levels may cause a weak heart to labor.
Like any other organ, the heart needs nutrients, a toxin free environment,
and time to heal. Also if one has the disorder of POTS it is advisable
to take salt so that the blood pressure does not get too low.
Do not juice fast
unless you use bananas and avocados to balance the blood sugar level.
Fasting can irritate
damaged kidneys due to the amount of toxins they filter. Try short juice
fasts of 3 to 5 days before progressing to longer fasts.
The liver can become
toxic due to abuse. If the liver is badly degenerated, cleansing must be
done in stages. Start with short juice fasts and lead to fasts over five
days. Avoid heavy proteins, refined flours and fatty foods. Eat meals of
fruits or vegetables between the fasts.
Nobody is too old
to fast - it is exactly what the body needs to feel young again. Shorter
fasts are recommended to start. Assess your physical state as you proceed.
If juice fasting becomes too intense, bananas and avocados will lessen
the intensity by slowing the cleansing.
Fasting will help
significantly. Choose the juices that do not irritate the condition.
(The cleansing reaction,
the detox reaction, or the Herxheimer reaction.)
During your fast you
may enter into a healing crisis, which indicates that a deeply seated sickness
is being healed, but also this means that you are going in reverse through
the reactions that you went through as your sickness progressed. This is
normally a good thing, because it shows that there is a major healing happening,
but the downside is that it is not easy to go through because of the uncomfortable
reactions that cause pain, etc. If you are feeling quite ill then you should
read through the healing reaction article to try to determine if this is
what is going on with you or not. It may be advisable to check with your
medical professional at this point, to try to determine if you want to
continue the fast or not. For more information read the following article:
Off Your Fast
"Itís a fact that
eating causes a cycle of hunger. Itís only when we stop eating that we
lose hunger! Think about it. All fasting experts agree that hunger
sensations are usually lost on or shortly after the third day of fasting,
and sometimes donít return for weeks, but when they do return, usually
very strongly, itís the time to break the fast."
But all fasting experts
point out that it is important to resume eating very lightly, and very
gradually, in exact relationship to the duration of the fast. Therefore,
if breaking a 40-day fast, you may want to start with only small quantities
of fruit juice for several days up to a week, before actually resuming
with solid food like regular fruit.
Keep the first solid
meal light and simple even though the mental temptation to dive into heavier
favorites will probably be high. Be gentle with your digestive system and
your digestive system will not only thank you but the overall benefits
of the cleanse will last much longer. If you were on a water fast, then
your first day can be juices, if your were on a juice fast, then your first
day should be raw vegetables or fruits. The next meal may include heavier
items such as potato, avocado or corn, but in any case you will notice
that your body is very sensitive to what you eat and you should use this
period of transition to learn more about what your body likes and doesn't
like you to put into it.
When waking up a slumbering
digestive system, the desire to eat will be intense. The flavors and textures
of food will be enhanced by super clean nasal passages. Eating will be
a brand new experience. This is the time to flex your new-found muscles
of discipline and self-control. As the body screams, I want more, wisdom
whispers, you have had enough.
Eating small amounts
of raw fruits and vegetables for the first five or six days will allow
the body to gently wake up the digestive system. The body will continue
to detoxify and cleanse during this period. Any toxins that have accumulated
will begin to move due to the sweeping action of the soft fibers of fruits
For six days gradually
increase the amount of raw fruits and vegetables in your diet. To break
a fast and gorge on meat, bread or junk food will be disaster. Jarring
the system this intensely when the digestive system is in a sensitive state
can cause stomach cramps, nausea and weakness, negating much of the benefits
of the fast.
Eat slowly and chew
your food well. Saliva has enzymes that assist in digestion. Up to 80 percent
of the starch, 30 percent of the protein and 10 percent of the fat can
be digested by the enzymes in saliva.
Do not overeat! Discover
the amount of food that your body needs to live a vibrant, healthy life.
Discern the difference between cravings and hunger. Never feed your emotions.
When breaking a fast
over ten days, the break-in period should be extended one day for every
4 days of fasting.
Sensitivity - Restored Senses
An interesting phenomenon
occurs after a fast. The years of conditioning your body to tolerate unhealthy
foods is reversed. The body is as clean as a newborn baby. Try feeding
a newborn baby Grandma's apple pie.
When the body is full
of toxins, its defense systems are not able to operate effectively. After
a fast the natural defenses are restored and sensitivity to unhealthy food
is increased. You will feel satisfied with smaller amounts of food and
sluggish and tired when overeating. Rich foods, full of fat, salt, and
processed sugars will cause nausea, headaches and weakness. A handful of
fruit will be thoroughly satisfying. Because the digestive system has to
work less, there will be boundless energy to spare.
Why? After a fast your
body is clean, and has far less tolerance to the poisonous foods that you
were used to eating previous to the fast. Understand, feeling sick when
eating poison is a sign that your body is functioning normally. Fasting
restores the body's ability to violently react to harmful, health damaging,
food. If you really desire, you can desensitize your body by slowly introducing
harmful foods back into your diet, but why you should? You better select
your food carefully, even though it is not possible to avoid toxins as
these are every where. So fasting as a regular cleaning is important and
will keep you healthy.
Through Fasting - Excerpt from Fasting to Freedom
Part IV - Juice Fasting - Strategies for True Health by Natural Hygienist
- By Dr. Ria Casey
Essene Gospel of Peace, Book 1
Meditation by BeiYin
Herbert Shelton, founder
of the Natural Hygiene Society, supervised more cases of fasting (at his
sanitarium in Texas) than almost any other fasting doctor, and has written
extensively on this subject with many case studies of people who healed
near-incurable diseases with fasts ranging from a couple of weeks up to
90 days. Shelton authored the following books,
and more: Fasting Can Save Your Life; Fasting For Renewal of Life;
Food Combining Made Easy; Getting Well; Superior Nutrition;
Facts About Fasting; Health For All; Health For the Millions;
Living Life to Live it Longer; Rubies in the Sand; Natural Hygiene:
The Pristine Way of Life; The Science and Fine Art of Fasting; The
Science and Fine Art of Natural Hygiene; Human Life:
Its Philosophy and Laws; and also: Human Beauty: Its Culture