Fasting is one of the best ways we can self-heal. Fasting is an ancient practice and it is found in the Bible, Islam and many other religions and cultures. Traditionally Christians fast in lent, Muslims during Ramadan. But it is far from being just about spiritual sacrifice or enlightenment. Controlled fasting is clinically proven to rejuvenate the body and enhance its abilities for self-repair. Indeed, if you observe animals when they are ill, they do not eat anything until their condition improves.
The fact is the vast majority of us eat too much and this overloads our system, particularly our liver, kidney and colon. As a result, the body becomes less efficient at extracting nutrients while at the same time becoming choked with accumulated waste and toxic matter. By fasting we give the body a chance to recuperate and expunge toxins.
To begin with the body eliminates waste and toxins; then it burns off carbohydrates; next it burns off excess fat; only then will it switch to healthy matter. In other words, careful regulation of fasting will only eliminate or burn off the bad or unneeded things.
Those who fast report that by the end of fasting they feel lighter in mood, more energized, quicker on their feet, and able to concentrate better. naturally, they have lost weight too and feel more youthful and look younger. The skin is much improved as well as toxins have been purges.
• Check with your doctor before you begin a fast.
• Seek guidance from a professional with substantial experience in fasting therapy.
• Consider doing a fast with a loved one or friend for motivation, encouragement and discipline.
• Fasts can vary greatly in length. Do not attempt a long fast, typically about 40 days, before you have successfully completed a few shorter ones – anything from a one-day “water fast” to a week long fast.
• Eventually you might consider mixing a number of short one- day fasts in the year with a few week-long fasts and one major fast.
• For motivation, just think of the money you save on food and the time spent on shopping and cooking! think too how much more youthful and energized you will look and feel to your family and friends. Enjoy the satisfaction of knowing that – properly conducted – you are helping yourself to self-heal and live longer.
Most of us do not like the thought of growing old. With health care costs rising to prohibitive levels, the prospect of getting sick and becoming a burden to ourselves and to our family is too dreadful to think about. We have forgotten that we can do something about it.
Each of us is a child of nature, and we all possess nature’s power to heal. Hippocrates, the father of Western medicine, once said, “Everyone has a doctor in him or her; we just have to help it in its work. The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well”. Only nature is able to heal diseases, and the best anyone can do- physicians included- is to assist nature as it goes about the process of healing.
One of the best ways to support nature in her healing work is through fasting. It may not sound like the easiest thing to do, but fasting is in fact Nature‘ s way to ensure that the resources of your body are focused on the job of healing. “the best of all medicines are rest and fasting”, according to Benjamin Franklin. nature herself insists on it: humans and other animals have a natural inclination to fast. When injured or ill, animals instinctively do not eat anything until their health has improves. Most people automatically experience a loss of appetite when stricken with flu and other infections, or when suffering from chronic diseases such as hepatitis, cancer, and others.
Fasting has been practiced by humans from time immemorial. The written and oral histories of all cultural traditions, including religious writings, contain accounts of historical persons, founders of major religions, and countless others performing long water fasts for physical benefit as well as spiritual renewal. Hippocrates, Socrates, and Plato practiced fasting, while Pythagoras required his students to undergo 40- day fasts prior to admission. But these are not mere instances of historical interest; many people of modern times have undergone fasting to reap its healing benefits.
The benefits of fasting are many, and they serve as concrete proof of the remarkable healing powers of the human body (see http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/exchange/node/1834). Many studies on fasting have shown that regular fasts can help delay the process of aging. yet, fasting has been the target of much undeserved criticism. There are those who cast blind eyes on the positive aspects of fasting and erroneously warn about being starved and deprives, far from being a state of starvation or deprivation, fasting is actually a condition of rejuvenation, healing, and enhancing the bodies capacity to repair itself.