What is fasting?

Fasting:

Willingly abstaining from food, drink or both for a specified period of time. It can be total or partial. It can be observed uninterrupted for many days, or for certain periods of time like the Muslim practice during Ramadan. Fasting will help the body to get rid of toxins. From the medical point of view it is a state achieved after digestion of a meal.

Fasting is done for religious and spiritual reasons and is mentioned in the Bible, in Old and New Testament, the Quran, the Mahabharata and the Upanishads.

Basics of Fasting

You fast by not taking certain foods, while taking some. At times, you may not take any solids, but just liquids. Depending upon tradition, people fasting abstain from sex as well as food, or sometimes certain types of foods or they may refrain from eating meat.

Detoxification

is what fasting is all about. It is the normal body process of eliminating or neutralizing toxins through the colon, liver, kidneys, lungs, lymph glands, and skin. This process is precipitated by fasting because when food is no longer entering the body, the body turns to fat reserves for energy.

The fat reserves were created when excess glucose and carbohydrates were not used for energy or growth, not excreted, and therefore converted into fat. When the fat reserves are used for energy during a fast, it releases the chemicals from the fatty acids into the system, which are then eliminated through the aforementioned organs.

Methods Used in Fasting

  • Juice Fasting

    – Many take juices only the whole day and avoid taking solids. Juice fasting is far superior to water fasting. You can take orange juice or lemon juice or any juice that you prefer. Juices help in the elimination of uric acid and other inorganic acids. Sugars in juices will strengthen the heart.

  • Raw vegetables

    – One might eat raw vegetables the whole day. Raw vegetables are good for health. Vitamins, minerals, enzymes can be found in them. A diet of raw vegetables is considered to be very nutritious.

  • Fruit diet

    – One can just take fruits the whole day. Different varieties can be eaten.

  • Complete abstinence

    – Some do not drink or eat the whole day.

Herbs for Fasting:

Besides above mentioned methods used in fasting, you can also use herbs for fasting. There are various herbs for fasting which enhances the process of detoxification. Some of the herbs for fasting are listed below:

  • Burdock Root:

    This is considered to be one of the most powerful herbs for fasting. It is highly effective in purifying blood as it removes all the heavy metals like mercury and other toxins from the body.

  • Dandelion:

    This bitter herb has potent detoxifying and diuretic properties. Besides aiding detoxification, dandelion is also effective in relieving fasting symptoms like headache.

  • Licorice Root:

    This is another potent herb for fasting and reduces fasting discomforts. Besides enhancing detoxification it also acts as potent anti-inflammatory agent.

  • Grapefruit:

    Freshly prepared grapefruit juice is rich source of live enzymes and is one of the fruit which does not requires stomach acid for digestion. Besides being wonderful cleaning agent it also has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and antiseptic properties.

Fasting Health Effects:

There are several beneficial fasting health effects such as purification, rejuvenation, revitalization, and rest for digestive organs, clearer skin, anti-aging effects, improved senses, hearing, taste, and reduction of allergies, weight loss, drug detoxification, and better resistance to disease, spiritual awareness.

Fasting increases the process of elimination and releases the toxins from the colon, kidneys and bladder, lungs and sinuses, and skin. This process can generate discharge such as mucus from the gastrointestinal tract, respiratory tract, sinuses, or in the urine. This is helpful to clear out the problems that have arisen from overeating and a sedentary lifestyle.

Water Fasting Tips:

Water fasting is considered to be one of the best purifying fasting method. In case of water fasting except for water one abstains him/herself from other nutritional supplements. Listed below are 6 important water fasting tips for successful and healthy completion of water fasting:

  • Before starting water fasting you need to be mentally prepared and it is advisable not to start on trial basis. Choose a period when you have less responsibility and work pressure.
  • It is advisable drink lot of fruit juices and consume lots of fresh raw fruits and vegetables 1 week prior to your water fasting. This is beneficial in complete detoxification as well as it will avoid sudden pressure on your body.
  • During water fasting heart is in the resting phase hence it is advisable to take deep breathes before you start doing any work. Deep breathing enhances oxygenation and improves blood circulation hence reducing the risk of blackouts and dizziness.
  • In case you have slow metabolism and you are juice fasting then occasional water fasting intensifies the fast as well as assist in weight loss process.
  • The main advantage of water fasting over juice fasting is that you experience zero hunger and it gives complete rest to your digestive system.
  • In case you are planning 3 days of water fasting then it is advisable to use an enema.

Self-control is also learnt from fasting.

Fasting helps body in self-regulatory way of functioning. It helps the body to gain back its vitality.