BENEFITS OF FASTING

Benefits of fasting

 

The first question you might ask “Why should I fast?”

A thorough answer to that question could comprise an

entire book. The short answer is that fasting helps

the body to normalize itself

 

Think about what happens when you go to sleep at night.

Your body immediately goes about the tasks of repair

and recovery (as much as possible) from the wear and

tear of the day’s activities. A renovation takes place

in your brain and throughout your entire body that

enables you to arise refreshed and raring to go the

next day.

 

The restorative power of a night’s sleep involves many

factors, and the process is not completely understood.

But one factor that definitely helps facilitate this

process of rejuvenation is your nightly fast. While

you are sleeping each night, you are not eating—you

are not adding to your body’s digestive work. This

period of digestive rest allows your body to devote

more of its energy to its nightly restoration.

 

You probably know from experience that eating a heavy

meal late at night interferes with the quality of your

sleep and leaves you feeling groggy the next day.

Heavy eating late at night, much like heavy

drinking late at night, can leave you with a hangover.

 

Abstinence from food at night facilitates the process

of biological renewal, allowing your body to proceed

with its repairs and restorations. Of course, one

does not remain asleep throughout a fast, but when

fasting is combined with rest, your body treats it

as an extended period of renovation and renewal.

 

During fasting, your senses become more acute,

including taste, smell, and hearing. Even sight has

been known to improve during a fast, although that

does not always happen.

 

Balance and stability

 

Most people are familiar with the term homeostasis,

which refers to the body’s balancing, centering, and

stabilizing mechanisms. Homeostatic mechanisms are what

enable your body to adjust to the relentless changes

in your external and internal environments.

 

It is easier for your body to maintain homeostasis

when you are resting and fasting than when you are

eating and engaging in activity. The conservation

of energy during such a profound period of rest

creates a favorable condition for the biological

process of healing. The human body is programmed to

always seek normality, and a properly conducted fast

supports and encourages that process.

 

Absence of hunger

 

Your next question might very well be, “Won’t I be

hungry all the time when I am fasting?” The surprising

fact is that after one or a few days of fasting, most

people experience little or no desire for food.

 

The desire to eat is dictated by a combination of

physiological and psychological factors. It is

thought that hunger is triggered by the activity

of certain brain cells within the “appetite center”

of the hypothalamus which respond to the blood

glucose level.

 

During fasting, the body begins to burn fat as a

fuel, and the appetite center becomes temporarily

desensitized to blood glucose.

 

This makes it possible to fast without a gnawing hunger.

 

Most people report little desire for food while

fasting. They do not have a powerful, overwhelming

urge to eat. This helps make it possible for most

people to fast comfortably for several weeks or longer.

 

What to expect on your first fast.

 

Fasting has been an integral part of Natural Hygiene care

for more than 100 years. Many thousands of people have

restored their health through fasting. Some, ill and

distraught from years of discomfort and discouragement,

try fasting as a last resort.

 

Some of the conditions that respond well to fasting and

aggressive dietary changes after the fast are headache,

rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, heart disease, high blood

pressure, diabetes, colitis, psoriasis, lupus, and

uterine fibroids.

 

Fasting to heal oneself can mean the difference between

living life pain-ridden and dependent on drugs, going

from one doctor to another for relief and living a

normal, pain-free existence into old age.

 

Health Science asked longtime Hygienic physician

Ralph Cinque, D.C., to describe some of the experiences

a person might encounter while considering and,

ultimately, undertaking their first fast.

 

 

What to expect on your first fast.

Answers to the most commonly-asked questions!

By Ralph Cinque D.C.

 

 

Fasting is not the solution to every health problem,

but it can have a powerful effect in reversing pathology

and establishing a foundation for health.

 

If you have never fasted before, you undoubtedly have

many questions about it. Perhaps you have read a book

about fasting, and you are hopeful that fasting will

help you overcome a particular problem and improve

your general health.

 

But since fasting is not yet a regular part of medical

practice, it may be difficult for you to seriously

consider it. This is unfortunate because fasting can

have a powerful effect in reversing pathology and

establishing a foundation for health. Fasting is not

an all-encompassing solution to every health problem,

but it has great promise to bolster the recovery process

for many ailing people.

 

In order to make an intelligent decision about fasting,

you need reliable information that is accurate, factual,

and scientific. It is good to talk to people who have

fasted and to doctors who are experienced in the use of

fasting. Dr. Herbert Shelton (1895-1985), who was one of

the founders of the American Natural Hygiene Society,

probably had more experience with fasting than anyone

else who ever lived. It is estimated that he supervised

more than 40,000 fasts. Dr. Shelton used to say that

the most vehement objections to fasting are

made by those who have never missed a meal in their lives.

 

Think twice before accepting condemnations of fasting from

those who know nothing about it and have no experience with

it, whether they a physicians or lay persons. if you

objectively look at the evidence about fasting, you will

see that it has improved health and life for countless

people under a broad range of circumstances.

 

Psychological factors

 

It is important to recognize that psychological factors

can affect people differently during fasting. Some

people have a habit of thinking and talking about food

much of the time —  whether they are hungry or not. Some

people even dream about food while fasting. But most

people experience little or no psychological discomfort

about not eating for a period of time. Some even enjoy

the feeling of lightness and freedom they get while

fasting. Do not assume that you will feel like you are

“starving” because you won’t be starving.

You will be fasting.

 

Fasting, not starving

 

There is an important difference between fasting and

starving. Fasting is a period of abstinence from food

during which the body’s nutrient reserves are adequate

to meet the body’s nutritional needs. Starvation can

occur only if you abstain from food beyond the point

where you have sufficient nutrient reserves.

 

The differences between fasting and starving are

unmistakable to the trained eye, and that is why it

is important that you fast under the supervision of

a member of the International Association of Hygienic

Physicians (IAHP) who is certified for fasting supervision.

 

Will I experience discomfort?

 

While fasting, everyone tends to experience some

“locomotor weakness,” which refers to the withdrawal

of energy from the muscular system as the body tries

to conserve energy. Sometimes it is surprisingly mild.

Some people fast for two weeks without becoming

discernibly weak. They move about as easily as they

did before they began their fasts.

 

In general, those who are large and heavy tend to remain

more energetic than those who are small and light. The

body enforces an earlier slowdown of caloric expenditure

in those who have the least reserves. Thin people can

become weak rather early in a fast. Interestingly, women

tend to hold up better energy-wise while fasting than do

men. I presume it is because women tend to have greater

fat reserves, on average, but hormonal factors also may

be involved.

 

Symptoms may arise during fasting, such as headaches,

nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and skin eruptions.These all

are related to the increase in your body’s eliminative

activities during the fast, and they are considered to be

constructive. Dr. Shelton used the term “orthopathic,”

which means “right suffering,” to describe these events.

Nevertheless, they can be uncomfortable and distressing.

 

The vast majority of people are able to fast for a

sufficient period of time without major discomfort.The

most frequent complaint I hear from people who are

fasting is that they are bored. However, there are

instances when a situation arises that may necessitate

terminating the fast.That is why it is important that

you fast under the supervision of a physician trained

in fasting supervision.

 

Low blood pressure

 

Blood pressure tends to drop during a fast, which is a

good thing if your pressure is too high. But if you have

normal or low blood pressure, this further drop in blood

pressure during fasting can occasion orthostatic

hypotension—a sudden feeling of weakness and

lightheadedness that occurs when you try to stand up too

quickly. While fasting, you must be careful to move

around slowly in order to give your body time to adjust

to different postures.

 

There are special receptors in the neck called

baroreceptors which regulate the blood pressure to the

brain. These baroreceptors tend to respond more slowly

during fasting; they take longer to read conditions and

elicit a response. People have been known to faint while

fasting, but the only danger in fainting is that you may

hit your head on something hard or sharp as you fall down.

The way to prevent such a mishap is to be slow and careful

each and every time you shift positions during fasting.

Pause between postures to give your body time to adjust

to the effects of gravity.

 

Sometimes it is necessary to end a fast because of low blood

pressure. How low you can allow your blood pressure to drop

during fasting before terminating a fast depends upon what

your blood pressure was originally, and your size, age, sex,

and other factors.An experienced physician can make that

evaluation.

 

A good and safe experience

 

To maximize the benefits from fasting and ensure your

safety, obtain professional supervision from a certified

IAHP physician. Fasting beyond several days requires

professional supervision in order to be safe.

 

Moreover, there are some fragile and delicate individuals

for whom even one day of fasting would be ill-advised

without an IAHP doctor’s approval and supervision.

Stability is achieved during fasting because of adaptations

the body makes, and individuals vary at how well they make

those adaptations.

 

As I mentioned, the biggest complaint I hear from people

who are fasting is that they are bored. Here is where mental

discipline can be a major factor. No one will deny that it

can be mentally challenging to lie around fasting day after

day. But, if you take it just one day at a time (and don’t

decide ahead of time how many days you will fast), you can

get through your first fast without too much difficulty.

 

Dr. Cinque, 1996

 

 

 

Have you ever heard of Intermittent Fasting?

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FASTING: THE NATURAL WAY TO PERFECT HEALTH!

Water Fasting

By Loren Lockman

If you’re suffering from health challenges of any kind, you may want to take a look at the ancient, and amazing practice of fasting. Not well understood by many today, fasting has been used for time immemorial to address problems of all kinds.

Virtually all animals employ fasting in times of sickness or injury.

You may have seen a cat or a dog (or any other animal) lie down and refuse food when ill. Though people often believe that this is a “bad” thing and that the animal will be harmed by its stubborn refusal to eat, in fact, the animal is simply following its instincts and nature’s dictates and giving its body the optimal conditions in which to deal with virtually any problem.

Rumi, the great 11th century poet and mystic extolled the virtues of fasting. Pythagoras understood the impact that a clean body has on the brain, and insisted that all prospective students fast for six weeks before he would tutor them.

After Gandhi was assassinated at 77, his doctors commented that his organs looked like those of a 35 year old. Their only explanation was the extensive fasting he had done.

Plutarch said, “Instead of medicine, fast for a day.” This remains excellent advice. At the first sign of a cold or flu, or any other acute illness, if you will take to bed and cease eating, your body will have the opportunity to cleanse and heal itself much more quickly.

The benefits that can accrue to us via fasting are numerous and varied. Fasting is not magic, though it often seems so. It is simply nature’s way of allowing the organism the best possible conditions in which to cleanse and heal itself.

Heart disease affects 50% of all Americans. Last year, a peer-reviewed study published in a medical journal proved that fasting is three times as effective as hypertension medications at reducing high blood pressure.

It’s helpful to understand that virtually all symptoms that we experience are evidence that the body is attempting to heal itself. Sinus congestion, fever, swelling, even pain, are created by the body on purpose, and are nothing more than evidence that the body is working to address some problem and restore balance, or homeostasis. When the body is given an opportunity to cleanse and heal, all manner of symptoms may arise, and they often do.

Sometimes, those who don’t understand this will believe that the fast has made them sick. In fact, by ceasing to squander the body’s energy on unnecessary activities (including, temporarily, eating!), much more energy is available to cleanse and heal. The appearance of symptoms simply indicates that these processes have begun.

It is always the body that heals itself. Remedies of all kinds generally treat symptoms, not causes, and it is only by eliminating the cause of a problem that we can expect to solve the problem.

Taking a decongestant may relieve the discomfort, but it does nothing to eliminate the actual problem, which was a toxic substance in the body. With its means of elimination paralyzed by the drug, the body is forced to store these toxins, furthering the body’s build-up of them, and eventually creating chronic disease.

If you’ve been eating a Standard American Diet for 20, 30, 40 years or more, your body probably has a lot of stored debris. Additionally, as the body becomes overburdened with the toxins brought in from outside (exogenous) sources from our diet, water, and the environment, it’s also becoming overburdened with toxins created inside the body (endogenous). These endogenous toxins are the waste products of cellular metabolism. When a system is heavily burdened, it’s unable to process and eliminate the cellular wastes quickly enough, and these wastes build up.

Many years ago, French scientist Alexis Carrel won the Nobel prize for keeping the cells of a chicken heart alive for 32 years. He accomplished this by keeping the cells’ fluid bath clean, changing it twice a day. In fact, the cells only died when a research assistant neglected to change their bath one day.

Like the chicken heart cells, we can improve our health and extend our life by providing our internal organs with a clean environment. Fasting is the most effective and efficient way to allow the body to cleanse itself of all wastes, both exogenous and endogenous.

Fasting means different things to different people. I use the textbook definition: “the complete abstinence from all nutrients.” Though people talk about “juice fasting” or “fruit fasting,” these terms are misnomers. Because fruit and vegetable juices contain nutrients, taking only juices is more appropriately termed a “juice diet.” The same is true for long monodiets like the melon or grape diet.

Though many believe that juices and certain foods are “cleansing,” this isn’t true. Rather, simple diets of juices or water-rich fruits allow the body a much greater chance to cleanse itself than it has while eating a typical diet. Though the body detoxifies more than usual while consuming a lighter diet, this is very different than what happens while truly fasting.

There are beneficial physiological changes that occur in the complete absence of nutrients. The body goes through a series of steps to meet its constant glucose needs, looking first to the digestive tract, next to glycogen stores in the liver, then to muscle tissue to create glucose, and finally, to adipose tissue. This last step doesn’t happen if there are any nutrients coming in.

This is important because we retain toxins primarily in the adipose tissue – our long-term fat stores. With nutrients coming in, the body never switches to burning adipose tissue as a primary source of fuel. The result of this is that so-called “juice fasts” are generally much easier on the body because there is much less detoxification going on.

Though one can expect to experience some discomfort while fasting, the degree varies greatly and depends on the specific conditions of the faster. Most people enjoy the process and find it relatively painless.

There are some typical symptoms that one may expect to experience. As mentioned earlier, fasting is the most effective way to treat high blood pressure. Within days of beginning a fast, most people will see their blood pressure begin to drop. In cases where there is a lot of arterial plaque, blood pressure may go up first, as these fatty deposits are broken down and released into the bloodstream, thickening the blood.

There is no cause for concern in either case. However, when fasting, you are very likely to experience dizziness upon standing up quickly, and this can be dangerous if you pass out and hurt yourself when you fall. Take the precaution of sitting up first when getting up from a lying position, rise slowly, and brace yourself if possible.

Aches and pains, cold and flu symptoms, congestion, headache, and many other symptoms may also arise. One thing that often happens is that people find their internal organs. Many people are not really aware of their internal organs, and don’t know where they are. When fasting, it is not unusual to feel some aches in these organs, especially the liver and kidneys, which are the primary organs of detoxification. They will likely be working much harder than usual, and you may feel some pain there as a result.

It is also not unusual to experience aches and pains in old injuries. Injuries that healed improperly or incompletely tend to improve while fasting. When given a chance, the body goes back in and begins the work of completing these repairs. They may hurt while this is going on. This is the body’s way of reminding us to stay off them while they are healing.

Over the last 17 years, I’ve supervised people with almost every condition imaginable through fasts ranging from a few days to nearly 10 weeks. The results have been almost uniformly very positive. This should not surprise us though – the human body is incredibly resilient, and given the opportunity and ideal conditions, is almost always capable of healing itself.

How long your fast should be depends on your conditions. The average person has a six to eight week reserve of nutrients, and can safely fast that long, if she does it properly. Few people ever need to fast that long, though most would undoubtedly benefit from it.

Fasting properly means following the natural model: the sick animal lies still throughout the fast. Fasting means complete physiological rest, so this is the ideal way. I encourage my clients to spend as much time as possible resting comfortably with their eyes closed. Attempting to fast while continuing one’s normal routine is a recipe for disaster, as the body becomes quickly exhausted.

If fasting is a safe and natural process, why would anyone need supervision? No one does. However, many people find that they fare much better when in the proper supportive environment, and under experienced supervision.

There are some contraindications for fasting, though they are few and far between. I believe that almost everyone can safely fast, and will benefit greatly from doing so. Some exceptions to this are women who are pregnant or nursing, anyone who is emaciated for any reason, or anyone with extreme nutritional deficiencies.

Fasting in pregnancy or lactation results in an overload of toxins to the baby. Because fasting means that the body is living on nutrient reserves, those who are emaciated for any reason literally cannot fast. They can refrain from eating, but rather than fasting, they will be starving. In the first case, the body is being fed on non-essential reserve tissue. In the second case, when no reserves are present, the body will consume vital tissue. The body is intelligent enough to distinguish between the two.

The emotional component to this process is also very important. Fasting is an opportunity to clear out long-suppressed emotional “baggage.” The results of this part of the process can be amazing, and coupled with the rejuvenative physical effects, make fasting a very powerful tool.

If you’re having any trouble sticking to your chosen raw diet, you will also benefit from fasting. When you eliminate all of the toxins from your system, you will cease to crave any of the non-foods that still have a hold on you.

If you’re not already experiencing perfect health, you may want to investigate fasting. You’ll want to examine all of your diet and lifestyle choices to achieve this lofty goal, and fasting is a good way to start.

Loren Lockman directs the Tanglewood Wellness Center in Panama, where he supervises fasts, counsels clients one-on-one and teaches the principles of natural law. Loren can be reached by going to: http://www.TanglewoodWellnessCenter.com.

We are interviewing Loren during the 21 DAY DETOX CLEANSE AND FORUM this Sept 15 8pm EST. Please stay tuned.

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