Fasting and detoxification - Give the body a break

Fasting is a period where we abstain from food and sometimes drink, to give our body, the digestive system and our organs a break. Energy saved during a fast is used to focus on the repair and maintenance of the body’s essential functions and to restore homeostasis.

Fasting often occurs in a religious or spiritual context, where a fast can bring about mental clarity and physical wellbeing and lightness – and ultimately, more meaningful, clearer and intuitive thought processes.

Fasting can involve the drinking of pure water or of freshly pressed raw organic vegetable and fruit juices. It is an essential part of nutritional therapy and food as medicine. The two work well hand in hand.

Detoxification is a general term for when the body sets into motion a process of eliminating waste substances. This is usually done by stimulating and cleansing the organs responsible for the elimination of waste, such as the kidneys, liver, lungs, gall bladder, pancreas and intestines.

Fasting is one tool in the process of detoxification. Colonic cleansing is another, which employs the use of an enema or intestinal flush to remove waste from the body. There are many opinions on whether this is an effective method, especially over a long period, but has been used with success by Dr. Max Gerson, Dr. Bernard Jensen, Arnold Ehret and Norman W. Walker, and many others.

Other methods include using a combination of healing clays, charcoal, psyllium, linseed and natural herbs to encourage regular elimination and balance of intestinal flora, as well as changing one’s diet to include only wholefoods in their unadulterated state.

Some health problems today arise from overeating and overloading the digestive system with, among other things, too much food, drink, medication and goodies such as alcohol, sports drinks, sugar and cigarettes. This can contribute to the slowing down and dysfunction of our digestive and eliminative processes. When this happens, dis-ease can take hold.

A fasting and detoxification regime needs to be based on safe, realistic and effective guidelines tailored to your body and health status. It’s an essential part of an enduring long term health plan.

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