Published: 11/27/2015 - Updated: 12/27/2017
Author: MSc. Miriam Reyes
Would you like to stay always young, lively, and avoid constantly getting sick? Well the solution is near. According to the naturist path and alternative medicine, fasting once a week is perfect for achieving this goal and for winning the battle against the passing years.
This means that just using creams, getting massages, exercising and consuming specific nutrients isn’t enough. They are important, but it is crucial that you set one day a week aside to stop eating.
It makes sense if you analyze it. Your digestive system never gets a break, and consequently we see digestive diseases appear due to accumulated toxins. If you accept that a prolonged rest is healing, why not apply this idea to your digestion?
The leader of India, Mahatma Gandhi, is one of the biggest proponents of fasting. Once he did it for 40 days. Researchers state that thanks to this practice, he lived 24 years longer with lucidity and intense activity. Unfortunately he died by being shot several times at 79 years of age, although researchers assure that if this hadn’t happened he would have lived several years longer.
But the fasting that this thinker did is not recommended for all. Different studies show that fasting for more than 24 days will cause one to lose more muscle than fat. The serious side of this is that it will directly affect the muscles of the heart. Although your body can accept fasting for up to 10 days without any damage, we recommend fasting only for 3 days. But to start your routine, and for making it a part of your routine, one day is best.
Benefits of fasting
The primary benefit of fasting is that it regenerates organs, which creates a sense and appearance of youth, feeling well and being healthy. It is also said to create a greater sense of mental lucidity, lifting your moods and making people more capable in their jobs. It strengthens the immune system and even heals diseases or conditions that are considered to be chronic. These diseases include asthma, hypertension, constipation, allergies and arthritis.
Lifts the spirit
These benefits are reflected not only in physical health, but in the spiritual as well. Fasting, according to those that practice it, creates happiness and mental peace. This will cause you to see your life and reconsider it, seeing the eating process as a healthier and more natural communion. A lot of these individuals have become vegetarian, or have stopped consuming foods rich in fat and sugar.
How to start your fast
Fasting one day a week doesn’t mean that you don’t eat anything, but rather that you restrict solid foods from the body. You can drink liquids and juices, but you don’t want to exceed 300 calories.
You should not start your fast abruptly. You need to prepare your body beforehand. You could eat solely vegetables the day before your fast, and drink lots of liquids, especially teas like horsetail or dandelion. If you prefer fruits, drink orange juice.
If you’ve already decided to fast for one day out of the week, eat normally for 4 of the days. The remaining 3 include one day to prepare for the fast whereby you choose bland, meatless foods. The following day is the fast, and the day after should also be special, eating only light foods, no meat, preferably fruits and liquids.
If you’re starting your fast on a Saturday, Friday night you should eat a light dinner at an appropriate time before going to bed. The day of the fast it’s a good idea to stay busy, doing household chores, going to class or resting. During the day drink water, preferably mineral water, or simply boiled water. You can also mix water and fruit juices, like orange juice, plum or apple juice. You could include a vegetable salad at dinner and then go to bed. The first two days after the fast you should eat light foods. Don’t eat as you normally would, as this could harm your health rather than help it. Some people don’t include salads while fasting, but simply fruit juices mixed with water. More radical fasts consist solely of drinking water whenever thirsty, or even when feeling hungry.
Remember that during your fast you should not submit your body to physical activities that require a lot of strength, like exercise, abrupt movements, or mental exercises. This even includes the days following the fast.
Those that regularly fast generally don’t have any outstanding uncomfortable symptoms. Rather, they claim to feel more lively, as if they were recharged with energy. People just starting out, however, will feel fatigued, tired and even dizzy. This is because of the hormonal and metabolic changes taking place. If this happens to you and it is your first day of fasting, don’t worry, this is a normal process. Remember that your fast is only for one day, and you will be able to withstand the first discomforts that arrive.
People that shouldn’t fast
Fasting should be undertaking by well nourished individuals that do not have anemia or diabetes. You also should not be hypertensive or hyperglycemic. This is also not good for people with tuberculosis. Likewise, pregnant women, minors, and people older than 65, AIDS patients, cancer patients, or patients who have had a heart attack, kidney failure, or liver failure should also not participate.
Revised by: Dra. Loredana Lunadei on 12/27/2017
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