What is fasting?
What is fasting?
Fasting is an effective cure for many diseases. In this age of pervasive pollution, it is more important than ever in warding off premature aging and degeneration of your body due to toxicity. Fasting has been used in every tradition for thousands of years.
Fasting need not mean total abstention from all food. If you are eating a poor diet, high in processed or fast foods, then a seven-day detoxification fast that includes all the major food groups can be a delight to indulge in. Such a fast would include mostly non-sweet vegetables, bone broth or a source of minerals, and some acids such as apple cider vinegar or sharp citrus fruit like lemon. Fasts should always include sufficient quantities of clean, mineral-rich water.
Interestingly, you should include a little protein in foods taken whilst fasting. The full detoxification process requires certain amino acids.
If you are doing more than missing a few meals, it is best to fast under the supervision of an experienced practitioner.
Ketogenic fasting is when most of your energy comes from (good) fat, and your body converts from using mostly glucose as a fuel, to using ketones as a fuel. The ketones are made from the fatty diet. My ebook Grow Youthful discusses research that shows how paleolithic humans evolved with plenty of fat in their diet, and how our bodies can use ketones as a primary fuel. When food was scarce, evolutionary selection would have favoured those who were able to continue with their lives, resisting infections and other diseases and having sufficient strength in reserve to hunt, gather or fight as required.
Fasting should normally be done regularly, and for short periods. Long periods (several days or more) of fasting are harsh on the body, and can make some ailments worse.
It is important to note that fasting is not a process of severe hunger and deprivation. Be gentle on yourself. If the fasting feels uncomfortable or stressful, then stop.
Fasting increases your energy level in the short-term (like missing one or a few meals) because digestion requires a lot of energy. Within twelve hours of reducing your food intake your body starts to break down waste matter such as dead and damaged cells, metabolic wastes, salts accumulated in joints, various cysts and lumps, cancerous cells, pollutants, and harmful microbes. After 16-24 hours, this process is in full swing. Your organs and glands get a much-needed rest, during which the enzyme power that would have been used for digestion is instead available for repair, detoxification and healing.
- Stimulates the production of human growth hormone.
- Stimulates the immune system. Autophagy is stimulated.
- Cleansing effect on your mind, increasing your awareness and concentration. Throughout the centuries, fasting has been associated with the development of spiritual awareness.
- When you fast, the waste products released from fat are more acidic than those normally in your body are. Therefore, there is a heavy drawdown on your alkaline mineral reserves. It is important that your body is as alkaline as possible prior to fasting, and that you replace the alkaline salts lost while fasting.
- Try to avoid fasting in the winter, and be gentle on yourself if you are underweight, anaemic, elderly, or suffer from the cold.