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Fasting is a sacred honored tradition in many religious and cultural circles. In short, fasting is the abstinence from food or drink, or both. In the past, fasting is usually accompanied by inner soul searching and reflection - it helps to get in touch with your spiritual self. With the right direction, fasting can also aid our body's natural detoxification process and cleanse away all the toxins in our body. During fasting, resting adequately is essential in order to enhance the recovery of the body.
How Does Fasting Come about?
Even thousands of years ago, people have already understood the medical and mental health benefits of fasting. Thousands years ago, fasting was only served as a religious experience and was used to fully focus communal energy into enhancing prayer and spiritual experiences. Sometimes in order to remember a significant event, fasting were used as a commemoration of many of these events. Fasting hence was thought of something spiritual and special. Today, people fast for health reasons than religious reasons. Fasting speeds up the body detoxification process and revive your body's organ functions. The common forms of fasting are water fasting and juice fasting. Water fast serves as one of the most efficient ways to detoxify your tissues and blood - it involves total abstinence from food, while continuing consumption of water (and water alone- no soda or juice). Normally, water fast can last from 3 days to 10 days, and even longer if under medical supervision. The fact that you stay away from food allows cleansing to take place in your body. The first phase of water fasting forces your body to delve into stores of energy that it normally wouldn't (since you're not eating food). The lipid cells that have been dormant for years, storing both good and bad substances, are being freed. Because the lipids contain toxins, when you free the lipid cells, it uses the energy and releases the toxins from those lipids. Once the toxins are gone, your body immediately begins to detoxify itself. During the first few days of water fast, people usually feel rather ill as their bodies release toxins from their lipid cells. After all, these toxins have been stored inside your lipid cells for years, even decades, as by-products of "junk food" and the Western lifestyle. These signs that your body is releasing the toxins include gastrointestinal upset, fever, headache, neuromuscular weakness and fatigue. After a few days of toxin onslaught, these symptoms clear up and the body finishes detoxifying itself.
What do you gain from water fasting?
When you fast, the water will replenishes your body's source of vital life energy - water. Without water, the human body cannot function, repair or sustain. Drinking nothing but water renews the body's building blocks with fresh raw material (oxygen and hydrogen) to renew itself. Water fasting flushes your cells with this fresh material and forces the old toxins and chemicals into the bloodstream. There, they are detoxified by the liver, kidneys and skin. Water fasting is considered very challenging but it can be rewarding as you would feel a total cleansed body. Once you have completed a longer fast, you can maintain your new level of health by using smaller water fasts. 1-3 days on water fast every now and then will help keep your body "in tune" and detoxified. But definitely, a proper diet and lifestyle will contribute to keeping your body free and clear of toxin accumulation. Emma Deangela is the author of detox and fasting site at Detox Diets and Fasting. Combining both Asian and Western philosophy, Emma Deangela has helped many people by giving them health consultation to make their lives better and healthier through natural health philosophy. Visit Body Detox to discover the health philosophy that lead many people to a healthy life.
Starvation is a severe reduction in vitamin, nutrient, and energy intake, and is the most extreme form of malnutrition. In humans, prolonged starvation (in excess of 1-2 months) causes permanent organ damage and, eventually, death. The term "inanition" refers to the symptoms and effects of starvation
Types Of Fasting
1. Juice Fasting :The juice fast, as the name suggests is a fast where you only exist on fruit and vegetable juices. Juice fasting has gained immense popularity, especially with people who are trying to lose weight. It is a great method of detoxification fasting also and is advised by many dieticians for various reasons. 2. Spiritual Fasting:Spiritual fasting, as the name suggests, is a religious fast, where the person who is fasting can eat fruits, vegetables and water. Choice foods like meat and wine are not allowed. Benefits Of Spiritual Fasting * Fasting strengthens and purifies the spirit. When we cease to cater to the demands of the flesh, then we can listen to the soul and the spirit. * Religious Fasting brings us closer to God. To purify our spirit and to get used to the rigors of fasting, we turn we God, Thus we get closer to God when we fast. * Fasting gives strength to our prayers. It has been mentioned in the Bible that most of our prophets fasted before or during times of adversity or when they wanted to ask something from God. Even today, holy men advise that you fast in order to give power and purity to your prayers. * Spiritual Fasting increases will power. It is extremely tough to deny the flesh, especially in a world where we are used to pampering its every whim and fancy. Controlling and curbing our natural desires gives a strength to our will that comes into play throughout different situations in life.
3. Fasting To Lose Weight :It is a good exercise both for the weight loss and religious purpose. It is a safe way to lose your weight Fasting has been practiced for thousands of years but it was primarily for the religious purpose. During fasting, you will have to keep yourself hungry for all the day. Since there is nothing in the stomach, so it will shrink a bit. People do fasting for the religious purpose but now it is being used for the weight loss purposes as well. Muslims fast for the whole month. During fast they eat nothing from before sunrise to sunset. They train themselves by eating nothing throughout the month. Although skipping a meal for the whole day is a difficult thing but it proves very good for the weight loss. After fasting month, people become very slim. 4. Colon Cleansing Fasting:When fasting and colon cleansing is considered, there are some factors which need to be seriously observed. It includes the effect that fasting has on the metabolism of the body. When the food is denied to the body, it would translate the calorie decrease akin to starvation. When such things occur, the body goes in the mode of the metabolism would begin to slow down drastically for the conservation of stored fat. 5.The Absolute Fasting: An absolute fast is when one abstains from both eating and drinking. Even water is not allowed on absolute fasts. This fast is not advised for more than three days. This is more on the sides of Christian fasting or religious fasting and not for people fasting for health reasons.
6. A Regular Fasting :Traditionally, a regular fast means refraining from eating all food. Most people still drink water or juice during a regular fast. When Jesus fasted in the desert, the Bible says, "After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry." This verse does not mention Jesus being thirsty. 7. A Partial Fast :This type of fast generally refers to omitting a specific meal from your diet or refraining from certain types of foods. Daniel 10:2-3 says, "At that time I, Daniel, mourned for three weeks. I ate no choice food; no meat or wine touched my lips; and I used no lotions at all until the three weeks were over." In Daniel 1:12, they restricted their diet to vegetables and water: "Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink." 8. A Full Fast :These fasts are complete - no food and no drink. Acts 9:9 describes when Paul went on a full fast for three days following his encounter with Jesus on the road to Damascus: "For three days he was blind, and did not eat or drink anything." Esther also called for this type of fast in Esther 4:15-16: "Then Esther sent this reply to Mordecai: 'Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my maids will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.'" It is recommended that this type of fast be done with extreme caution and not for extended periods of time. 9.. Liver Cleansing Fasting 10. Detoxification Fasting 11. Water Fasting Water fasting and tea fasting are the classical and strictest forms of fasting, since, for a certain time, there is no calorie intake at all. Water fasting leads to weight loss, to cleansing and purification of the entire organism and to an introduction of healing processes. The immune system is strengthened and your immune system is activated. Traditionally, water fasting has been used only for purification and religious or mystical purposes And the list goes on... I have not actually done all of the various types of fasting. However, reading about the many benefits of various types of fasting to the body (and spirit) and how it is actually a cornerstone of healing (the natural way), has opened my mind to it. No wonder even some of the world's great spiritual leaders have taken to the different types of fasting. Whatever types of fasting or frequency you choose to engage in, those who have journeyed down that path recommend starting slowly, and building up as you progress. Extra care is important because you would not want to jeopardize your health, even for the sake of rapid weight loss. Even if there are studies pointing out that human beings can live up to two-and-a-half months without food, most health care professionals do not recommend fasting that long. Fasting, as distinct from dieting, means that while the body subsists without food, it will systematically cleanse itself of everything except vital tissue. When we talk about types of fasting, there is what is known as a total fast and partial fast. The different types of fasting may also be categorized by the type of food or liquids involved. There is the intense water fast, and the popular juice fast. Another type, which limits food intake to raw vegetables, fruits and salads also lead to less calorie consumption. Whatever types of fasting you set your heart and mind to, what is important is that it is not imposed on the body or forced just to adhere to external custom.
HOW TO BREAK FASTING
A).- First Day It Break Only By Eating Fruits And Vegetables Containing Lots Of Water (Never Stop Drinking Own Urine). B).- Second Day Eat Fruits And Vegetables Containing More Weight. C).- Third Day After Breaking, Fasting You Are Able To Eat Bread Products, Not Allowed To Eat Meats (Only Once A Month). D).- Forth Day Eat You Regular Healhty Food Continue Drinking Your Urine Daily Your Next Fasting (Next Month).
Physical Benefits of Fasting
* Fasting is the best method of detoxification. It cleanses the body of toxins and impurities while healing the body from within. * Fasting facilitates rapid and safe weight loss. Different types of fasts like the juice fast or water fast are extremely effective for weight loss. * Fasting gives a break to the digestive system, which is one of the most hard working parts of our body. This in turn revitalizes and rejuvenates the digestive system. * Fasting revitalizes the cells and heals the body. Energy that is generally taken up by the process of digestion on normal days is concentrated towards healing other parts of the body during fasting. It is a great method of healing and repairing different body parts that are otherwise ignored in order to carry out basic bodily functions like eating and digestion etc. * Fasting puts a glow on the skin. Due to detoxification and rejuvenation of the body and its cells, a person’s skin starts looking healthier and better after a fast, especially if he has been on juice fasting, liquid fasting or on a detox fast.
The Duration of the Fast
The duration of the fast depends upon the age of the patient, the nature of the disease and the amount and type of drugs previously used. The duration is important, because long periods of fasting can be dangerous if undertaken without competent professional guidance. It is, therefore, advisable to undertake a series of short fasts of two to three days and gradually increase the duration of each succeeding fast by a day or so. The period, however, should not exceed a week of total fasting at a time. This will enable the chronically sick body to gradually and slowly eliminate toxic waste matter without seriously affecting the natural functioning of the body. A correct mode of living and a balanced diet after the fast will restore vigour and vitality to the individual. Fasting is highly beneficial in practically all kinds of stomach and intestinal disorders and in serious conditions of the kidneys and liver. It is a miracle cure for eczema and other skin diseases and offers the only hope of permanent cure in many cases. The various nervous disorders also respond favourably to this mode of treatment. Fasting should, however, not be restored to in every illness. In cases of diabetes, advanced stages of tuberculosis, and extreme cases of neurasthenia, long fasts will be harmful. IN most cases, however , no harm will accrue to fasting patients, provided they take rest, and are under proper professional care.
Effects of Fasting on Body
There are several benefits 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 is helpful to clear out the
problems that have arisen from overeating and a sedentary lifestyle. The process of decomposing and eliminating waste toxic materials can improve or even cure various diseases: cardiovascular and circulatory diseases, diseases of digestive system, diseases of the locomotor system including rheumatism, respiratory system diseases including asthma etc. 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. Fasting also acknowledges the feeling of appetite and makes us think about poor people in our society thus it also leaves great concern for society in which we live. But always we should keep in mind that after fasting we should not cherish our body with unhealthy food otherwise the purpose of fasting will be ruined As well as there will be bad effects on our health.
Importance Of Fasting
Normally Fasting is done for religious and spiritual reasons but it has lot of benefits for health. Fasting achieves a physiological rest to the digestive, assimilative, and protective organ Next, the bodily energy normally used to digest and assimilate food is now used to purify our body. Fasting is a safe and effective means of maximizing the body's self-healing capacities. Our body needs 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. 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 our body. Benefits of Fasting
Problems During Fasting
There are a lot of side effects of fasting due to the range of physiological changes that take place in the body. These include headaches, nausea and muscle aches. Each of us responds differently to detoxification, depending on the levels of toxicity in the body. You may become sick after getting on to a fast or you may be energized and renewed. These reactions soon give way to a sense of well-being and clarity of mind. You no longer feel hungry after the first day has passed, but if you aren’t careful, you might develop serious complications in the long-term. A change in the eating pattern without arranging for any adjustment to the dosage and timing of insulin can lead to a deterioration of glycemic control. The hazards of fasting can be intensified if you have long periods of abstinence from water or liquids, as in water fast. You are sure to lose weight resulting in nutritional deficiencies, feel weak, and suffer muscle cramps due to mineral deficits such as sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus. Your blood pressure could drop, leading to fainting spells especially when you try to sit up or stand after lying down. Your uric acid levels may rise, causing severe attacks of gout or a uric acid kidney stone. Some people have experienced hormonal changes, with the thyroid hormone level falling, but rising again due to protein-sparing ketosis. However, female hormone levels fall, due to protein malnutrition, due to a loss of menstrual flow. Cardiac problems occur very easily as do deaths due to serious ventricular arrhythmias, experienced usually during long water fasts. This is also due to your using powders for indefinite periods, but the risk is lowered if you get on to a juice fast. You can protect yourself from the problems of fasting by having through physical exams such as blood tests and electrocardiograms at various stages along the course of the
program. You might make certain life changes after finishing a fast, such as getting a new job, taking a divorce, or other such major moves. It is said that fasting urges you to do something new. It brings about selfrealization and change, makes us see our true potential, and gives us a new focus in a new direction rather than show us where we have been all along. During fasting transitions, people usually question aspects of their lives and make new plans for the future. They grow sensitive to their job, mate, home, etc. Even though the insights that you face may be overwhelming and may shake the foundations on which you stand, they will ultimately be positive as they help us follow our true nature and achieve our innermost goals.
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