There are many types of fasts: There is the water fast, the fruit fast, the rice fast, the juice fast, wheatgrass and barley juice fasts, spirulina fasts and the grapefruit fast. We even have people recommending a fast without water for the first week of a radical fasting program but this is medically insane and should be avoided like the plague because of hydration and toxicity issues. The most stringent form of fasting is taking only water; but a more liberal form of fasting includes the use of fresh juices made from fruits and vegetables as well as herbal teas. All of these limited diets generate varying degrees of detoxification—that is, elimination of toxins from the body.
I do recommend to everyone to try at least a 24 hour water fast to experience the baseline of fasting. To reduce oneself down to just water offers a learning experience with self as well as diet that will propel one in the right direction. In the chapter on diabetes I mention naturopath Walter Last’s lemon juice and spirulina fast, which is a radical but effective treatment for serious diseases.
Personally, living in Brazil, which is a fruit paradise, I use fresh and frozen fruits combined with Rejuvenate, which you will find considerable information on in the chapter on “Superfood Medicine & Nutrition.” It is quick and easy and one can create intensely powerful nutritional treatments with Rejuvenate that are incredibly tasty and even more concentrated and rich in nutrients than from pure juicing.
A liquid fast gives the body the best
opportunely to detoxify and regenerate.
Dr. Evarts G. Loomis said, “Fasting is the world’s most ancient and natural healing mechanism. Fasting triggers a truly wondrous cleansing process that reaches right down to each and every cell and tissue in the body. Within 24 hours of curtailing food intake, enzymes stop entering the stomach and travel instead into the intestines and into the bloodstream where they circulate and gobble up all sorts of waste matter, including dead and damaged cells, unwelcome microbes, metabolic wastes, and pollutants. All organs and glands get a much-needed and well-deserved rest, during which their tissues are purified and rejuvenated and their functions balanced and regulated. The entire alimentary canal is swept clean. By rebuilding immunity, health is naturally restored and disease disappears.”
Fasting for the alleviation of human suffering has
been practiced uninterruptedly for 10,000 years.
Fasting is a process that facilitates the body’s healing mechanisms. It is a gift to an overburdened body. It is extremely effective in creating an internal environment where the body can do what it does best—heal itself. After fasting, the body is more efficient. Digestion is better due to a cleaner colon. The colon walls have been cleansed of impacted feces (colon cleanse is a vital part of any fasting detox program), allowing improved absorption of nutrients.
Fasting increases the process of elimination and the release of toxins
from the colon, kidneys and bladder, lungs and sinuses, and skin.
This process can generate discharge such as mucus from the
gastrointestinal tract, respiratory tract, sinuses, or in the urine.
Dr. Elson M. Haas
All organs and glands get a much-needed and well-deserved rest, during which the tissues are purified and rejuvenated and the functions balanced and regulated. The entire alimentary canal (stomach, small intestines, and large intestine/colon) is swept clean, and what comes out the lower end should astonish and disgust the first-time colon cleanser/faster sufficiently to make fasting coupled with colon cleansing irrigations a lifelong habit. Perhaps the most important benefit of fasting is that it thoroughly cleans and purifies the bloodstream.
A. J. Carlson, Professor of Physiology, University of
Chicago, states that a healthy, well-nourished man can
live from 50 to 75 days without food, provided he is not
exposed to harsh elements or emotional stress.
The ancient Greeks fasted for health and longevity, and were known for their robust physical health. Galen, Paracelsus and Hippocrates, who are recognized as the founding fathers of Western medicine, prescribed and practiced fasting for all serious ailments. Pythagoras required his students to fast for 40 days to purify body and mind prior to receiving his highest teachings. Plato and Aristotle fasted regularly to enhance physical health and stimulate mental powers.
The human body has many ordinary modes of achieving elimination: the liver, lungs, kidneys, colon, etc. When these are overloaded, the body will resort to “extra-ordinary” methods of elimination: boils, mucous and other discharges, sweats, vomiting, diarrhea, and many others. Should elimination be impossible or uneconomical of body energy, the toxic overload will go into storage forms in the joints, vessels, muscles, organs—almost any tissue in the body. While fasting, the body is highly conservative of its energy and resources. During this deep and profound rest, toxin intake and production are reduced to a minimum while autolysins and elimination proceed unchecked. Anabolic processes such as tissue and bone healing also proceed at a maximal rate during the fast.
The fast is Nature’s remedy for all diseases and there are few
exceptions to the rule. When you feel sick, fast. Do not wait until
the next day, when you will feel stronger, nor till the next week,
when you are going away into the country, but stop eating at once.
The Fasting Cure
Fasting tends to control passion as it puts a check on our emotions. Fasting also controls the senses. It purifies the mind and the heart. Fasting overhauls the respiratory, circulatory, digestive and urinary systems. It eliminates (detoxifies and chelates) the impurities of the body. Fasting is one of the ten canons of yoga.
Animals instinctively fast when ill.
Just about everybody benefits from fasting. Even those who live a relatively healthy lifestyle still have toxins. Due to old and often bad nutritional habits, environmental pollutants, stresses and strains of life situations, most of us suffer from toxic deposits throughout the body. With the elimination of these toxins, remarkable and sometimes incredible changes can and have occurred.
Many people have experienced and witnessed the complete reversal of so-called incurable diseases (like psoriasis), the cessation of chronic migraines, the elimination of allergies and back problems, and dramatic relief from the discomforts and pains of rheumatic and arthritic sufferers etc. Even if you are relatively healthy, a fast is a wonderful preventative measure against aging and possible future ill health.
Fasting provides a much-needed rest for the internal organs, restoring and normalizing glandular, metabolic and nervous-system functions, speeding up the elimination of morbid accumulations, toxic wastes and dead cells, accelerating new cell and tissue generation, and enhancing cell-oxygenation.