Some people hear the word “fasting” and they think that is an action for religious folk and it only occurs in highly regimented religions. However, fasting is used for more than just spiritual reasons. Fasting has many different benefits that can help awaken the body, purify it and keep it functioning at top speed.
There are many different types of fasts. The first type of fast is the typical “religious” fast in which there is no food consumption and no drinking ANYTHHNG for 24 hours. This fast is more for the purpose of forcing the body to submit to the will of the Soul. Although this form of fasting is mostly a religious practice, it does have health benefits. It is good for the body to rest every once and a while from digestion and to just have time to clear out all the old and start anew. This type of fasting really only brings you a minimal glimpse of what a longer fast can offer you.
The second type of fast is the pure water fast. This type of fasting usually lasts from two days to 40 day. In this fast you can drink water, but there is no food or calorie consumption of any kind. The benefits of this type of fast are plentiful.
- Fasting will detoxify your body of all excess waste and purify your body of toxins and chemicals the body accumulates through food consumption and product use.
- It helps to rid your mind and body of dependencies on certain foods or chemicals. A lot of people feel they can’t live without a Diet Coke every day! Doing a water fast will help to eliminate your body’s perceived need for such things.
- Water fasting will help to curb and possibly eliminate cravings for foods. Sugar, carbohydrate and heavy meat cravings can all be replaced with healthier cravings such as fruits and vegetables,
The third type of fasting is juice fasting. This is where you refrain from consuming anything solid or of a non-fruit variety. Juice fasts tend to be a little easier to handle for longer periods than either of the other fasts. Juice fasts will help to cleanse your colon, clean up skin problems and cause your metabolism to reset itself and become more efficient. Other benefits of fasting are weight loss, skin tightening, improved energy levels, improved breathing and possibly even dysfunction or disease ridding.
Now, with all of these fasts, you most likely will experience headaches for the first one to three days. This is your body telling you it is dumping out all of the bad stuff it has stored up for so long. You may also experience bowel irregularity while your body gets going on the fast, but do not fear, if you do not cheat on the fast this will soon correct itself and you with be as regular and regular can be. One note on juice fasts: you need to choose juice that is 100% juice NOT FROM CONCENTRATE! The purer and fresher, the better it is for your body and the more benefit you will get from it.
It is recommended that a fast be done two to three times a year to rid your body of impurities and disconnect your body from the abuse it goes through every day. How long you do a fast is completely up to you. Listen to your body and do what it tells you to do. No one knows you and your body better than yourself and you get to honor what your body is telling you. It is ok to feel discomfort and hunger, but if your mental and physical functions start to breakdown, you need to adjust your plan.
One last note, while you are fasting try to stay away from the use of chemicals. We are talking unnatural hairsprays, lotions, shampoos, oils, rubs, makeup and so forth. I know this sounds a bit extreme, but the fact of the matter is our bodies are sponges and nearly everything we touch or come in contact with will be absorbed into our bodies to some extent. So, at least for the fast, keep it as natural as possible.
So go ahead and do something different! Jump in the “Fast Lane” and watch the benefits of your efforts appear before your eyes.