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The deepest detox

There are countless diets, techniques and fads designed to help you detox.  Many of these can certainly help, but if you’re really serious about cleansing, the most powerful method is and always has been water fasting (as well as dry fasting). Why?  Because only through sustaining a zero caloric intake can you fully unlock the body’s healing metabolism.  This takes place in two steps.  The first level of cleansing begins after your body has finished digesting its last meal.  In this respect, what you eat impacts considerably.  While most fruit and vegetables require only an hour or two to digest, meat takes much, much longer – even a day or two.  Once the energy normally applied to digestion is freed up, your body then applies it to detox.  The second and much deeper level of cleansing begins once your body has entered the fat-burning metabolism called ketosis, and this can occur only once your glycogen stores are depleted (as described in the one-day water fast and the three-day water fast). Other methods can certainly stimulate …

Overcoming addictions

Water fasting is an extremely powerful tool to overcome addictions caused by smoking, drinking and drugs in general, as well as any addictions relating to food, such as sugar, caffeine, chocolate, flavour enhancers…  Unfortunately, the list is almost endless. Addictions are composed of both physical and emotional elements.  Physically, addictive substances cause changes to your biochemistry which induce your body to demand more of the given substance in order to sustain homeostasis – that is, the stability of your metabolism.  Emotionally, addictive substances manipulate the way you relate to food, drink or drugs by playing on the ego’s tendency to become attached to objects in the world around you (more info here).  In short, you feel you need the given substance.  Sounds familiar? All too often, addictions end up dragging you into a downward spiral with seemingly no way out… Water fasting works like a “reset” button to bring addiction to an end.  As your body’s healing metabolism catalyses and intensifies the natural process of detox, the biochemical cycles which cause addiction are cut short …

A stronger immune system

If you suffer from a weak immune system, water fasting is one of the best things you can do to strengthen it. Likewise, water fasting is one of the oldest and most effective methods to regain health if your immune system is already struggling with an infection such the flu.  In fact, in the days before vaccines, fasting was also successfully applied in treating life-threatening diseases such as smallpox and typhoid. So how does water fasting strengthen your immune system, and how can you apply it to illness? When your digestive system shuts down through fasting, much of the energy normally devoted to digestion is redirected to the immune system.  This is because your immune system is responsible for autolysis: effectively, the process of ‘house-cleaning’ which takes place during a fast, in which unhealthy, damaged and old cells are broken down into their constituent biochemical elements and either recycled or burned up for energy.  For during a fast, your body depends on more than just the energy derived through the fat-burning of ketosis.  It searches …

Self-healing: more powerful than any pill

Water fasting is well known for its ability to heal minor ailments.  I myself have recovered from chronic sinusitis, physical injuries including tendonitis and muscle strains, as well as numerous colds and flus. But what if I told you that water fasting can even cure the incurable? The fact is that through the healing metabolism unlocked by water fasting, your body can completely heal from a array of serious illnesses which modern Western medicine considers incurable.  Such diseases include: multiple sclerosis (MS), high blood pressure, asthma, Type II diabetes, digestive disorders such as colitis and Crohn’s disease, certain tumors, skin issues such as psoriasis, coronary artery disease… At best, these illnesses seriously complicate life.  At worst, they are terminal: the direct cause of death. The approach of the modern health industry is twofold.  Firstly, it fights fire with fire.  Drugs aim to manipulate your metabolism, suppressing the symptoms of illness, or to poison out the disease from your body.  Secondly, surgery aims to physically extract the offending element.  These two basic approaches totally fail to …