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Cleansing and detox: how water fasting works and why it benefits you

Why water fasting offers 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: a rest from digestion 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. Clearly, this is reflected in the amount of energy required for digestion, with the average diet accounting for a quarter to a third of the day’s total energy needs. So, for example, if you eat 2000 calories per day, about 600 calories of this goes simply towards digesting …

Overcoming addictions through water fasting

How water fasting helps addictions Water fasting is an extremely powerful tool to help overcome addictions caused by smoking, drinking and drugs in general, as well as any food addictions, such as those caused by sugar, salt, caffeine, chocolate, flavour enhancers… Unfortunately, the list is almost endless. On a physical level, 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. On an emotional level, addictive substances manipulate the way you feel about and relate to a given type of food, drink or drug, so that you want more of it. More than just simple desire, you actually need more of the addictive substance in order to sustain your mood or ’emotional homeostasis’. Because the physical and emotional elements of addiction are so closely intertwined, it’s all too easy to find yourself in a downward spiral. For instance, that bar of chocolate (literal or figurative) elicits biochemical physical changes in the brain as dopamine …

A stronger immune system with water fasting

To boost your immune system specifically against coronavirus Covid-19, please see this separate article HERE. If you suffer from a weak immune system, water fasting is one of the best things you can do to strengthen it. Similarly, water fasting is one of the oldest and most effective methods to regain health if your immune system is facing an infection such the flu.Ā  Personally, it’s what I do the moment I feel a virus beginning to stir inside me. And nine times out of ten the fast does its magic – and, miraculously, I stay healthy. In fact, in the days before vaccines, fasting was even successfully applied in treating life-threatening diseases such as smallpox and typhoid. And during the era of the bubonic plague, doctors acquainted with fasting did just that in order to raise the chances of not becoming infected by their patients. Why water fasting strengthens 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 …

Self-healing through water fasting: more powerful than any pill

ARTICLE SECTIONS: My Story / Why Western medicine fails; Poison, sweet poison / Healing from within through fasting; How long should I fast?; A role for dry fasting; No magic pill; Fasting for palliative care / Final thoughts My story I became a convert to water fasting after experiencing firsthand the miraculous self-healing powers of the body. It happened many years ago on the last day of my first 7-day fast. For about a decade I had suffered from debilitating sinusitis every winter. Some days were so bad that I could hardly get out of bed. Well, I wasn’t thinking about sinusitis during my fast, because it was spring and there were plenty of other detox symptoms to keep me preoccupied! On that last day, though, I began to feel a familiar tightening in the sinus around my left eye. Not having yet heard about what a healing crisis is, I couldn’t understand why this was happening, and why the water fast should have brought on mild symptoms of sinusitis. The water fast was coming …