Fasting: Why and How
Fasting is the natural response to sickness and disease. All animals instinctively fast when they are ill. You’ve probably noticed whenever you are ill, you hardly have any appetite, this is natures way of telling you to stop eating. Many people are choosing to fast these days as more knowledge about fasting becomes available. Digestion is a process which commands a large amount of energy from the body.
When one stops eating the body can concentrate this energy on cell regeneration and removal of toxins from the body. Our blood delivers nourishment to all the cells of our bodies. When fasting cells begin to release toxins into the blood stream. This is the reason the during the first few days of fasting one begins to feel sick, experiencing things like headaches, dizziness, or nausea. Depending on the level of toxicity one may experience this for a longer or shorter period of time.
Why should you fast?
Research has shown that by restricting caloric intake one can significantly extend their lifespan. A study was done on lab mice, which showed mice who ate 1/3 less increased their lifespan by 1/3. Fasting also burns fat, removes toxins from the body and fights disease. Fasting cleanses the body, removes plaque inflammation, mucus and reverses disease. Fasting has been shown to fight diabetes, arthritis, cardiovascular disease, remove mucus from the body, burns fat and more.
How to fast
Fasting can seem like an overwhelming challenge, but this challenge is mainly mental not physical. One should prepare mentally before undertaking a fast and also ready enough herbal teas and or smoothies to get through the fast. Set a time limit of how many days you want to fast and choose a suitable day to begin, one which you know you won’t be doing a lot of physical activities. Staying disciplined and not eating any physical food will prove to be the most difficult on the first day.
The obvious question is how does one deal with the hunger? Personally when i fast, Dr. Sebi’s bromide powder plus – a powdered form of the herbs Irish moss and bladderwrack, is what quells hunger for me. In addition to providing 92 of the 102 minerals required by the body, Irish moss forms a jelly which coats the lining of the stomach. This prevents hunger but also helps to remove mucus and inflammation from the body. It can be added many convenient recipes, such as smoothies, but i personally like to add it to my homemade hemp seed milk or walnut milk, as the taste of Irish moss can be a little off-putting.
There are many ways to go about fasting, one could have smoothies or even the occasional fruit. What you should notice during your fast is an excessive amount of mucus running out of your nose and you’ll probably notice that once you have a smoothie or eat a piece of fruit, the mucus will stop flowing temporarily and shortly after start running again.
Intermittent fasting and the Dr Sebi alkaline diet
Intermittent fasting is an eating regimen that restricts caloric intake to an 8 hour window everyday, while fasting for 16 hours. Intermittent fasting has become very popular recently as a means to loose weight and increase lifespan. Furthermore, it can easily be incorporated into anyone’s life. Since most people sleep for 8 hours, if one were to stop eating at 8 pm everyday and forgo eating the next day until noon, one could accomplish a 16 hour fast in this way. This is the most common method of going about it it’s called the 16/8 method. Alternatively some people simply opt to just having 1 meal a day doing a 24 hour fast daily.
My Own Experience
Liquids are permitted during the fasting time as long as they are non caloric beverages. Personally I don’t make it a point to follow this regimen, but I’ve noticed that following the Dr. Sebi alkaline diet has slowly converted my eating habits into something very close to this. I’ve also noticed that other people following the alkaline diet in various Facebook groups I’m in have commented that they only eat once a day now. From personal experience, I know that this can easily be done especially with the intake of herbal teas. So yet another benefit of the alkaline diet, it becomes very easy to restrict caloric intake as one rarely ever feels hungry.
In fact i never feel hungry anymore and I generally eat my first meal sometime in the afternoon around 3pm if i’m home, or at around noon on days that I work. Also I’ve recently found it detrimental to eat anything late at night, especially anything heavy like grains. This leaves me too full and I end up going to bed with food in my stomach and it’s still there when I wake up.
Ultimately fasting is a personal experience and although one can be coached, people who fast all find their own method of doing so. Although tough at first this can be an amazing experience which helps one to find inner peace, so happy fasting and good luck.