Many health advocates have been fasting for centuries as a way to quickly lose weight, reset digestion, clear internal waste and have more energy. At the same time, modern health "authorities" warn against it claiming health hazards such as electrolyte imbalance, hypoglycemia, weakness and even hair loss. So who is right?
Both ideas are correct. While fasting does prove to have numerous health benefits, it is also true that drastic diet changes may lead to health issues. In order to make full use of this type of extreme body cleanse, it helps to prepare yourself and ease into any diet change slowly. When done correctly, your fast can be more comfortable, and more productive with longer lasting results.
It was recently discovered that fasting for one day each week has many health benefits including lower risk for heart disease and strengthened digestion.(1,2) Longer ones have been recorded throughout history and have been used by many to help regain health. It is believed by many health authorities that giving digestion a rest can reset the digestive process. This lessens the burden on the entire body giving strength to other bodily functions such as the healing process; in other words, it allows your body to cleanse and heal naturally.
One benefit it seems to have on the body is internal detoxification. Digestion, assimilation, and metabolizing take quite a bit of internal energy. In fact, after a heavy meal it may take up to 60% or more of your body's energy to digest the food, leaving little else for other metabolic functions. If the burden of overeating is added, there is even less energy left for the last, very important stage of metabolizing (elimination). This in turn may lead to further buildup of waste as leftover proteins, metabolic toxins and even environmental residues overwhelm an already taxed system.
When the digestive system is given a rest, it can use the energy for other jobs, such as clearing waste. Some believe that since the metabolic processes are not being used to digest food, they are instead digesting built up waste throughout the intestinal tract. Energy is also devoted to other areas of the body that require healing. Keep in mind your body does what it can to heal itself; this is instinctual.
Fasting is not a magic bullet, but when done correctly it can help your body metabolize and dump years of built up internal waste and sludge. This buildup causes health problems, adds weight, throws off hormonal balance and more, but in order to take advantage of the benefits many claim, and make them last, it helps to prepare your body.
I have been working with clients for over 20 years and have found that to get the most from fasting, your body has to be prepared. This means it should be strong enough to fast, so as you give your digestion a rest, your body is instead working on breaking down and eliminating built up waste. If you are serious about this type of cleansing, my book, The SpringClean Cleanse can teach you how to achieve results.
Fasting May Cut Heart Risks; Charlene Laino, WebMD, 2007
Medical Press; Research Suggests Intermittent Fasting Provides Health Benefits by Marcia Malory, Nov. 2014
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