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Socrates called a ‘unconscious’ those who ate more than 2 meals a day, and the father of medicine, Hippocrates, wrote:
“… if the body is not cleaned, then the more you feed them, the more it will harm …”
During the tightening of the disease, in order to relieve the body and to direct the forces of life to the fight against the disease, recommended dispensing with the adoption of food in general.
Similarly thought the other famous doctors of antiquity - Avicenna, Asclepiades , Celsus, who recommended their patients long 3 - 5 weeks water fasts in order to regain strength and health.
Still, some people love it, some people say it is not really the best way to cleanse and they claim that being only on water might be dangerous in some cases.
I remember David Wolfe saying that water fast is an incredible way of cleansing , but it is not for everyone. Some people are already very deficient in minerals and water fast might additionally flush all the remaining nutrients.
Regardless of what other people say, I have a big crush on water fasts.
MY HISTORY OF WATER FASTS
When I was in my teens I was doing 24 or 36 hours water fasts every week. I chose Saturdays for my fasting days, because I knew that no work, no school provide me a peaceful environment and I could be as much active as I can or take a nap if I wish.
My goal was also fasting three days in a row every month.
I accomplished few of those fasts, but it did not stay with me, unfortunately.
Just recently I’ve read Bragg’s ” The miracle of fasting ” - amazing book on water fast.
Paul Bragg is known as a life extension specialist, American pioneer on water fasting and the Bragg’s Liquid Aminos guy.
WHAT IS WATER FAST
Treatment using the full water fast means complete, periodic resigned from all kinds of food regardless of its form, whether it be food on the consistency of a solid, or juices and drinks - in order to switch on the body’s internal regime nutrition, during which the body uses its own reserves of fatty substances. At the time of supplying energy in the body from the inside, the body, in order to maintain a constant level of homeostasis, or internal environmental conditions, begins to search for reserves.
What happens is the dissolution (absorption) and utilization of deposits from fat stocks, affected blood vessels, inflamed cells, protein deposits, tumors, scarring and mucus in bronchi. Above that the ‘consumption’ of pathogenic micro-organisms - bacteria, viruses , funguses, mykoplazm takes place, which leads to recognizing and removing of latent internal outbreaks of infection, removing the ‘root of the disease’.
The process of getting rid of harmful substances - foreign origin, allergens, radioactive radicals starts. All of this serves to maintain life in the body. Therefore, the consumption of a minimum quantity of food or juice during the healing time will shift the body from the regime of internal nutrition to the normal, outside regime of nutrition and thus break the course medicinal water fasting. If you want to continue treatment after some time, everything should start from the beginning. Water fast usually lasts for set time of period and might include the proper use of aquatic regime ( saunas, swimming, sweating ), a regime of active movement, the use of massage and purification enema or breathing system.
1. Overweight and fatness.
1. The first half of pregnancy.
HOW LONG TO FAST
1. Short (1 - 20 days)
Usually if one wants to do a fast by himself - the fast should not go beyond 40 days, and still it is not recommended for everyone.
What Paul Bragg suggests and what I find the most reasonable is the plan of water fast that incorporates all of the below ones :
If you look closer, it all adds up to approximately :
- 48 days ( 24 h every week )
105 - 114 days of water fast a year!
- your digestive track can rest for third of a year
I believe that this plan of setting up a water fast can do no harm.
- 8 pounds
There is few things that one needs to consider before going into water fast.
The diet before water fast ( and as a super raw foodie at every point in my life! ) has to be full of nutrients and light. Before the 3 days and 7/10 days water fast you should have a juice ( vegetable plus fruits ) every day, so you make sure that you are getting plenty of nutrients. You should obstain from meat products if you can.
DURING THE FAST
Specially during the longer time of fasting you should spend your time in peace. Reserve for yourself some resting time, so nobody can bother you!
AFTER THE FAST
Specially after longer fasts the coming out of the fast should be at least of the same length as a fast if not longer. It should be break down with juice and after few days one can introduce some soft fruit and vegetable.
The last but not least, fasting is very personal thing.
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Here is to your health and success!
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