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Benefits of Fasting

Dr. Mukul Anand

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Fasting Without Food

Fasting can be done either only on water or on juices. The most stringent form of fasting is taking only water; more liberally, fasting includes the use of fresh juices made from fruits and vegetables as well as herbal teas. All of these limited diets generate varying degrees of detoxification—that is, elimination of toxins from the body. Individual experiences with fasting depend on the condition of the body (also mind and attitude). Detoxification might be intense and temporarily increase sickness or might be immediately helpful and uplifting.

Juice fasting is commonly used (rather than water alone) as a mild and effective cleansing plan. Fresh juices are easily assimilated and require minimum digestion, while they supply many nutrients and stimulate our body to clear its wastes. Juice fasting is also safer than water fasting; because it supports the body nutritionally while cleansing and probably even produces a better detoxification and quicker recovery. Fresh juices act as natural vitamin pills with a very high assimilation percentage, and we do not need to do the work of digesting them.

Some people still object that they cannot live without solid food, as they feel weak. Though this is unreal but still the truth is that what is worse takes time to leave than that what is good; and here the worst are toxins. Just in the fear of weakness, if fasting is not done, then the person hosts loss of strength, lots of diseases and disability in his body. This debility if not apparently visible shows its color in later course of life.

The Process and Benefits of Fasting

I look at fasting as "taking a week off work" to handle the other aspects of life for which there is often little time. With fasting we can take time to nurture ourselves and rest. Fasting is also like turning off and cleaning a complex and valuable machine so that it will function better and longer. Resting the gastrointestinal tract, letting the cells and tissues repair themselves, and allowing the lymph, blood, and organs to clear out old, defective, or diseased cells and unneeded chemicals all lead to less degeneration and sickness. As healthy cell growth is stimulated, so is our level of vitality, immune function and disease resistance, and our potential for greater longevity.

Although the process of fasting may generate various results, depending on the condition of the individual, there are clearly a number of common metabolic changes and experiences. It promotes relaxation and rejuvenation of the body, mind and emotions. It supports a greater spiritual awareness. Many people feel that post fasting they have new energy to get things done in a better manner. Fasting clearly improves motivation and creative energy; it also enhances health and vitality and lets many of the body systems rest.

In other words, fasting is a multidimensional experience. Physiologically, refraining from eating minimizes the work done by the digestive organs, including the stomach, intestines, pancreas, gallbladder, and liver. Most important here is that our liver, our body’s large production and metabolic factory, can spend more time during fasting cleaning up and creating its many new substances for our use. Breakdown of stored or circulating chemicals is the basic process of detoxification. The blood and lymph also have the opportunity to be cleaned of toxins as all the eliminative functions are enhanced with fasting. Each cell has the opportunity to catch up on its work; with fewer new demands, it can repair itself and dump its waste for the garbage pickup. Most fasters also experience a new vibrancy of their skin and clarity of mind and body.

Some Benefits of Fasting: Purification, rejuvenation, revitalization, clearer skin, detoxification, improved respiration, increased energy, sound sleep, relief in anxiety, no depression, anti aging, clarity, creativity, improved resistance to diseases, improved response from senses, spiritual awareness and rest to digestive organs.

“Everyone has a doctor in him or her; we just have to help it in its work. The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well. Our food should be our medicine. Our medicine should be our food. But to eat when you are sick, is to feed your sickness.”

—Hippocrates, M.D.,
460-377 B.C., Father of Western Medicine Therapeutically.

Indications

Fasting is very versatile and generally fairly safe; however, when it is used in the treatment of medical conditions, proper supervision should be employed, including monitoring of physical changes and biochemistry values.

Conditions for which Fasting May Be Beneficial: Cold, flu, bronchitis, asthma, obesity, hypertension, constipation, atherosclerosis, angina, food allergy, diabetes, coronary heart disease, back pain, indigestion, diarrhea, insomnia, environmental allergy, fever, fatigue, headache, menstrual abnormalities, menopause and skin allergies etc.

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