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Benefits of Fasting

Dr. Mukul Anand

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Breaking a fast must be planned and done slowly and carefully to prevent creating symptoms and sickness. It is suggested that we take several days, or half of our total cleansing time, to move back into our diet, which is hopefully a newly planned, more healthful diet. The faster should start with small quantity of light food, which can be easily digested. Our digestion has been at rest, so we need to go slowly and chew our foods very well. If we have fasted on water alone, we need to prepare our digestive tract with diluted juices, perhaps beginning with a few teaspoons of fresh orange juice in a glass of water and progressing to stronger mixtures throughout the day. Diluted grape or orange juice will stimulate the digestion.

Just as bits of live charcoal left over ashes after a big fire are not enough o burn wood logs, similarly our digestive system after a fast is weak and cannot digest heavy food. The way these live charcoal bits can be made into fire by putting in dried grass or twigs similarly light food in small proportions accelerates the process of digestion.

A frequently asked question is that if digestive system cannot digest heavy food then why does a voracious appetite arise after the fast? In continuation to the above example, as the fire progresses to die, it burns with huge fames intermittently; as if it would burn with the same intensity but it doesn’t so does the fire in stomach. Therefore whomever that fasts should never reconcile to this voracious call for food and stick to fruits and juices as mentioned above.

However you make the transition, go slowly, chew well, and do not overeat or mix too many foods at a meal. Simple vegetable meals, salads, or soups can be used to start. Fruit should be eaten alone. From there, progress slowly through grains and vegetables. Some nuts, seeds, or legumes can be added, and then richer protein foods if these are desired.

The human body is designed to heal itself, if only given the opportunity: Fasting and adopting an optimal diet designed to aid one’s condition, on the other hand, are health-supporting. They will make a healthy person even healthier.

“Most physicians who have knowledge and expertise in therapeutic fasting advise it for those wishing to maintain their body in optimal health, and to extend life. It is not merely for the sick. "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.

Other Aspects of Healthy Fasting

  • Fresh air—plenty is needed to support cleansing and oxygenation of the cells and tissues.
  • Sunshine—also needed to revitalize our body; avoid excessive, exposure.
  • Water—bathing is very important to cleanse the skin at least twice daily. Steams and saunas are also good for giving warmth as well as supporting detoxification.
  • Skin brushing—with a dry, soft brush prior to bathing; this will help clear toxins from the skin. This is a good year-round practice as well.
  • Exercise—very important to support the cleansing process. It helps to relax the body, clear wastes, and prevent toxicity symptoms. Walking, bicycling, swimming, or other usual exercises can usually be done during a fast, although more dangerous or contact sports might be avoided.
  • No drugs—none should be used during fasts except mandatory prescription drugs
  • Addiction- avoidance of alcohol, drugs, cigarettes etc.

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