Fasting and detoxifying programs are tools that many people use when trying to get a fresh start physically, mentally, and/or spiritually.
Fasting and detoxifying in their purist meaning can be intense and risky. However, there are variations and considerations for fasting and detoxifying that can help make it beneficial and effective for all.
Fasting is primarily the act of willingly abstaining from some or all food, drink, or both, for a period of time. A fast may be total or partial concerning that from which one fasts, and may be prolonged or intermittent as to the period of fasting.
Fasting and detoxifying affect everyone differently. If you select to do so, you should get supervision from a doctor or knowledgeable practitioner especially if you are in poor health or have not had fasting experience.
Benefits & Risks
Benefits Of Fasting And Detoxifying:
- More Energy
- Spiritual Awareness
- More Relaxation
- Weight Loss
- Clearer Skin
- More Clarity
- Rest for Digestive Organs
- Improved Senses
- Reduction of Allergies
- Drug Detoxification
- Better Sleep
- Increased Resistance to Disease
Benefits and risks will vary from person to person. The benefits and risks mentioned here can be increased and reduced respectively if you make the considerations below.
Risks Of Fasting And Detoxifying:
- Depletion of Resistance to Disease
- Nutrient Deficiency
- Loss of Energy
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Considerations & Variations
- Fasting is multifaceted and can generate various results. It's not for everyone all the time, but it can be safe for many for short periods of time. Here are some considerations and variations.
- Starting your fast slowly - A fast that starts too fast can shock your body and cause illness.
- Fasting or eliminating some foods or habits from your current diet such as:
- Trying a short period of time to fast, especially first timers - for example 1-2 day periods of only fruits and vegetables. This will nourish and slowly detoxify the body.
- Variation I: Combine fasting mixed with eating. Example: a 12-14 hour period in the evening to include sleep and then break the fast with a healthy breakfast.
- Variation II: Eat fresh fruit and vegetables with one regular meal at 3 p.m. and resume with fruits and vegetables.
Who Shouldn't Fast?
- Malnourished individuals.
- Overweight individuals - It is too temporary and may encourage feasting reactions. It would be better to change your diet and nutrition and create a longer term weight loss plan with healthy food choices.
- People with fatigue resulting from nutrient deficiency, chronic degenerative disease of the muscles or bones.
- Those who have low daytime energy.
- People who have weak hearts.
- Those approaching or completing surgery.
- Create a plan - New endeavors with a clear and specific road map suited to your lifestyle and needs.
- Consult a doctor before starting any nutrition or fitness program.
- All lifestyles should include a good exercise regimen.
- Journaling is a great habit and would be helpful during this period to process your experience and for future personal reference.
- Benefits can be intense physically, mentally, and spiritually.
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- Sickness may increase and then get better.
- Listen to your body.
- It would be better to change to healthy food choices for life versus a transitory moment.