Fasting is the purposeful skipping of meals and starving of your body for short (or long) periods of time. Even though it is often seen as taboo to many people, the scientific evidence of it’s healing properties are amazing. When you don’t eat food, your body has more energy to spend on healing itself, rather than digesting the food and pushing it through your intestines.
When you spend this time resting and healing your body, incredible things can happen. People have been cured of their cancer from going on extended fasts. There is also a deeper level of fasting called a dry fast, which is no water entering the system. Eventually, this sends your body into a state of ketosis which is essentially a state of rapid healing. However, it’s very important to be careful when doing this, do your research first and listen to your body. It knows when to keep the fast going, and when to stop.
If you are feeling exceptionally weak and low on energy for extended periods of time, that is usually your body telling you to end your fast. Studies show that after 3 days of water only, your body resets to a more natural state and can process things a lot more easily. Incorporating a day of fasting weekly is an amazing practice that gives your body a day to rest and heal on a much deeper level.
Fasting has often been called the “Miracle Cure” because the list of physical conditions improved by fasting is long and varied. Most often cited by studies are the curing of allergies, arthritis, digestive disorders of all kinds, skin conditions, cardiovascular disease, and asthma.
Here are some of the known benefits of fasting: Anti-aging effects, Better attitude about life, Better resistance to disease, Better sleep, Change of habits, Clearer planning ability, More creativity, Diet changes, Drug detoxification, Improved senses (vision, hearing, and taste), Mental and emotional clarity, More physical energy, More relaxation, New ideas, Bodily purification, Reduction of allergies, Bodily rejuvenation, Rest for digestive organs, and Weight Loss!
We would like to thank Elson Haas, M.D. for compiling this particular list in his book – Staying Healthy with Nutrition.