Fasting: What you should know
Fasting has existed since the beginning of life on earth.
An ill or injured animal's first, natural instinct is to abstain from solid food until it is healthy again. They instinctively know that healing will be much faster and more effective when they stop eating, knowing that eating will only place an extra burden on their body.
This instinct has always existed within the animal kingdom.
Humans on the other hand, in today's medically indoctrinated world, have a tough time believing that eating less will actually allow their bodies to speed up the detoxification and healing process.
It's interesting to look into the brilliant wisdom of ancient cultures who innately understood the power of fasting. Many practiced fasting on a regular basis to not only keep their bodies healthy and clean, but to help prolong their lives.
Fasting has been practiced as a ritual and protocol for preventing and healing diseases for thousands of years. Fasting purifies the body of accumulated toxins and a wide variety of pollutants that lead to chaos in the body, thereby optimising both short and long term health. Many advocates of this wisdom today, fast several times a year. Fasting also helps to rewire the body's immune system, taste buds and paves the way for greater capacity of the body to absorb nutrients from food that is eaten.
When the body gets no rest from processing food day after day, the digestive and cleansing systems are often subject to an uninterrupted workload.
Environmental pollutants also contribute to this workload. Also, excess animal protein tends to acidify the body in an unhealthy way.
Over time and distance due to this constant bombardment, the body is no longer able to rid itself of these stored toxins, waste products, body acids, excess proteins and fat deposits efficiently. This then usually leads to cancer and a host of other debilitating diseases.
It was the ancient physician, Hippocrates, who first taught that virtually, 'all disease begins in the gut'. Fasting allows the digestive system to rest and release stored toxic waste and gives your body a chance to 'concentrate' on healing and repair, rather than dedicating it's energy to constantly processing food.
During a fast, many biochemical processes will take place in the body, resulting in many reactions outside the body as well.
The most important thing to realise is that during a fast, the body feeds itself on the most impure and inferior materials that are causing chaos in the body, including fat deposits, damaged tissue, abscesses and even tumours.
At a cellular level it dissipates large pockets of clustered proteins and toxic waste into the bloodstream that are causing you harm. That's why during a fast, it's also important to ensure that your excretory organs are doing their job. That means, depending on the level of accumulated waste in your body, doing a colon cleanse, enema, colonic hydrotherapy, deep exhalation exercises, salt baths and cleansing/exfoliation of the skin.
When is a good time to Fast?
The ancient healers believed that the best time to fast was immediately following the colder months at the beginning of Spring (hence the term, "spring cleaning"). There was also a widely practiced wisdom of fasting for 7 days with every change of season.
Today, the obvious signs that you may need to fast are:
- Suffering from a serious dis-ease or health condition;
- Constantly dependant on medication;
- Experiencing frequent sluggishness or low energy;
- Having infrequent bowel movements or digestive issues;
- Excessively over weight;
- Regularly suffering from anxiety or emotional stress.
The 3 paths of Fasting - Fast, Faster or Fastest:
Fasting comes in several different forms and the ancients taught that there were three paths - fast, faster or fastest.
Choosing the right path ultimately depends on the individual's current state of physical and emotional health. I'm a great believer in the wisdom that... you don't want to run too fast too soon, because that's usually when you'll trip over and fall.
By that I mean that if you're just starting out in experimenting with fasting, it's usually best to begin with an easier form of fasting e.g. a mono or raw food cleanse, before progressing to a more intense level e.g. a juice or water fast.
The Fast Path
A great way to experiment with fasting is to do what anciently they referred to as "Walking the Rainbow Bridge". This is where you go for 7 days on fruits and vegetables, following one colour of the rainbow each day, to reach the 'pot of gold' at the end. This means, on Day 1 you go with only Red foods, Day 2 only Orange, Day 3 only Yellow, Day 4 only Green, and then on Day's 5, 6 and 7, you embrace a variety of foods from the Blue, Indigo and Violet spectrum. During the 'fast', you can create fresh juices, eat raw salads and even cook some of the foods if you so choose. Drink water each day, walk and you'll discover some wonderful health-giving benefits.
Alternatively, another way you can follow the fast path, is to simply go on a raw plant food and fresh juice diet for 7 days or to do a mono-diet where you eat just one fruit for 7 days e.g. water melon.
Experiment and try either or all of these protocols for yourself and you'll notice a big shift in the way you look and feel even after just 7 days.
The Faster Path
If you have something specific you'd like to heal, it's a great idea to commence with detoxification of the alimentary canal first. By doing a colon cleanse for 2-4 days before commencing your fast, you'll rapidly extract stored waste that's backed up in your digestive system, enabling your body to get the most benefit from your fast.
My colon cleanse is a 100% nature-made, two-part protocol combining Australian Food Grade Bentonite Clay, Psyllium Husk and Flax Seed (with added dried Apple and Cinnamon to make it more palatable). Once you've completed the colon cleanse, you can either choose to follow the 7-day rainbow protocol or mono diet above, or go with the delightful taste, convenience and nourishment of my Pulse Sacred Meal - snack on one bag each day and drink water for 7 days.
The Fastest Path
Nothing beats fasting on fresh juices or water (which is the ultimate) for rapid healing and repair.
I've experienced extended fasts on both for myself throughout my lifetime and have guided many people through this process. This path allows you to not only experience powerful physical healing benefits, but an incredible level of mental and emotional enlightenment as well.
There are certain cases where I'd recommend an extended number of days on the fastest path (i.e. on fresh fruit and vegetable juices or water), generally in a supervised environment, as a protocol to help people who have serious health problems.
That said, you can also experience a significant health breakthrough by going for 7, 14, 21 or 28 days on fresh juices of C.A.B.A.L.A. (Carrot, Apple, Beets & Lemon) and a variety of Greens (Spinach, Kale, Spinach, Cucumber, Lime, Apple etc).
If you decide you want to fast, I recommend you first seek professional medical advice for your own personal circumstances. Whichever fast you decide to do, it's important to listen to your body and realise that the first few days are usually the hardest. If you don't feel well during this period, it's usually because your body is detoxifying and it's a good idea to take it easy, lay down or have a relaxing salt bath. This will take your mind off the discomfort which always tends to pass after a few days. After several days, most people usually find that their energy goes through the roof!
Prepare your body in the 2-3 days prior by eliminating all meat, processed food and alcohol and as you exit your fast, go with lighter foods like smoothies, fruits, salads and soups to allow your digestive system to adapt after it's period of rest and repair.