Getting into fasting may be difficult for some people because it involves self control. But if you cannot control your urges with the foods you eat, how would you be able to have control over your life in general? Also, the body is detoxifying from many unnatural substances, such as processed foods, refined sugars and refined carbs, which will result in different detox symptoms. So, fasting is not easy at all, but the benefits are worth the effort. If you feel you may struggle when you start a fasting practice, I suggest you start simply by cleaning up your way of eating first to make this process easier. Cancel out any meat, dairy, processed foods and sugars.
Fasting is the most forgotten cure of many chronic diseases. Western medicine is usually only treating our symptoms, causing our bodies to only mask the problems we have. But it all comes down to the food we are consuming. No chronic illness should exist, but the foods we are eating are responsible for our health. We were taught that we need to eat at least 3 meals a day. The reality is that our gut needs a break from time to time, so we should not be eating at all for a certain amount of time. After 24 hours of not eating the body goes into ketosis.
What is Ketosis?
Ketosis is a process that happens when your body doesn't have enough carbohydrates to burn for energy. Instead, it burns fat and makes things called ketones, which it can use for fuel. Also, burning fat as fuel is way cleaner for the body and the brain, than using refined carbs as a fuel source. So, consistent fasting gets the body into ketosis more often. After 48 of not eating your body goes into homeostasis.
What is homeostasis?
Homeostasis has become the central unifying concept of physiology and is defined as a self-regulating process by which an organism can maintain internal stability while adjusting to changing external conditions. After 48-72 hours the body will activate its growth hormone and produce new stem cells.
What is the growth hormone?
Growth hormone (GH) or somatotropin, also known as human growth hormone (hGH or HGH) in its human form, is a peptide hormone that stimulates growth, cell reproduction, and cell regeneration in humans and other animals. It is thus important in human development.
Doing a 3-4 day water fast will help achieve ketosis, homeostasis, and stimulate your growth hormones. You will produce new stem cells to repair and replace damaged cells. Most chronic diseases can be cured with this fasting method, as long as you stay within an alkaline way of eating after your fast. Your body has the capacity to heal itself, if you let it and if you give it the right tools.
By the way, our body doesn't eat its muscles when we fast. That's a myth! Glycogen levels drop at first, so you will feel fatigued. But after the body adjusts, levels will balance again. Even if your body was at 7 % body fat, it would be equivalent to over 30,000 stored calories, which means that it could sustain itself for over a month.
The quality of the water is crucial, not only when you fast. I do not recommend drinking purified, filtered or distilled water. Water must contain natural minerals, such as calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium and silica. All the amazing minerals that your body needs. When you drink filtered or purified water, this water will look for minerals in your body which means that it will pull it out of your body. So, you will actually lose minerals by drinking that water. Minerals are the key to longterm health, not the amount of protein, not the amount of vitamins. It’s all about the minerals!
Benefits of fasting
Improving or even reversing diseases and physical symptoms are not the only benefits of fasting. A fasting practice also:
*boosts cognitive performance (clear thinking, removes brain fog)
*raises your energy levels
*kick-starts your metabolism
*resets and heals your gut
*reduces inflammation in the body
*supports weight loss
*stabilizes blood sugar levels
*slows down the aging process
If you are new to fasting, I suggest you start with intermittent fasting by pushing back your breakfast for a few hours for 2 weeks. Little by little you can push it back further until you can skip breakfast. You can continue doing this with lunch, pushing it back as far as possible, and at the same time trying to eat early dinner. By doing this, at some point you will naturally stay within an eating window of 4 - 6 hours. The rest of the time you will be fasting.
Have lunch around 2pm
Have dinner around 7pm
Fast until lunch the next day
This will create an eating window of 5 hours and a fasting window of 19 hours. You can practice this 7 days a week, or you can do this for 5 days a week, have one 'cheat day' where you have breakfast, and one day where you fast for 24 hours. You should adjust your fasting practice according to your schedule and on how you feel. Find your own practice which works for you.
FAST. HEAL. TRANSFORM. BE.