Yay!! I’ve lost 25.6 pounds total so far with 54.4 pounds to go to reach my goal! My BMI has dropped from 36.9 to 33.1 and my goal is 24.9.
Natural Weight Loss
Over time, toxins build up in your body from the pollutants in the air we breathe, the chemicals in the food and water we consume, and other means.
Periodically, your body needs to rid itself of these toxins and release them from your tissues.
The toxins then enter your bloodstream, causing your body to experience a “low” or “down” cycle.
During this cycle, you may suffer from headaches, diarrhea, or depression.
Fasting is an effective and safe method of helping your body detoxify itself and move through this low cycle with greater speed and fewer symptoms.
In fact, fasting is recommended for any illness, because it gives your body the rest it needs to recover.
Acute illnesses, colon disorders, allergies, and respiratory diseases are most responsive to fasting, and chronic degenerative diseases are the least responsive.
By relieving your body of the work of digesting food, fasting lets your system rid itself of toxins while promoting healing.
But fasting is helpful not just in times of poor health or during your body’s low cycles.
By fasting regularly, you give all your organs a rest, which helps reverse the aging process and lets you live a longer and healthier life.
During a fast, the following happens:
*The natural process of toxin excretion continues, while the influx of new toxins is reduced. This results in a reduction of total body toxicity.
*Your immune system’s workload is greatly reduced, and your digestive tract doesn’t become inflamed from allergic reactions to food.
*Due to a lowering of serum fats that thins your blood, tissue oxygenation is increased and white blood cells are moved more efficiently.
*Fat-stored chemicals, like pesticides and drugs, are released.
*Physical awareness and sensitivity to diet and surroundings are increased.
Due to these effects of fasting, a fast can help you heal with greater speed; cleanse your liver, kidneys, and colon; purify your blood; help you lose excess weight and water; flush out toxins; clear your eyes and tongue; and cleanse your breath.
It’s recommended you fast at least 3 days a month, and follow a 10-day fast at least twice a year.
Fasting is for healthy adults; if you have a chronic condition you should ask your physician first.
Children can’t afford this much time without nourishment and shouldn’t be put on a fast.
Depending on the length of the fast, it accomplishes different things.
A 3-day fast helps your body rid itself of toxins and cleanses your blood.
A 5-day fast begins the process of healing and rebuilding your immune system.
A 10-day fast can take care of many problems before they arise, and may help to fight off illness, including the degenerative diseases so common in our chemically polluted environment.
Certain precautions should be taken during fasts.
First, don’t fast on water alone.
An all-water fast releases toxins too quickly, causing headaches and worse.
Instead, follow the live-juice diet we’ll detail tomorrow, as this both removes toxins and promotes healing by supplying your body with vitamins, minerals, and enzymes.
This fast is also more likely to lead to a continued healthy diet once the fast is over, as it’ll accustom you to the taste of raw vegetables and the vitality this diet promotes.
Second, whenever you fast for more than 3 days, do so only under the supervision of a qualified health care professional.
If you have diabetes, hypoglycemia, or another chronic health problem, even short fasts should be supervised by a doctor.
Pregnant and lactating women should never fast.
A final word of advice: It took years to wear your body down, and it’ll take time to build it back up to its peak condition.
But believe it can be done.
Then, whenever you start to feel unwell, fast and feel better.
Although a typical diet usually provides too much salt, when you fast your body gets very little salt (sodium) – a necessary nutrient.
If you feel lightheaded or dizzy, include some broth in your diet.
In the next post we’ll go through the fasting procedure.
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