A cleansing fast is a period of time during which you significantly restrict the foods you eat in order to help cleanse your body of impurities and waste. Engaging in a fast offers a number of health benefits because it allows your body to purify itself and return to more efficient functioning. While some people choose to engage in fasting alone in order to detoxify their bodies, fasting is more effective when accompanied by a thorough colon cleanse with an herbal supplement. Similarly, herbal supplements can be far more effective when you also fast while taking them.
By the strictest sense of the term, a fast is a period of time during which you completely restrict yourself from any foods whatsoever. Complete denial of food or sustenance, however, can be bad for your body. Sudden denial of food can be hard on your heart and other organs as they are deprived of nourishment and possibly sent into shock. During a fasting period, you are not expected to put your body at risk by completely denying yourself of vital fuel. Rather, it’s better to simply regulate the foods you eat in order to allow your body to return to as pure a state as possible.
During a cleansing fast, you might choose to restrict your diet to drinking only certain broths or vegetable and fruit juices. The juices and broths you select should be high in fiber, which will help increase bowel productivity and in turn help to effectively cleanse your colon of accumulated waste. Fasting may even include eating small amounts of vegetables, fruit, or grains along with drinking plenty of pure water.
Improving Your Results
The purpose of a colon cleanse is to remove the unwanted waste material from your colon right? Obviously, if you continue to eat unhealthy foods, your colon will continue to become clogged with waste and won’t be able to purge itself completely of garbage. There are some all-natural supplements, such as Oxy-Powder®, that do not require a cleansing fast in order to deliver good results. But, even these supplements can do their job more effectively if you give your colon a break from bad food while engaging in the cleansing process.
Getting Ready – Preparation Is The Key!
In order to have a successful cleansing fast, there are a few things you should do to get ready for it. First, create a “safe foods” stockpile before you start fasting. This way, you won’t have to go shopping for groceries during your fast and thus you can avoid the temptation of all the tasty treats on display.
You might be tempted to gorge yourself full before starting your fast, as perhaps the “last meal” of the condemned, but you need to just push this idea right out of your head. Eat a normal meal, or even one a bit smaller than usual, in order to start training your mind and body for the fast. To help ease your body into the fast, eat all the fruit you want on the first day, with the exception of bananas. Make sure to also drink plenty of water, 100% fruit or vegetable juices, or herbal tea.
On the second day, avoid foods altogether, but drink all the herbal tea you want. On the third day, eat all the vegetables you want; they can be raw, roasted, steamed, or baked. Continue drinking all the herbal tea you desire, as well as vegetable juice. On the fourth day, start by boiling all of your leftover vegetables as well as any additional veggies you wish to add. Then drink just the broth, plus tea and water on that day.
On the last day, you can break your cleansing fast (hence the word “breakfast”) by eating fruit in the morning and the vegetables from your broth for lunch. That evening, eat a low calorie, healthful dinner (light on meat and fatty content) and begin returning to your regular diet. Now is an optional time to begin your colon cleansing if you decided not to do the cleansing and the fast concurrently.
Staying Safe During Your Cleansing Fast
While engaging in your fast, there are a few things you should do to stay safe and healthy. It is best to avoid engaging in heavy exercise during the fasting period. A little yoga, walking, or stretching should be ok. In addition, these forms of exercise will help stimulate both your bowels and metabolism. After you have finished your fast, you can begin exercising again but try to ramp back up to your normal level slowly.
There are also a few situations during which you should not conduct a cleansing fast. If you are pregnant, for example, you shouldn’t fast but eat sensibly and healthily. Similarly, children should not fast but be given proper nutrition. Just eating the right foods will help deter obesity, whether in a child or adult, but exercise balances the optimum-health equation. If you have conditions such as ulcerative colitis, heart disease, epilepsy, or diabetes, you should also consult a qualified physician before fasting. Remember—any beneficial regimen can be taken to extremes. Respond to your body’s signals while determining if your approach is working; and just use common sense in the care and maintenance of your body.