Fasting and Cleansing
Are you ready to take control of your health? Why not look into a fasting and cleansing routine? With proper planning, it can be a healing journey. Many people even claim a thorough cleansing program restores vibrant health; they believe you should conduct colon cleansing with every new season, or somewhere between 2 and 4 times a year.
If you’ve never fasted or cleansed before and want to try it, you probably shouldn’t jump right into it. When you are trying to remove years of accumulated toxins from your system, you can experience strong physical reactions to a cleansing. To obtain the most from your fasting and cleansing program, start cutting back or eliminating unhealthful foods from your diet at least three months ahead of time.
Some foods to eliminate from your diet include:
- Processed meats, especially red meat
- Pasteurized dairy products
- White sugar
- Coffee, sodas, and other caffeinated beverages
These harmful foods and beverages are acid forming within the human digestive system. You may have been reading or hearing about the alkaline/acid connection in our bodies and maintaining good internal chemistry. It seems acid forming foods, foods promoting an acidic environment within our bodies, cause health to breakdown and then we become susceptible to diseases. Arthritis, for example, can be eased immensely by switching to foods providing a high alkaline PH balance within the body.
Scientists recommend our diets should consist of 80% alkaline producing foods versus 20% acid producing foods. Not surprisingly, adding more green vegetables, nuts, and fruits support this diet plan. While fasting and cleansing is important, you should also make dietary changes to complement your efforts.
Why Should You Fast?
When it comes to cleansing your colon, fasting and cleansing go hand in hand. Some people prefer to start with fasting and then go right into the colon cleanse, while others feel they should be performed together. The choice is really up to the individual to fit their unique lifestyle. However, you should never fast without conducting at least a partial cleanse, to remove the toxins residing within the intestinal tract.
Fasting slows down the metabolism, giving the body a chance to expend energy on other things like cell regeneration and breaking down excess fat tissue. When you perform fasting, the body begins to feed on the waste that has been inhibiting its proper functioning. This consumption of degenerated cells, bacteria, mineral deposits, and other undesirable substances starts the rejuvenation process.
The blood will begin to receive all these unwanted toxins and will begin depositing them at the usual elimination stations. This often translates into people who are new to fasting and cleansing believing they are causing themselves more harm then good. Headaches, fatigue, and general malaise can present themselves as symptoms as well during the fasting process.
What should you do when headaches come? Don’t abandon the process altogether—that is the worst thing you could do! Realize that toxins are being eliminated from your body and there may be side effects. During your fasting and cleansing routine, you can help ease your discomfort and speed up the process by drinking plenty of fresh water.
Preparing for Fasting
Your body possesses 7 different channels of elimination:
- Lymphatic System
Although these organs and bodily systems perform well, you can help your body work its best during a fast. Deep breathing exercises will help the lungs and lymphatic system. Mild exercise (like walking) during a fast will help almost all the systems remove waste more quickly. Since the skin is another organ aiding in elimination, exfoliating the skin helps the detoxification process. Proponents of exfoliation advise using circular motions, brushing from your toes to your head, in the direction of the heart. Use a brush with natural bristles and avoid using the same brush for the face to avoid transferring dirt to the sensitive pores there. Also, softer brushes are available for use on the face. Try it! It can be invigorating and you’ll be surprised at how soft it can make your skin feel.
The pure water fast is the most potent fast; but, if you aren’t experienced with fasting and cleansing, you should avoid this method. Juice fasting is also common and tends to be less harsh on the body. Some people use spirulina or chlorella (greens) to supplement the juice fast.
Benefits of Colon Cleansing
After a fasting and cleansing routine, many people are surprised at some of the health benefits they receive. A feeling of vitality and improved clarity of thought is often cited. After a successful colon cleanse, people who have suffered from constipation often achieve or restore regularity in their bowel movements. Why not try fasting and cleansing for yourself and discover how it makes you feel?