& Benefits of Fasting
Date: 9/25/2006 7:38:43 PM ( 17 y ) ... viewed 4423 times
Today was the first real cool autumn day where I live.
I dug out my jeans from my winter bin of clothes and with
slight reluctance tugged them on, remembering last year
that they were tighter than I would prefer.
An EASY FIT ~ with room to spare!! Yay! ~ so progress in my
work to make changes which will bring with them, better health,
and the comfort of clothes which are not too tight!
There are many reasons we choose to do the Master Cleanse.
Almost as many reasons as there are benefits!
This is an excerpt from an article which addresses a range of different
kinds of fasting, including the Master Cleanse, and their benefits.
It includes some of the metabolic process many of us experience which
has been a topic of interest this last week in the Master Cleanse forum~~
The Process and Benefits of Fasting
Although the process of fasting may generate various results,
depending on the individual condition of the faster, there are
clearly a number of common metabolic changes and experiences.
First, fasting is a catalyst for change and an essential part
of transformational medicine. It promotes relaxation and
energization of the body, mind and emotions, and supports a
greater spiritual awareness. Many fasters feel a letting go of
past actions and experiences and develop a positive attitude
toward the present. Having energy to get things done and clean
up old areas, both personal and environmental, without the
usual procrastination is also a common experience. Fasting
clearly improves motivation and creative energy; it also
enhances health and vitality and lets many of the body
In other words, fasting is a multidimensional experience.
Physiologically, refraining from eating minimizes the work
done by the digestive organs, including the stomach, intestines,
pancreas, gallbladder, and liver. Most important here is that
our liver, our body’s large production and metabolic factory,
can spend more time during fasting cleaning up and creating its
many new substances for our use. Breakdown of stored or
circulating chemicals is the basic process of detoxification.
The blood and lymph also have the opportunity to be cleaned of
toxins as all the eliminative functions are enhanced with fasting.
Each cell has the opportunity to catch up on its work; with fewer
new demands, it can repair itself and dump its waste for the
garbage pickup. Most fasters also experience a new vibrancy of
their skin and clarity of mind and body.
Initially, the reduction of calories allows the liver to convert
glycogen stores to glucose and energy. Body fat can be used
for energy (ATP) but it cannot generate or reform glucose;
although many cells can metabolize fatty acids for energy,
the brain and central nervous system need direct glucose.
Proteins can be broken down into amino acids; of these, alanine
and serine can be used to produce glucose. With fasting, some
protein breakdown occurs, less if calories are provided by juices.
When there is no stored glycogen left, our body will convert
protein to amino acids and to energy. Fatty acids can also be a
fair source of energy, usually after being converted to ketones.
With total fasting, ketosis occurs as an adaptation by the body
to prevent protein loss by burning fats. Still, protein and fats
can be used to provide energy for brain cell function. With juice
fasting, there is less ketosis, and the simple carbohydrates in
the juices are easily used for energy and cellular function. The
high-protein diets and fasts do burn fat and generate ketosis and
weight loss, but they also add more toxin buildup in the body from
the foods or powders used. Also, they do not rest and cleanse the
digestive tract and other organs as well.
Fasting increases the process of elimination and the release of
toxins from the colon, kidneys and bladder, lungs and sinuses,
and skin. This process can generate discharge such as mucus from
the gastrointestinal tract, respiratory tract, sinuses, or in
the urine. This is helpful to clear out the problems that have
arisen from overeating and a sedentary lifestyle. Much of aging
and disease, I believe, results from "biochemical suffocation",
where our cells do not get enough oxygen and nutrients or cannot
adequately eliminate their wastes. Fasting helps us decrease this
suffocation by allowing the cells to eliminate and clear the old
Some Benefits of Fasting
Rest for digestive organs
More clarity, mentally & emotionally
Improved senses—vision, hearing, taste
Reduction of allergies
Change of habits
Better resistance to disease
Right use of will
This physiological rest and concentration on cleanup can
also generate a number of toxicity symptoms. Hunger is
usually present for two or three days and then departs,
leaving many people with a surprising feeling of deep
abdominal peace; yet, others may feel really hungry. It
is good to ask ourselves, "What are we hungry for?"
Fasting is an excellent time to work on our psychological
connections to consumption.
As far as fasting symptoms, headache is not at all uncommon
during the first day or two. Fatigue or irritability may
arise at times, as may dizziness or lightheadedness. Our
sensitivity is usually increased. Common sounds like television,
music, refrigerators may irritate us more now. The sense of
smell is also exaggerated, both positively and negatively;
I have had whole meals of smells while fasting. The tongues
of most people will develop a thick white or yellow fur
oating, which can be scraped or brushed off. Bad breath
and displeasing tastes in the mouth or foul-smelling urine
or stools may occur. Skin odor or skin eruptions such as
small spots or painful boils, may also appear, depending
on the state of toxicity. Digestive upset, mucusy stools,
flatulence, or even nausea and vomiting may occur during
fasting. Some people experience insomnia or bad dreams as
their body releases poisons during the night. The mind may
put up resistance, with doubt or lack of faith or a fear
that the fasting is not right. (This can be influenced even
more by listening to other people’s fears.) Most of these
symptoms, however, will occur early if they do appear and
are usually transient. The general energy level is usually
good during fastings, although there can be ups and downs.
Every two or three days, as the body goes into a deeper level
of dumping wastes, the energy may go down, and resistance and
fears as well as symptoms may arise. Between these times, we
usually feel cleaner, better, and more alive.
(Excerpted from Staying Healthy with Nutrition:
The Complete Guide to Diet and Nutritional Medicine,
Celestial Arts) by Elson M. Haas M.D.
for the full article you will find it here~
Fasting is not always an easy option, but for most, it is a
healthy alternative which empowers us and in many cases, gives
us a "new lease on life"!
be happy, be well,
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