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Fasting is a powerful therapeutic process that can help you recover from mild to severe health conditions. Some of the most common conditions affected by fasting include: high blood pressure, asthma, allergies, chronic headaches, inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease), irritable bowel syndrome, adult onset diabetes, heart disease, degenerative arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, eczema, acne, uterine fibroids, benign tumours, and system lupus erythematosus. This requires you to fast with caution if you have a serious illness, other than Hep C due to interactions and side effects. If you have never fasted before it may be wise to consult your medical professional to ensure the impact of your fasting is positive.
I was born with one atrophied kidney, but I’ve never had any bad effects from fasting when I did it to address my Hep C. By fasting, you are providing your body a period of concentrated physiological rest during which time the body can devote to its self-healing mechanisms to repairing and strengthening damaged organs. Basically, fasting allows the body to cleanse cells of accumulated toxins and waste products.
Fasting is a safe and effective way to detoxify the body, as long as it is done without weakening the body. Fasting is not starvation! It is a technique used by wise wo/men for centuries to heal the sick and was recommended by Hippocrates, Socrates, and Plato for health recovery. You must understand your own body to understand the principles of fasting.
Fasting is recommended for almost any illness because our bodies need rest during times like those. Everything in the universe, our body included, goes through high and low cycles and when your body is in its low phase you don’t want to put a heavy load on it by eating. After a period of time, even if you do not have a chronic disease such as Hep C, toxins from chemicals, pollution, and overindulgences build up in the body. For all of these reasons fasting is an effective weapon against infection and other illness.
During a low phase of your immune system, you may develop headaches, diarrhea, or depression. By fasting you help your body detoxify itself and give your organs a rest. Once you fast and detoxify the body you will feel “clear” inside. Your liver will feel noticeably lighter, less swollen and even “tighter” in compactness. At least mine did. That’s the only way I know to describe the feeling.
This is another chance to “feel” your liver’s condition. When your liver is struggling, it feels sort-of “heavier” than the rest of the tissue around it. Although I didn’t realize it before the fast, I could tell that my liver must have been swollen before I did the fast, which is why after the fast my liver felt more compact (sort of) and “tighter” (that’s about the only way I can describe the feeling inside my body).
I usually do a three day fast every 6 months or so. The first day, I drink mostly water with 2 or 3 small glasses of juice. The second and third day, I drink only water. The fourth day, I drink 2 or 3 small glasses of juice plus water. The fifth day, I begin a light diet … maybe salad and soup. By the sixth day I’m back on my regular diet. I don’t really have a special blow-by-blow diet other than the information I share through my website naturalremediesforhepc.com. I’ll share some of my healthy soup recipes in other posts on this site.
Tips when fasting:
- Do not chew anything like gum while on the fast. The digestive process starts with chewing and enzymes are secreted into the gastrointestinal tract. With no food in your stomach for these enzymes to digest, trouble occurs.
- Spirulina can be used by anyone on a fast. It is high in protein and has all the vitamins and miners the body needs, plus chloraphyll for cleansing. Take tablets or powder.
- Some people need certain vitamins and minerals daily. If you are one of these people, you should contibnue to take vitamins while on the fast. When you are drinking juices, you might reduce the dosage of vitamin supplements that you take. This does not include amino acid supplements.
- If you must have something to eat, eat a piece of watermelon. Always eat watermelon alone. You can also try fresh applesauce made in a blender or food processor. Leave the skins on the apples.
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