Water-only Fasting


The 5 Major Benefits of Water Only Fasting

The 5 Major Benefits of Water Only Fasting

Throughout history and evolution, all species, including humans, have vacillated between periods of food availability and food deprivation. As a result, we have the ability to adapt to long periods of food restriction and fasting.

Water only fasting, which is the consumption of nothing but water for an extended period of time, promotes health recovery from a wide range of health problems. Here are five major benefits of water only fasting.

(1) A KETOGENIC DIET: THE SAFE WAY:

During water only fasting, when your blood sugar levels drop due to the lack of food intake, the energy needs of your body are first met by sugar reserves that are depleted within the first 24 hours of fasting. When sugar reserves are depleted, the body creates new forms of sugar(energy) from muscle mass and body fat .

However, there is no need for you to worry about the loss of body protein. While you will typically lose 1-2 pounds per day during a fast, there are only a few ounces of protein lost in the first 2 days of fasting, and only 1/2 – 1 ounce of protein loss per day throughout extended periods of fasting.

By day 3 of a water fast, your body shifts primarily into fat metabolism, which increases steadily in the subsequent days of fasting. As fat is used for energy production, ketones are generated by the metabolism of fat. This ketogenic state maintains the integrity of the brain and all body cells. In this way, water only fasting is a safe and controlled ketogenic diet, as your body eats its own fat reserves. It is much safer and different from the low carb, high fat, high animal protein ketogenic diets in vogue today, which promote dangerous metabolic acidosis that can damage blood vessels and vital organs.

(2) DETOXIFICATION: HOW TO DETOXIFY NATURALLY WITH WATER FASTING

Many of the toxic chemicals that are produced by normal metabolism and environmental exposure are stored in fat cells, away from normal blood circulation, to protect the cells and organs of the body. When fat is metabolized for energy during water only fasting, toxins stored in fat cells will also be released and sent to organs of elimination for removal. This movement of waste, and subsequent removal by your body, is the process of detoxification.

Keep in mind that fasting must be done under resting conditions to conserve energy for healing. As a result, fasting is an energy conserving and harboring process. Therefore, the energy that would be used for normal growth, and the procuring and digestion of food, is available for maintenance, repair and detoxification.

In addition, your body in its wisdom, will always direct its blood supply to satisfy the needs at hand. Since you do not need blood supply going to organs of digestion during a water only fast, the body’s blood supply is increased to skin and lungs (which are , surprisingly, your largest organs for detoxification), kidneys etc. to promote increased elimination and detoxification.

(3) THE IMMUNE SYSTEM: HOW TO REBOOT IT

The migration of white blood cells to areas of injury and cell damage is a major part of a healthy functioning immune system. Like all cells in the body, white blood cells have a limited life span and will age and become less functional over time. After 4 days of water only fasting there is a stem cell activation and production of new functional white blood cells which enhances and reboots your immune system.

(4) INFLAMMATION: REDUCE IT WITH A WATER FAST

When you overeat animal proteins, processed fats and refined sugars, and maintain a lifestyle that fosters chronic stress and sleep deficiency, you can promote chronic inflammation. This condition of inflammation is the foundation of the pandemic diseases (heart disease, diabetes, cancer and stroke) that cause the most disability and death.

Just three to seven days of water only fasting can dramatically reduce inflammation and pain in your body, decreasing the production of C-Reactive Protein (CRP) and other chemical messengers (cytokines) that are released by the liver and immune system when your body is inflamed. As a result, water only fasting often promotes dramatic improvement in autoimmune inflammatory conditions like rheumatoid arthritis and other diseases of inflammation.

(5) AUTOPHAGY: TUMOR REDUCTION

Autophagy, or self-digestion, is the process by which your body destroys and discards dead and dying cells that have completed their natural lifespan and have to be metabolized and replaced. What is unique to water only fasting is that, when energy is made available by the profound rest of the fasting process, autophagy will be promoted and enhanced. This increase in autophagy is one of the most profound and significant effects of water only fasting.

Keep in mind that your body, in its wisdom, knows what belongs in it and what does not. And during a fast, it will eliminate what it needs least to support what it needs most. So for example, it needs vital organs like heart, brain, kidney, liver etc. but it does not need tumors, cysts, stones and growths. So in the fasting state, your body will break down tumors, cysts, cancers and stones, taking from these abnormal growths whatever it can, to feed the organs that are vital to life and health. As a result, water only fasting has been shown to improve cancers like lymphoma, uterine fibroids and breast cancers and ovarian cysts.

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Breaking the Fast

Breaking the Fast

The re-feeding period after fasting is crucial for the success of the fasting experience. In fasting centers, a common recommendation by supervising physicians is that the faster take half the time of the fast to ease back into eating. So if you fast 7 days, you should take another 3-4 day to break the fast. If you fast two weeks, you should take another week to break the fast. A conservative approach to re-introducing food and activity is in the best interest of all fasters at any age.

“If there are two mistakes that are commonly made after fasting, they are eating much too soon, and moving too much too soon.”

If there are two mistakes that are commonly made after fasting, they are eating too much too soon and moving too much too soon. Food needs to be gradually introduced after a period of fasting. Fasts are most successfully broken with a succession of diluted and full-strength fruit and vegetable juices, smoothies, fresh fruit, fresh vegetables and salads, raw and cooked vegan meals. Even if you fast, fasting will always be just a small part of your life. You will be eating 99% of your time and fasting only a very small percentage of your life. So what you do before and after the times that you fast is going to be the most significant part of your health and weight loss program.

Just remember that because of the elimination of all calories, and a natural starvation response that is enhanced after periods of severe calorie restriction, there can be significant reactive weight gain after a fast if healthy, low calorie-dense, low sodium, plant-based eating and lifestyle habits are not maintained. Briefly, there is a kind of ledger sheet, an internal recognition system that the body uses to match its calorie intake to its calorie output. If you’re restricting your intake of calories but burning a lot of calories in physical movement, the body will slow down resting metabolism to hold on to future calories more forcefully, and you can begin to gain weight on less and less food intake.

Since there are no calories coming in during a fast, increasing physical activity during a fast is not only potentially dangerous but can promote excessive reactive weight gain after the fast. Therefore, maintaining as much rest as possible is recommended during the fast, followed by a diet low in oil, refined sugar, animal products, and salt.

Since there are no calories coming in during a fast, increasing physical activity during a fast is not only potentially dangerous but can promote excessive reactive weight gain after the fast. Therefore, maintaining as much rest as possible is recommended during the fast, followed by a diet low in oil, refined sugar, animal products, and salt.

Physical activity should also be gradually introduced after fast. If you have been doing nothing but resting during an extensive fasting period, it is in your best interest to ease back gently into an ongoing exercise regimen. Doing too much too soon can cause undue physiological stress to the body, and even potentially provoke some unforeseen damage and disability.

Depending on the length of the fast, I typically recommend short periods of walking, swimming, or biking on a stationary bike, or even rebounding on a rebounder, just about 4-5 minutes at a time a few times a day, for the first few days after fasting. After this period, the activity can be extended several minutes a day over time until you’ve built up to about 30-45 minutes a day.

Being conservative in your eating and exercise activities after a fast will enhance any of the benefits you have achieved during the fasting process.

by Dr. Frank Sabatino, Health Director of Balance for Life Florida

Introduction to Water-only Fasting

Introduction to Water-only Fasting

By definition, water-only fasting means the abstinence from all food and liquids, except water, for some extended period of time. I myself have fasted thousands of people over the past 40 years for a wide variety of health concerns. Now I can appreciate that in our culture of gluttony and overeating, the idea of voluntarily abstaining from food-unless there is some enforced famine-may seem absurd and mind-blowing. Yet, there is an extensive body of evidence supporting the use of water-only fasting in a wide range of health problems including obesity.

There is an Extensive Body of Evidence Supporting the Use of Water-only Fasting in a Wide Range of Health Problems Including Obesity.

The loss of appetite and fasting are natural to all animals, including humans, in response to disease and stress. If you observe animals in the wild, or even your own house pets, you will notice that when they are injured or diseased they will often retire to a quiet and comfortable place, stop the intake of all food and continue drinking water only. When less energy is required for eating, digesting and procuring food, more energy is available for healing and repair.

The body has a deep rooted need for energy and the sugar that provides it. The way food, and the lack of food, is handled to meet this need speaks directly to the role of fasting in health, fat and weight loss. When food comes into the body, the sugar that it contains basically goes in 3 directions:

  • Bloodstream , to maintain adequate blood glucose
  • Liver, where it is stored as the starch, glycogen
  • Fat Cells, as long term energy storage

When you stop eating, the first thing that happens is that blood sugar levels begin to drop. This is a primary stress and threat to the body. The most significant blood sugar drop occurs in the first few days of fasting. As a result, the body begins to access the sugar that is stored in the liver to replenish the declining blood sugar level. However, the sugar reserve in the liver can only last for 24-36 hours, and if you fast longer than that, the body satisfies its blood sugar and energy needs with protein in our muscles, and fat in our fat cells.

There is more protein metabolism and lean muscle breakdown in the first few days of fasting, but within a few days protein loss begins to slow down as the body shifts to fat metabolism. So that by the end of the first week, the energy needs of the body are derived almost exclusively from fat. And the ketones produced by fat metabolism in the fast are used directly by the brain as primary source of energy  during extensive periods of fasting.  The loss of protein and the depletion of blood sugar is more comfortably regulated by insuring that the fasting person maintains maximum rest. If the person attempts too much activity on a fast, there will be more rapid muscle loss and blood sugar decline.

In fact, it is important to see fasting as a deep physiological resting process. In fasting, the body shifts from a typical phase of growth to a phase of energy conservation maintenance and repair. As evidence of this, the growth factor, Insulin-like growth factor (IGLF), which is abnormally increased  by eating refined foods and animal products, and can promote cancer and tumor growth in adults, is reduced during fasting. This reduction of IGLF, combined with the process of self-digestion, autophagy, that occurs during the fast, can even promote the reduction or elimination of tumors and growths.

Not only is fat an available energy reserve in the body, but it also serves as vehicle for the storage of waste and toxic fat-soluble chemicals that we are routinely exposed to. Every second of every day, the cells of the body are taking in nutrients and eliminating waste and by-products of routine metabolism. In addition to this internal toxemia (toxic debris in the bloodstream), there are a variety of chemical poisons that come into your body from the outside, e.g. pesticides, pollution, additives in foods, toxic foods, drugs that you’re taking etc., that also need to be eliminated from the body. Many of the environmental toxins, and even internal waste products, are able to be dissolved in fat. So not only do fat cells of the body provide a primary source of energy, but they also work like a garbage dump, hiding and storing our toxic load.

The energy that is harbored in the fasting process can also enhance the mobilization of waste from storage areas, and the removal of this waste through organs and tissues of elimination in a process of detoxification. The respiratory surface of the lungs and the skin are the largest organs of the body. So it is very common to see discharge, drainage and symptoms of elimination via these organs including mucous discharge, cysts, rashes and boils. In fasting, not only are the processes of detoxification and elimination enhanced, but the body also demonstrates an intelligent and very selective control over these processes.During fasting the body will utilize what it needs least to provide support for what it needs most. It needs heart, and lungs, and kidneys, and bowels etc., but it doesn’t need cysts, tumors, stones, and growths. So through autophagy, it will break down a tumor or a cyst, take from it what it can use to support the vital organs of the body, and eliminate the rest. That’s why we often see cysts, tumors, and stones break down and dissolve during fasting.

What makes fasting even more beneficial is that while many pathological conditions are improved, there is also significant fat and weight loss. In the early days of fasting, weight loss can be as much as 1-2 pounds a day. However, this weight loss will taper off to some degree as the fast ensues, often reducing to a half a pound a day in the latter stages of more extensive fasts. Typically, the more obese the individual is at the start, the more dramatic the initial weight loss is. I have had people lose 20 pounds in two weeks of fasting, and as much as 30 pounds or more in a month.

Fasting is not a mystical process. Although it has been used by a variety of spiritual traditions as a tool for introspective evaluation and spiritual growth, fasting is truly just a profoundly simple process of deep physiological rest.The goal is to harbor as much energy as possible for the healing work at hand. That means rest on every level, including all the senses. The more time spent being quiet, serene, and introspective the better.

Sometimes, only by slowing everything down and stepping back from the chaos and distractions around us, can we feel, question and change the patterns and choices of our lives. For this reason fasting is also a profound tool for creating a more mindful self-aware life, and resolving compulsive addictive behavior

Fasting promotes fat breakdown, detoxification, and repair like nothing else. It enhances the balance and function of the hormonal (endocrine) system, while significantly improving the metabolic efficiency of the liver and digestive systems, thereby promoting improved calorie use and fat loss across time. Fasting can be also be one of the most powerful approaches for resolving inflammation and the complications of autoimmune disease. The body-mind changes evoked by the fasting process make it one of the most efficient and powerful tools to jump start any new health program in general, and a significant and successful long term weight loss program in particular.

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