Benefits of Fasting and How Often Should You Fast (Our focus will be on ADF or Alternate Day Fasting).
When you fast (abstain from all food and drink water only) your body has no food to use as energy, so it’s more likely to get its energy from the fat in your body, which will cause you to burn fast. Speed up the fat burning process by fasting AND exercising. (Listen to your body though. If you’re too low on energy, don’t overdo the exercising).
* Fasting speeds up metabolism. It helps your body eliminate waste and toxins that regularly accumulate from regular meals. Fasting gives your gut and bowels a nice rest and will help cleanse your internal organs.
* Fasting boots your immune system. Scientists at the University of Southern California (my old stomping ground) found that fasting for as little as three days can regenerate the entire immune system. It kickstarts stem cells into producing new white blood cells to fight off infection. “Fasting cycles can generate, literally, a new immune system,” according to Professor Valter Longo, Professor of Gerontology and the Biological Sciences at the University of California.
Scientists found that prolonged fasting also reduced the enzyme PKA, which is linked to aging and a hormone which increases cancer risk and tumor growth.
Total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, and triacylglycerol concentrations decreased during ADF (Alternate-day fasting).
“Fasting is the greatest remedy —
the physician within.”
“Everyone has a doctor in him; we just have to help him in his work. The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well. …to eat when you are sick, is to feed your sickness.”
Hippocrates, one of the three fathers of Western medicine
“I believe that fasting is the “missing link” in the Western diet.”
“From a medical point of view, I believe that fasting is not utilized often enough.”
“…. fasting is one of the best overall healing methods because it can be applied to so many conditions and people.”
“Fasting is the single greatest natural healing therapy. It is nature’s ancient, universal ‘remedy’ for many problems. Animals instinctively fast when ill.”
all from Elson Haas, M.D. in Staying Healthy with Nutrition
“I often observe in the fasting participants that by four days of fasting, concentration seems to improve, creative thinking expands, depression lifts, insomnia stops, anxieties fade, the mind becomes more tranquil and a natural joy begins to appear. It is my hypothesis that when the physical toxins are cleared from the brain cells, mind-brain function automatically and significantly improves, and spiritual capacities expands.”
Gabriel Cousins, M.D. (psychiatry)
“When we fast, energy is freed for a thorough housecleaning of the system. The body becomes lighter, more flexible; the mind becomes clearer and more creative. Greater intuitive powers may develop, and deep spiritual insights may be experienced after a period of time. A feeling of well-being arises when the energy is freed in this way — problems suddenly become solutions and ideas flow from nowhere.”
Kripalu Center for Holistic Health, from their book The Self-Health Guide
“Fasting is a natural method of healing. When animals or savages are sick, they fast.”
So far, we have touched base on the physical benefits of fasting. As you can see from the information above, there are many. Now I’d like to focus on the benefits of the spirit as man is made more than just of the body.
- Benefits of Fasting Spiritually
Throughout the ages, we have read and heard to draw yourself closer to God (in perspective) one should fast and pray. I must agree.
When you fast from food for one to three days (sometimes more) you start to feel a disconnection from worldly needs. You find yourself spending more time observing those around you and they’re freshly desires that you yourself just had only days before. It makes you ponder and pray that God brings into you a more holiness that He desires for you to have.
See Blog post: The Spiritual Benefits of Fasting with Prayer and Essential Oils & How To Do It
Just as important to know how to start a fast, is how to end a fast. Especially if the fast has been for three or more days.
Start out with some type of fruit or vegetable juice. Then a good vegetable or bone broth soup will be excellent. Don’t eat too much at the first sitting. Then work yourself into solids.
Be aware of your body when eating again. Stop when you feel full.
Chew foods well. This will help with proper digestion and is a good habit anytime you eat.
Eat close to the earth as possible. Make it organic as much as possible. Take advantage of Young Living Essential oils and essential oil-infused products to help stay above the wellness line.
So, from this information, the benefits of fasting are many. Fasting from one day to three has the most benefits when done regularly within a six-month period of time. Coming off a fast properly is as important as the fast itself along with eating as healthy as possible and incorporating essential oil and oil-infused products into a healthy lifestyle.
I’d love to know some of your experiences when you have fasted. Please leave a comment below and let us know of your own fasting experiences and what benefits you received from it.
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