Juice Fasting

Fasting As a Solution To Optimal Health

Introduction to Fasting

Fasting is a process that allows us to see from direct experience the incredible innate healing and restorative powers that our bodies possess as well as the incredible inherent capacity for health that we all possess as our birthright – a capacity for which most people only ever experience a fraction of its ultimate potential.

In his book ‘Staying Healthy With Nutrition’, Dr Elson, M Haas M.D. describes fasting as nature’s ancient, universal “remedy” for many problems and the single greatest natural healing therapy. Animals instinctively fast when ill. It is the oldest treatment known to us, the instinctive therapy for many illnesses, nature’s doctor and knifeless surgeon and the greatest therapist and tool for preventing disease.

Further, Dr Haas calls fasting, or the cleansing process, the “missing link in the Western diet”.

Most of the conditions for which fasting is recommended are ones that result from the discord to the human system created Western diet and lifestyle. Conditions which are best described as resulting from “chronic sub-clinical malnourishment” (despite having more choice than ever before in human history) in the face of severe “over-consumption or over-nutrition”. In other words, we consume excessive amounts of toxic nutrients such as refined sugars, saturated and trans fats, and chemicals, yet receive inadequate amounts of essential vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and essential fats.

These conditions are the chronic degenerative diseases including:

  • Atherosclerosis
  • Heart disease
  • Cancer
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Allergies
  • Chronic immune system disorders or deficiencies.
  • Weight Loss – via intermittent fasting only.

Over 90% of deaths in Western countries result from these chronic degenerative disorders. Indeed, ignorance (of how to live in accordance with nature) may be our greatest disease.

Fasting is therapeutic and, more importantly, preventative of many of these diseases.

The term fasting here is used to describe the avoidance of solid foods and the intake of liquids only and we offer mainly juice fasts. Juice fasts support the body nutritionally by providing some of the essential nutrients it requires whilst offering a deep and profound cleansing and detoxification of the system.

Dr Haas describes detoxification via fasting as an important “corrective and rejuvenating process in our cycle of nutrition” (balancing and building being other processes), and a time when we allow our cells to “breathe out, become current and restore themselves”.

It was through the use of fasting to heal a very chronic and debilitating illness that I became involved in natural medicine and nutrition. It literally changed my life and gave me a completely new outlook on food and the incredible innate capacity our bodies have for health if we only take a step back and live our lives naturally in accord with how our evolutionary history has modelled our systems’ to function optimally.

Instead of suffocating my cells and organs via overconsumption of processed and refined foods and ‘new to nature’ chemicals, I simply started eating and living naturally. As such, I have continued to fast occasionally and have continued to enjoy the preventative, healing and transformative benefits that this beautiful and natural cleaning process avails.

Intermittent fasting, or fasting over smaller intervals, but more regularly, has been heavily researched and implemented as an extremely effective solution for reducing weight and inflammation (that contributes to most of the chronic degenerative disorders we suffer and die from).

We now offer a variety of fasting options to clients as a fantastic way of enhancing wellness, slowing down ageing, treating a variety of illnesses and increasing resistance to disease.

Contact me via email, tim@timaltman.com.au or 0425 739 918 to book in or discuss what type of fast would most suit you. I offer consultations in Melbourne and Torquay, or online via Skype…

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Fasting to Regenerate Your Immune System

Fasting Can Regenerate Your Immune System in 72 Hours

Much of the treatment used in healing my Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) in the early to mid 90-‘s utilised fasting as a healing tool.

It was very daunting to me at first – the idea of not eating for extended periods of time did not sit well with me! In my case, I went on a 16 day juice fast – involving 350ml of freshly made vegetable and fruit juices twice a day, the occasional herbal tea, plenty of water, and frequent gut cleaning via herbal enemas.

Not a lot was known about fasting then, and I had MANY well intentioned ‘experts’ tell me I was doing more harm than good. This increased my anxiousness about doing the fast, however the practitioner who was treating me was a former research biochemist in the former Soviet Union who had done extensive research on fasting to treat chronic illnesses and to create optimal levels of health. Yes, the Russians were way ahead of the Western scientific community in their understanding of fasting and many natural health treatments. It is only over the last 10 years or so that Western scientists have started to catch up in this research.

At the time, I was desperate as nothing that anyone else had used or told me about to treat this condition had helped – in fact, most doctors told me I was making it up. I can assure you I didn’t exactly like being as tired and ill as I was all of the time. It was devastating. It shattered sporting dreams I had held since I was a kid and halted my university education severely.

Because of this, and because I trusted the Russian practitioner I was working with, I embraced my fears and discovered the wonderful healing powers of fasting. It was a process that not only helped me completely recover from CFS (no sign of a flare up in the 20 years since), it also changed the direction of my life.

I pursued a career in natural health as a naturopath and have used fasting as a modality in my clinical work ever since, implementing various fasting lengths (from 1-21 days) and types. This is a tool that should not be taken lightly and I have always supervised clients who are conducting fasts, to ensure that they are conducting them properly and coping well.

I have also personally done the same fast 5-6 times since the original one and many one to three day fasts over the ensuing years. My experience has always been that my immune system is far more robust for at least 12-24 months following a longer fast and my energy levels and mental clarity also stay very strong for an extended period after the fast.

The same occurs, in similar ways, when I have fasted periodically; i.e. one day a week or fortnight for several months at a time.

Whilst fasting is not the only modality I use in treating chronic illnesses such as CFS or to create optimal health and vitality in clients, it is certainly one of the most potent arrows in my quiver. And a practice I maintain personally.

Whilst I thank the well intentioned ‘doubting Thomas’s’ for their concern all those years ago, I’m glad I didn’t listen as they had not done their homework.

If fasting is an idea you would like to explore for your own health goals, I would be happy to assist you and supervise you through it. I can work with you in person if you are near Geelong or Torquay, or online and via Skype or phone if you live more remotely. I have several fasting programs prepared that may suit your needs.

Below is a great article showing the potent power of fasting as a healing tool to regenerate your digestive and immune system.

http://althealthworks.com/4651/california-researchers-discover-how-to-regenerate-your-entire-immune-system-in-72-hours-and-its-cheap-too/?c=soe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The No 1 Dietary Mistake Most People Make

Having asked thousands of clients their average daily diet, I have no doubt that there is one common dietary habit or requirement that most people fail to achieve. From my clinical experience, I would say that over 95% of people fail to achieve this – regardless of whether they eat organic, are vegetarian or vegan or follow some other dietary or health approach. It is so predictable.

The answer?

That they fail to regulate their blood sugar levels on a day to day basis. The pattern that usually occurs to varying degrees is that people’s blood sugar levels fluctuate throughout the day with intermittent peaks and troughs – known as hypoglycaemia. The telltale signs of this are:

  • Desire for sweets or refined carbohydrates (processed or white flour, alcohol), or foods high in trans or saturated fats, at the times where we usually experience blood sugar level troughs – upon waking, mid morning, especially mid afternoon, pre-dinner, post dinner.
  • Fatigue at the times above or generalised fatigue.
  • Excessive hunger, especially at lunch or late afternoon and pre-dinner.
  • A need for coffee to get going at the start of the day  or regular consumption of coffee throughout the day – at times similar to the above (especially the first half of the day).
  • A propensity for weight gain.

Why do we get this wrong?

The answer could lie in understanding what our body has evolved or adapted to and comparing that to what we expose our bodies to in the modern world. It is understood from genetic and anthroplogical research that it takes 40,000 to 100,000 years for a change in our environment to be genetically assimilated by our bodies, meaning that the bodies we have inherited are those that adapted to the environment our hunter-gatherer or paleolithic ancestors were exposed to 40,000 years ago or more. Or, put more loosely, our bodies still think we are wandering the bush!!

Yet the environment our hunter-gatherer ancestors were exposed to was vastly different to the culture we have created. Our ancestors lived in an environment where food was scarce and we had to work hard to find it. We were often hungry and exposed to conditions of scarcity and famine. As such we evolved to be extremely adept at seeking out energy dense foods – especially when we were hungry. We all know the feeling that fatty or sweet foods smell or appear almost irresistible when we are hungry!

Two examples of energy dense foods include those high in carbohydrate (sugar) and those high in fat. Yet, there were very few of these energy dense foods available to our hunterer-gatherer ancestors – some via animal sources, or nuts and seeds and maybe fruit. Compare that to nowadays where energy dense foods are everywhere – in fact, most junk or packaged foods are comprised mostly of fat and/or refined carbohydrate/sugar. Food companies, which are invariably more interested in bottom line than they are in our health, prey on this aspect of our behaviour.

The changes in our food chain first began about 2,000 to 10,000 years ago with the advent of agriculture or farming – which is, at best, one quarter of the time it takes for a change to be adapted by our bodies. This saw the advent of grain and saw us start to settle in villages and towns. Evolutionary biologist, Dr Daniel Lieberman, who wrote the wonderful book “The Story of The Human Body”, suggests that while the advent of farming was great from an economic perspective as it made food more readily available, so our population could grow, it was the biggest mistake we ever made from an evolutionary perspective, because it resulted in the carbohydrate content of our food chain increasing dramatically which paved the way for hypoglycaemia.

With the advent of the industrial revolution and our modern technological age, this change accelerated exponentially. We now have far more exposure to carbohydrates, refined carbohydrates, sugars; and saturated and trans fats. And at levels that none of us have ever had a chance to adapt to. Hypoglycaemia is clearly a by-product of this evolutionary mis-match.

All of the eating programs and dietary plans that benefit our health and work in the long run, whether by design or not, successfully rectify this failure to regulate blood sugar levels.

To be continued…