There has been a lot of talk recently about fasting.
Courtesy of a wonderful BBC documentary recently on the benefits of fasting – “Eat, Fast and Live Longer” by Michael Mosley – many people have adopted intermittent fasting programs or the 5 and 2 program involving reduced calorie intake for 2 days per week.
I have fasted many times since ridding myself of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome including some longer 2 week fasts and many extended periods of fasting one day per week.
I find the one day per week (36 hour) fast very non-intrusive, easy (once you develop the routine) and fantastic for health.
I offer a variety fasts including 2 weeks, 10 days, 1 week and one day per week fasts.
Below is a summary of fasting and it’s benefits from the fasting section of my website.
Fasting is definitely a health initiative worth investigating, although it is something that should be done with great consideration – preferably under supervision from an experienced health practitioner.
Contact me if you would like to explore it further.
“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:
- Heart disease
- Chronic immune system disorders or deficiencies.
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.
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”