There exist a good number of ways of detoxifying the body. Some of them are expensive methods but there are also inexpensive ones. One good way which will not cost you anything is water fasting. Instead of your body concentrating […]
A common practice of allowing yourself to only consume water for a time being and nothing else is commonly referred to as a water fast. The reason behind a person holding a water fast can be medical or religious in […]
Once I came across a mother who would not allow her toddler to eat anything as long as the little boy does not finish his potty in the morning. Well, it is an extreme form of health consciousness. But it […]
Care needs to be taken when breaking a fast so as not to overburden your digestive system. The best benefit of fasting is realized when a fast is broken properly. Taking it slow and easy is not only kind to […]
I got the phone call early on a Monday. It was from California, and I had no idea what I was about to learn from the amazing Dr. Berneathy. Dr. B, as he is affectionately known, has created a dynamite […]
There exist a good number of ways of detoxifying the body. Some of them are expensive methods but there are also inexpensive ones. One good way which will not cost you anything is water fasting. Instead of your body concentrating on digestion it will focus on detoxification.
The body will function to eliminate the harmful toxins inside your body during the detoxification phase. As you water fast, the body’s sole and natural process of cleansing itself will be going to work.Doing water fasting a couple of sessions per year has proven to be effective. The body has no primary source of glucose or energy so what it does is it gets energy from our stored glucose within the body.
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A common practice of allowing yourself to only consume water for a time being and nothing else is commonly referred to as a water fast. The reason behind a person holding a water fast can be medical or religious in nature. It is to be kept in mind however, that supervision of someone who has successfully practiced it before is essential to keep the risks at bay and complete the fast in an appropriate fashion.
Make sure that you have planned your water fast ahead and have gained the required information. It is also advised that you only keep it for a small period of time to begin with.
Benefits Of Water Fasting:-
There are a number of health benefits associated with water fasting. A few of such prominent benefits are mentioned below:
• Burns fat at a higher rate and keeps the blood pressure within the normal range
Once I came across a mother who would not allow her toddler to eat anything as long as the little boy does not finish his potty in the morning. Well, it is an extreme form of health consciousness. But it seems some way or the other the young mother was not absolutely incorrect. It is only proper and hygienic to first empty our inside before loading our system with more foods! Ask the expert nutritionists and they will inform you unanimously that you have to cleanse first if you wish to nourish.
Here comes the relevance of the cleansing diet; it helps you to set you in the trajectory of the healthy living once again.
The question is when and how do you know that you need a diet cleanse? Just consider these:
Do you ever feel too sluggish to move any further?
Are you experiencing a feeling of heaviness lately?
Are you frequently suffering from bad headache in the recent times?
Are you experiencing disturbances in your sleeping pattern?
Do you think you are not having proper digestion?
Is the life becoming too uncomfortable due to the gas, bloating and constipation?
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Care needs to be taken when breaking a fast so as not to overburden your digestive system. The best benefit of fasting is realized when a fast is broken properly. Taking it slow and easy is not only kind to your body, but allows YOU the opportunity to integrate your new-found clarity on your relationship to food.
During a fast, the body undergoes several biological changes. Enzymes normally produced by the digestive system have ceased to be produced or have been diminished greatly, depending on the type of fast performed, so introducing food slowly allows the body time to re-establish this enzyme production.
The protective mucus lining of the stomach may be temporarily diminished as well, making the stomach walls more vulnerable to irritation until it also returns to normal. Gentle reintroduction of foods, beginning with the simplest and easiest-to-digest foods, supports this process. Substances known to be irritating to the system, such as coffee and spicy foods, must be avoided during the breaking process.
Because of these biological changes, overeating immediately following a fast is much worse than overeating at any other time. Your system needs time to readjust back to normal digestion and assimilation. Not taking the proper measures can result in stomach cramping, nausea, and even vomiting.
The adjustment period necessary is based on the length of the fast. Four days is considered adequate for any of the longer fasts, 1-3 days for shorter fasts, and just a day or so for one-day fasts.
Foods to use for breaking a fast
The most nutritious and easy-to-digest foods are used to break a fast initially, gradually adding more diversity and complexity over time.
The type of fast employed will determine the type of foods you use to break it. While juice or fruit are good for breaking a water fast, obviously, they aren’t very helpful in breaking juice or fruit fasts.
To help you determine when to introduce the different food groups, use the following list. It begins with those that are easiest on the system and can be introduced early on, and progresses to those that should be added later.
Depending on the length of your fast, you may go through the list in one day or in 4 days. And you certainly don’t need to eat everything on the list, it’s just a general guideline.
- fruit and vegetable juices
- raw fruits
- vegetable or bone broths
- yogurt (or other living, cultured milk products), unsweetened
- lettuces and spinach (can use plain yogurt as a dressing and top with fresh fruit)
- cooked vegetables and vegetable soups
- raw vegetables
- nuts and eggs
- meats and anything else
Any of the first three items are good for that initial “breaking” of a fast, that first thing you eat; raw fruit being the easiest and most popular.
You’ll want to start adding new foods from toward the top of the list. This will support re-establishment of more diverse enzyme production beginning with the simplest.
More pointers for breaking a fast
- Pay close attention to your body’s reactions to these “new” foods. Watch for any adverse reactions, perhaps signalling a mild allergy or that you have gone too far, too quickly. Feel for the sensation of fullness and stop eating at that point. Begin to train yourself to watch for that signal, so you’ll always know when your body is fully nourished.
- When breaking a fast, begin with frequent small meals, every 2 hours or so, progressing gradually toward larger meals with more time in between them until you reach a “normal” eating routine, such as 3 meals and 2 snacks in a day’s time.
- Chew foods well. This will help immensely with proper digestion and is a good habit to foster.
- Strive to add live enzymes and good bacteria to your system. Fresh, raw foods are full of living enzymes good for your body and digestion. Probiotics, or “good” bacteria, can be found not only in pill form, but also in naturally cultured and fermented food products, such as yogurt, sauerkraut, and miso.
- Overall, the following four factors represent what we are trying to accomplish when breaking a fast:
- Frequent meals toward less frequent meals
- Small meals toward larger meals
- Easy to digest toward harder, requiring more enzymes, to digest
- Less variety toward more variety
While it may take a little thought and attention, breaking a fast properly is so important to our overall health and to reaping the full benefits fasting can create.
I got the phone call early on a Monday. It was from California, and I had no idea what I was about to learn from the amazing Dr. Berneathy. Dr. B, as he is affectionately known, has created a dynamite weight loss formula for his patients in his Chiropractic clinic. I was about to embark on a real education.
If you want to lose the weight, then you will have to lose any victim mentality and get positive. I learned from Dr. B that weight loss was not that hard to do. This guy had the secret that so many other programs out there seemed to miss.
I am going to tell you some of these strategies now.
Lesson 1: You Got To Detoxify – Now what does this exactly mean? You have to get rid of all the junk in your diet. If you are serious about weight loss, then you must get rid of the excess garbage in your daily diet. There is a period here that you will have to observe. This is a multi-step process that you must start on if you want to lose the unwanted pounds.
Lesson 2: Keeping A Positive Mindset – Getting great results starts with a healthy mindset. I suggest getting rid of all the substances in your daily pattern that lead to racing thoughts. In this category, I include caffeinated drinks, alcohol, sugar and other stimulants. I recently switched to herbal teas from around the world and noticed a huge difference in every aspect of my life.
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There are many ways to detoxify your body. Before going on, detoxification is the process by which you cleanse blood within your body system. Actually, fasting helps remove most of the impurities within the body. Impurities come from the liver. They are usually toxins eliminated in the kidney and intestines. In addition, water fasting helps to protect the body from other diseases which it may be vulnerable to.
How to Detox
Detoxification is a necessary activity that should be done continuously. However, without a plan, you may not be able to achieve much. This is why it is important to have a detoxification plan. The following are some of the things found in many detoxification programs:-
1. You need to rest your organs and this is only achieved through fasting.
Fasting gives your body some space to rest. It is always important to rest in order to allow toxins to be removed.
A detox diet is very effective for cleansing the body. It’s just a natural part of being alive and consuming food that leads to there being toxins that build up in our bodies. This is why, from time to time, it’s wise for us to go on a detox diet. For cleansing the body helps us to keep our heart and bodily systems healthy, lose weight, and keep our metabolisms heightened so that we are burning up the calories we consume instead of letting them pack on our bodies.
The need for a bodily detox has been known about for thousands of years. The need for detox is acknowledged in things like fasting, entering the sweat lodge, and going to the sauna. However, with the detox diet, we temporarily change our diet so that we clean out our body.
Even though the detox diet is very effective for cleansing the body, it can only be followed for a very short while at a time, and probably should not be followed more than twice a year by most people. The toxins that build up over a long time in the body from environmental pollutants (natural as well as man-made), cigarettes, caffeine, food oxidation, drinking alcohol, and so on are flushed out; this makes you more energetic, clearer-minded, and effectively younger. Health problems are also often mitigated, such as arthritic pains, a sore back, etc. But, a detox diet does not provide a great deal of nutrients. So, while you are following it, you will lose a great deal of the nutrition you need. So, for instance, a pregnant woman cannot do any detox dieting until after she’s given birth. Anyone who is currently suffering from an unusual illness like the flu, and diabetics, too, must not even think about the detox diet.
One of the most effective and natural way of detoxification is water fasting. In fact, it has been a popular and powerful health recovery treatment since ancient times. It is a procedure wherein the body is allowed to heal by itself. With the absence of food, the body is left to exhaust all of its natural resources in order to harvest sufficient fuel for its functioning. Consequently, it tends to consume everything that it can, even those that are not essential to its functioning including wastes produced by the blood, bacteria, viruses, stored fats, and fibroid tumors. In short, through fasting the body naturally cleanses the body of accumulated toxins and as a result heals itself.
The period of fasting depends on the person. It may take several days, several weeks, up to a month or even more than a month. It basically depends on the person’s health condition and what he intends to achieve. The primary beneficial effect of water fasting is detoxification, and second is weight loss.
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Today’s world is full of ways to get toxins into your body. The trick is to find ways to eliminate those toxins at the same rate or faster than they are introduced. Finding a body cleansing detoxification method that does more help than harm is important.
Often people will change their diets either temporarily or for extended periods of time in an attempt to cleanse their systems. Many of the toxins we accumulate come from the food we eat. Processed foods are famous for their toxic content but even more natural foods like fruits and vegetables contain pesticides, herbicides and artificial hormones among other things.
Fasting, eating organic whole foods, mainly vegetables, and drinking lots of fluids especially water, is a common basis for these detox diets. Periodic use of this cleansing method does “clean you out” but should be used cautiously over extended periods of time. There are many essential elements required in a healthy diet and some of those may be neglected if this type of restricted diet is overdone.
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