Fasting is something many people talk about for many different reasons. Whether they are spiritual reasons or health reasons, it is something we can all benefit from.
Dr. Arnold Ehret who was responsible for beginning what is known as the Mucusless Diet actually went over fasting quite a bit throughout his works. In his book Rational Fasting he called it nature’s operating table. Ehret believed that fasting was crucial and that we should all partake. He says that when we leave our bodies alone like that we are allowing them to heal themselves.
Fasting can be done in a ton of different ways. Some people like to go on juice fasts and others merely take in nothing but water. They are done for mere days to even long periods of time though I do not suggest going for months on end, our bodies do still need nourishment. You can fast in any way you see fit but depend on the kind of fasting you are doing your results will vary.
There is no doubt about it, the diet we consume in current times is not a good one. Overly processed foods, fast foods, dairy, and everything else is only going to cause issues in the end. The way we eat now is weighing down on us heavily. It is overburdening our digestive system and causing stress on our bodies.
According to Ehret, dry fasting is the best means of fasting but is something that should be done in moderation and not something the average Joe should jump right into. Dry fasting for those who may not be aware is a type of fasting that involves abstaining from food and water. Sounds terrifying now doesn’t it? Well, it’s not as scary as it sounds.
In the book Dry Medical Fasting: Myths and Reality Dr. Sergi Ivanovich Filonov says that when we dry fast, our body switches on its detoxification pathways and works to cleanse the body. Because the body is being starved of water stronger cells eat the weaker cells and in the long run, our blood and lymph are purified through an internal filtration process.
Now, Dr. Mercola even suggests fasting on some level is beneficial. That being said, the kind of fasting you see Dr. Mercola talking about the most is called intermittent fasting. This is more or less scheduled eating and it helps people lose weight and reduce the risks of chronic diseases like diabetes. If done correctly intermittent fasting is awesome. You can learn more about that by clicking here.
Yes, some forms of fasting still allow you to eat. There are even people who go on raw veggie fasts where they eat nothing but raw veggies.
In ‘The Complete Guide to Fasting,’ Dr. Jason Fung went over fasting and really put it into perspective, it works because:
“If you follow the biochemistry, your body stores energy as glycogen in the liver, which is links or chains of sugar, and then it stores [it as] body fat.
During fasting, you start by burning off all the glycogen in the liver, which is all the sugar. There’s a point there where some of the excess amino acids in your body need to get burnt as well.
That’s where people say, ‘That’s where you’re burning muscle.’ That’s not actually what happens. The body never upregulates its protein catabolism. Never is it burning muscle; there’s a normal turnover that goes on.
There is a certain amount of protein that you need for a regular turnover. When you start fasting, that starts to go down and then fat oxidation goes way up. In essence, what you’ve done is you switched over from burning sugar to burning fat. Once you start burning fat, there’s almost an unlimited amount of calories there. You could go for days and days.
What’s interesting is that if you take a pound of fat, that’s roughly 3,500 calories. If you eat somewhere around 1,800 to 2,000 calories a day, it takes two full days of fasting to burn a single pound of fat, which is very surprising to people. If you’re trying to lose 100 pounds, you could theoretically go 200 days of fasting just to burn all that fat … People worry about fasting for 24 hours. I’m like, ‘You could go 200 days.’ Then it’s like, ‘OK. Maybe it’s OK to go 24 hours without eating.'”
Fasting is not starvation. It is optional. If you decide you are too hungry and you want to eat or you are too thirsty and need something to drink you can get food or something to drink. Starvation is not optional, starvation is forced and it is something that lacks control.