What You Should Know about Fasting?
The body is a living organism, a group of billions of living cells. Each of these cells is so big that it can be comfortably placed on the tip of a needle, yet it represents a small autonomous province whose complex system and always ongoing work we cannot even imagine.
- A technical explanation: each cell contains a multitude of mitochondria that constantly work on the conversion of glucose into ATP (adenosine triphosphate).
- A picturesque explanation: each cell contains many tiny factories that constantly work on converting sugar into energy.
The cells are, as we have said, alive, and each possesses innate, infinite intelligence for keeping the body alive and only one aspiration: to serve their master the best they can. And that master of the cells of your body is YOU: Whatever command you give, the cells obediently direct the created energy towards the execution of your command.
For example, if you want to throw a ball, all the cells of your body obediently direct energy to the body’s movements for throwing the ball.
If you want to do a math task, all the cells of your body send energy to your brain for performing cognitive functions in order to do the calculation successfully.
If you put any source of calories in your digestive track, all the cells of your body direct energy to digestion, assimilation and elimination.
Whenever you do not give commands, your cells continue to work loyally on the most important work, and that is to continuously direct energy to self-cleansing and self-healing processes of the body.
fewer commands you give = more time and space and energy for self-cleansing and self-healing of the body
more commands you give = less time, space and energy for self-cleaning and self-healing
Let’s go back for a moment to the examples from above:
- throwing a ball
And now we will classify the activities from the above examples into groups according to the type of the given activity:
- physical activities
- cognitive activities
- physiological activities
Therefore, all the activities of the body, that is, all the commands we give to the body, can be classified into the above three groups.
Fast means REST at all levels and is carried out by abstaining from activities, that is, by practicing what is the opposite of the activities for a given group:
- physical fast – SLEEPING / RESTING / LYING
- cognitive / psychological fast – MEDITATIVE STATE, ABSTAINING FROM PROCESSING THOUGHTS AND ALLOWING TO FEEL THE FEELINGS THAT COME UP AS IF WE WERE WATCHING THEM FROM ASIDE
- physiological fasting – NOT PUTTING ANYTHING INTO THE DIGESTIVE SYSTEM EXCEPT WATER (because water has no calories, so it does not start the digestive system to work, and it is necessary for the functions of the body through which the body is cleansed and healed);
- When is the right time to fast or rest?
When the body seeks resting, that is, when it shows signs of fatigue, tiredness and fever.
- Why does the body seek fasting?
As we have said, the body always tries to serve its master all the time, but when the master overdoes on the commands, the body can no longer accomplish everything and requires only a little understanding and patience to clean up what has already accumulated in the body.
Fever is one of the most intelligent functions of the body – the alarm by which the body shows that there is saturation of toxins in the body and that a rest, that is a fast, is necessary.
- Cell work during sleep
When we sleep, our hard-working cells continue to work tirelessly. During sleep, they have better working conditions, because in the absence of physical, cognitive and physiological commands, they can direct their energy to self-cleansing and self-healing.
Food processing takes a lot of energy, leaving less for self-cleaning and self-healing. Requiring the work of the digestive system means taking away the opportunity for self-cleansing and self-healing. And vice versa: less demanding work of the digestive system means more opportunities for self-cleansing and self-healing.
Any source of calories – juices, fruits, vegetables – activate the digestive system to work. To say that someone is fasting on oranges, for example, is the same as saying that someone is resting by running slowly. Because… although processing oranges requires less energy than processing meat for example, slow running requires less energy than sprints, and so neither is RESTING.
- The greatest luxury of today is…
… to allow the body to rest completely when and where it requests, regardless of time and place.
- Raw diet versus fasting
The simpler, more hydrating and more natural, less processed a diet is, less energy goes to the work of the digestive track, and more to self-cleansing and self-healing. So, it all comes down to the degree of efficiency: eating unprocessed fruits and vegetables leaves more opportunity for cells to direct energy to self-cleansing and self-healing, as a complete rest of the digestive system, along with a physical and mental rest, provides even more opportunities for self-cleansing and self-healing.
- What is not fasting?
Everything that disturbs resting:
- not eating, but being physically active,
- lying down thinking about worries,
- intake of any source of calories,
- straining eyes over a computer or phone screen;
- Why is extremely important to consume water during a fast?
Because water is an element that the body uses to carry out cleansing mechanisms, and those mechanisms are: mucus, secretions, skin eruptions, elimination…
- How much water to drink during a fast?
Enough to urinate about 10 times in 24 hours.
- How to drink water?
In sips as needed.
- What are the signs of cleansing during a fast?
These are: whitish color on the tongue, unpleasant breath, elimination from the intestines after a few days or even a week of not eating any food.
All these symptoms disappear when the body finishes cleansing.
- The difference between a fast and starvation
Fasting is NOT starvation, because the body continues to eat during a fast, consuming all the stored unnecessary supplies. If they contain toxins, the toxins go into the bloodstream and their negative effects are felt as dizziness / nausea. Knowing how to interpret them correctly is extremely important, because that understanding enables one to continue fasting with confidence.
When there are no more unnecessary supplies, it is necessary to introduce food because otherwise the body begins to consume its vital organs, which is called STARVATION and has a lethal effect.
Introduction of food
For the first three days, the food is gradually introduced, every two hours, a piece of watermelon or some similar food with a high water content. On the third day, other fruits and vegetables can be introduced slowly, along with physical activity.
Of course, the diet and lifestyle that are adopted and applied after a fast, play a decisive role in the health results achieved.