What is a fast?
A fast is where we abstain or reduce some or all, food and or drink for a period.
In general, most types of fasts are performed over 24–72 hours.
Intermittent fasting, on the other hand, involves cycling between periods of eating and fasting, ranging from a few hours to a few days at a time.
Fasting can be thought of as a period of profound rest, during which time your body is free to rapidly undertake a wide variety of beneficial physiological activities
There are different types of fasts.
There are dry fasts where you have zero food and drink, this is quite an extreme type of fast that can only and should only be undertaken for a short period of time. Usually, when we fast this way its because we are undergoing some type of medical procedure. You do not find many people undertaking this voluntarily.
Another more common type of fast is a juice fast. This is the type of fast that we can choose when we want to detox and experience a deep healing. This is my favourite type of fast, because its safe. However, before undertaking any type of fast you should get the all clear from your doctor. We will dive deeper into this topic later in the episode where Ill cover why, how, and when to fast.
A more extreme form of liquid fasting is water fasting. As you can imagine, this is a harder fast to adhere too, but there may be reasons you would want to consider this. Some studies show that water fasting lowers the risk of some chronic illnesses. However, you can argue that all fasting does this. The one benefit of using juices instead of straight water fasts, is your body is not starving for nutrients, it is not going into shut down mode and slowing the metabolism. So for those reasons I recommend you avoid water fasting, unless it’s for a very specific purpose, and you are an experienced faster who has the support of a good team, such as a GP and/or natural health practitioner.
This fast helps cleanse the body and open the spirit. What I have found is most fasts, due to their very nature, as they lighten you up and release all the energy that goes into digesting your food, influence your spirit.
Is when you only eat one food or recipe for several days or even weeks. One type of mono fast I recommend is kitcheri.
Kitchari cleanse is undertaken in ayurvedic medicine. This soupy porridge made from rice and mung beans, is a fasting food and is used to purify the digestive system and cleanse out the toxins. This is considered a mono fast, or where we just eat one recipe. Its undertaken as part of a cleansing, balancing, healing, and rejuvenation program. Usually During autumn. the reason for this is because the energy in the body is beginning to sink, go deep, and kitchari is a way to purify your body's energy before it goes within. During this time, what goes within you is all you have to nourish your body during winter. These make up your stores. For instance you can liken it to a tree losing its leaves, and the energy going into the roots, during its time of dormancy all you have to sustain you is those inner stores you gathered before this time, and autumn is our last opportunity to make sure those stores are vibrant and nourishing.
Kitchari is a staple of ayurvedic life. It is composed of basmati rice and mug dul and has various ways to prepare it. I have included a recipe on the website for you though.
Together, Basmati rice and mung dul create a balanced food that is a protein combination. It’s easy to digest and gives strength and vitality, whilst nourishing the entire body.
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Why would anyone want to fast?
Fasting has been shown to have many health benefits, from increased weight loss to better brain function.
The following was sourced from scientific journals. Follow the link HERE or watch the video below
The weight of the evidence suggests that modern hunter-gatherers rarely experience long periods of food shortage (famine) (1). That said, they obviously do not have endless, easy access to food. IF is naturally incorporated into their eating schedule (2), in part because they have to hunt and gather for the food they eat. Typically, these food-acquiring activities take place early in the day, which means that eating may not occur until long after dawn.
Intermittent periods of fasting were undoubtedly a natural part of the lives of ancient hunter-gatherers as well. They obviously didn’t plan that they were going to abstain from eating for 16 or 18 hours every day, but rather fasting occurred naturally as a result of fluctuations in food availability, season, and climate. Some days, they may have taken in food many times during the day at different time points, whereas other days they may have eaten only one meal – or perhaps no food at all.
This is how it is to live in a natural environment. You do not have constant access to food. You do not always know when or what your next meal will be. You must adjust to your circumstances, which can change rapidly.
Our delicious juice fast recipes are updated all the time, making sure that juice fasting is as delicious as it is good for you.
Eliminate toxins and toxic conditions from your body and mind.
Restore your constitutional balance improving health and wellness.
Strengthen your immune system and become more resistant to illness.
Studies show that fasting for three days for a while new immune system.
Reverse the negative effects of stress on your body and mind thereby slowing the ageing process.
Enhance your self-reliance, strength, energy, vitality and mental clarity.
Helps with insulin resistance.
Bring about deep relaxation and sense of well-being.
Reduces Gut Leakage
Benefits autophagy which in turn boosts immunity and controls inflammation. Studies show that it helps protect against
- neuro-degenerative disorders
- inflammatory diseases
- insulin resistance
Enhances hearth health by improving blood pressure, triglycerides, and cholesterol
When should you fast?
Any time is good time to fast, just make sure that you do it during a time which is reasonably quiet as this will eliminate any stress on you.
When should you not fast?
Those younger than 15 or older than 70.
those suffering illnesses: women who are pregnant, nursing, or menstruating.
travellers who meet specific criteria.
individuals whose profession involves heavy labour and those who are extremely sick, where fasting would be considered dangerous.
For those involved in heavy labour, they are advised to eat in private and generally to have simpler or smaller meals than are normal.
How to fast.
Firstly, and MOST IMPORTANTLY, make sure you get the go ahead from your GP.
Before beginning a fast you should read through everything carefully and make sure you set yourself up to succeed. If you are new to fasting begin with a 24 hour fast, and with time build up to a three day fast.
Follow the slow elimination program for 1 - 2 weeks.
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