Fasting OverviewFasting is a natural way to detoxify the body, lose weight and recover from a disease. It is an abstinence from food for a certain period of time. Some people use fasting for spiritual growth while others regard to it as an efficient way to cleanse the body of toxins and eliminate extra pounds.
Fasting has been utilized throughout history by different religious traditions for purification and as a sign of sacrifice to their god. There are 74 references to fasting in the bible.
Fasting is common in the animal kingdom and animals restrain from food instinctively when sick or injured. In the past, when there were no licensed medical practitioners, fasting was used as a universal cure for many diseases. However, remarkable fact about fasting is that people who fast for spiritual benefit also gain physical benefits and vice versa.
Benefits of FastingFasting has many health benefits apart from weight loss, provided it is done correctly. It helps to flush all waste matters from the system while at the same time it strengthens functions of each organ and cell. Fasting helps to lower blood pressure and blood cholesterol levels. It can be used to improve sleep, rejuvenate the digestive system, improve health of the skin and slow down aging process. Fasting is beneficial to liver and kidney functions, it enhances libido and helps to overcome addictions. Parasites, bacteria, viruses and fungi can be effectively eliminated with the help of fasting.
Furthermore, fasting improves mental clarity, increases energy levels, balances the nervous system and boosts metabolism. It can be used for treatment of hypertension, diabetes, arthritis, asthma, cancer, lupus, chronic fatigue, colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, Chron’s disease and mental disorders.
What Others Say about FastingAccording to Alex Carrel, M.D. fasting can help increase longevity through elimination of toxins. Patricia Bragg claims fasting can provide cleansing and regeneration of the body, mind and soul. A Russian doctor Von Seeland says “fasting is a therapeutic agent of the highest degree and should be considered educationally”.
Charles Page, M.D. claims fasting could save thousands of lives if reasonably utilized. A German physician Adolph Mayer, M.D. in his book “Fasting Cures – Wonder Cures” writes about fasting as the most effective way to improve any medical condition”.
A Swiss doctor and alchemist Philippus Paracelsus considered fasting to be the greatest remedy. Gabriel Cousins, M.D. observes that people who fast for four days exhibit improvement in concentration and creative thinking as well as relief of symptoms of depression, insomnia and anxiety. He believes elimination of physical toxins automatically improves brain function and increases spiritual capacity.