Fasting: words from Gaea
Fasting has existed since the beginning of life of earth.
An ill or injured animal's first instinct is to abstain from solid food until it is again healthy.
They instinctively know that the healing process will be much faster and more effective when it abstains from solid food that burdens its digestive tract.
This instinct has always existed within the animal Kingdom.
The human body also has this same instinct, for it is common for most people to stop eating when illness strikes.
There is a widespread practice of fasting in many religious cultures, both ancient and modern, around the world.
Fasting has been used both as a religious ritual and for preventing and curing diseases.
Fasting purifies the body of the earth's wide variety of pollutants, thereby improving bodily health and function.
Many health advocates today fast several times a year.
When is the right time to fast?
There are two reasons I suggest a fast:
- To address dis-ease and symptoms
If you are feeling tired, sluggish and bloated, or if you are addressing a specific disease, a fast is an ancient way to heal your body.
- With the change of seasons
With each change of season I always suggest a small fast. It doesn't need to be on day dot of the new season, but just during the first month or two.
What type of fasting is right for me?
It really depends on your personal situation, but for absolutely anyone I would recommend a 7, 14 or 28 Pulse Fast.
This type of fasting, or mono dieting, gives your body wholefood nutrition based on the Phi ratio, while still giving your digestive system a rest.
Fasting improves the body's capacity and ability to better utilize the food eaten.
When the body gets no rest from processing food day after day, the digestive and cleansing systems are often subject to an uninterrupted workload.
Environmental pollutants also contribute to this workload. Also, excess protein tends to acidify the body in an unhealthy way.
The body is often unable to rid itself of all these stored toxins, waste products, body acids, excess proteins and fat deposits.
If this condition continues long enough, it can lead to cancer and other innumerable diseases.
Fasting is necessary to give the digestive system a rest, and more importantly to cleanse the body.
During a fast, many biochemical processes will take place in the body, resulting in many reactions outside the body as well.
The body's metabolism is a complicated procedure involving digestion, nutrient transport through the blood, lymphatics for energy and tissue building, and the transport of waste products and toxins to the body's excretory organs.
The excretory organs include the large intestine, the kidneys, the bladder, the lungs and the sweat glands.
The body will start releasing low-grade energy stored as fat, which will rapidly decrease body fat levels.
Since the blood always tries to keep its level of protein constant, it will keep these levels up by also breaking down inferior tissues of diseased, damaged, aged or dead cells, abnormal growth tissues, tumours, and other undesirable tissues.
For more on the ancient and brilliant wisdom of fasting and it's health and healing qualities, please refer to my Farmacist Desk Reference.
It's the world's first two volume, Encyclopaedia of Wholefood Medicine.