Fasting for Health
Which Fast is Right for Me?
There are three major types of fasts; mono (eating
one food only such as grapes), juice, and water.
All three fasts are effective and I have tried all
of them at one time or another.
Some people say using one food, as a fast does not qualify as a fast, that it is a diet. Well I go with the meaning of the word fast plus the power of one food to heal. One of the meanings (Webster) of fasting is to abstain from some foods. Mono fasting is eating only one food and avoiding all others, that more than fits the meaning. I do mono fasts at least once a year usually for a week or more they are energetic, cleansing and enjoyable. I have used grapes, apples, peaches and watermelon picking the time of the year when they are at their peak. There are reports of people curing cancer by eating nothing but grapes until the cancer was gone.
An excellent example of a mono fast curing cancer is
the case of Mrs. Johanna Brandt. The cancerous
stomach tumor that afflicted Johanna Brandt was
diagnosed clinically and radiologically. Based on
the diagnosis, every doctor consulted advised
surgery as soon as possible. There was no doubt
the tumor was present. That doctors gave her only
six more weeks to live testifies to the seriousness
of her condition.
It has been a long time since I have done a water
fast. I find a water fast to be very powerful and
effective. I just do not think most people need to
be that tough on the mind to get the same results
you can get from a juice fast (this is my opinion
based on eighteen years of doing four of these juice
fasts a year). If you are in a protective
environment like a retreat setting with no
distractions and you have the support of others who
are on the same fast with an experienced monitor.
Than yes, do a water fast. However to water fast
in an unsupported environment can be an interesting
mental rollercoaster ride. I have done two water
fasts this way and here is what I found. The first
day is fairly easy, stomach pangs are the issue.
Day two gets tough, stomach pangs are very strong,
you notice the toxicity on your breath and body,
there aches and pains and wherever you go whatever
you look at there is food. Radio, television even
books can be a problem as the issue of food seems to
taunt you wherever you go or whatever you do. To
get through day three without support takes an iron
will as all the temptations and problems I spoke of
reach a peak and you feel a frantic need for food.
As you move, into day four, the stomach stops its
pangs and the body moves into the fasting mode of
feeding off stored nutrition. For a deep very
informative look at water fasting go this website
I used juice fasting to beat my cancer I found it to be very effective and very powerful. A juice fast is easier on body and mind plus it provides your body with enzymes, minerals, and vitamins throughout the fast. A Juice fast is also easier because when you feel hungry you can drink more juice; in fact, the more juice you drink the better. Dr. John Ray Christopher used to say 'When it flows out of your ears you have had enough'.
A pure juice fast gives your organs of digestion a complete rest, while supplying your body with all the nutrition it needs to heal and undo all the wrong that has been done. A juice fast thins your blood naturally giving your heart a rest while nourishing it and all the organs in your body.
Fasting can be very enjoyable, healthy and energetic if done properly. The problem that can occur when you are not prepared for fasting is autointoxication. When your body moves into a fasting mode it starts to release toxins from the different organs into the bloodstream. You want this release of toxins it is a positive reaction that expels those waste products that you do not want in your body. However, if your body is not ready the toxins can be reabsorbed into your system causing nausea, flu like symptoms, even hallucinations etc. This re-absorption or autointoxication can defeat the health building reason you fasted in the first place.
To avoid autointoxication you need to prepare your body's major organ of elimination the bowel. If the bowel is ready for the toxins that are released, autointoxication will be minimized. Therefore start two weeks ahead of time and do a simple bowel cleanse and detox and avoid autointoxication (see Cleansing and Detoxing).