Today, noted health experts agree that nutritional fasting can stimulate a natural healing process in the body that is wondrous and effective.
“Fasting is the single greatest natural healing therapy,” said Dr. Elson Haas, one of the pioneers of Integrated Medicine. “It is nature’s ancient universal ‘remedy’ for many problems.”
Although there are dozens of types of fasts, fasting needn’t be complicated. However, if you are battling a serious disease like cancer, diabetes, heart disease, or other compromising illness, it’s important to work in tandem with your doctor to make sure that fasting is safe for you. If it is, the practice promises to deliver a host of healing benefits.
“The job of fasting is to supply the body with the ideal environment to accomplish its work of healing,” says Dr. Joel Fuhrman.
One simple and effective approach is called Intermittent Fasting. As Dr. Joseph Mercola explains, with this method, rather than restricting what to eat, a person only modifies his/her eating schedule to a 6 to 11-hour window.
What it looks like is this: No eating for 3 hours before bedtime and then waiting 13 hours until the next meal.
So, for example, if your bedtime is 10 p.m. on Monday, your last meal would be at 7 that same evening. Then, Tuesday morning, your first meal would be 11 a.m.
While this does require some food planning, the majority of these fasting hours are spent sleeping, so the routine is quite easy to implement and live with. In addition, an Intermittent Fast need only be done 5 days a week giving you wonderful flexibility with your lifestyle and social schedule.
BENEFITS YOU CAN EXPECT
So, what results can you expect from fasting? Studies show that the list is quite remarkable.
- Helps the body cleanse itself of unwanted toxins and damaged cells
- Gives gut mitochondria (seat of your immune system) a rest
- Stimulates cellular repair
- Helps fight free radicals and inflammation (key drivers of disease)
- Reduces hormone levels that promote cancer
- Stabilizes blood sugar levels
- Lowers insulin resistance
- Increases metabolic rate to facilitate fat burning
- Protects brain function
- May help to increase longevity
OUR PERSONAL FASTING STORY
When my husband was battling bladder cancer 5 years ago, he fasted (completely) from sugar and anything that turned to glucose in the body like pasta, rice, potatoes, and other starchy foods. This helped starve the cancer of its favorite food: sugar.
While fasting was not his only healing protocol, it was an important one, and in 2013 he was declared cancer-free. (You can read about the 8 natural protocols we followed in our book: (http://healedhealthyandwhole.com).
Today, he still practices Intermittent Fasting as part of a comprehensive maintenance protocol that keeps him energized, healed, healthy and whole.
“Fasting is the greatest remedy—the physician within,” said Philippus Paracelsus, one of the three fathers of Western medicine.
Today, we invite you to do some additional research of your own and consider how Intermittent Fasting might help you or a loved one enhance the tool box that leads to a complete recovery.
“Fasting, when combined with a properly selected diet is the nearest approach to a ‘cure-all’ that is possible to conceive—profoundly simple and simply profound!” John Tilden, M.D.
Here’s wishing you and your loved ones a life fully Healed, Healthy and Whole!
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