We all have heard about “fasting” – sometimes connect to religion because in the Christian church, fasting is the period of penitential preparation for Easter. In Western churches it begins on Ash Wednesday, six and a half weeks before Easter. It is a 40-day fast (Sundays are excluded), in imitation of Jesus Christ’s fasting in the wilderness before he began his public ministry.
Fasting is also often connected to “health” since fasting is supposed to be “healthy”.
It seems there is no middle ground, people are either for or against it. Interestingly, there are many products online, in health food stores and usually in our friends and family’s houses which can make coming to a knowledgeable conclusion difficult.
Hopefully after you finish this article, you will be more able to fast healthily.
Studying the body, we know that the skin is the largest organ and second is the liver. The function of the liver is multifaceted but its largest task is detoxification. This is important to understand because it is not necessary to buy products, take supplements or flush anything out of the body with a particular substance. The liver has the ability to breakdown any and everything that enters the body.
It can get overwhelmed like any other organ. So, for the liver to do an exceptional job at detoxifying our blood and tissues, the abstinence of ingesting food decreases its burden.
When you buy any type of product to detox, understand that the liver is still the main laborer in the process of ridding the body of toxins.
Your liver is working hard!
Nothing can take the primary position that the liver possesses in the body. The spleen and kidneys are also detoxifying organs but their function is not as abundant.
The liver has already done some alterations and the kidney’s responsibility is to extract the water soluble toxins from the bloodstream and eliminate them through the urine while the fat soluble toxins are excreted through feces. The spleen works to eliminate all cells from the blood which are not in optimal working fashion.
In addition, the amount of work that the digestive system does on a daily basis usually accumulates to the majority of the work in a day because the average American lives and works in a sedentary manner.
There are studies that have suggested that digestion is directly related to aging. This would summarize that a person who eats multiple meals is aging each time they eat and the person who fasts regularly (no food in a 24 hour period) is resting their body and either suspending or reversing the aging process.
What happens when we eat…
When we eat, even if it is good quality food, we intake some toxins, we produce and absorb acid as well as the macro and micro nutrients from the food which activates work and storage in the body.
This process of digestion and absorption is a process that produces an acidic nature in the body. This acidic phase is normal after absorbing acid but the body needs time to return to its alkalinic optimal working environment.
Even eating alkaline foods requires acid to break down so the resultant state is that of an acidic nature for a period of time.
In conclusion, you can trust that there is no product that has a superior ability than the organ that was made to detoxify (liver).
All of the elements on the periodic table are in the human body of course at varying amounts so the body has the ability to rid anything from it, given the time.
Taking a break!
When the chewing, swallowing, digestion, absorption and eliminating work being done by the digestive system is aborted for a day or a few days, the liver and other detoxifying organs can turn their full potential to their primary focus which is ridding unwanted toxins and byproducts so the body can concentrate on the 6 r’s which are: repair, rejuvenate, remodel, renew and regenerate.
If we rest (fast) our bodies, we will be decreasing the aging process, increase the optimization of its functioning and promote a healthy longevity.
Please ask your doctor if fasting is good for you – it is for most people but not for everyone.