Elevate Christian Network :: Health and Wellness
When done properly and safely, there are many health benefits to cleansing and fasting. Paracelsus is quoted as saying, “Fasting is the greatest remedy–the physician within.” There was a large boom in its popularity around the 1930s when medical research began to discover the health benefits associated with limited periods of food restriction.
Repairing and Detoxing Your Body
Physically, fasting gives the body a chance to rest and cleanse, allowing for greater healing. It focuses the body’s effort and energy not on digestion, but on repairing and detoxing its various systems. Mentally, fasting improves clarity, focus, and surprisingly, increases energy levels.
Because the body is not spending an estimated 65 percent of its energy on digestion, it can do a little housekeeping, which clears up sluggishness in the body and brain. Creative minds have long claimed an increase in concentration and creativity that occurs during a fast.
The difference between fasting and starvation, according to Herbert Shelton, author of the book Fasting Can Save Your Life, is that fasting “is to abstain from food while one possesses adequate reserves to nourish his vital tissues; to starve is to abstain from food after his reserves have been exhausted so that vital tissues are sacrificed.”
Positive Effects of Intermittent Fasting
Tests utilizing intermittent fasting (fasting every other day) showed many positive effects, such as stress resistance, increased insulin sensitivity, reduced morbidity, and increased life span, according to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. While there are many positive benefits, fasting is not to be undertaken lightly.
Pregnant or nursing mothers should never attempt a fast, as their bodies are under increased caloric and physical demands. Additionally, those with kidney or liver diseases, or those who are currently malnourished or anemic, have a weakened immune system, severely high blood pressure, medication-dependent diabetes, or other medical conditions should consult their doctor before attempting any fast… | Read the full story…. onegreenplanet.org
- Fasting can help your body to fight off disease, get rid of harmful toxins and live a happy and a healthy life. There are several different kinds of fasting, where you restrict your calories for a whole day or part of the day and either for a couple days a week or on a daily basis.
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