By now, many people interested in longevity and anti aging may have heard of caloric restriction. Fasting to improve your longevity is not like this at all. Fasting for longevity or anti aging purposes is important because it will detoxify your body of contaminants or poisons which will no doubt have a damaging effect on your body and overall health. Fasting will also aid in managing your weight, which, if not regulated properly will lead to numerous health issues related to the aging process.
From an efficiency perspective, fasting is clearly one of the optimal methods of eradicating unhealthy toxicity from your system.
Fasting is when someone elects to deny themselves sustenance from food and beverage, with the exception of water [no juices], over a period of time.
Fasting has nothing to do with malnourishment or self imposed hunger [though it may seem this is the case]. Starvation is when your body is denied any form of nutrition past the point of your own body’s nutrient storage. This basically means that starvation is when your body is drained of any nutrient reserves left in your system. The difference from fasting is vast.
The practice of fasting brings with it much in the way of healing rewards. When you fast, you are hastening the healing capabilities of your body thus allowing your body to recuperate quickly from illnesses and disease. The main functional element of fasting is that it blocks for a limited time, the ongoing operation of the digestive tract. This is an important part of saving your body’s energy so it can begin to heal itself. The energy is put toward a therapeutic use within the body when it would ordinarily be utilized for the discharging of digestive enzymes that aids in digestion of food and the eventual absorption of nutrients all through your body.
So just how does fasting act as a means of slowing the progression of aging? Self denial of edibles will work to keep your arteries youthful [they become laden with plaque due to cholesterol, fats, unnatural minerals and gristly tissue]. It will quicken the elimination of built up materials that can result in damage to cellular structures and cell functionality. This means it literally slows the advancement of aging and will increase your longevity.
If you suffer from hard to diagnose pain about your body, fasting will assist in alleviating it and it is also an effective means of expelling toxins due to drug and alcohol dependence from the system. This addiction free lifestyle can only add to your longevity versus the inability to live a life free from dependency.
The digestive process can be burdensome to the system and fasting will ease this encumbrance if only for a short time. It also assists the liver and kidneys to enjoy a brief respite since they also play a role in digestion. These organs specifically have a difficult job of ridding the system of toxic substances and chemical additions, which would otherwise collect inside your body due in large part to a lousy diet.
When you fast, you are activating detoxification reactions within your body that simply will not occur through any kind of dietary measures, restrictions or supplementation of any variety.
In addition, When You Fast:
• Your blood pressure will be reduced due to the walls of the blood vessels softening.
• Your immune system will become stimulated and aid in fighting illness and disease more effectively.
• It works to eradicate the source of chronic disease or illness you may be suffering with via toxin removal and not simply masking symptoms, which is often the case with prolonged medicinal therapies.
• When you deprive yourself of sustenance during a fast, it has been proven it is also easier to quit smoking.
For all intents and purposes, there really is just a single form of fasting, that is pure water fasting. Some people who fast prefer to do so with fruit juices in place of or along with water. Understand that fasting with juice is not fasting at all. It would be closer to a form of dieting than fasting. Juice fasting is not anti-inflammatory – this only happens when fasting with purified water. This method will aid in the breakdown of fats, abnormal cells, plaque and has been known to break down tumors. Pure water fasting is the only innate and effectual form of detoxifying the body.
Is It Safe To Practice Fasting?
Many people avoid fasting because they believe it is radical treatment of the body, perhaps they have heard stories of individuals fasting to make a media driven political point or as a means of garnering attention to a cause. This is not fasting, but rather self imposed starvation, usually involving juice to prolong the scenario. Perhaps they think of certain traditional sects that practice forms of fasting for purification etc., for days at a time. Do not be confused.
Fasting is both a natural and safe practice when done correctly. Your body’s physiology has the capacity to fast in a safe manner. As a rule, it will take over forty days before you run through the reserves of nutrients warehoused within your body [sound familiar?]. That is because Jesus fasted over a forty day period according to the Bible. Your body will usually contain more than enough protein, fat, minerals and vitamins stowed away to continue with its usual functionality while you proceed with your fast. The truth is that while you are fasting, your body does what it can to preserve its lean muscularity and body tissue.
For millennia now, people the world over have practiced fasting in some form. When an animal is sick or is injured in some way it will naturally go into a fasting mode. Humans on the other hand, when faced with similar problems, believe they need to consume food in order to build their strength back up; this inevitably results in weakening them and causing them to become sicker still.
Prior to beginning your fast, consume a higher amount of vegetables and fruits beforehand. Cutback on your ingestion of meats and avoid having any meat the day immediately preceding your fast.
When you are fasting, your body will instinctively elevate the creation of mucous in an attempt to cleanse away viral toxin and infected cells. You might even feel a tiny bit feverish so it can stimulate your immunity function. You excrete toxins and contaminated substance from your body through your skin, mucous membranes, liver and kidneys. Because of the shift in hormones and metabolic alterations, there is the potential that your body will feel a bit cooler. No worry as this is common and expected.
Do your best to keep warm so you preserve your energy and smooth the progress of quick purging. Another frequent occurrence is dehydration due to intense water loss. You must consume plenty of water during your fasting period to avoid this. It is also perfectly normal not to have any bowel movements after your first day of fasting.
While you are fasting, you will require less sleep than you normally would need. You may well find that you are fully rejuvenated after sleeping only three to six hours since fasting has a vitalizing effect on the system. The more you practice fasting the less you will feel uncomfortable doing it. As your body expels toxins that impair its functionality, it will begin to return to normal performance.
On your first day of a fast, you will undergo hunger pangs while a white coat begins to form on your tongue. The second day will see the hunger begin to diminish somewhat as your tongue continues to become coated in white. By the third day of fasting, you might feel no hunger at all and your tongue will have begun to clear up.
Therefore, you see that the first three days of any fast are the most intensive. Still, upon prevailing over this, you will be deep into the healing process of your whole body. When your tongue clears up and your breath is naturally fresh, this is a signal that the procedure is coming to an end.
The duration of your fast is entirely up to the participant. What follows is only a common, all purpose recommendation:
• Fasting for a single day. Do this as often as you like, perhaps each week, as a form of bodily preservation.
• A three or four day ritual of fasting will provide general well being and sustained health – do this a few times each year.
• To completely cleanse yourself internally, fast for a two week period about once a year.
• Fast for a three week duration or perhaps longer for curing any particular disease, but do so under the guidance of your primary health care provider or physician.
• Never attempt to fast for more than a three or four day period without consulting with your physician first. Quit fasting at once if you feel a dramatic weakness or suffer a fall in your blood pressure or feel light headed.
Fasting for one day every so often is a f great means of maintaining optimum health but it might not do much for profound detoxification. When you fast habitually, you will reduce the chances of contracting an immobilizing serious illness in your later years. You will be healthier later in life when you will require it the most. Anti aging and increased longevity is not something that you will notice in the near term when fasting however, your efforts will bear fruit the older you get as you avoid debilitating illness and live a prolonged life span.