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8 rules of healthy fasting

Submitted by on Friday, 15 May 2009 Loading Add to favourites  6 Comments

healthy-fastingFasting is a great method of cleansing and detoxifying the body. It helps to renew and refresh a sluggish, overloaded system.

There are many types of fast from a simple raw food fast to the more extreme water fast which should be undertaken under medical supervision.

The most popular type of fast is to go on a two or three day fruit and vegetable fast. This is a simple way to rejuventate and revitalise your body.

healthy fasting

  • Don’t attempt a fast if you are below your proper weight, have a weakened immune system, have a weak heart or low blood pressure, suffer from peptic ulcers, are suffering from depression, are pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • A few days before your fast, prepare your body by cutting  out meat, dairy, sugar, alcohol and caffeine.[amazon-product align=”right” small=”1″]031218719X[/amazon-product]
  • Spend two or three days drinking just freshly squeezed fruit and vegetable juices. Drink water and unsweetened herbal teas too and include blue-green algae in your juices.
  • Providing you are healthy, you can follow this fast for two or three days.
  • Fasting over the weekend when you have time to relax is a good idea – don’t exert yourself physically!
  • Incorporate body brushing every morning to stimulate your lymphatic system and help remove toxins from your body.
  • If you experience headaches, spot outbreaks, nausea, lethargy or bad breath; don’t worry! This is a natural process as your body eliminates toxins.
  • Break your fast gently – start by eating  a simple salad of raw vegetables and gradually reintroduce other foods over a period of days.

What about you – have you ever done a fast? I’d love to hear about it!

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  • Wendy says:

    Wonderful and informative article! I think if you feel like you can’t do a full-out fast, just cutting out meat, sugar and processed foods will make your body feel (and look) great.

  • suzanne o'meara says:

    my problem fasting , i was abused & people like parents & certain others objected to my fasting & it became like a nightmare war , & still have not got my nerve back . this was when at home , living with parents . & at a health spa , they would not let me go there because they were corrupt & elitist-exclusive , like a mafia syndicate. every time i think of fasting at home now , there are increasing obstacles & it is a violation of my human rights to privacy.
    i live in cape town & do tibetan buddhist meditation , was doing alternate day fasting.

  • Mrs Green says:

    Hi Wendy, I agree about just reducing meat, sugar and processed foods – just those things can make a huge difference.

    Suzanne – welcome to the site. I think you have done brilliantly to recognise where your ‘obstacles’ to fasting come from. With this knowledge you can process what happened and move forwards towards the freedom that you want.

  • lesley says:

    I totally agree with you. Nothing beats a fast combined with natural, healthy and unprocessed food.

  • Mrs Green says:

    @lesley: Hi Lesley, lovely to see you and thank you for leaving a comment. I love the insights and thoughts you write on your blog. Good luck with the self employed choice; how is that going for you now?