Therapeutic Fasting

Fasting is the complete cessation of eating for a period of time, usually somewhere between 12 hours and one or more days. However, during a fast, people continue to drink water, to avoid becoming dangerously dehydrated.

In addition, during a fast selected herbs, particled clay, and various natural supplements can be consumed 3-4 times per day.

Advocates of Colon Cleansing claim that each period of fasting should last at least 3 days for a basic cleanse, and preferably 7 days to allow the body to completely cleanse and heal itself.

Advocates of Colon Cleansing claim that:

  • Fasting is the body’s natural way of purging itself of poisons, repairing tissues, purifying the blood and other vital fluids, and regenerating and rebalancing all vital functions.
  • During a fast, all of the energy that is normally applied to digestive functions in daily life is diverted to detoxification and healing functions in every organ of the body. For example, the digestive system digests damaged cells, tumors, deeply impacted mucus, crystallized spurs on the joints, microbes, and anything else that poses a threat to the body.
  • Fasting also stimulates the secretion of Growth Hormone (GH) from the pituitary gland, which promotes healing and regeneration.

Fasting for religious and spiritual reasons has been a part of human custom since pre-history. It is mentioned in the Bible, in both the Old and New Testament, the Qur’an, the Mahabharata, and the Upanishads. Fasting is also practiced in many other religious traditions and spiritual practices.

For example, Sawm is an Arabic word for fasting regulated by Islamic jurisprudence. Contrary to popular (non-Islamic) belief, its observance by Muslims is not confined to the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. It is one of the Five Pillars of Islam.

Fasting Physiology

When food is not eaten, the body looks for other ways to find energy, such as drawing on glucose from the liver’s stored glycogen and fatty acids from stored fat and eventually moving on to vital protein tissues. Body, brain and nerve tissue depend on glucose for metabolism.

Once the glucose is significantly used up, the body’s metabolism changes, producing ketone bodies (acetoacetate, hydroxybutyrate, and acetone). Even where this transition to alternative forms of energy has been made, some parts of the brain still require glucose, and protein is still needed to produce it. If body protein loss continues, death will ensue.