Fasting is an important modality to health lifestyle. In fasting, mental preparedness is an essential pre-condition. Prolonged fasting should be done only under the supervision of a competent Naturopath.
The duration of the fast depends upon the age of the patient, the nature of the disease and amount and type of drugs previously used. It is some times advisable to undertake a series of short fasts of two or three days and gradually increase the duration of each succeeding fast by a day or so. No harm will accrue to fasting patient provided they take rest and are under proper professional care.
Methods of fasting are water, juices or raw vegetable juices. The best, safest and most effective method is lime juice fasting. During fasting, the body burns up and excretes huge amounts of accumulated wastes. We can help this cleansing process by drinking alkaline juices. Sugars in juices will strengthen the heart, juice fasting is therefore the best form of fasting. All juices should be prepared from fresh fruit immediately before drinking.
Canned or frozen juices should not be used. A precautionary measure, which must be observed in all cases of fasting, is the complete emptying of the bowels at the beginning of the fast by enema so that the patient is not bothered by gas or decomposing matter formed from the excrements remaining in the body. Enemas should be used at least every alternate day during the fasting period. The total liquid intake should be approximately six to eight glasses. A lot of energy is spent during the fast in the process of eliminating accumulated poisons and toxic waste materials. It is therefore, of utmost importance that the patient gets as much physical rest and mental relaxation as possible during the fast.
The body will decompose and burn those cells and tissues which are diseased, damaged, aged and dead. During fasting, the building of new cells is speeded up by the amino acids released from the diseased cells. The capacity of the eliminative organs i.e. lungs, liver, kidney and skin is greatly increased as they are relieved of usual burden of digesting food and eliminating the resultant waste. Elimination of uric acid and other inorganic acids will be accelerated.
Fasting affords a physiological rest to digestive, assimilative and protective organs. As a result, the digestion and the utilization of nutrients are greatly improved after fasting. The essential tissues, vital organs, nervous system and brain are not damaged in fasting. Naturopathy believes that fasting is a process of complete physical and mental rest. Fasting is advised in treating the disorders like Indigestion, Constipation, Gas, Digestive disorders, Bronchial Asthma, Obesity, High Blood Pressure, Gout etc.