Fasting has been followed for ages as a religious or therapeutic practice. During fasting, one intentionally abstains from food for a precise duration of time.
In the first 24 hours of the fasting, the body utilizes the stored form of carbohydrates to provide energy for various body processes. When the carbohydrate reserves are exhausted, stored fats are the second preferred source of energy, more than the proteins. Muscle tissues are often lost, even during short term fasting. Fasting is generally accompanied by headaches, weakness, depression and nausea as a result of the release of nitrogen and ammonia during muscle breakdown.
Modified fasting methods in which juices, teas and detox diet are consumed are comparatively easier than only water fasting. Still these modified fasts should also be practised for a limited duration.
Water Fasting Diet
Water fasting can be done from 1 to 40 days. Water fasting is more difficult to perform. It removes the body toxins more rapidly hence cleanses the body aggressively compared to other fasting methods. Ten days of water fasting is as effective as 30 days of juice fasting.
2 to 3 days of juice fasting is recommended before and after the water fast as this combination has more effective cleansing action. It is better to take distilled water during the fast as it has magnetic properties and the ability to soak and suspend huge quantity of toxins and to flush them out of the body. Water fasting is effective in combating cancer and cleanses the tissues more forcefully. It is advised to take at least 2 liters or more of water during fasting.
Juice Fasting Diet
Juice fasting is a safer way of fasting as it detoxifies your body and improves your health condition. The main benefit of juice fasting is that it takes off some burden from your digestive system and helps maintain a high energy level, as sufficient nutrients are provided by the juices. Juices are easily absorbed and digested allowing the body to utilize maximum energy for the purpose of rejuvenation and healing. Juices are a rich source of living enzymes, vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals and antioxidants. Hence they detoxify your body gently and safely. Juice fasting is effective in treating serious diseases like leukemia, skin infections, liver and kidney disorders, smoking and alcoholism.
Thirty days of juice fasting is considered to be standard to assist your weight loss program. The amount of juice you will drink determines the cleansing intensity. A small quantity of juice provides few calories and hence helps the detoxification process. It is better to drink all fruit or all vegetable juices instead of a combination of vegetable and fruit juice. Prepare juice from fresh fruits or vegetables and strain the juice before consuming it to remove excess fiber or pulp.
Lemonade Fasting Diet
Lemonade fasting diet is also known as the master cleanser diet. The main aim of lemonade fasting diet is to remove body toxins formed due to lack of exercise and improper diet. Lemonade diet helps in dissolving and elimination of toxins and cleansing of the digestive tract without any side effects. It helps to take 10 glasses of lemonade a day instead of water.
Detox Fasting Diet
Detox generally involves the removal of toxic material from the body. Detoxification is the major function of kidneys, liver and lower gastrointestinal tract. Internal organs like liver, colon and intestine eliminate toxins through bloodstreams and tissues daily. Detox diets are specially designed to assist your body to get rid of toxic material and to reduce excess weight gain. Detox diet also helps your body increase your stamina and energy. It makes the digestive procedure easier, decreases allergies and increases your mental clarity. Detox diets generally include whole and fresh foods like vegetables and fruits. During detox diets it is advisable not to eat grapefruit, as the grapefruit enzyme obstructs the proper functioning of liver enzymes.
Generally a healthy body can tolerate short term fasts but fasting can be dangerous for people suffering from diabetes, stomach ulcers, cancer, hypoglycemia, lung, liver or kidney disease. Fasting is also dangerous for pregnant and lactating women.