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Therapeutic Fasting

Fasting is the voluntary abstinence of all food and drink. Lasting from 12 hours – 90 days, usually due to religious or therapeutic reasons. I am only suggesting a short fast, even Jesus only managed 40 days.

Aim of therapeutic fast

1. Provides physiological rest for the gastrointestinal tract. Remember that the hardest thing our body does is to digest food.

2. Mobilisation of detoxifying defence mechanisms.

3. Promotes recuperation in chronic illness.

Physiological changes during fasting


Fasting can cause certain changes to occur. There is weight loss initially, lowered blood pressure, heart rhythm changes, a decrease in triglycerides and cholesterol as the fats are mobilised from the liver, an increase in uric acid (therefore is contraindicated in gout) and a decrease in blood sugar. Fasting also enhances immune function and decreases inflammation.

Fasting protocol

Short fast 3-5 days with no food.

This is known as a water fast. Consume only fruit, vegetables and water for 24hrs prior to and just after fasting. Try and maintain a stress free environment. Fast on a holiday. Drink spring/filtered water only when thirsty. Encourage gentle exercise i.e. Stretching. Avoid extremes. Drink prune juice if constipation develops.

Nutrients to improve detoxification and protect against liver damage

There are 2 phases of detoxification in the liver. Certain nutrients are involved in each. These are;

Phase I Vitamins B1, B2, B3, A, C, E and minerals, calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc and protein

Phase II Vitamins B2, B3 and minerals chromium, selenium and zinc

Other important nutrients are lecithin, methionine, cysteine, inositol and choline.

Silymarin 420 mg day – after 6 weeks can see normalised cell changes in the liver.

Nutrients for the bowel

Fibre is important as it actually grabs heavy metals and gets rid of them out of the body. This is called chelation. Oat bran, pectin, guar gum, psyllium and slippery elm are examples. Avoid psyllium if you have diverticultis. Probiotics such as acidophilus, bifidus and casei and prebiotics such as fructooligosaccharides and inulin are important for bowel health. Fructooligosaccharides and inulin are the food that the good flora eats. Take fibre away from medications/supplements.

Herbal Medicine to assist detox

See also Carahealth Liver and Carahealth Heavy Metal Detox

See also The Liver Flush

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