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Water Fasting: Three Basic Steps to Achieve Health Benefits

Most humans in this world, and Americans in particular, are not particularly interested in denying themselves food, although some do practice fasting as a religious observance. For those who do not practice it for this purpose, there are other reasons to consider seeking the health benefit of this restrictive dietary practice.

It's not just about weight loss, although certainly any period of fasting will include a reduction of caloric intake. But fasting has many health benefits beyond just calorie cutting, as it gives your digestive system a rest, allowing it to rejuvenate and strengthen its cells, strengthen the lining of your digestive tract, while also flushing unnecessary toxins out of your system. And, much research suggests that fasting can also improve mental acuity and have other long-term health benefits.

Here are the basic steps to follow to do a water fast, which is the most effective way to put your body into a helpful fasting state. This advice presumes that you are already healthy, and do not have any kidney problems or other conditions which would make fasting dangerous. Consult with your doctor if you are in doubt.

Step one: Commit to a time frame for your fast, and make sure it is a time where you do not have anything too physically exhausting to do, so that you can enable your body to focus on the task of breaking down and eliminating toxins. If you are just starting, a 24-hour fast is recommended to determine what effect it will have on your body.

Step two: Drink only water during the fast, preferably distilled water, which has fewer impurities than tap water and will assist in the action of helping your body flush out undesirable particles. Plan to drink a gallon or more for each 24 hours of the fast.

Step three: Go easy when you're done. At the end of your fast, don't launch right into a gigantic meal, although you'll discover to your surprise that you might not be craving such a thing anyway. Ease your way in with a glass of juice and a small snack, followed by a larger meal later on.

Pay attention to your body's signals, and see if you can determine that the fast he practiced resulted in a lower craving for sugar and starch, as the action should have reset your system and altered your body chemistry with regard to blood sugar and cravings.

Want to Know More?

As a companion piece to fasting, read here about a refreshingly healthy and non-restrictive diet system: STF Diet System [].

Or for more on the positive and negative effects of fasting, look here: Health Benefits of Fasting [].

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