"Fasting is recognized as a willful refrainment from eating. In a physiological context, fasting may refer to the metabolic status of a person who has not eaten overnight, or to the metabolic state achieved after complete digestion and absorption of a meal." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fasting.
Fasting can be identified in many forms. It is used for health, ritualistic, religious or ethical purposes. The abstinence from food or drink can be a concern for many who are not familiar with the physiological process. Our body is a major component for a successful fast. It will let you know when to start a fast and when to end. Fasting is not a cure or a treatment. Therefore, we do not use it as a remedy to cure or treat disease.
The seven layers of food fasting are basic examples and tips on eliminating certain foods for health. In the past, a food fast was used as a diet cure. Such food fast diet cures were popular and brought about fast results. Diet cures were recognized as the grape cure, lemon cure, orange cure, apple cure, tomato cure, onion cure, and garlic cure. Juices were also included in the food cures, such as, vegetable juice, fruit juice and soups.
Today, a fast can be used to obtain a healthy lifestyle and achieve the desire results such as, eliminating, detoxing, managing health, overcoming disease and restoring health.
Fasting can be challenging if you have never completed a fast, rather it is for 7 days or 21 days. Fasting the first few days are difficult. It is not always a pleasant experience, but if you are comparing it to foods that cause discomfort or pain, then it could be a pleasant experience to eliminate such foods through fasting. The first few days can feel overwhelming, due to symptoms related to withdrawal of foods that cause enervating habits, such as stimulants. These stimulants are to be avoided: as ie; coffee, tea, soda, condiments, alcohol, chips, donuts, and non-foods. The fast can bring on unexplained symptoms; headaches, confusion, lethargy, dizziness, loss of balance, seeing spots before eyes, feeling nausea, irritation, and having body odor. Any food fast can be difficult to follow if the desired results are unrealistic.
There are many food fasting beliefs that individuals may follow and recommend. This is practical for anyone who can find results in a food fast that is known to bring about the desired outcome. The following list is being provided to consider as the seven layers of food fasting for a healthy lifestyle:
Biological Fast, identified as the body resting period or when we are sleeping. This fast is when you are sleeping at 6 to 8 hours of rest with no food intake. Sleeping does count as fasting, While you are sleeping your body fasts naturally. Rest and sleep are two important elements of health. The body needs to reserve nerve energy.
2. Intermittent Fasting, identified as not eating for a period of time during the day.
It is not a diet, only a way of eating by scheduling your meals and eating pattern to 6/8
hour window, and eating vegetables, nuts, green vegetables, free range chicken, good
fats and protein. It is a popular fast to help reduce inflammation and improve
conditions such as: Arthritis, Alzheimers, Multiple Sclerosis, Diabetes, and Stroke.
3. Acid/Alkaline Fast, identified as the diet to maintain pH balance in the the body, while
eliminating foods that are acidic. Eating a well balance acid/alkaline diet with a 80/20
ratio. This fast will only include a diet with 80% of carbohydrates, 10% proteins,
and 10% fats. This fast is mostly fruits and vegetables, and no meat products, including
milk and eggs. It is a vegetarian, and vegan diet, (NGMO, no preservative, sugar,
bleached flours, carob, cranberries, all dairy, all fish, all meat, most nut, peanut butter,
plums, all poultry, prunes, squash, barley, corn, honey, lentils, oatmeal, pasta and rice.
4. Juice Fast, identifies only fruit and water to obtain optimum Alkaline pH balance. This
is eating fruits that are high in alkaline, and avoiding high acidic fruits. the pH balance
can be obtained by eating 80% alkaline foods, and no more than 20% acid foods. The
content of fruits can have a high sugar concentration. This is why water is important to
help with the pH balance when you are juicing.
5. Smoothie Fast, identifies the essential nutrients of carbohydrates, proteins and fats
combined with fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds. if you are looking to obtain optimal
health, it is good to remember that liquid fasts is also consider food, so calories are
noted. A smoothie fast can be fruits and vegetables only with added water, no seeds, or
nuts. It is important to note that you can sustain this fast by snacking through out the
day. You will drink water, when you are hungry for energy, because of the potential of
getting dehydrated, and water is essential for hydration.
6. Vegetable Broth or Soup Fast, identifies a variety of broths and soups that are noted
to be a healthy meal to help detox and lose weight. Soup fast may offer benefits to
increase vegetable intake, provide essential vitamins and minerals your body needs.
Consider vegetable soups that are metabolizing foods, such as cabbage, tomato,
quinoa and red beans.
7. Bone Broth Fast, identifies the essential nutrient-dense healing foods for the digestive
system and known as a great eating plan, for health concerns. This fast allows the
individual to consume broth several times per day, but not much other solid foods.
This fast like the vegetable or soup fast, is full of macronutrients and micronutrients,
including amino acids, vitamins and minerals.
The seven layers of food fasting can be a starting point to improving health and well-being.
To explore the seven layers of food fasting, it is possible to apply two separate fasts in a week; for example, for week 1 begin the biological fast and monitor your progress for seven days, notice how you feel each morning, and each night before retiring to rest and sleep.
You will continue to monitor your progress during week 2, 3, and 4. You can maintain a journal with a meal plan to stay on track of your progress. In week 2, start the intermittent fast for, (4) four days, and on the fifth day switch to the acid/alkaline fast. In week 3, begin the juice fast for, (4) four days and on the fifth day switch to the smoothie fast. In week 4, begin the vegetable broth and soup fast for, (4) four days, and on the fifth day switch to the bone broth fast, and record your progress and the results of the seven layer food fast.
The decision to start fasting is all about health and nutrition. Keep your fast simple, safe, short and on purpose for a healthy outcome. Fasting is neither a "cure" nor a "remedy," however, some of the benefits are recognized in eating or avoiding certain foods.
Remember, the requirements for health are based on optimum nutrition, getting pure air and water, adequate rest and sleep, adequate sunshine, regular exercise, emotional balance, non-toxic relationships, and cleanliness, externally and internally. So, keep your fasting period short for better results.
**Note: It is important to check with your primary care physician before changing your diet,
or starting any fast that may not be right for you. Water is good to drink when fasting, it is not technically a food. Remember to drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of fluid every day. Here's health to you!
Source: A starting Point, Holistic Health and Nutrition Resources
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