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This is not a subliminal message. I write these words to plant the seed inside your head.
Think fasting.

If you've never tried a fast, that is, never intentionally denied yourself food for 24 or 48 hours, you should try it. If you've fasted before, perhaps it's time again.

Fasting for a day is good for you. The so-called "godfather of fitness," Jack Lalane, learned much of his juicing and health techniques from a man named Paul Bragg. Bragg loved to teach people about the health benefits of water fasting. It will clean your system and help you start fresh.

I recommend you try it this way:

Tell yourself you're not going to eat for 24 hours. Convince yourself. Eat a normal breakfast and a healthy lunch; then eat a salad for dinner. Drink water with the salad, and for the rest of the evening. Go to bed.

When you wake up, drink water (definitely not coffee). Keep a full glass of water with you all day, and keep sipping it. I recommend distilled water first, and filtered water second. (Paul Bragg also recommended distilled).

If you get hungry, change up the water for tea or watered-down juice. Go for tea first; try not to drink juice unless you're really coming apart. Do not let yourself eat anything until dinner time. Then, eat another salad and drink more water. Drink water through that evening, and go to bed. Try to eat light and healthy the next day: mostly veggies if you can.

The "tail end" of this exercise is to observe and consider the rates, consistencies, colors and general abnormality of your bowel movements. A water fast with veggies consumed before and after should scrape and flush your gastrointestinal system. You should see all kinds of "weird shit" and you might feel like improving your diet for the future. (imagine scraping a film of Big Mac’s from your intestines, and you probably won’t want to replace it…)

Repeat as often as once each week, but definitely try to fast once every six to 12 months.

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Hello Tommy,
My name is Eric I am very aware of the benefits of fasting, I have completed a 40 day water fast in 2006 at a fasting center in Koh Samui, Thailand. I was totally out of shape when I arrived, I ended up losing 73 pounds in those 40 days, and started eating better, after 6 months I had only put 16 pounds back on. Some people will come on here and say what I was doing was starving myself, however it was quite different, I did it for spiritual reasons, and I had plenty of fat reserves, each pound of body fat is worth about 3500 calories, and you do not enter a state of starvation until your reserves are depleted. remarkably I had bowel movements all the way up to the 40th day. I realize that 40 days is quite extreme, and not recommended for most people, but I have found that the first 48 hours are the toughest, it is usually not until after about the 3rd full day that your hunger goes away, which is how long it takes the body to stop seeking the sugars, and starts metabolizing the fat as Ketone, which the body uses exactly the same way as sugar for energy. I don't recommend doing a long fast for weight loss, but if you are interested in detoxing the body it is the way to go.

April 26, 2010 - 1:53am


April 25, 2010 - 12:18pm

Wow, Rosa. I don't want to blatantly offend you;
but I would recommend you polish your research
Wikipedia is a very credible source, especially in
detailed pages such as the "fasting" page.
It clearly states that the topic needs more credible
but that statement was posted in June of 2008.
Based on the vast, detailed and excellently
cited information there (no fewer than 41 references
from medical studies, books and various written
accounts), you should well-believe Wiki's "fasting"
page presents very credible information. In fact,
I would surmise that page has been so developed
and scrutinized over the last 24 months, the statement
about credible references simply needs to be removed.
Maybe I'll do that this afternoon.
I wish you the best of luck.

April 25, 2010 - 12:07pm

Thanks Tommy-- But Wikipedia is not a credible source, especially when it clearly states that that particular topic needs more credible references.

I appreciate your effort to explain fasting and its benefits but I won't waste your time...once a week is just one too many times to fast for me.

April 25, 2010 - 11:42am

Here is the seminal work:
As I indicated, there are doctors going
opposite directions; but the bulk of
the research seems to point to fasting
being very good for you.
I direct readers to "References" 2 thru 7,
with #7 being especially informative
for Rosa.

April 25, 2010 - 9:27am

Opinions from doctors vary to the degree of opposites. Two prestigious doctors could give you diametrically opposing opinions regarding fasting-- which one are you going to follow ?
In 2002, three EXCELLENT MEDICAL DOCTORS from John Hopkins University (one of the very best hospitals in the world) suddenly died. All three doctors were young and very, very healthy. Their names were Frederick J. Montz, David A. Nagey, and Jeffrey A. Williams. If they didn't know how to take care of themselves, how might their opinions have affected those seeking their authoritative knowledge ?
I hope you will do your research; but I doubt you will. Your opinion seems die-cast. You're young and healthy, and feel bulletproof. Like Susan, perhaps you see your diet and lifestyle as your impenetrable defense. But what have you eaten ? Fish with mercury ? Vegetables with pesticides and fertilizers ? Chicken with hormones ? Grains with mouse droppings ? Doritos with MSG ? Coffee ? There's always something to scrape, eh ? Even your circulatory system needs a periodic cleanse.
Fasting is older than history. Just because you CAN eat three squares a day doesn't mean you always SHOULD, year after year.

April 25, 2010 - 9:00am

Like Susan, I'm not sure how I feel about fasting. 24 hours or not, it sure affects the metabolism and a lot of people who have fasted intentionally have most likely done it to lose weight for a wedding. I would have to extensively research the benefits of fasting in order for someone to actually get me to do this.

For someone who naturally tries to eat healthy and stay regular, I don't see the need for it. For someone who is a bad eater and possibly overweight, this could turn into an experiment gone bad and end up as an eating disorder because they will read this and think (It's good for me, I'll fast once a week) then spiral from there...

I'm interested to know if you are a doctor? Fasting once a week by no means sounds like something that can be good for someone to practice.

April 25, 2010 - 7:50am

When I water fast this way
things come out that didn't before.
I assume those things were stuck.
I see the dirt leave, and feel clean.
This is only my personal experience.

April 23, 2010 - 12:22pm

Thanks, Susan.

I would say most people don't eat like you.
So for those who may or may not have
"several pounds of undigested food in their
bodies," a water fast with vegetable wadding
is just what they need (IMHO).

April 23, 2010 - 12:06pm
HERWriter Guide (reply to Tommy Kirchhoff)

I agree Tommy but I was wondering if the idea of having all this undigested food in our guts was even true, or possible. It seems too odd but seeing how people eat - and their body size - may make the notion true?

April 23, 2010 - 12:17pm
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