Q: Are there some exercises I can do while water fasting? I exercise regularly and I'm worried about losing muscle while fasting. Also, I am hoping that the water fast will help me to lose weight and fix my chronic digestive issues. Any additional info on the water fasting process would help.
~Gettin' Jiggy While Fasting
A: Since water fasting can be an intense experience, rest is really what is emphasized during this time. You have to understand that water fasting means no calories are coming in whatsoever. This is a time when the body goes into detox mode. Indeed, the body has about enough stored energy (called glucagon) for 1-2 days. After this, the liver goes through a process called gluconeogenesis, which is where it transforms protein from the body into glucose. At around the 14th day, or about 2 weeks into a water fast, the body switches from using protein as its main source of energy and starts to use fat (it turns fat into glucose).
Q: I was looking to cleanse this spring and was wondering what are the detox symptoms I could look forward to encountering (ha ha) on a juice or water fast?
Q: How long can a person fast on a juice fast and on a water fast? Are there some people who shouldn't do a fast,?
A: Fasting is practiced by all major religions and is one of the oldest ways of healing the body. Fasting is an excellent way of purifying the body from overeating and to aid in removing toxic buildup in the body. In Europe, it is common to fast at a health center for an average of 14-21 days. However, fasting health experts consider a supervised water fast of up to 40 days safe and a juice fast up to 100 days safe. Short-term juice fasting of 7-10 days and water fasting of 1-3 days done on your own is considered generally safe by many health experts.
When you fast at a health retreat center, you will be able to get the support that you need. This means that if you are taking medication, the center can assess your situation and advise you on your individual condition. For example, at the True North Health Center, they do an assessment of your situation to see if you are a candidate for fasting before venturing to their center.
Q : When is the best time during the year to do a fast, such as a juice or water fast (or even a green smoothie cleanse)? How many times per year should a person do a cleanse or a fast?
A: The #1 ideal time to do a cleanse or fast is in the spring time. The heavier and darker days of winter hibernation now past, the longer and sunnier days of spring beckon a time for lighter meals to re-calibrate the body. Spring is a time of rejuvenation and is associated with the liver and gallbladder. As you may know, the liver is a major organ that is responsible for performing over 500 functions in the body, and it is also one of the few organs in the body that can regenerate itself. A rest is most welcome during this "spring cleaning" time, whether it be in the form of green smoothies, green juices or green soups.
Green is the color associated with the liver in Chinese medicine, and that is easy to understand when you see green beckoning forth everywhere during the spring! Both bitter and sour foods, such as leafy greens and citrus fruits, respectively, help with the detoxification of the liver. Other beneficial foods that can be juiced, made into a smoothie or a soup include the Brassica family, micro-greens, beets, and wild spring greens such as Violet leaves, Plantain leaves and Dandelion leaves. To help with fatty liver or to help clear out the gallbladder, radish and daikon radish are highly beneficial. Apart from citrus fruits, low glycemic fruits such as berries, green apples and pomegranates are good choices.
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