Today we will introduce you to the concept of fasting, how it benefits health, and a few different methods on how to accomplish a full day of fasting. Fasting has been practiced since ancient times by many different cultures, so there are plenty of different methods in which you could fast.
In this post we will focus on the benefits of a 24 hour fast, and how to complete one as a beginner faster. We will discuss the difference between dry, water, and fruit fasting. These can each be a great place to start when you are new to fasting.
During a fast, you completely eliminate a specific food, or all foods from your daily intake during a specific amount of time. The main goal of a fast would be to give your body a rest from constantly working on digesting foods, and to allow it to focus on other vital processes such as cleansing and cellular regeneration.
For example, if you are wanting to give yourself a natural immunity boost, you may consider to let your body fast for a day in order to allow more cellular regeneration, which will increase your body’s ability to naturally fight off disease and infection.
Other benefits of fasting include, but are not limited to:
- Weight loss
- Inflammation reduction
- Blood sugar balance
- Improved blood circulation
- Strengthened immunity
- Increased cognitive performance
- Easier digestion
- Increased lifespan
- Better mood and overall health and wellness
In addition, fasting reduces risks of:
- Heart disease
- Alzheimer's disease
Now that you have an idea of some of the reasons you might want to do a fast, we will discuss the different approaches you can take to achieving this. Your first step with doing a 24 hour fast is to choose what kind of fast this will be.
Today we will discuss three different options:
- Dry Fast: In a dry fast, we eliminate all food and drink, including water. When the 24 hours is complete, break the fast with water first, then introduce fresh and gentle fruit such as berries. Next we would introduce more balanced meals containing more fat and protein.
- Water Fast: For a water fast, we will consume water only. When the 24 hours is complete, break the fast with fresh and gentle fruit such as berries. Next we would introduce more balanced meals containing more fat and protein.
- Fruit Fast: During a fruit fast, we will eat nothing but fruit, which we can enjoy fresh, frozen, or blended into smoothies. Plan for two to three large portions of fruit throughout your day. When the 24 hours is complete you can enjoy a full, balanced meal.
If you’ve never tried a fast before, it could be a good idea to start with a fruit fast so that you can still eat throughout the day, while still limiting the workload for your digestive system, allowing your body to focus on those other processes.
Once you have chosen which kind of fast you will do, it’s time to plan when you'll start The best time of day to start a fast is around 5pm. Just because you won't be seeing another meal for 24 hours, it doesn't mean we should overdo this last supper. Keep it a normal, balanced meal. From there, you can go to sleep, and by the time you wake up in the morning, you will already be halfway through a full day of fasting.
A full day of fasting can be safely done regularly once per month or once weekly. Remember to listen to your body during a fast, and do not push yourself too hard. If you are feeling ill or dizzy, end the fast, especially if this is your first time trying a fast.
Now, let's put it in to play. It's time to start planning your next (or first) fast to help your body rejuvenate and get into the best shape its ever been in!
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