Friday, 21 March 2014

Back to Nature - Fasting


Getting back to Nature has always proven to be an encouraging experience.

Finally I managed to fast for about 7 to 8 days during the weekends, I drank plenty of pure water all during the day and also had a juice of honey and lime mixed in water at regular intervals. There was a bit of  dizziness in the beginning, very soon it passed by.

In the weekdays I supplied nutritious plant based raw foods and lifted weights in the gym as usual and during the weekends I fasted either on a saturday or a sunday, sometimes on both the days. This process continued for a little more than a month starting July 2012.

I am sure my body is left free from the cycle of eating and digestion that it has been put into since a very long time. Body weight has dropped from 75KG to 69KG in about a month. Much of the body fat got burnt easily without an effort.

Fasting is rejuvenating, a natural process, all most all the creatures in this planet do fasting when there is a need. I am glad I have known this and made it happen.

FASTING PROCESS

Drink 1 to 1.5 liters of water as usual as soon as you wake up, then walk for 10 to 15 minutes by concentrating on the pressure that the water has created on your intestines and lower abdominal region by doing so also observe the bowel movements in the intestines, when there is a strong need then go to toilet and pass bowels.

An hour later, follow the same process mentioned above, by drinking another 1 or 1.5 liter of water and try to attend the bowels.

You may take another 1 or 1.5 liter of water after one hour from the second installment of water intake if you feel comfortable, otherwise you need not. You may skip the third installment of water if you wish.

It is better to have the intestines empty before starting the fasting process. Those who suffer from constipation can do enema with pure luke warm water. Others do not need enema.

Begin your first glass of honey lemon water at 9AM. Take a big glass(350ML capacity) of water and add 4 tablespoons of honey with filtered juice of 1 lemon. Stir well and drink. You need to drink this juice within 5 to 10 minutes of it's preparation.

The sour flavor of the Lemon kills the desire for food and Vitamin C present in it increases the immunity system assisting in better repairs of the body. Honey doesn't have to be digested, it is already in a pre-digested form hence gets absorbed into the blood directly, it supplies required energy to the body and the brain to function normally without side effects.

After 1 ½ hours say 10:30AM, drink 1 or 2 glasses of water.

At 11:30 AM, drink Honey Lemon Water

At 1 PM, drink 1 or 2 glasses of Water

At 2 PM, drink Honey Lemon Water

At 3:30 PM, drink 1 or 2 glasses of Water

At 4:30 PM, drink Honey Lemon Water

At 6 PM, drink 1 or 2 glasses of Water

At 7 PM, drink Honey Lemon Water

Stop drinking water by 6-30PM or 7PM. If you drink, water after seven you may deprive of sleep at nights due to frequent urination. However, you can lick some honey or drink honey lemon juice with less water even after 7PM if you find yourself dizzy or hungry.

The gap should be observed correctly, Honey Lemon Water intake to Water intake gap need to be 1 ½ hour or 2 hours, Water to Honey Lemon Water intake should be 1 hour.

Do not exercise or practice Asanas during fasting, as it does not serve the purpose, save energy, do not involve in any physical activity during fasting. You may practice some easy pranayamas if you like. Prefer to stay at a silent place away from sound pollution and do not talk much. Keep away from artificial coolers, fans and air conditioners during fast. Do not consume very cold water. Drink normal or lukewarm water. Make the Honey Lemon Water instantly before drinking. Do not make them in advance and store in a bottle. Doing so will spoil the juice and make it useless. For those whom it is not possible to make the honey-lemon water instantly can lick 4 tablespoons of honey and drink water. You may go for massage or steam bath during fasting, as that will help in cleaning the skin. Take Bath in the Morning and Evening with normal water or cold water. Try to rest more as much as possible during fast. Avoid watching television. Sometimes, you might experience nausea or vomiting in the initial days of fasting. It is because the body used to produce bile juice until now. It keeps on producing the bile even in fasting for a few days until it gets used to it. The bile present in the stomach produces nausea and vomiting sensation. You might feel hungry at the end of the day if you are new to fasting. Most people are unable to control their craving for food end up eating something or the other at the end of the day or during night. Do not do this mistake because all the effort you have put throughout the day goes in vain if you eat up eating something at the end of the day. There will not be any use in doing so. One has to have a strong will power to overcome this. if you are able to control, you will derive full benefits of fasting. Involve yourself in spiritual practices and meditation during fasting. Avoid all sorts of medicines during the fast. Taking pills during fast might make you dizzy and weak. Try to sleep early after sunset.

It is very essential to know the methodology of breaking the fast, which if not done properly will be harmful to the body. Due to continuous fasting, the body acclimatized with no food intake and all of a sudden, if you take large amount of food in breakfast the next day after the fast, the body will be exposed to strain. It has to be done in a systematic way. Break your fast with vegetable or fruit juices, later you may take any kind of sprouts or nuts and for lunch you may have the food of your choice. “How long can anybody fast?” It all depends on the person and cause of the fasting. Longer fasting is better doing under the supervision of expert doctors. Healthy persons can take up 1 or 2 days of fast on honey lemon water safely. Some people might try to fast longer without expert guidance for longer periods especially those who are obese with an intention to get slimmer at a fast pace. One should not do such things in haste. Always remember the difference between fasting and starving. Fasting is an art and science of cleansing and repairing the body. Starving on the other hand is the process leading to malnutrition of the body. Fasting one day once in a week or once in a month is highly recommended for good health and happiness. People with any form of severe diseases should practice fasting only in expert guidance at Naturopathy retreats.

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