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Why fasting is good for you

By Vision Reporter

Added 11th September 2009 03:00 AM

CELLULAR tissue from birth and the microscopic tubes that carry vital elements to the brain. Cleansing of the last layer is only possible through a combination of juice fasting, water fasting and a healthy diet high in raw foods.

CELLULAR tissue from birth and the microscopic tubes that carry vital elements to the brain. Cleansing of the last layer is only possible through a combination of juice fasting, water fasting and a healthy diet high in raw foods.

The cleansing and detoxification leaves a feeling of vibrancy in your body

CELLULAR tissue from birth and the microscopic tubes that carry vital elements to the brain. Cleansing of the last layer is only possible through a combination of juice fasting, water fasting and a healthy diet high in raw foods.

Thus extended fasts remove dead, dying and diseased cells; unwanted fatty tissue, hardened coating of mucus on the intestinal wall.

Cleansing also removes toxic wastes in the lymphatic system and bloodstream; toxins in the spleen, liver and kidney; mucous from the lungs and sinuses, toxins in the cellular fibres and deeper organ tissues and excess cholesterol.

The body undergoes a tearing down and rebuilding of damaged
IT is the holy month of Ramadhan and Muslims are fulfilling their religious sacrament of fasting for 40 days.

However, not being a Muslim is no excuse to miss out on the benefits of fasting. Not only is abstinence from food a spiritual purification rite, it also has a therapeutic aspect that qualifies it medically as treatment.

Health benefits
Dr. Elson Haas, a physician and nutritionist in his book, Staying Healthy with Nutrition explains that the body has many ordinary ways of eliminating toxins: through the liver, lungs, kidneys and colon.

When these are overloaded, the body will resort to ‘extra ordinary’ methods of elimination: boils, mucous and other discharges, sweat, vomiting and diarrhoea.

Should elimination become uneconomical for body energy, the toxic overload will be stored in the joints, vessels, muscles and organs.

While fasting, no food comes in and therefore toxin intake and production are reduced, while elimination proceeds unchecked.
In the first stage, large quantities of waste is removed.

The second stage is the cleansing of mucous, fat, diseased and dying cells. The last stage is the cleansing of toxins that have been accumulating in materials.

It dissolves diseased cells leaving healthy tissue. The result is a thorough cleansing of the tube, membrane and cellular structures.

There is a redistribution of nutrients in the fasting body. It hangs on to precious minerals and vitamins while catabolising on old tissue and toxins.

Kaddu adds that fasting suffocates abnormal growths within the body, like tumours. They are starved of the body’s supplies and destroyed by enzymes (self-digestion).

The production of protein for replacement of damaged cells (protein synthesis) occurs more efficiently under fasting and fewer ‘mistakes’ are made by the DNA genetic controls that govern this process.

All this cleaning up and detoxification leaves an experience of new vibrancy in all parts of the body.

People who should never fast
Despite the benefits of fasting, there are people who should never fast. They are:
Those prone to anorexia and bulimia
Those who are weak or suffer anaemia

Those with tumours, bleeding ulcers, cancer, blood and heart diseases
Those who suffer chronic problems with kidneys, liver, lungs, heart, or other important organs

Individuals who take insulin for diabetes, or suffer any other blood sugar problem such as hyperglycaemia

Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding
Compiled by Halima Shaban

Hazards of Fasting
Fasting should not be overdone. It may cause weakness, lower resistance and allow diseases to attack.

“While fasting allows detoxification, the body needs the nourishment provided by food to function after it has used its stores,” Kaddu said.

People who go beyond fasting into starvation are exposed to protein deficiency and kwashiorkor, as well as protein-calorie malnutrition, known as marasmus.

Compiled by Yasin Kironde

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