Healing fasting is not only a way to lose weight, but, performed according to certain rules, brings many health benefits. Starvation treatment under medical supervision has a positive effect on diseases such as hypertension, obesity, migraines and even persistent skin problems.
It improves the tone and brings satisfaction that we have managed to cope with the appetite for large amounts of harmful foods. And it is best if we can permanently change our diet to a healthier one.
What is curative fasting?
Healing fasting is the conscious partial or complete rejection of solid food for a period of time. Therapy consists of fasting, designed to improve the overall health of the body. Along with the classic types of medical fasting, known to man since ancient times, there are a number of new forms that appear in the 20th century.
Fasting is carried out, as a rule, strictly under the supervision of a doctor. All methods have one thing in common – require several days of preparation, purposeful bowel cleansing and daily intake of up to three liters of fluid.
Preliminary medical examinations will reduce the risk of possible health problems. The outcome of medical fasting should be smooth.
When you refuse food, the body on the first or second day goes into the so-called mode of “hungry metabolism”, that is, begins to consume energy economically. In order to satisfy its energy needs, it begins to waste its reserves. During this time, the starving person loses an average of about 400 g of weight.
In addition, excess fluid is removed from the body, the functioning of the kidneys, liver, intestines and lungs is normalized. Prolonged starvation begins to produce endorphins, the hormones of happiness, which make it easier to endure this period.
Therapeutic fasting helps in the treatment of many chronic diseases, and also improves the appearance: the skin becomes smoother, a person feels fresher.
In order to ensure, on the one hand, professional control and monitoring, and on the other hand, to obtain maximum effect of additional procedures (eg massages), today therapeutic fasting programs are offered in specialized clinics and hotels.
Types of therapeutic fasting
There are various ways to cure fasting, and it can be complete or partial. Complete fasting is usually given for 5 to a maximum of 21 days and should be performed after consultation with a specialist.
You should not fast for more than 7 days without medical supervision, and under medical supervision the treatment can last up to 4 weeks. There are different variations of extreme starvation.
For example, there is therapeutic fasting only for tea, which is for completely healthy people. It requires giving up not only solid foods but also juices. Only tea and water are allowed. In other cases, it is allowed to drink fruit and vegetable juices or eat fruits, vegetables and nuts.
Partial curative fasting means not even eating for one day, and it is recommended to do an unloading day every week. An example of partial fasting is the recently gained method 16: 8, in which food is taken only 8 hours of the day.
There are various methods for therapeutic fasting, some of which bear the name of their creators, such as curative fasting according to Buchinger or therapy according to F.K. Meyer. The choice of diet depends on the goals set by each and his health, and here are some of the most popular diets.
Healing fasting according to Buchinger
This is one of the most commonly used methods of therapeutic fasting. It is based on a diet dominated by alkaline vegetable broths and juices, as well as bowel cleansing with mild laxatives.
Otto Buchinger (1878-1966) was a German physician and founder of his own system of therapeutic fasting. He explains the effectiveness of his method with the fact that during fasting the body cleanses and activates the functions of self-regulation.
In this way, he uses the concept of “slag removal.” During fasting, along with vegetable broths and juices, the body receives enough calories, vitamins and minerals.
Therapy begins with a few unloading days. During this time, the body prepares for starvation. The diet consists of light meals.
The treatment itself begins with a complete cleansing of the intestines. During a certain period of time (usually five days) throughout the day you should drink three liters of liquid: in the morning – herbal tea, at lunch – vegetable broth or juices, for afternoon breakfast – herbal tea or mineral water (of your choice) ), for dinner – again vegetable juices or broth.
Various techniques for meditation and yoga help to restore physical and mental balance.
After starvation, the body gradually begins to get used to solid food: an apple is first added to the vegetable broth. Therapy ends with days of recovery. These include massages, contrast showers and careful eating.
Therapy according to F.K. Mayer
Meyer’s therapy is a method of healing and cleansing the body named after its author Franz Xavier Meyer (1875-1965) According to the Austrian doctor, fasting is a treatment based on bowel cleansing.
Therapy is also known as dairy and bread diet. Dr. Mayer concludes that many diseases are due to impaired bowel function. Consequences of prolonged intestinal inertia can be headache, migraine, neurosis, sleep disturbance, back and joint pain, and even heart problems.
The course of therapy is aimed mainly at the “recovery” of the intestine. The method itself is based on three principles that must ensure its long-term effect:
- The first is “Rest”, because the stress on the digestive system must be reduced in order to restore its functions.
- The second is “Purification”, which in this case means removal of toxins from the gastrointestinal tract. This is achieved mainly by taking a solution of English salt or other saline solutions in the morning and conducting courses of drinking water and herbal teas.
- The third principle is “Training”. This is training of the digestive organs aimed at normalizing their functions. Here the learning of proper chewing of food and careful eating plays an important role.
The treatment itself is performed in three stages. The first stage, as already mentioned, is aimed at cleansing the intestines. It is followed by the stage of the “dairy and bread diet”.
In the morning you are allowed to eat only a few pieces of dry bread, everything is chewed thoroughly and a little milk is drunk. In the last stage, skimmed, unsalted and alkaline foods are introduced.
Sometimes it is allowed to take vitamins and minerals in the form of food supplements. Abdominal massage is also recommended, which improves intestinal motility, stimulates the liver and pancreas and has a positive effect on respiration and blood circulation.
Diet 16: 8
The name of this diet, which is attracting more and more followers, comes from the ratio of the hours you fast and the others you can eat normally. This means that 16 hours a day no food is eaten, and through the other eyes you can eat. This is how you achieve your desire to lose weight, but the health benefits of diet are far more.
At first glance, 16 hours without food seems like a lot, but much of that time we generally spend sleeping. In the beginning, the food will certainly not be enough, but after this period you will feel great, say the followers of the diet.
You can make your own meal schedule depending on your attitudes and the daily routine of the family. The transition to this method may be difficult, so you can start by gradually enlarging the window without food.
In the beginning you can try with 12:12, eating from 8 to 20 hours, then eating from 10 to 20, etc. with small steps to get to 16: 8 . You can choose an option with food from 12 to 20, from 11 to 19 hours or another. You can change the hours if you have a later dinner with friends, for example.
Do not use the eight hours to eat indiscriminately, but bet on healthy foods to your liking, which you can eat in two to three meals. It is allowed to drink tea and black coffee during the fasting period.
Detox therapy, recommended by American nutritionists, is becoming increasingly popular around the world. The goal is gradual elimination of toxins from the body. Alkaline foods form the basis of the diet. It is combined with elements from other methods of medical fasting.
In this case we are talking about a complete, but at the same time gentle cleansing (detoxification) of the body. Only a few days after starting treatment, the general condition improves. Increases vitality, resistance to stress, sleep is normalized, appearance improves, a person looks fresh and rested. At the same time, the extra pounds are reduced.
At the beginning of the therapy the colon is cleansed with saline solution, for example with English salt. The body gets rid of toxins in an optimal way, because during detox therapy edible foods are eaten. There is a ban on sweets and drinks such as coffee or alcohol.
To rid the body of excess acidity, natural products are introduced into the diet: fresh snacks and stewed vegetables. Herbal and homeopathic natural remedies are taken to support the functions of the liver, kidneys and lymphatic system. Among the medicinal plants used are dandelion, algae, coriander and others. Light herbal teas are drunk – from nettle, yarrow or lemon balm.
Therapeutic fasting according to Schrott
Schrott’s therapy as a natural healing method was developed by natural healer Johann Schrott. Its action is mainly aimed at activating the self-healing functions of all bodily systems. Schrott developed his treatment as far back as 1820, after suffering a serious knee injury after falling from his racehorse.
The purpose of the method is to remove toxins from the body. During the course of treatment, which lasts 2-3 weeks, is cleansing to be performed both inside and outside. The effect is achieved through therapeutic fasting and wet wraps.
The first component of Shrot therapy is a special diet with foods without salt, protein and fat. It is important to avoid raw foods. They must be stewed or cooked.
Wet wraps are done early in the morning after a cup of hot tea. First, the body is wrapped in a damp cold towel and covered with a warm blanket.
Drinking food consists of alternating days when you need to drink a lot or a limited amount of fluid. During the treatment drink mineral water, teas and juices. It is allowed to take dry wine in small doses.
Therapeutic fruit starvation
The fruit diet is a modified form of curative fasting, in which only raw fruits, vegetables and nuts are eaten. Proponents of this method of recovery believe that such a diet helps eliminate toxins from the body, and also restores acidic -alkaline balance in the body.
Contraindications to fasting
Fasting is a serious procedure and must be approached responsibly. For people with chronic diseases it is mandatory to proceed to it after consulting a doctor.
There are certain contraindications to fasting. It should not be used in the following cases:
- severe brain damage
- many older people
- pregnancy and lactation
- severe exhaustion
- exacerbation of chronic diseases
- all types of tumors
- acute tuberculosis
- base disease
- type 1 diabetes
- infectious diseases
- mental illness and severe stress