I just watched a documentary on amazon prime called “Science of fasting” and it says that water fasting is helpful with improving and curing disease, especially chronic ones. It rids the body of inflammation, gives the gut a break, and detoxes and Purifys and actually makes you stronger instead of weaker. Seems counter intuitive, but the science seems to support it.
I am starting a 2 week water only fast. Was wondering if anyone else has tried this?
I couldn't even make it past 3 days... if you are really toxic, I think doing one of these long term fasts is one of the worst things you can do, as you have no nutrition to support your failing organs, nor do you have any binders to grab onto all those toxins that your damaged liver and kidneys can't process.
You could do daily "mini-fasts", like from 7pm to 11am, but you'd have to be in fairly good health to sustain a prolonged fast.
The third day of fasting is always the most difficult in a fast. You are supposed to feel awful at that point, but then on the 4th day it gets better. I have never fasted more than 5 days but that was when I was healthy.
Eating is a pain for me.
Nothing works. Tried all sorts of diets and supplements.
My health always gets worse.
I'm better without sugar and without milk products,
but too long without these make me become weak and
give a feeling of starvation, so then i eat 1 day some of those,
then stop again for a few days. I tried candida diets but they make it worse.
Diets dokters or naturopaths prescribed didn't work out.
I see in their reaction that they don't really know what to do.
Also, most i went to didn't seem too healthy themselves,
so how can they help me ?
And sometimes i saw their desk full of all kind of stones, but they
use wifi, cordless phones and wireless keyboards/mice.
As I visit another forum for more than 10 years with SEVERELY chronically ill people, I know that some people get ALLERGIC or INTOLERANT to EVERYTHING.
Some even go test each of these foods and get allergic markers back to simply, everything. They are labelled with different disease names, one of the old labels went 'MCS = multiple chemical sensitivity'.
That usually follows a double problem: with food and chemicals found in houses, cars, clothes, etc.
It s getting more common than uncommon, unfortunately.
The BEST is to treat while you can STILL eat some things, because when it gets too bad, you react with inflammation to absolutely everything: if you eat, you hurt, if you don't eat, you die.
It is serious.
So BEFORE I went into that path, as my allergies / intolerances were going too high, I decided to take total control of my food again.
It is paying back, as I can now eat all nuts - that I could not touch before - most citric fruits (still working on them) etc.
In my opinion, there is no single diet that is good, or bad. It is extremely personal.
Whatever works for you.
I'm fighting candida still eating fruits, while some people say fruits is bad.
I tried no fat diet: felt like dying. Some people say candida is caused by fat (in the liver).
I eat absolutely no added sugar, no gluten, and I know that ALL grains are hard to digest (in my case).
I do think that keeping starches (carbs) down to 10% is ideal for me. Like that, I feel nourished, not too cold, not starving.
I'm still afraid to weigh myself, so I won't do that for the moment.
In case you are really wanting to heal, I would avoid the 10 most allergenic foods (gluten and milk products are high in the list - just google, you'll find them), keep on a healthy diet of veggies (they usually are beneficial to most people), and build from there on.
More raw or not. Animal or not. Which animal, how much animal protein.
Fruits or not.
Another thing that I find is a MUST are FERMENTED foods.
Daily varied fermented foods are like gold, in my opinion.
added sugar, in my opinion, is evil to everybody, no exception.
You need though a very high discipline, a bit like training in an Eastern martial arts discipline!!
Society and habit will always push you back to old habits!
I tried fasting for almost 4 days. Only ate one meal during the whole time and took a few small things to regulate blood sugar and measured my ketones.
I felt AMAZING until the morning of day 4. Overnight my ketones shot up so high. I think my body did not adjust well to the switch because my body went out of whack with the switch and became way too ketonic. Like scary, my urinary testing strips were almost maxed.
I think maybe I could do it again if I continued to have just small meals while fasting so the ketone levels stayed low.
It was also very hard to start eating again, took almost 3 days to be able to down food normally again which was not fun.
Not eating was the easy part and it felt great, it was the high ketones and trying to get out of ketosis that was a bit of a nightmare. It was super scary. I had my heart jumping out of my chest for about 10 hours which was very painful and like hell.
I am now in the process of trying to get my body back in balance since Ketosis kind of knocked my organs out of balance. Despite going through hell for that one day I think my body is better for it. And next time I will know how to handle it better. I think its really important to have a meter to test your blood for sugar and ketones as well as make sure you are supporting with supplements all the systems that get out of whack and have extra strain with the switch to ketosis. Lots of minerals, electrolytes, supplements etc. I was surprised how quick my body went into ketosis and how long it took to get out of it!
I think fasting could be really helpful but considering the delicate balance many of us have we have to tread carefully. And as you all have suggested, there are different ways to fast. And it is hard I understand because most of us dont want to lose weight. That was my main concern as well because during just this short time I went from almost 120 lbs to 110 and now it will take some time to regain the weight again.
what helped me was reducing food intake to 2 meals a day with no snacks in between.
i can get away with this because i don't have too much physical activity.
3 meals works some days, but a lot of time 3 meals are just too much for my digestive system
and causes big problems.
it is some kind of fasting.
I think this is not a bad idea Meri. It's like a small daily fasting.
(I'm going to Chimay, Brussels and around Louvain for Xmas!!)
I do think starving the body for some hours a day (not forever though) helps the body to enter again in detox mode, that we all need so much.
but if you take mostly veggies and low carb during cold weather, it gets harder with time.
At least, for me, it did, as I got too hungry, too cold.
My body got too stressed after week 4 or so.
I then introduced back some animals, and in between re introduced small starchy meals.
My body does not like lots of starches, but my brain does (I mean, I keep THINKING about carbs at first).
After a while, the obsession ends.
The moment I go back to higher carb intake mostly due to laziness or social circumstances (I already eat practically no added sugar for years...), inflammation re-starts, fatigue re-starts, brain fog re-starts.
It's like a passport to chronic disease, in my case.
ONly in summer I can be more relaxed about what I eat, not in winter.
And the quality of things you take in these 2 meals count a lot to keep you nourished.
I'm reading the book of Anthony Williams called the Medical Medium, about 50 foods that have healing properties according to him.
He said to concentrate on foods that pass sunlight to our cells (like fruits that thrive in sun light).
Since this week, I started to concentrate on these fruits (like mango, oranges, very green leaves..).
Even frozen, it's fine. I'll let you all know if I feel some marked difference.
With Xmas in between, it will be hard though.
But for sure, I always get ill in winter, rarely in summer. It has to do with temperature and reduced sunlight, probably.