Reckon you could survive on just h2o for an extended period of time? Well, water-fasting says you can, and that it can actually work wonders in healing chronic health conditions; thanks to the sheer amount of cellular repair that can be done when your body isn’t over-exerted from breaking down any food.
Water fasting is an ancient detoxification method that has been used for tens of thousands of years in indigenous cultures and in Eastern medicine. When water-fasting, the body’s enzyme system can focus on breaking down toxins so any parasites, bacterial overgrowth and candida will be lessened or eliminated.
But let’s be real here; water fasting sounds extreme; like the cabbage soup diet, or drinking solely a tonic of lemon juice, water, cayenne pepper and maple syrup for an extended period of time. It sounds like a fad or a quick-fix; perfect for celebrities who want to drop ten kilos in two weeks.
But what if we told you that water fasting can be a useful tool for anyone on a quest for greater health and healing?
Poor immune function and toxic contaminations that occur as a result of a range of lifestyle factors have been shown to drastically improve after water fasting, as have a range of other medical conditions including psoriasis, irritable bowel syndrome, depression, uterine fibroids, intestinal parasites, allergies, hay fever, hives, multiple sclerosis, and insomnia.
So to say that water-fasting is an effective healing modality would be a huge understatement.
When you take a break from eating and digesting foods and instead drink only water, your body dips into nutrient reserves for energy and fuel. Your body will go into ketosis after a couple of days, which is when your body burns fat for fuel instead of relying on glucose. Between being in ketosis and using your previously-established nutrient reserves for energy, your brain and blood sugar levels are able to remain stable. This is also why your metabolism won’t be shot to hell, and why people who have serious illnesses and diseases to heal from can fast for up to 40 days monitored by a health professional without having their bodies go into starvation mode.