The Physical Benefit of Fasting
Fasting promotes natural healing of many conditions.
One amazing benefit of fasting is the vast array of physical conditions that show improvement with fasting.
Fasting effects us wholely, or holistically, meaning all aspects of our being are affected.
Physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual changes can be felt within during a fast. A sort of rebalancing
takes place. Places where we have gotten "out of kilter" begin to re-align when we take away the
over-stimulation of over-eating. (See this
page for more discussion on the holistic benefit of fasting.
improved by fasting
adult onset diabetes
chronic back and joint pain
inflammatory bowel disease
and Crohn's disease)
irritable bowel syndrome
irritations and disorders
The changes that occur in the
physical body can be quite pronounced. As internal healing begins, a host of minor health issues will
improve. From aches and pains to a mole just dropping off to hearing improving, anything is possible
when the body is allowed to tend to itself.
It's more than just "little things" that improve,
though. Healing of some rather serious conditions can occur as well, often from longer-term fasting,
either longer therapeutic water fasting or from lots of shorter fasts combined with a strict
These changes won't necessarily be permanent--you have to move forward with better eating habits than you
had before. You may need to make lifestyle changes in order to maintain your health. Occasional fasting
is usually recommended to keep yourself in good condition. Three days per month and/or 10 days per year
is considered good for this.
If you have any of the following conditions, you must read Dr. Fuhrman's book,
Fasting and Eating for
Health: headaches, hypoglycemia, heart disease, diabetes, and autoimmune disease. His book has chapters
devoted to each of these problems explaining how therapeutic fasting can help. For best results with
these types of illnesses, you should consider a supervised fast by a fasting professional. Read the
water fasting page for more
information about supervised fasting.
Dr. Fuhrman also fasted individuals for weight loss in particular and had great success. Again,
eating healthier foods
after the fast is imperative. But the cleansing effects of the fast make new eating decisions easier to
make and stick to. (See Fasting to Lose Weight page.)
The physical conditions listed in the green box do show improvement with fasting. In some cases, the condition
has disappeared entirely. This list is by no means complete (and in some cases, repetitive).
Of course, no guarantees can be made that you will experience a
particular improvement, but a benefit of fasting is that you will experience an improvement
in overall health.
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How long should you fast?
what length of time is best for you and how much preparation is required.
benefits of Fasting for Weight Loss
deep and lasting changes in our lives.
Dry Skin Brushing
shares the many health
benefits derived from this quick and easy-to-do practice.
Emotional Benefits of Fasting
offers insight on the healing effects fasting has on our emotional and mental patterns.
Water Fasting Tips
offers guidance and support
useful during any type of fast. Helpful in "getting over the hump".
lists some of the options for doing
a liquid-only fast, including broth and milk.
offers several unique
methods for integrating regular fasting into your life.