Here's some resources for additional information on fasting and other health-related topics, and a few recommended products to enhance the fasting experience and aid in the elimination of toxins.
Books on fasting and cleansingThe Complete Guide to Fasting: Heal Your Body Through Intermittent, Alternate-Day, and Extended Fasting
by Dr. Jason Fung and Jimmy Moore
Just published in 2016, this is a totally current piece based on the work of Dr. Fung, a medical doctor who founded the Intensive Dietary Management program in Toronto. He has had incredibly positive results from using fasting with his clients, both to improve health and to lose weight. This book is good to read in tandem with his bestseller The Obesity Code: Unlocking the Secrets of Weight Loss. Due to its popularity, a summary version has become available called Summary of The Obesity Code. It is wonderful to see the ancient knowledge of fasting attaining the attention it deserves in the mainstream.
Fasting and Eating for Health: A Medical Doctor's Program for Conquering Disease,
by Joel Fuhrman, M.D.
This is THE book to read for greater understanding of fasting and its healing effects on the body. Easy to read and yet full of scientific references, Furhman is all about water fasting in particular.
Specific effects of fasting on headaches, hypoglycemia, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, colitis, psoriasis, lupus, and uterine fibroids are covered in depth.
At the end of the book is information for do-it-yourselfers who want to try short-term water fasting (3 days or less) on their own.
It Starts With Food: Discover the Whole30 and Change Your Life in Unexpected Ways
by Dallas Hartwig and Melissa Hartwig
Here's the book that started a revolution! A revolution around our food choices. In the parlance of this fasting site, I would call the Whole 30 diet a "cleansing diet", but one which has been artfully designed and explained through this book. Just like fasting, the Whole 30 cleansing diet produces a vast array of health benefits, including weight loss. Many thousands of people have tested out this dietary program only to find it really works! Through this diet, you can regain a healthy relationship with food, find the foods that are irritating to your system, learn the effects of our modern day food additives and food processing, and learn how to make food choices wisely going forward.
The New Detox Diet: The Complete Guide for Lifelong Vitality With Recipes, Menus, and Detox Plans, by Elson M. Haas, M.D.
Dr. Haas has been known as the "detox doc" over the many years he has promoted detoxification for health. In this easy-to-read book, he covers all the essentials and offers recipes comprised of easy-to-find ingredients. Information to target specific addictive toxic substances such as alcohol, sugar, nicotine, and caffeine is included.
The Fast Track Detox Diet: Boost metabolism, get rid of fattening toxins, jump-start weight loss and keep the pounds off for good, by Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD
This book offers a whole program for conducting a one-day juice fast with the most benefit and the least discomfort. Proper preparation before the fast and proper reintroduction of healthy foods afterward is integral to the program.
This book came to me through the readers of this site. Recitas is a nutrition expert with a message I couldn't agree with more wholeheartedly -- that each person's body is unique and we each need to discover the foods that support us and the foods that disagree with us, causing poor health, inflammation, and weight gain. This book details a 20-day plan to help you unravel the "mysteries" of your own body.
Juicers perfect for a fastHamilton Beach Big Mouth Pro Juice Extractor
After extensive testing on juicers in the price range of $50-300, measuring amount of juice extracted, ease of use, noise level, and jammability, Consumer Reports gave this Hamilton Beach model the award for best buy (April 2010). What a great buy for $60!
Black & Decker CitrusMate Plus Citrus Juicer
This is a great little citrus juicer in the $50 range. It has two different sized cones to accomodate both large citrus and smaller lemons and limes, and offers control over the amount of pulp allowed in the juice.
Body cleansing and careDry Skin Brush - with natural vegetable bristles
Natural bristle brush made just for dry skin brushing. The long handle makes it possible to reach areas of the back, but is removable for easier handling on the rest of the body. Read about the benefits of dry skin brushing.
Coconut Oil - Gold Label Organic Virgin
High quality, virgin coconut oil is as full of health-promoting properties as it is of wonderful tropical fragrance. Anti-bacterial and anti-fungal as well as completely nourishing to your skin, use coconut oil straight out of the jar all over your body. Used on the underarm area it acts as a natural deodorant, killing the bacteria that cause body odor.
Tropical Traditions' Gold Label is their high-end unrefined coconut oil, hand-made by traditional methods that retain the greatest number of nutrients and anti-oxidants in the finished oil. Use this grade in the kitchen as well for a healthy cooking oil.
Tongue Sweeper Model PRO
Remove the harmful bacteria from your tongue once a day with a tongue scraper. Unchecked, this bacteria causes bad breath, adds to plaque formation on the teeth, can inhibit your ability to taste foods clearly, and is generally unhealthy. This stainless steel one-handed model does a far superior job of removing the debris from the tongue than the cheap plastic ones do, and it will last you a lifetime. Use at least once a day during any kind of fast, then add it to your regular daily oral hygeine.
Ancient Secrets Ceramic Nasal Cleansing Pot (Neti Pot)
The easiest way to cleanse the nasal passage and sinus cavity is with the assistance of a neti pot. You will be helping your body to detox by cleaning out unwanted mucus and will find yourself breathing much more easily and fully. Not a practice to reserve just for during fasting, but excellent as a part of your regular hygiene whenever you feel "clogged up". Use of a neti pot has been shown to increase the speed of recovery from colds and to ease the discomfort caused by airborne allergens. Full directions are included with this neti pot.
Tom's of Maine Natural Care Deodorant Body Bar, Lemongrass, 4oz (Pack of 6)
It's important to cleanse the skin without use of harsh detergents, chemicals, and artificial fragrances that irritate the skin. These deodorant bars are perfect during fasting and cleansing to counter the effects of detox that can leave you feeling "less than fresh". I use Tom's of Maine soaps because of their reasonable price and convienient availability -- many retail stores now carry Tom's products.
Websites supporting fasting
NaturalNews.com A great website with all the current news in health and science. This link takes you to the page listing their articles on fasting. But browsing the site will reveal many informative articles on a vast array of topics.
Rudolf Steiner Health Center If you can make it to Michigan, the Rudolf Steiner Health Center offers medically supervised weekend fasts, usually one in the Spring and one in the Fall.
Fasting Connection A forum where you can connect with others who are fasting or send questions to "The Fast Doctor".
Dr. Ben Kim's Website A great site full of informative articles on health, healing, fasting, cleansing, and natural foods. Just put "fasting" in the search bar at the top to get the listing of their fasting articles.
Freedomyou.com A Christian resource for juice and water fasting, nutrition, vegetarian recipes, compulsive eating, food addiction, and spiritual renewal.
The Master Cleanse Website If you're considering doing a Master Cleanse, this site offers a lot of support. Run by Peter Glickman, a major proponent of the Master Cleanse, this site also offers kits and supplies for a Master Cleanse.
SelfGrowth.com This is a website dedicated to self improvement and personal growth, including natural health and alternative medicine.
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