Stay Young with a Weekly Fast
If you want to live longer and stay young, new studies show that you should try fasting once a week. It will help you win in your battle against the clock of aging, so you can worry less about the passage of time! It seems that simple creams and topical treatments simply aren’t enough, so give fasting once a week a try and experience the benefits for yourself.
How can you be sure that fasting is right for you? Is it really possible to not eat for an entire day? Can you withstand the hunger and stomach pangs? We’ll answer these questions and more in today’s article, so keep reading!
Why fasting is good for your health
Let’s think about a few interesting things: your digestive system is always active, even when you’re sleeping. Many of the diseases we suffer from are a direct result of the toxins that accumulate in the digestive tract after years of eating unhealthy foods. Now, if we know that sleep is essential for the body to recuperate and renew itself, why not give your digestive system a break as well?
Mahatma Gandhi was a vocal advocate of fasting and did so on a regular basis. Thanks to this practice, according to researchers, he lived a better and more active life. His death at age 79 was due to a gunshot, and otherwise he may have lived many years longer. But the kind of fasting he performed may not be suitable for everyone. If you think not eating food for a few days will help you lose weight, you’re sorely mistaken. And weeks of fasting can cause you to lose muscle mass and fatty tissue, and it also directly affects the health of your heart.
As we’ve said in other articles, the human body is capable of surviving for up to 10 days without food, and without suffering long-term damage. But you shouldn’t fast for more than three days in a row, and it’s a much better idea to do short fasts on a regular, weekly basis if you want to experience the best results.
We want to emphasize here that one of the main benefits of fasting is that it allows your organs to regenerate. This helps you feel and stay young, while promoting better overall health. You’ll feel more alert, be in a better mood, have a stronger immune system, and even be more productive at work. Some people even think that fasting can cure chronic disorders like asthma, arthritis, high blood pressure, and allergies.
The benefits aren’t just limited to your body, because fasting also improves your emotional and spiritual well-being. Fasting can result in a greater peace of mind. It can bring you joy, allowing you to view the world differently, and helping you consider your food choices as something that should serve to nurture you rather than cause you harm.
How should you start fasting?
There are many different types of fasting, but if it’s your first time the best way to begin is by restricting your consumption of solid food for an entire day. But don’t spend 12 hours anxiously waiting for nightfall so you can hit an all-you-can-eat buffet – that would be counterproductive. Try to keep it so that your daily intake of fluids and juices doesn’t exceed 300 calories.
Also, don’t start fasting on a whim any day you feel like it. You need to prepare your body. The day before you fast, try to eat only raw vegetables and drink plenty of water, herbal teas, and fruit juices.
If you’re planning to try fasting once day a week, a good routine is to eat normally for four days, then use the following three to modify your diet so that one day is pre-fasting, the next is fasting, and the final day is post-fast. These three days will require some preparation on your part.
Day 1: pre-fast
Let’s assume you plan to fast on a Saturday; therefore, on Friday you should try to eat only raw fruits and vegetables – as much as you want. You might feel hungry, but try not to give in to the temptation to eat something heavier. Remember that you can also drink lots of fruit juices, smoothies, teas, and broths, as long as they’re natural. Finish your day with a light dinner and get plenty of sleep that night.
Day 2: fasting
After you get a solid eight hours of sleep, start your day of fasting with a glass or two of water. It’s a good idea to spend this day at home (which is also why we recommend doing this on the weekend) and to keep yourself busy with smaller tasks that don’t require a lot of physical effort. Take this opportunity to read a book, meditate, clean out your closet, water your plants – anything that doesn’t take up too much of your energy stores. Drink lots of plain water or add some fruit juices to it – but don’t eat any fruit.
Some people choose to drink natural juices and vegetable broths on this day, but it all depends on what your body needs and also how you prepare these foods. You can drink fresh squeezed orange juice, but don’t include the pulp, for example. Vegetable broths need to be strained and filtered. The idea of a fast like this is that you stay hydrated and don’t give your stomach and digestive system any solids to process.
Day 3: post-fast
As we already mentioned, don’t finish your day of fasting with an emergency trip to the refrigerator. On the third day of your fast (in this example, on Sunday), be sure to avoid eating anything that you already know isn’t good for your health – like white flour, refined sugars, fast food, fatty or fried meats, and dairy products. Instead you can choose whole fruits, vegetables (raw, if possible), nuts, beans, and whole grains. Eat sparingly, and try not to engage in too much physical activity as your body recovers its energy stores.