There are several benefits of fasting. During a long fast, the body feeds upon its reserves. Being deprived of needed nutrients, particularly of protein and fats, it will burn and digest its own tissues by the process of self-digestion. The body will first decompose and burn those cells and tissues which are diseased, damaged, aged, or dead.
The essential tissues and vital organs, the glands, the nervous system and the brain are not damaged or digested in fasting. The following is the secret of the effectiveness of fasting as a curative and rejuvenated method:
During fasting, the building of new and healthy cells is speeded up by the amino acids released from the diseased cells. The capacity of the lungs, liver, kidneys, and the skin is greatly increased as they are relieved of the usual burden of digesting food and eliminating the wastes.
They are able to quickly expel old accumulated wastes and toxins and this helps with the body being able to utilize important nutrients allowing for a more normalizing, stabilizing, and rejuvenating effect on all the vital physiological, nervous and mental functions. In others, for a teacher living on a strict budget, it’s like giving one’s body a vacation.
I can still remember my first fast and it was done as family activity. We did it over a winter holiday break, so I wouldn’t be in the classroom. Our bowel movements were gassy, smelly, and definitely the waste was not solid. About the middle of this five day fast, we never expected to see something that looked like, as I can only described it, as jello. Now, seeing this substance in the toilet, made me wonder if this substance was created about eating generic, cheap foods such as artificial cheese. We ate a lot of grilled cheese sandwiches made with this artificial cheese, since it was easy to make and inexpensive, too. We served these sandwiches with canned soup and called it a meal.
For a number of years, my spouse (enlisted-Navy) and I lived on a frugal budget raising our three children. So, besides eating these cheese sandwiches, with high-sodium, canned soup, which certainly cannot be described as nutritional, I believe our intestines couldn’t properly eliminate this stuff and that’s why we were witnessing this jello-like excrement in the toilet. Later, when our finances changed, we substituted this meal with fast-food, such as chicken nuggets, hamburgers, fries, and pizza. Rarely, did we have a nutritional meal and depending a lot on taking a vitamin supplement. Dumb! Huh? As I mentioned before, I wish I could back in time and make nutritional changes.
It wasn’t until a year before my retirement, when my spouse had done some research on what is a nutritional diet, before real change occurred. So, fortunately, our grown children listened to him and they’ve made changes in their eating habits, too.
Now, when it comes to breaking a fast, success depends on how it is broken. This is the most significant phase. The main rules for breaking a fast are:
1. Do not overeat
2. Eat slowly and chew your food thoroughly.
3. It takes several days for the gradual change to the normal diet. If the transition to eating solid foods is carefully planned, there will be no discomfort or damage.
4. The teacher should take rest during the transition period. The right food after a fast is as important as the fast itself.
Disclaimer: I am a retired teacher and what I share in my writing about health are my findings from being an avid reader, as well as from personal experience. As with anything new, please consult a medical professional, since every individual is unique.