It is known, the duration of a fast, depends on one’s age, and if they have a disease, as well as, the amount and type of drugs being taken. Fasting is definitely based on the individual, and those with health problems, should consider consulting a medical professional. Otherwise, by “those who know,” it is recommended to undertake a series of short fasts of two to three days and gradually increase the duration of each succeeding fast by a day or so. The period, however, should not exceed a week of total fasting at a time. This will enable a chronically sick body to gradually and slowly eliminate toxic waste matter without seriously affecting the natural functioning of the body. A correct style of living and a balanced diet after the fast will restore strength and vitality to the individual.
Now, I was skeptical when my spouse, who has numerous ailments, such as heart disease, diabetes, and takes medication, began participating in short fasts. He said it was the only way to eliminate the toxicity, he felt, came more from his medications, than the food he was eating. From these short durations, he has been able to remove himself off certain medications and pay more attention to his diet and lifestyle.
So, when I heard fasting had been highly recommended by certain health professionals, as being beneficial in practically all kinds of stomach and intestinal disorders, and in serious conditions of the kidneys and the liver, I remained a skeptic. I mean, how can fasting be so beneficial, when one is sick? Wouldn’t fasting simply make a person, sicker? Well, I was wrong! If it can help my spouse, fasting should help most people.
Fasting has been noted as a “miracle cure,” for eczema and other skin diseases, and offers the hope of a permanent cure in many cases. In addition, various nervous disorders also respond favorably to this type of treatment. Yet, fasting should, however, not be consider the ultimate solution to all illnesses and diseases!
On a more personal level, my family and I no longer eat breakfast. We stop eating around 7 p.m. and eat lunch around 2:00 p.m. As one can tell, this is a short fast, and on Saturday, we practically fast for the entire day.
At first, I had a hard time adjusting to this way of thinking. Miss breakfast, are you kidding me! My folks always taught me that breakfast was the most important meal of the day! I remember my father fixing the best breakfast in town. We’d have eggs, grits, a meat, a vegetable, and toast or biscuits. YUM! One could easily work through lunch consuming a breakfast like that! So, one can imagine trying to give all that up!
These short fasts have helped myself and my family members in getting sick less often. Now, if I were still in the classroom, I probably could survive this routine, except I’d have to eat lunch earlier, and make sure I took a supplement to support cortisol (help with daily stressors).
Now, if a teacher is interested in having short fasts and want that to become a daily part of their lifestyle, I’d wait until summer vacation to start.
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.