Your body knows when it has to rest and the “tasks” it has to accomplish while you’re asleep to keep your body running smoothly! In fact, it recuperates and cleanses during sleep. On a side note, your body needs at least 3 hours to digest carbohydrate rich meals and 4-5 hours to digest heavy fatty or protein meals. Remember to stop eating 3-4 hours before bedtime.
When you fall asleep, your body switches from an external fuel to internal fuel. Specifically, internal fuel is when your body is using carbohydrate reserves and fat depots for fuel. I know it sounds crazy, but your body does that automatically every night. During deep sleep, the body takes everything it needs from within and uses internal energy to cleanse and detoxify the system! Halitosis (bad breath) and a coated tongue in the morning are signs of detox. For that reason, a coated tongue is a sign that you are indeed a suitable candidate for a fast.
Why not support your body during detox? In the morning after a good night’s sleep (hopefully), your body starts booting up. A glass of warm spring water and a squeeze of lemon will detoxify your liver, and with your first bite, it switches from internal energy to external energy intake. To explain, the word „break-fast” comes from Old English and means - breaking the fast! You are literally breaking your nightly fast with the first bite of muffin or bagel (which seems to be the staple in western countries).
Therefore, fasting is a natural part of your life.
Fasting For Detoxification and Prevention
Fasting is a temporary abstinence from solid foods and addictive substances like alcohol, coffee, and drugs. This is for therapeutic or even for religious purposes. Fasting will support your body by resting the digestive system and relieving pressure on your circulation. As soon as you put solid food into your stomach, you will stop fasting and cleansing.
Nobody should undertake a fast of any length without thoroughly understanding what he or she is doing and why they’re doing it.
We must essentially understand the miracle that is Fasting – Fasting and Starvation are two entirely different things, where Fasting is constructive in nature and Starvation is destructive in nature! – Fasting for Health and Long Life, by Hereward Carrington
To understand fasting, is to understand healing. There is enough energy and nourishment for weeks in our depots (liver, jiggly parts, dead cells and toxins...), before an average person runs out of internal energy.
(a very small excerpt from my book)
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Monika Baechler, Juice Fasting Maven
Hi, I'm Monika. I'm a Mother to two teenage boys. I'm married for 22 years. As a Nutrition Specialist, I have researched and practiced European Fasting Traditions for almost two decades, and this wisdom I'm thrilled to share with you.