We have already seen in the previous chapter that sometimes, instead of thinking about losing weight, what we should really try to do is cleanse the body and unblock it. If we want to do an “inner cleansing to improve organic functioning and increase the defences against disease, we will have to face two fundamental changes: nutrition and the way of life.
Fasting is not, as many people believe, to behave radically and start starving. As we shall see, there are notable differences between the two positions. In the same way, there are different types of fasting that we must always do with correctness.
It’s no good that after two days stuffing ourselves with all kinds of food and drinks, we spend another two more days starving and starving, because not only will we not have cleaned up what makes us feel bad inside, but we will not lose weight properly. But, in addition, and this is perhaps more relevant, that type of fasting can be detrimental to health.
Fasting has always been practiced in all cultures, not only from the perspective of merely nutritional food deprivation, but as a spiritual expression from the religious and spiritual point of view.
In our western culture, where the afflictions derived from food are due to the excess and little care of the foods we eat, fasting is an effective method as a system of detoxification and regulation of digestive functions.
But immersed in the so-called culture of abundance, we are afraid to face fasting, even if it is voluntary, because we unconsciously identify it with the synonym of deprivation motivated by a feeling of guilt, also responding to an impulse of self-punishment. And nothing could be further from the truth.
The advantages of fasting
These are, in general, the most interesting advantages that a correct fasting offers us:
The body recovers from the excesses committed and rests from the wear and tear caused by the digestion and assimilation of nutrients.
Fasting mobilizes liver sugar, fat from the subcutaneous reserves and proteins from muscles, glands and liver cells. That is to say, our body goes out of the mechanical routine to which we have become accustomed and reactivated.
The major organs of elimination, such as the kidneys, liver, lungs and skin, are most effectively detoxified during the fasting period because they are at rest and therefore do not suffer metabolic attrition related to intake and digestion. In addition, rational fasting cleanses, tones and transforms tissues.