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What is the Why of Fasting?
The first reason for fasting has to do with in energy.
The digestions of food in a big energy burner. And this energy glutton works not just right after you eat; it is energy intensive right through the ingestion and elimination process. When you stop the energy drain during fasting, you are making that energy available of other things like thinking and healing. You are supplying more power to other fuel function.
During fasting your body looks for other sources of things to burn for energy. However, your body is wise. It does not just go around cannibalizing whatever. The things that important are left alone. It starts with things like fatty deposits, abscesses, damaged tissues, dead cells, tumors and the like for conversion to body fuel and elimination. When a fast has gone on for a sufficient amount of time, many bad things in the body are washed out by water in the elimination processes of the body. This being done the immune system and metabolic processes are rejuvenated to function a top levels of performance.
Fasting tends to cause a full return to good digestion and elimination.
The progressive wave of contraction and relaxation of the tubular muscular system, especially in the alimentary canal, by which the digestive consumables are forced through the system, is made faster by the time of rest in fasting.
There has been a deep rest time for the digestive organs, and the energy which is saved during that rest goes into self-healing and body repairs. Normally the healing and repair are regularly delayed while energy is redirected to digestion requirements.
As fasting eliminates obstructions, cleanses, detoxifies, and purifies the intestines, it also does the same for our blood and cells. This puts us in physical shape to overcome many of our sicknesses, maladies, and handicaps.
Included with the freed up energy gives us an energy boost.
Fasting gives all this and is rejuvenating and life extending.
There can be lasting benefits in your mental and emotional health.
When you are sick or afflicted, you may have some degree of stress caused by some depression.
As I show the science for it in volume 1 of my book on hypnosis, anytime you reduce stress, any stress, you dramatically speed your healing. As energy is diverted from the necessary digestive process, you have more energy for your mental processes and you see things more clearly. It is a mental energy booster.
Mental acuity is improved in fasting. Dr. Herbert Shelton who supervised the fasting over a period of fifty years. He thought is that the more the body free of toxins through the blood and lymphatic system, the clearer is the ability to think.
Cleansing is one of the the things that fasting does. Because you are not intaking, you are to that extent not taking in bad stuff. As you drink water, the residue of past bad intake is the first on the list for elimination. There is no new bad stuff to compete in the elimination process. You think more clearly as a result.
My experience is that about the third day everything mentally just seems to open up. There is a profound clearness of thought. Strangely, you can dramatically feel when this happens. It is one of those things you have to experience to appreciate. For me this happens about the third day.
You may be down for the first couple of days of the fast. Those of you who have gone through a detox program will know what this is about. It is part of cleansing out of the body, the detox, DTs. It is not like coming off an addiction but there is a mild DT experience at first in the fast, like any detox program.
Your mind will become clearer, and at the same time your ability to think and solve intricate problems betters. This may even led you into sense of well being or euphoria, especially during longer fasts.
Some have reported that they have emotional level headedness that they have not known for years or ever. That is the energy redirection and detox working for them.
Your body changes during fasting. It tends to destroy and to rebuild that which is damaged. From your conception
your body knew how to build itself and do that right. Guess what, it knows how to do that still, it just need a clean and energetic environment to do what it knows how to do. We call this healing.
Dr. Rai Casey wrote, “I had a medical practice for 20 years in NYC, supervised hundreds of long fasts, and I found that the physical healing or weight loss was but a pleasant side effect. What really happened is that the person got in touch with their higher self, their true self, and came to the experience that healing can take place at every level, simply by letting go and allowing Mother Nature to do her work.”