Fasting is one of the oldest known methods of ridding the body of excess toxins. The technique quite likely predates recorded history and is still widely practiced even today.
A commonly sought goal during these fasts is the removal of harmful waste debris from the lower portions of the digestive tract. This is also sometimes referred to as a fasting colon cleanse.
The basic theory behind a “fasting colon cleanse” is that going without solid food for an unusually long span of time forces the intestines to focus its attention on the unpassed waste matter lodged within it. It also allows purging fluids, such as water, better access to this unwanted material to further assist the colon cleansing process.
But how exactly should a fasting colon cleanse be conducted? And more importantly, is it really worth all the hassle?
Doing A Fasting Colon Cleanse: What You Need to Know
Safely fasting requires preparation, and definitely isn’t the sort of thing you wake up one morning and decide to start. At least, not if you want it to be effective. Even then there are health risks involved — especially with longer lasting fasts.
It is essential to understand that, despite their similarities, fasting is not the same thing as starving yourself. While starving implies an absolute denial of nutritional sustenance, fasting simply means a scheduled limiting of food and drink intake. Some methods call for restricting all solids only during certain periods of the day. Others suggest a consuming a very limited range of foodstuff such as organic fresh fruits only, but allow you to do so around the clock. Going full 24-hour spans of time on only a small amount of water is not usually recommend.
On the other hand, the occasional well-planned fasting colon cleanse can be an effective means of flushing toxic residue from the body and improving overall health. And as long as the rules of a given fast allow for the consumption of minimal amounts of liquid nourishment, such as fruit or vegetable juice, then they can be more than likely practiced in conjunction with the use of a high-quality oxygen based colon cleanser for added benefit.
The 6-Day Fasting Colon Cleanse
An effective 6-day fasting colon cleanse used during the 1920’s was to consume fresh organic fruit on day 1, drink only water on day 2, fresh organic fruit on day 3, drink only water on day 4, fresh organic fruit on day 5, drink only water on day 6. Then when completed slowly transition back into a healthy diet avoiding meat until day 10.
If You’re Still Going to Fast
Take the time to do your homework before starting any sort of fast. Research the various fasting colon cleanse techniques available, and be sure to pay special attention to how each of them impacts the colon specifically. Unless you already have a fair amount of experience with fasting, it’s also a good idea to limit your first fasting cleanse to ten consecutive days or less. If at any point you begin to notice adverse side effects, but be afraid to cut your fasting cleanse short. Remember: staving yourself is never healthy.
-Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, DACBN, DABFM
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