Now that I am on my second day of water/juice fasting, I have grown accustomed to abstaining from food and am beginning to experience the results that I wanted. In recognizing that fasting can provide us with a plethora of wonderful mental and physical benefits, I think it is important to share information with others regarding how to fast successfully. In order to do so, you need to be able to identify roadblocks that will preclude you from getting all that you want out of the fast. Here are three:
As many health experts know, there is a lot of ignorance about fasting currently being circulated. With this thought in mind, it is important that you carefully research the existing body of information regarding fasting so that you can make an informed decision regarding whether it is right for you. Some articles you may want to read include “The Benefits Of Occasional Fasting” and “The Health Benefits Of Water Fasting.” It would also be prudent for you to discuss whether you should fast with your doctor. You don’t necessarily have to follow her or his advice, but gaining a professional opinion helps you gain perspective.
2. Lack Of Movement.
As many health experts know, one of the detox symptoms that results from fasting is fatigue. (This is actually the detox symptom that I experience the most.) Despite the fact that you may feel tired throughout your fast, however, this does not mean that you should always abstain from exercise. In discussing whether you should exercise while fasting, LiveStrong notes that “A 1987 study shows that during a fast of 72 hours, a healthy adult can continue to perform high-intensity exercise for brief periods of time. Moderate intensity exercises can be performed for longer durations.” With this thought in mind, it is not always a good idea to simply crawl into bed and cover your head with your pillow or blanket. Think about getting outdoors so the sun and wind can refresh you as you complete a jog.
Although exercising during a fast can be beneficial and is often advisable, you can overdo it. Although I exercise 6-7 days a week and generally feel that something is amiss when I don’t work out, I am taking today off to give my body the energy it needs to function effectively as I fast. In discussing when it may not be appropriate to exercise, LiveStrong notes that “Regular exercising for those who fast for long periods of time may not be appropriate.” Additionally, LiveStrong maintains that “if your fast includes absence of water, you may want to rest to avoid dehydration.”
Fasting brings with it numerous benefits including but not limited to increased energy, detoxification, and the discipline necessary to overcome harmful addictions. With that thought in mind, it is important to recognize both the power of fasting as well as factors that can preclude you from having success in your endeavor to abstain from food and/or drink. If you are thinking about completing a fast soon, review the list above to make sure that you aren’t slowed down by fasting roadblocks. Good luck! :)
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