• Karen Murray Heffron

To Fast or not To Fast

A friend of mine was interested in playing around with fasting. There are multiple ways to fast. If one is interested in cleansing, people often do a 3-day water fast. Intermittent fasting is also a great option. The Digestive system is responsible for bringing in the outer world, fully breaking it down, extracting the nutrients, and discarding the unused. Simply the act of eating creates inflammation because the immune system needs to react in case of danger. Most of our immune system is housed in the digestive tract as it needs to ward off potential pathogens that enter in our food or water. When our stomachs are empty, growth hormone is secreted which allows us to break down stored fat and repair our bodies, especially at night. The longer you wait to eat, the more growth hormone can do its job. A space of 4 hours is still considered fasting. The best thing to do, if tolerated, is finish your nighttime meal by 7:00PM and try not to eat until 7:00AM the next morning when you break the “fast”. That gives you 12 hours the digestive system/immune system can rest, and it allows the body to focus on repair and replenishing its cells. Be careful if you struggle with blood sugar issues. You may need to more a little slower than others. Drink a full glass of lemon water in the morning to flush the toxins away, and you have a system that’s ready to move forward. My friend was able to do it for days in a row by drinking lots of water and stated she didn’t “throat punch or kick anybody.” I’m all about experimenting. Why don’t you give it a try, either by stretching your in-between time during meals or trying a longer overnight fast when you aren’t awake most of the time. Get more comfortable being uncomfortable!

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