October Wellness Tip
Wellness Tip: Benefits of Fasting
Evelyne Mitskopoulos CNP is our staff nutritionist and Director of Wellness at Beneplan.
Fast for 5-10 days to remove toxins that are build up in the body as a result of the pollutants in the air we breathe, the chemicals in the food and water we consume and other means. Periodically we need to rid the body of these toxins and release them from the tissues. When toxins enter the bloodstream this causes one toe experience a “low” or “down” cycle, wherein you may suffer from headaches, diarrhea, or depression. Fasting is effective and safe method of helping the body detoxify itself with greater speed and fewer symptoms. It also gives the organs a rest, the immune system doesn’t have to work so hard and thus is spared of any inflammation, the blood thins due to lowering of serum fats, tissues oxygenation is increased and white blood cells move more efficiently. Fat-stored chemicals such as pesticides and drugs are released, liver and kidney are cleansed and you become much more physical aware. It may even help you to lose weight.
Prepare for fasting by eating only raw vegetables and fruits for 2 days, for less shock to the system. Consume at least eight 8-ounce glasses of steam-distilled water a day, plus pure juices and up to 2 cups of herbal tea a day. Dilute all juices with the water, adding about 1 part water to 3 parts juice. Do not drink orange or tomato juice and avoid all juices made with sweeteners or other additives. The best juice to use is fresh lemon juice as its very cleansing. Add the juice of one lemon to a cup of warm water. Fresh apple, beet, cabbage, carrot, celery, and grape juices and other green leafy vegetables are also good as detoxifiers.
Once finished follow it with another 2 days of eating raw fruit and vegetable for your system to adjust to make the fast effective.