Fasting meansa “vacationfrom food.” The voluntary withdrawal of food cleanses the body from the inside. But that's not all: negative thoughts are also eliminated and make way for a new lightness. Despite positive effects, minor obstacles in the form of mood disorders can arise during the fasting phases. What can you do againstheadachesand feelings of hunger and how do you even get off to a good start?
Fasting for the body
Fasting often brings about a noticeable improvement in health. Common consequences of fasting are:
Strengthening the immune system
more stable intestinal function
Relief of chronic complaints
Sensitization of the senses of taste and smell
Lowering blood lipid levels
Relief from intervertebral discs and joints
Fasting for mind and soul
In addition to the physical factor, there is also a psychological factor. After a short period of overcoming, fasting people feel fresher and more relaxed. The I·DO Body & Mind fasting treatment is also aimed at this well-being experience.
The weight loss, improved blood circulation and general well-being have a relaxing and restorative effect. This often also brings about mental liberation, so that many fasting people report that the treatment helps them achieve emotional balance and inner peace.
In addition, the body releases more of the happiness hormoneserotoninand the concentration of the stress hormone cortisol is reduced. The so-called fasting high often occurs after about three days.
Drinking enough fluidsis essential for the success of the first phase . The body needs at least three to four liters a day, which can be supplied through water,juice,tea or broth.
The first phase is considered the most difficult time to get through. The body suffersseveral side effectsfrom the changed lifestyle. These include feelings of weakness, mood swings, increased sensation of cold and headaches. Body orbad breathis also possible as a result of the waste products excreted. However, these symptoms usually disappear after the adjustment phase.
Detoxification phase: complete avoidance of solid food
Following the adjustment phase, the detoxification phase is initiated. Now, with traditional fasting, eating solid foods is a thing of the past. The daily requirement for nutrients is only covered by liquids. In addition, the gastrointestinal tract is emptied on the first day using Glauber's salt or enemas.
Thanks to the high fluid intake during"realfasting", fat deposits(alsocalled toxins) in the muscles are loosened and driven out of the body.The toxins arealso released from the body and excreted. As the side effects of the first phase subside, the body strengthens and gradually feels better.
However, not every drink is suitable because it is important to provide the body with enough nutrients. These are suitable liquids containing minerals:
Breaking the fast: back to normality
When breaking the fast, the third fasting phase, the body should finally be brought back into normal eating habits. Basically,laxativesare counterproductive during this build-up period and must therefore be discontinued at the beginning of the phase.
During fasting, the body stops producing digestive juices. However, these are essential to normalize food intake after fasting. For this reason, the body should be supplied withlight, low-fat meals, otherwise stomach cramps andcirculatory problems can result.