On our way to the optimum use and benefit of our physical body we need to consider 4 steps:

Prevention; Cleansing; Recuperation & Maintenance.

All this, a healthy body does itself without any conscious decision from us:

• Sight, smell, taste and touch are senses that
   alert us for what is not good for us.

• Organs like skin, liver, kidneys, and lungs
  cleanse our system without rest.

• Sleep and resting as well as healing process in
  every cell are able to restore any damage

• Good alimentation, exercise, enough sleep
   and personal hygiene will keep us healthy.

The problem starts when this process becomes imbalanced and there can be many reasons for it. Poor alimentation, insufficient sleep, intoxication from environmental poisons or drugs and additives in food are some of them. Our first step to health will be an intense cleansing program. The main organism for this is the digestive system with stomach, intestines and liver. If we relieve this system for a while in order to give it time to recover and heal, we open the way for a profound recuperation. The best way for this is to fast. Fasting for therapeutic reasons has been recommended and known as to have a beneficial effect on health since Hippocrates(400BCE).

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Fasting is the complete voluntary abstinence from all food during a period of time. It is a natural way of eliminating toxins accumulated in our body throughout the years. Detoxification is a normal body process of eliminating or neutralizing the toxins resulting from biochemical functions through the colon, liver, kidneys, lungs, lymph nodes, and skin. Fasting precipitates this process because, when food no longer enters the body, the latter turns to its fat reserves to obtain energy. Toxins are also stored in fat deposits and only by melting these down we can actually reach and eliminate them. Another benefit of fasting is the healing process it triggers. During a fast, energy is diverted away from the digestive system, since there is no food to mobilise it, towards the metabolism and immune system, where healing can succeed. This is one reason why animals stop eating when they are wounded, and the reason why we feel less hungry when we are sick.

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Most people can’t imagine living a normal live without eating regularly, but the opposite is actually the case. Most people assure that after a short time of adjustment they felt more energetic and strong. As gastric juice production will slow down, hunger is not felt and we become self suppliers by transforming fat deposits in Energy.

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Fasting also triggers rapid weight loss. Once the body is in fasting mode, it becomes accustomed to go without food after a few days. After a fast, the stomach actually shrinks and is restored it to its normal size. People tend to be satisfied with less food after fasting, as the latter signals to your body that you’ve altered the way you eat. Nevertheless it is important to mention that even though fasting is a natural way to recover health, it has a deep impact on the whole metabolism and should be supervised by someone with experience in this field, especially if there are any medical conditions to consider.

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MOUMINA WAGNER
HOMEOPATH
Cape Town
Contact:
wagner.moumina@gmail.com