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Methods of Fasting
Methods of FastingJuice fasting is the safest and the most effective method of fasting. Although, pure water fasting was the old classical method of fasting but most of the leading authorities on fasting today agree that juice fasting is far superior to water fast. According to Dr. Rangar Berg, the world-famous authority on nutrition, "During fasting the body burns up and excretes huge amounts of accumulated wastes. We can help this cleansing process by drinking alkaline juice instead of water while fasting. The uric acids and other inorganic acids are eliminated. And sugars in juices will strengthen the heart. Juice fasting is, therefore, the best form of fasting."

Vitamins, minerals, enzymes and trace elements in fresh, raw vegetable and fruit juices are extremely beneficial in normalising all the body processes. They supply essential elements for the body`s own healing activity and cell regeneration and thus speeding the recovery. All juices should be prepared from fresh fruit immediately before drinking. Canned or frozen juices should not be used.

Methods of  Water FastingAt the beginning of the fast enema should be administered so that gas or decomposing matter formed from the excrements remaining in the body does not bother the patient. During the fasting period enema should be administered every alternate day. The patient should get as much fresh air as possible and should drink plain lukewarm water when thirsty. Fresh juices may be diluted with pure water. Approximately 8-10 glasses of water should be the minimum intake.

In the process of eliminating accumulated poisons and toxic waste materials a lot of energy is spent during the fast. Thus it is advisable that the patient gets maximum physical and mental rest during the fast. In cases of fasts in which fruit juices are taken, especially when fresh grapes, oranges or grapefruit are used exclusively, the toxic wastes enter the blood-stream rapidly, resulting in an overload of toxic matter, which affects normal bodily functions. This often results in dizzy spells, followed by diarrhoea and vomiting. If this physical reaction persists, it is advisable to discontinue the fast and take cooked vegetables containing adequate roughage such as spinach and beets until the body functioning returns to normal.

The overweight person find it much easier to go without food. Loss of weight causes no fear and the patient`s attitude makes fasting almost a pleasure. The most difficult part is to bear the hunger pangs of the first day. However as the fast progresses the craving for food will decrease. Fasting comes naturally to seriously sick persons, as they do not have any desire for food. The simplest rule is to stop eating until the appetite returns or until one feels completely well.

Simple exercises like short walks may be undertaken during the fast. A warm water or neutral bath may be taken during the period. Cold baths are not advisable. Sun and air baths should be taken daily. Fasting sometimes produces a state of sleeplessness, which can be overcome by a warm tub bath, hot water bottles at the feet and by drinking one or two glasses of hot water.

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