We live in a world of increasing toxicity. Many of us are called to take radical means in order to help our bodies emerge from their lymphatic stagnation and in order to revive our systems. Nowadays, it is very rare that our digestive system is allowed to completely rest for a while. If in nature, fasting is a practice that sick animals will spontaneously adopt, if children do not ask for food when they are sick, man has moved so far away from the natural intelligence of life that he has too often forgotten the ancestral practice of fasting.
The logic of fasting is to eliminate obstruction and acidity that clutter the body, including the waste that covers the digestive tract. Fasting allows us to allocate the energy required by the digestion of complex food for which we are not made to the optimizing of the nervous system and to the process of cleaning and rebuilding our tissues. The body can auto-correct its terrain and mobilizes its vital energy resources for inner purification. This is the very state of life itself in the absence of external disturbances: a living system left to itself tends towards homeostasis.
Where to begin ?
Contrary to popular belief systems, fasting can very well be undertaken without supervision; the important is to proceed gradually and observing the laws of cause and effect. The moment where it’s important to be the most vigilant is when we renew with food after a fast, especially when compulsions enter the game and we tend to overeat or eat the wrong things that would shock our body and cause uncomfortable effects (including nausea and swelling). Everyone can choose an accessible goal and a formula that will meet the requirements of their everyday life: water fasting, dry fasting, intermittent fasting (between 12 and 18 hours without solid food on a daily basis, and why not without liquid either, which would make it an intermittent dry fasting experience), fasting with whole fresh fruits (for example, a monodiet of dark grapes), fasting with fresh fruit juices (especially watermelons, oranges or lemons) or fasting with pasteurized grape juice (the masterfast).
How does it work ?
Some people talk about the theory of autophagy: after a while, the body would begin to consume its less functional cells, it would start to eat itself. From my own experience, I could not verify this theory. What I was able to observe directly is that during fasting, the body gets rid of the obstruction that lives inside its tissues, to remove the diseased cells or the ones that don’t function well from the body. The body starts cleaning itself, which matches Arnold Ehret’s vision that “all diseases are constipation and consist of an unknown, rotten and fermented mass of matter kept inside the human body. “
My experience of the past 2 years has made me realize that there are many myths to deconstruct around fasting and nutrition. For example, the body’s purifying ability is not increased with water. However, water dilutes acids and therefore toxicity. Overloading the kidneys with too much fluid prevents them from fulfilling their primary function: the filtration of lymphatic waste, revealed by a cloudy urine. If we are so thirsty, it is because our bodies are on fire because of a dehydrating diet that obstructs the vitality of the cells. The less liquid one will drink, the more effective the fast. Water is a solvent and can increase the purification process if the kidneys are working well, which means filtering lymphatic waste. From my personal experience, I learned to drink only as much as my body craves for and not to overflood my system. The fact the body is overstressed with the liquids of our life is due to the numerous dysfunctions it is facing, including a weak endocrine system and it will get better with time and healing.
A second preconception: fasting is not a state of weakness. The metabolism is increased, even if the physical capacity is sometimes reduced or if a detoxification crisis can come to the surface. Although on a physical level the body will sometimes get weaker before it gets stronger, on spiritual terms it’s a very strenghtening experience. Often our main organs are struggling to fulfill their functions and it will take us patience and time to regenerate them and get them function well. During a fast, herbal teas, herbs and plant decoctions are great allies. Fasting is the opportunity to explore a world without food: yogic breathing practices, yoga, music, massage, lymphatic drainage, sauna, qi gong, dance. The more one can rest, the more detoxifying the fast will be.
Preparing a fast of a few days or a few weeks
Before starting a fast, the preparation would be ideal if one can gradually simplify their food intake during the previous week. It will of great help to ensure a more gradual and stable process with less cravings: cigarettes, alcohols, stimulants, dairy products, industrial food, meat until reaching a diet that consists only of vegetables, fruits, soups and juices. If possible, the colon will be cleaned at the beginning of the fast, as well as during (purging with magnesium chloride, colonics with a professionnal or home enemas, preferably with filtered water with the juice of 1/2 lemon or zeolite or a cup of decoction of digestive plants).
If someone had told me that fasting would be part of my daily reality 2 years ago, I would not have believed it. The thought of spending a day without solid food was scary to me. I gradually learned how much we use food to calm, contain or stifle our emotions. In my journey, the process has been gradual. My first fast was a 5-day water fast in October 2016. At the time, I realized that I will always find excuses not to fast because the basic problem will remain the same: a visceral fear of being without solid food for more than 16 hours. Realizing that I wanted to brave this mental conditioning, I challenged myself. The experience was intese as water fasting is quite radical and has no pulling effect, especially given the state of toxicity of our organisms today (petrochemistry, make-up, cosmetics, pesticides, food poisoning, pollution): I experienced dizziness, sensations of hunger, chills, low blood pressure, a reduced heart rate, muscle loss, shortness of breath, cramps and pain in the lower back. This first fast was the most debilitating I have experienced to this day. It has been the opportunity to get rid of my coffee conditioning.
Beginning of 2018, I began to learn about cellular detoxification and to simplify my diet to tend towards fruits and vegetables. I began to notice signs of detoxification, particularly through mucus coming out from my lungs or running down my throat. My acne began to clear up noticeably while the function of my kidneys was revived gradually, with the lymphatic waste starting to be apparent in urine. It was not until 6 months later that I jumped in my first long fast with the masterfast protocol, where pasteurized grape juice is combined with lemon juice, plant tinctures, kidney decoctions, a mixture of charcoal, psyllium and clay, periods of dry fasting and enemas. While the body receives simple sugar without any nutritional input, it goes through an acid experiment which however helps it to get better. Ostructions are purged in a controlled manner while the soul is diving into the depths of the subconscious. After experimenting with the masterfast for one year, my body would just not be able to swallow more bottled grapejuice so I made up my own protocol that I was able to stick to for more than a 60-day liquid fast, starting the day with fruit juices until I could not longer drink more, then veggie juices (usually making sure to filter once juice to avoid solid bits to be still present), veggie broth and coconut water, occassionally a banana tea, a homemade lemonade or some other forms of decoction. I would also add chamomille into the 3 or 4 liters of distilled water of enema (every second day) and the juice of half a lemon. I would also practice intermittent dry fasting from 21 pm to noon and a weekly dry-fast of 33-36 hours.
Integrating and benefits
To fast is to experience the luxury of having time and energy for what you love in life (other than food). This has been one of the most rewarding decisions I have ever made for myself. I discovered that fasting is not a story of restriction but a phase of expansion, enhanced vigilance and connection to the self. The senses are exacerbated, the intuition is sharpened and the body is less numb. Fasting is a journey of inner deprogramming. In my case, this has reflected in the material world by the simplification of my living space, my physical possessions and goods and as well in my relationships, a return to basics and simplicity. As I was very sensitive to the fragrances of cosmetics, I refined my choices even more as well.
When one returns to solid food, the integration phase is important and will be if possible at least as long as the fasting period if not equivalent to twice the duration. The ideal return to food is preferably done within stages: fresh fruit juices, whole fresh fruits, homemade compotes, broths, then unseasoned soups and gazpachos (especially with vegetable-fruits such as tomatoes, peppers, aubergines, cucumbers and zucchini; raw vegetables requiring more digestive energy than cooked vegetables) will be ideal to revive digestion for a while. Fasting has been for me the opportunity not to resume eating habits that are best left out. More complex foods will be introduced gradually to see how the body reacts to them from now. Detoxification indeed allows the body to renew with its initial and primal reactions to each ingredient and allows us to nurture a more conscious, aware and respectful relationship with food.
- For a collective fasting experience with a lot of walking in nature, there are organisations and centers operating around the world with different fasting approaches.
- Reading tips: Arnold Ehret’s books on fasting and the mucus free healing sytem
- Invest in an enema kit;
- Find a great colonics practicioner with whom you feel at ease;
- Find a great lymphatic practicioner or get a chi-machine to move your lymph 15-min a day;
- Get informed on the internet through Youtube channels following the work of trustworthy detox specialists