I previously wrote about the healing effect of water fasting for improvement with diabetes, blood pressure, mood disorders, and more. Let’s visit the details of how to do a water fast safely and effectively.
I mentioned the late Dr. Herbert Shelton[i] (1928-1981) who took more than 25,000 patients through water fasting from 3 to more than 60 days. His words are encouraging: “The sick get well, the well get better, and all gain the priceless knowledge needed to stay well.” I’ve personally seen dramatic improvement with arthritis, headaches, high blood pressure, fatigue, rashes, water retention, and more.
It sounds daunting, but remember that after the third fast day your hunger naturally shuts down, and going without food becomes quite easy. Of course, you must always stay well hydrated.
As long as you drink plenty of water (e.g. 2 liters of water daily), the cells of nearly every tissue of your body undergo a molecular change when you liquid cleanse. You’ll release unneeded material that has accumulated in your system over months—even years. These unneeded molecules that you’ll wash away are from chemical food additives, cosmetics, deodorants, and their metabolites. These molecules act on the body much like microbial invaders during an infection. In an infection, your immune system recognizes the invaders and mounts an immune response resulting in diarrhea, vomiting, sweating, fever, cough, congestion and other methods to fight off the invading organism and restore your health. But with a dietary cleanse, the waste molecules introduced over the years are released from various tissue cells, with far less severe symptoms than in an acute attack of the flu.
In summary, the health effects of water fasting are to