|How often should I fast?|
|Written by Alan Goldhamer, D.C.|
|Saturday, 23 September 2006 17:56|
In an ideal world, fasting would rarely, if ever, be needed. Individuals who ensure a good diet, a generous quantity of high-quality sleep, vigorous exercise, etc., may still suffer the consequences of emotional stress, air pollution, and other negative influences. Many people find that periodic fasting allows them the opportunity to do physical and mental “housecleaning” that can make a tremendous difference in the quality of their lives.
You should fast for as short a period of time as possible, but as long as necessary to allow the body to generate and resolve any healing crises that may develop. It is not uncommon to have healthy individuals fast for one or two weeks and use the body’s response to the fast to determine if additional time is needed. Remember that fasting is the complete abstinence from all substances except pure water, in an environment of complete rest. If you are going to undertake a fast, do it properly — under the supervision of a physician trained in the use of fasting.
Alan Goldhamer, D.C.