CELLULAR REHYDRATION THROUGH FASTING
When NOTHING is the best thing you can do.
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Most people are dehydrated on the cellular level. Unless you have paid attention through your life to this fundamental issue and taken consistent action, your
diet, lifestyle and emotions will have left you dehydrated. The chances are that some, if not all, of your digestive tract is clogged up with old, undigested food matter. This can be in the large colon, where most cleansing effort is focused, or it can be in the more complex, thinner and longer small intestine. The small intestine is harder to clean than the large. A colonic hydrotherapy, for example, can only reach to the top of the large intestine, the ileocecal valve, but can get no further. When digestion in the stomach is impaired, as it is with many people, undigested and improperly broken down foodstuff, that which is harder to break down like meat, passes into the small intestine for further breakdown and extraction of nutrients. If the small intestine is in any way compromised and blocked, the process of maximum absorption is impeded.
It is the beginning of a potential cascade of issues that grow gradually over the years. It is also where cellular dehydration begins and ends.
If absorption is restricted AND the diet is improperly biased towards dry, processed, fried, heavily salted foods there is simply no way that the cells in your body are going to get enough hydration.
Some have said that cellular dehydration is the root cause of the majority of chronic diseases.
And it really comes down to how clean the entire digestive tract is, from mouth to anus. If the pipes aren’t clean the system is clogged, any plumber will tell you that.
If your system is dehydrated, at some point it’s going to start stealing water to keep the vital organs in stasis. That means taking water from what the body intelligence considers non-essential places, eyes, joints and extremities. This level of dehydration is serious and affects the whole organism.
If the cells are dehydrated, they are not able to function. They cannot perform their daily operations from night to day of exchanging sodium and calcium (day- time) to potassium and magnesium (night-time). Small amounts of sodium deposits stay in the cells, increasing dehydration even further. Under these conditions cells cannot eliminate effectively. And the ‘poop’ from each cell is not carried away conclusively by the lymph system, and hey presto we are creating the ideal conditions for cancer, arthritis, major bowel disorders, brain malfunctions, and other systemic dis-eases.
So just drink more water?
I’m afraid it’s not that easy. Simply drinking more water doesn’t appear to work very well. You are probably still eating regularly like everyone else. That is your body’s priority, digestion, absorption, elimination. It takes up the whole day with its complex activity. It’s going to find it hard to do something else also. It will also just allow most water to pass right through the system without going anywhere. Of course it will help a bit, and if it’s excellent water that is a big plus. But it is very hard to get enough hydration down to the cellular level through the clogged up pipes. This is why juice fasting and raw food living on fresh watery produce are so popular, they really help.
And most definitely eating an abundance of juicy ripe fruits like papaya and melon helps considerably, in fact for many people this is a great place to start. And of course salads.
But fasting gets to the root of the issue, when supported and effectively executed.
Put simply, extended fasts mean the body no longer has to turn its attention to digesting daily intake. And that simple fact means it can turn its focus to the stuff that lives in the body that shouldn’t be there. In essence it is that simple. Drinking water on a fast allows the body to begin the process of absorbing it into the dried up matter lodged deep in the small and large intestine. It takes time, depending on how long it has been there and how dried up it is.
There are scores of other benefits to be gained from fasting, but for our purposes we will focus on this central issue.
Having completed a 21-day water fast, I can testify to all the above. Of course the digestive fire goes out during a fast, and elimination all but stops, but it is after the fast that things can happen. If you have maintained a decent level of hydration, then at the end, when you break the fast and during the re-feeding program, which is a vital part of the fast, all sorts of stuff can come out. Reports from those who run fasting centres are that is extremely common to go through this deep toxic elimination. And the stuff seems to come from both the small and large intestine. Some of the utterly dried up matter can go back decades. It might be black and dry. It took one guy, I was told, three hours of toilet sitting to get some of the stuff out. And it’s not just once, it can happen every day as more and more is loosened. Quite frankly, it is genius.
The water from the bulk of the fast does some of the job of getting fluid where it needs to go, but then the water from juicy fruits that are used to break the fast, specifically papaya, water melon, cantaloupe melon and coconut water, all in increasing amounts, are the water the body loves best, and it uses them well. By the third day, the peristaltic movement should kick in and then the body eliminates.
The program I took part in was a 21-day fast on water and then a week of re-feeding on small amounts of the fruits mentioned above, plus a small salad after a few days. Then we were encouraged to follow at minimum a six-week protocol of the same basic extremely hydrating fruits and salad.
This becomes the way we rehydrate the cellular body. And it makes a difference to health in a profound way. Skin clears up and tightens, fuzzy head clears up, replaced by clarity of consciousness. Energy sky rockets to a new level. Building muscle becomes easier, as does all exercise. Flexibility improves enormously. Creativity sparkles. Digestion and elimination improve enormously. The long term of effects of a water fast conducted and broken appropriately, for the right person, can impact and improve the quality of life incredibly. All aspects of health will be affected for the better. If you take care of your diet after the fast you can expect to feel the benefits for years.
Of course if you simply do the fast and then return to toxic behaviors the effect will be short lived.
Fasting is an opportunity. I talk about opportunities we are graced with much of the time as you may have noticed. Simply because I truly believe we are being offered these rare gifts all the time, but fail to notice them under the weight of our neurosis and preoccupation with our concerns.
And fasting is a challenge, of that there is no doubt. But courage and trust are our two best allies when it comes to this kind of experience. We have two choices:
We listen to the nay-sayers who cast doubt on anything that is outside what the mainstream knows and approves of. This tactic throws us off from any possibility of following our own intuition and intelligence and turns us into mindless followers of something we may not even believe in. We will never know what we actually believe in because it has already been decided for us.
2. We follow the path less trodden into the mystery of life, taking our fears with us, but knowing that we trust ourselves and our intelligence. We step out, alone if necessary, as a warrior might, and face whatever comes. We are in danger of living in homogenous societies where individuality is all but ruled out.
Water fasting is one of those practices that has its roots in the oldest of cultures dating back thousands of years.
Jesus fasted for forty days and nights, seeking cleansing and power.
Mohammed, when asked, said, “Everything hath a gateway and the gateway of heaven is fasting.”
Fasting was an integral part of training to enter Wisdom School in Ancient Greece. Its everywhere, but like many ancient techniques and practices, it has been dismissed by our science-based thinking.
My personal experience of water fasting led me to realize the utter simplicity of the process is what con- founds professionals and public alike. We have grown so used to adding more things when there is a problem, we do not trust the body intelligence to take over the job of healing. So we take pills, pharmaceuticals, supplements by the score, add this food and take away that food, increase this exercise and take this smoothie, but the last thing we try is good old NOTHING!
When an animal in the wild is sick, it crawls away somewhere and stops everything and waits. It either heals or dies, and probably most of the time it heals. The human body is a vast interconnected system of bewildering intelligence. If only we can get out of the way long enough, stop endlessly putting stuff in to keep it busy and give it the chance to deeply rest and cleanse, it will deliver. That is not just my theory, but is testimonial from those who have seen thousands of fasters in many years. I have researched this and found it to be true. The body will heal when it is allowed to and supported, in a sensible and monitored environment.
I don’t advise doing a fast longer than ten days on your own. You need support and daily monitoring to check your vital signs, particularly if you are ill. Fasting is not a throw-away idea. It is a serious undertaking that needs deep consideration and consultation. But if it draws you in, the benefits can be enormous.
Fasting can possibly help these conditions:
Diabetes: Cardiovascular disease: Inflammatory bowel disease: Osteo and Rheumatoid arthritis : Candida and leaky gut: Epilepsy : Psychosomatic disease: Eczema: Fibromyalgia: Ulcers: Circulatory disease: Asthma: Depression and Anxiety: Addiction: Parasites: Fibroids: MS: Brain fog.
It is worth a try. It’s free.
HOW TO FAST.
Start slowly, don’t jump in to long fasts immediately. Adaptation is important. I cannot stress this enough. It is a stresser on the body system and it takes time to adjust. So be patient. Start with just one day, the night before eat lightly and go to bed. And then fast the whole day and night and break your fast the following morning gently with light fruit, water melon or smoothie. Don’t jump straight back in to proteins or heavy carbs. Nurture the body and coax it into softness.
Then try again a couple weeks later. Then move to a couple of days. It gets easier once you start getting used to it. And DO NOT work when you are fasting. Rest, drink good quality water and allow your emotional world to rise up and be released. Fasting is the perfect time to let go of what is no longer needed, ON ALL LEVELS.
Then, over time, build up to a 5 day fast, or even a 10 day. I would personally stop at 10 day fasts alone and unaccompanied, and if you are called to do longer, seek professional assistance, advice and support.