Detoxing and the Body's Reaction to Fasting
*It is a fact that eating causes a cycle of hunger. It’s only when we stop eating that we lose hunger.
*The first 3 days are the hardest. There are a lot of things happening in the body and also the fact that hunger is very strong. Usually after 3 days it becomes easier.
*With an extended fast it is normal to have strong emotional reactions that have been suppressed, as the body brings these to the surface for healing.
*If you have unreasonably strong physical or emotional symptoms it may be wise to discontinue. God will still honor your attempt, even if you have to break your fast.
*Initially it can be as high as 3-4 pounds per day, but as the fast continues, the average loss will be 1 pound per day.
*If you are juice fasting and not losing weight you might have to cut down on the juices or alternate between water fasting and juice fasting.
*If you are water fasting for 10 days or juice fasting for 30 you will become thin. Ribs will show, the face will become thin, friends and family might show concern, but not to worry, because the body will quickly normalize its weight in 5-10 days after the fast. If weight loss is your goal, eating smaller portions and exercise will help to keep the weight off.
*It is also important not to gain weight back to quickly. The body can rebuild only at a set rate. Overeating will burden the body and undermine the rebuilding process.
Lightheadedness: this is a common response to fasting. To avoid this uncomfortable sensation, do not stand up quickly from a lying or sitting position. If it occurs, take a deep breath or lie down for a few minutes, and elevate your feet on some pillows.
Cold hands and feet: it is common to experience a lowering of body temp. during a fast. The result can often be cold hands and feet. I suggest that you simply use an extra blanket at night and wear extra clothing for warmth.
Changes in energy: While some people become fatigued during a fast, others actually feel more energetic. Either extreme should not alarm you. You may initially feel fatigued but will gain new energy levels as your body begins to detoxify.
A change in sleep habits: Your body may not require as much sleep as you are accustomed to requiring. Do not let this phenomenon alarm you. You need to plan to get plenty of rest during a fast, taking an afternoon siesta for about an hour if possible. I recommend that you limit strenuous exercise during the fast, taking leisurely strolls in a park or other slow, relaxing activities.
A coated tongue: A very common symptom during fasting is the development of a white or yellow film on your tongue. This coating of the tongue signals a detoxification of your body.
Bad Breath: As toxins continue to be released from your body, your breath may take on unpleasant odor. I suggest you keep a toothbrush close at hand and that you brush your teeth and tongue often.
A problem with constipation: Especially during longer fasts, constipation can become a problem. To help prevent this problem, I recommend juicing pitted prunes or pitted plums along with apples. Also, herbal teas can help to prevent constipation.
Skin eruptions: Toxins released through fasting may result in eruptions of boils, rashes, or acne as the body detoxifies using the largest excretory organ, the skin.
Body Odor: As poisons exit the body through the sweat glands, some individuals will develop an offensive body odor. Warm baths help the skin and glands to slough off these toxins.
Darker than normal urine: This indicates one of two things: either you are shedding large quantities of toxins through the urine, or you are not consuming adequate liquids. In either case, you need to increase your fluid intake.
Mucus drainage: You may experience mucus drainage from your sinuses, bronchial tubes, or GI tract. Do not be alarmed. Again, these symptoms simply indicated that your body is using this system as well for voiding itself of many of the built-up toxins it has been storing.
Nausea and vomiting: If you become mildly dehydrated, you may experience nausea and vomiting. Be sure to get enough fluids during your fast, especially the filtered water that is so important to cleansing your body.
The discomforts of the above physical responses to fasting are a small price to pay for the wonderful rewards of energy and health you will experience after cleansing your body.