The benefits of fasting

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For a long time, fasting is used for its dietary and healing properties. A diet for several days would indeed regenerate the body, purify the skin or to improve their welfare. Provided you follow a few rules. Reviewing the benefits of culinary asceticism and advice of Dr. Françoise Wilhelmi de Toledo, fasting specialist and author of The Art of fasting.
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"You have to be measured at all, breathe pure air, to do every day (...) to exercise and take care of his little aches fasting rather than resorting to drugs," reportedly said Hippocrates (460 -375 BC.). Nearly 2500 years later, and while some doctors deny him any assistance, therapeutic fasting continues to seduce. Since the nineteenth century, it is the subject of many experiments aimed at proving its preventive and therapeutic effects. Since 1980, in Russia, it is part of a public health policy. Some clinics even offer therapeutic fasting stays. This is the case of the Buchinger clinic in Überlingen, in south-west Germany.

But Dr. Françoise Wilhelmi de Toledo (1), clinical director warns. Fasting is not an express diet and can not be reduced to stop feeding for several days: "One does not decide to fast overnight. The approach must be reflected especially accompanied medically. Fasting should be planned, practiced free of stress, punctuated by pauses, physical activities, readings. "

Practiced seriously, fasting provides the benefits that the organization feels quickly. Overview.
A facelift

Stress, fatigue, unbalanced diet: the excesses are reflected on the skin for pimples, dark circles, a dull complexion, excess sebum ... Fasting, "The intestinal flora is at rest, it is no longer contact with toxic food and rebalances. Sebum production is reduced, the impurities disappear, the skin regenerates and becomes smoother, "says Dr. Françoise Wilhelmi de Toledo. The doctor, however, warns: "If fasting is too long, it can dig wrinkles. "The regeneration of the body also benefits hair, who find themselves strengthened and easier to style. As for the teeth, they gain in whiteness.

"The production of sebum is reduced, the impurities disappear, the skin regenerates and becomes smoother," says Dr. Françoise Wilhelmi de Toledo.
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The digestive system to rest

Often abused by an unbalanced or too rich diet, digestive system takes a few holidays through fasting: "The liver and intestinal walls regenerate, pancreas and stomach are put to rest and the intestinal flora rebalances "says professional. Promoting the elimination of all toxins from the body, fasting becomes a real detox.

If it should not be considered a diet, fasting nevertheless necessarily leads to weight loss. "When we consume more calories than what your body needs, the excess is stored as fat. During fasting, the body draws directly on these reserves and burns calories, "says Dr. Wilhelmi de Toledo.
Fight against cardiovascular disease

This is a direct result of the weight loss. "The excesses increase the risk of developing cardiovascular disease. When we fast, our insulin levels and reduce our sugar, stored fat are mobilized and excess reserves drained. "Not to mention a healthy lifestyle every day contributes to good cardiovascular health.
Serenity and calm

This is somewhat surprising. Especially since we would have a tendency to be aggressive when hunger gnaws us! But after two or three days of fasting, the hunger disappears. "We are no longer in the classic cycle" I'm hungry, I eat, I am satisfied. " We enter a state of contentment and we feel the serenity, "says Françoise Wilhelmi de Toledo. The expert recalled that the housecleaning of mind can take place only if they follow certain rules: "A fasting requires Availability punctuate the days by reading, marches or meditation. "
Doctor's advice Wilhelmi de Toledo

Meditation and physical activity - such as walking or yoga - should punctuate the days of fasting.
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Mark up the fasting period and prepare yourself mentally
It is useless to decree a week fasting overnight. Tell yourself "I have a week" and try to use a location away from the stresses and external attacks to track your fasting. It is not recommended to work together.

Be accompanied
It is best to fast in a clinic to receive medical supervision. If you fast one, tell your doctor, physician awareness of the practice or follow a manual.

Plan fasting and gradually evolve
Start by cleaning the digestive system by an enema or purge. Throughout the day, drink between 1.5 to 2 liters of water. Drink different drinks during the day: fourth from noon to fruit juice, vegetable broth quarter dinner. After lunch, take a break. Then spend your afternoon with a physical activity. A hike of half past one example, walking or cycling. Always act according to your shape. Activities should be enjoyable. You can also meditate or read.

Master food recovery
It should always be progressive. If fasting lasts a week or more, the recovery should last for four or five days. The stomach is smaller, the desire to eat will be greater than our digestive capabilities. If you eat too much, the recovery will be sharp and cause vomiting. The most important is to eat slowly and chew well each food.

(1) Author of The Art of fasting. Manual therapeutic fasting Buchinger, with the participation of the Chief Hubert Hohler, Ed. Youth, 160 pp., € 24.50.
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