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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Types of Fasting - Which Way is Best For You

By Cameron Jakes

There are many different types of fasting. To begin we have:

1. Juice Fasting
2. Spiritual Fasting
3. Fasting To Lose Weight
4. Colon Cleansing Fasting
5. Liver Cleansing Fasting
6. Detoxification Fasting
7. Water Fasting

And the list goes on...

I have not actually done all of the various types of fasting. However, reading about the many benefits of various types of fasting to the body (and spirit) and how it is actually a cornerstone of healing (the natural way), has opened my mind to it. No wonder even some of the world's great spiritual leaders have taken to the different types of fasting.
Whatever types of fasting or frequency you choose to engage in, those who have journeyed down that path recommend starting slowly, and building up as you progress. Extra care is important because you would not want to jeopardize your health, even for the sake of rapid weight loss. Even if there are studies pointing out that human beings can live up to two-and-a-half months without food, most health care professionals do not recommend fasting that long. Fasting, as distinct from dieting, means that while the body subsists without food, it will systematically cleanse itself of everything except vital tissue.
When we talk about types of fasting, there is what is known as a total fast and partial fast. The different types of fasting may also be categorized by the type of food or liquids involved. There is the intense water fast, and the popular juice fast. Another type, which limits food intake to raw vegetables, fruits and salads also lead to less calorie consumption. Whatever types of fasting you set your heart and mind to, what is important is that it is not imposed on the body or forced just to adhere to external custom.
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