Fasting Preparation :
The pre-fast food descent may seem a bit daunting, but it is a safe and gentle way to prepare for this self-healing practice. By gradually eliminating the most acidifying foods, the body can adapt to the new diet and prepare for a peaceful fast. A bowel purge can also be performed the day before the fast to minimize potential negative effects. With proper preparation and a positive attitude, you can reap the many benefits of fasting while staying healthy.
THE BENEFITS OF FASTING :
Fasting can provide many benefits to our health. By suspending food consumption for a certain period, the body responds by activating beneficial processes. Purification, detoxification, improvement of the immune system, reduction of inflammation, weight loss and more energy are some of the benefits attested by this ancestral practice. However, side effects may occur, including nausea, headache, or fatigue. These symptoms are generally transient and are an integral part of this purification process.
5 DAYS BEFORE :
stop all stimulants (coffee, tea, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, chocolate, etc.). Stop animal proteins (meat, fish, eggs, charcuterie, etc.) and added sugar. Reduce salt consumption (a little Tamari if necessary).
4 DAYS BEFORE :
stop legumes, dairy products.
3 DAYS BEFORE :
stop cereals, bread, pasta, rice…
2 DAYS BEFORE :
"reduce" the fat (use just a little olive oil or other organic quality oil and 1st cold pressing rich in omega 3, such as rapeseed, flax, walnuts). Consumption of fruits and vegetables only.
1 DAY BEFORE :
consume only raw or cooked fruits and vegetables, think aromatic herbs to decorate. Last meal at noon, which could be a big soup mixed with lots of fiber-rich leafy vegetables (leeks, fennel, celery, Swiss chard, spinach, garlic, onions, etc.) then the end of the day: preparation of the purge ( see next page). If not serving, last meal in the evening.
ARRIVAL DAY :
it is your first day of fasting, do not consume any more food, plan to drink during your journey (water, herbal teas).
One can fast without purging, with a good food descent before, as described above.
Intestinal and digestive motility in general will be very slow during fasting, so you can prepare and empty the digestive tract of anything that can ferment, putrefy, stagnate, if you wish. Here are some recommendations:
If you do the purge :
At home, either in the late afternoon to purge in the early evening, or in the evening to purge the next morning. This practice is not recommended when the intestines are usually irritated and painful. You usually empty out within 6 hours.
Exemple of purges :
- 2 tablespoons of 100% pure and organic castor oil (in organic stores).
- Or 1 Tablespoon of Chlorumagène in a large glass of water (can be purchased at a pharmacy).
The goal is not to give diarrhea because it is tiring and debilitating, but to cause loose stools within 6 hours which will empty the intestines.
From then on, you no longer consume food. During the fast: it can be interesting, every day or every 2 days, to support the rectal reflex, especially if you have not purged. Because of being empty, the intestine no longer has this regular ability to move the transit forward, and although there is no more food, remember that the liver continues to function, that the mucin glands also continue a little, so the internal secretions of the digestive tract are still there and can stagnate in the intestine (possible cause of fermentation and putrescence). Small rectal showers of 300 to 400g of lightly salted water using an enema pear (the water is immediately rejected by a simple reflex effect), will solicit intestinal peristalsis. On the first day and the last day you can also do enemas using a bock or enema bag. Plan your own pear or bock.
However, these very useful practices are not mandatory for fasting.
A fast is done by being in good shape, good preparation!
The practice of the enema :
When ? On an empty stomach, in the evening or in the morning, when you have time in front of you and you will not be disturbed. How ? You have an enema bag or jug (can be purchased at a pharmacy) that you fill with 1.5 liters of warm water (37°C), remember to clamp (tap closed) the pipe, then coat the cannula with petroleum jelly or coconut oil. Hang the pocket in height, Introduce the cannula gently into the rectum, in the direction of the navel. Open the tap or the clamp and let the water fill the colon, regulate the pressure by the height, and especially with the clamp, which will regulate the speed at which the water enters, be well in your feelings. When all the water has passed, close the "clamp", remove the cannula, and keep the water as much as possible for a few minutes. After the first evacuation, you can help the process by massaging in the direction of peristalsis of the intestine (clockwise), or doing rapid abdominal yoga contractions. Take the time for everything to go away well. Drinking herbal tea and placing a hot water bottle on your stomach goes well with this practice. If you know a practitioner who does it, it is also possible to have colon hydrotherapy done, so it would be to plan the 1st day of the fast, but as for this time, it's a Sunday, that seems compromised to me. ! A psyllium preparation (health store) can be considered before the enema and especially before the hydrotherapy