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  • Writer's pictureJaime Hernandez

Are you interested in fasting for better health?"The Science of fasting" Video is great, on Netflix.

Make sure to get clearance from your doctor before trying any new regimen and understand that fasting can be dangerous and there are certain conditions that it is not recommend for.

I find the topic of fasting very interesting and also very misunderstood. The movie of " The science of fasting really explained the process the body goes through as it is preparing it self to go into starvation mode. There are many ways to fast. I am going to talk about just one way that I gathered from the video I watched. Most healthy humans have around 30-40 day supply of body fat and we have actually evolved to do intermittent fasting because food was not always plentiful. Now days with the constant supply off food our elimination systems do not get a break from working full-time.

Fasting is a complementary approach. Fasting can also have protective effects on your cells.

How does fasting work? The body goes through stages as it runs out of three main sources of fuel. The first fuel it runs out of is glucose. Then it moves to use the body fat stores and then the body starts taking apart the muscle to use the protein to keep up with its needs to repair and keep homeostasis.

A fasting treatment can last from 2-30 days for some people depending on what the professional deems necessary and also what is safe for each individual. The treatment includes only water, light exercise, massage, hydrotherapy, infrared therapy for the term of the fast.

The first three days are very difficult because your body is being depleted of glucose stores and your body starts to go into acidosis. The body also gets low on vitamin C, D,E and other components of the metabolism. The acidocis phase can be hard to get through because you can feel weakness, nausea or headaches. The body is being forced to live off of its reserves (which as we know as Americans that we don't really have times where we go into famine) and is stress which is a mental challenge as well as a physical one, by the third day there is a lot of elimination and detoxification of the body and that is why most people dont feel well. As the body cleanses itself the body starts to feel better.

When under guidance of your doctor you can get your urine tested and it will tell you when your body is changing its primary fuel source and when your body is going into acidosis and raising the level of acid in your blood. The doctor calls it " the crisis" and "that the disease will actual get worse before it starts to get better" She says that only last from 24-36 hours and then it passes. "The crisis "is a profound event because the body has to learn to feed on it self because it is not getting fuel from an outside source.

How does the body feed on it self? Well there are three primary sources glucose, protein and fat. The essential food is glucose, which the body absolutely needs in order for the brain to function. After 24 hours of fasting the glucose supply is nearly depleted and the organism must produce glucose through taking apart the muscles but, it will also take from our fat reserves to make another substitute for glucose, the fasting fuel is known as keytone bodies, it is the keytone bodies that will be the primary fuel for the brain which is manufactured by the liver.

After "the Crisis" the body has found a new equilibrium and people can begin with things to help them cope, like colonics, sauna, hot baths, massage and exercise 2-3 hours to stimulate all of the elimination organs kidneys, intestine, liver , skin, lungs. The body needs a way to eliminate the waste in the person so, fasting is a component to detoxifying and elimination.

Sometimes when you are fasting your head will create thoughts and images of things you maybe craving but, after you get past a certain point of fasting you will be feeling euphoric and have a clear mind.

After fasting for long periods of time when you start to eat again it is important to understand that the body needs time to be able process foods again and if you eat the wrong kinds and amounts of food you can jeopardized your health and your cleanse. People eat light foods like soup and other light foods to allow the digestive system to come back online.

Well as you can see fasting has an effect on all of your body systems and can be helpful if you do it correctly and under the correct supervision. Science of fasting was directed by S. Lestrade in 2016

If you need any help with the exercise component of fasting please contact me at 

Thanks for your time and well

Jaime Hernandez



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