Health Benefits of Water Fasting
The Health Benefits of Water Fasting
By: Dr. Landon Opunui, ND
75% of all chronic disease has been found to be caused by 4 modifiable risk factors of excess:
•Environmental toxin exposure (to include tobacco use)
There are powerful economic forces that give you what you want, but not what you need. A good example of this are big food manufacturers having the brightest minds in flavor engineering on their payroll with their very purpose to make processed foods more addictive. In other words, your brain in hijacked making it very difficult to put the food down when a modest consumption is all that you really should be eating. Eating is a cultural phenomenon, especially here in Hawaii. Gatherings of family, friends and community nearly always involves food of some sort. And don’t forget the leftovers. Making plates to bring home is a common theme. Food has also become incredible convenient. Fast food, gas stations, restaurants and grocery stores provide an abundance of calories on nearly every street corner.
The consequence of these diseases of excess are associated with the epidemic rise and early onset of chronic disease to include obesity, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, autoimmune disease and certain types of cancer.
What is Fasting:
•Complete abstinence from all substances except water in an environment of complete rest
•Fasting is an evolutionary advantage that we all possess
•Fasting is a powerful form of detoxification and cellular regeneration
•Fasting affords the body a period of physiological rest to repair, renew and regenerate
•Fasting is a powerful tool that can transform health physically, emotionally and spiritually
•Fasting can be a significant stressor on the body
•Not everyone should fast
•Medical supervision should is highly recommended when fasting beyond 24 hours, especially with diagnosed disease managed by medication.
Water Fasting Myths:
•Fasting puts you in starvation mode
•Fasting will cause debilitating hunger
•Fasting causes overeating when you resume feeding
•Fasting will make you lose muscle
•Fasting deprives the body of nutrients
•The brain needs glucose to function
What are the health benefits of fasting?
•Autophagy (destruction damaged cells within the body that serve no health benefit)
•Improves digestive health
•Decreases inflammation & Pain
•Improves immune function
•Improved insulin sensitivity
•Turn bad genes off and good genes on
What health conditions respond well to fasting?
High blood pressure
What health conditions and type of patient should not fast?
•Advanced kidney or liver disease
•Muscle wasting disorders
•Pregnant women & nursing mothers
•Rare genetic disorders
•Medium chain acyl-coA dehydrogenase deficieicny (MCADD)