Dr. Ben Kim is a big believer in the benefits of water-only fasting. He says to cleanse, heal, and restore damaged cells, there are few natural approaches that are more effective than water fasting over a period of 1 to 3 weeks. And that’s great, but the reality is, it’s not terribly practical, or even feasible, for most people in our culture.
So, while he recommends water-only fasting, it isn’t a first choice for most health challenges and circumstances. All things must be considered and there are some serious considerations for long term fasting.
For example, during a long water-only fast, there is potential loss of bone density, significant loss of skeletal muscle tissue, electrolyte deficiency issues, and improper regulation of blood sugar and insulin levels.
That’s a big deal!
Thankfully, you can experience accelerated cleansing and repair with periodic one-week cleanses that call for fresh and easy-to-digest plant foods. A simple one-week cleanse that typically leads to loss of unneeded tissue around one’s midsection, healthier bowel movements, clearer skin, and more energy looks like this:
Fresh fruit, lettuce, celery, and avocado
Vegetable salad with a handful of nuts and/or avocado
Another vegetable salad with nuts and/or avocado plus a plant-based soup, if needed.
- 🔗… To get an idea of what type of salad works well for this simple cleanse, click here for Dr Ben Kim’s beautiful recipe pictorial.
- Hint … don’t feel like you have to restrict yourself to a boring daily routine, you can mix things up by adding legumes like chickpeas or green peas.
- 🔗 … Any of the posts in the following Healthy Salad Recipes Archive work well for a week-long cleansing period.
- 🔗 … When you feel like you need a little extra substance, you can add any one of the soups from this Healthy Soups Archive to your lunch or dinner.
This cleansing program will allow you to carry on with your everyday activities without any significant loss in energy or mental alertness, which can’t be said for extended water-only fasts.
As you take burden away from your digestive organs with this type of cleanse, your body will use more of its energy to repair damaged cells. And the good news is, as you eliminate unneeded adipose tissue, your body will eliminate accumulated toxins, decreasing your overall toxic load and increasing your capacity to stay well.
This type of simple cleanse where you are optimally nourishing all of your organ systems is so much better for your short and long term health than 24-hour fasts. If you’re curious why this is so, review Should You Fast One Day A Week?
So, if you are feeling heavier or less energetic than you would like, give this simple week-long cleanse a try. What have you got to lose, besides a lot of toxic baggage?
The wound is the place where the light enters you.~ Rumi