Top 10 Reasons Why Fasting Heals
It’s not uncommon that I hear chronic Lyme patients describe years of expensive and difficult treatment, having tried everything they could find both conventional and alternative to heal their chronic disease.
It begs the question, what’s missing from the current way we go about treating Lyme disease in the Integrative Medicine model? Why does it take so long for many people with persistent tick-borne infection to heal, and what can substantially enhance and speed up the recovery process?
While “detox” is a popular strategy in holistic medicine and wellness circles, it’s often approached superficially, and real results – while deeply needed – may be hard to come by.
Let me introduce you to the ancient, profound, and ultimately simple healing technique of fasting through these top 10 reasons why fasting heals Lyme (& most chronic disease) in a way that nothing else can.
#1. Many a “miracle cure” is attributed to fasting. From seizures, to blood pressure dysregulation to diabetes, depression, cancer, heart disease – and of course Lyme disease which mimics all these and more! It’s a natural mammalian instinct to heal disease through fasting; when you are sick, your biology is hard-wired to initiate healing when allowed to fast.
#2. Fasting reverses toxicity-induced symptoms, which Lyme disease is infamous for, including migraines, skin rashes, numbness, pain, and more. As toxins are safely and gradually released from the body, many symptoms considered “irreversible” may reduce or are relieved altogether.
#3. Longevity and youth regeneration. Studies show that fasting, like exercise, creates changes at the cellular level that help extend your lifespan. This is in part because fasting increases human growth hormone (HGH) production, which is necessary for maintaining the look and feel, the inner vitality and functionality we associate with youth and the capacity to live a long and healthy life.
#4. Weight Loss. Fasting shifts your body from using glucose as its primary fuel to using fat for fuel, which leads to weight loss, detoxification, and numerous other health benefits.
#5. Fasting leads to increased energy, since 60% of the body’s energy is no longer spent on digestion. Certain forms of fasting also encourage mitochondrial (cellular) energy production. It is an incredible method for freeing up stagnant energy that the body can then use to promote healing and recovery from chronic infection and disease.
#6. Fasting is unique in its ability to initiate the restoration of vitality and healing of deeper layers of damaged tissue. A team of researchers from the University of Southern California recently discovered that fasting initiates the regeneration of stem cells. These are the cells the body uses to renew organs and tissues in order to repair and replace damaged tissues throughout the body.
#7. Fasting improves cognitive function, brain structure, and promotes deeper sleep and nervous system relaxation. These benefits are clear from both scientific studies done comparing fasting and non-fasting rats, as well as my own personal experience and clinical experience guiding many people through short and long-term fasts.
#8. It normalizes insulin and leptin sensitivity. This means food sensitivities and allergies can be minimized, and health issues like diabetes, blood sugar problems, and adrenal taxation can be restored through the rejuvenation of the adrenals, pancreas, and gut through the use of regular fasting practices.
#9. Fasting initiates autophagy, a vital process in which your body consumes dead disease matter, damaged tissue, and faulty cells – like a massive clean-up and recycling effort to beautify and preserve the health of your inner and outer landscape.
#10. Reduce and control inflammation. Fasting can massively diminish inflammation, as well as pain and symptoms related to inflammation anywhere in the body.
I can’t think of any other healing strategy or medical treatment that has such widespread beneficial effects.
Adding a fasting practice to your Lyme recovery process may seem challenging at first, but with the proper knowledge and guidance it’s very do-able, even for busy parents or professionals, or very sick people.
There are many types of fasting liquids that are excellent for supplying nutrients and energy for healing and staying active while still reaping the benefits of fasting. Start with a small fasting challenge, and work up from there.
I hope this inspires you to stay tuned for more great educational content about the power and effectiveness of fasting, and how you can begin to incorporate it into your life and Lyme recovery plan.
Ready to learn how to effectively, safely detox – and literally clear the way for healing? Check out Detox For Lyme, our 8-week online course, which teaches you everything you need to know to cleanse and fast, whether you are just learning how or ready to move to an advanced level of cleansing.