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Lent Instructions: How To Do Healthy Fasting And Detoxification
During the winter months, a lot of people accumulate hip gold. Gluttony with high-calorie food usually starts at Christmas and often lasts until Carnival. For many people, Ash Wednesday is the deadline on which they want to lose weight by fasting and cleanse the body. A guide to healthy therapeutic fasting is advisable.
Eventually the gluttony becomes too much. For Christmas, many people began to feast with cookies, goose and mulled wine. In order to defy the cold after the turn of the year, this was followed by hearty food and chocolate and at carnival a glory of gluttony with fat and lots of alcohol is often reached. At some point it is too much for most people and they decide to fast. Christian Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, which falls on March 5 this year and continues until Easter. In general, fasting means giving up certain foods, such as meat or alcohol, for a while. There are numerous methods available for fasting.
Expert advises fasting leader In the fasting method according to Buchinger (named after its inventor Dr. Otto Buchinger), for example, after thorough intestinal cleansing, nothing is eaten for five to ten days, but only drunk and light sports are practiced. Andrea Chiappa from the German Fasting Academy in Oberursel advises: "If you are fasting for the first time, you should join a group with a fasting director who has been tested by a doctor." The so-called Schroth cure is another way of deacidifying or detoxifying your body. A low-calorie, mostly basic diet without animal protein and fat is on the menu. The method developed by the carter Johann Schroth is part of numerous European spa clinics. The food consists mainly of cereal porridge with plums or apricots and steamed vegetables. In addition, there are daily sweat cures with moist wraps that stimulate excretion. It is only drunk on certain days, because in the "dry days" a suction is to be created from the interwoven tissue into the blood, which pulls out the substances deposited in the body. These are then eliminated on the "drinking days". In addition to tea and water, even moderate amounts of wine are allowed.
Treatment to relieve gastrointestinal system The F.-X.-Mayr treatment, named after its inventor, is said to give new strength to the intestine. "It is basically an intestinal cleansing and is supposed to relieve the gastrointestinal system," said Chiappa. The intestine is "cleaned" with Glauber's salt every day. Elimination is supported by drinking water and teas as well as special abdominal massages. This cure places special emphasis on proper chewing. So the fasting people eat old rolls in the morning and at noon, which are chewed until they are riddled with saliva and sip some milk. The food is thus largely digested in the mouth and thus protects the gastrointestinal tract. Günther Gunzelmann, fasting doctor and 1st chairman of the fasting and nutrition professional association in Stuttgart, said: "This treatment is well suited for people with sensitive stomachs."
Cleanse the intestine with Glauber's salt The secret of every fasting method is good preparation. But no matter which one you choose, the ritual of colon cleansing and emptying is part of almost all methods. This can be achieved with the help of Glauber's salt, which cleans the innards within three to four hours. This is particularly important with the Buchinger method on the first day, and Gunzelmann explains: "An enema would only empty the large intestine." If the entire intestine is not emptied, the remains in the small intestine will start to rot and ferment. Another method, that of fasting according to Hildegard von Bingen, supplies the body with a large amount of fluid. With this gentle form of body cleansing, a so-called “fasting soup” is consumed daily, which consists of spelled and seasonal vegetables. Participants may only drink fennel tea.
Exercise at least one hour a day Since the beginning of fasting is an enormous change for the body and reacts with increased fatigue, fasters should rest more during the first two days and ideally start at the weekend. From the third day on, most of them feel more active again. From then on, you should move at least an hour a day to keep muscles active and the circulation stable. "Endurance sports such as hiking, swimming, cycling or light running are ideal," recommends Chiappa. "However, you should not go to your limits." The daily fasting schedule should include two and a half liters of water and thin teas as well as vegetable broth without the vegetables. This should get rid of the degraded toxins in the body. Gunzelmann explains: "The metabolism always produces end products that the body cannot break down and stores." These are released and excreted during fasting.
Almost everyone can fast All people who are healthy and do not have to take prescription medication can fast. Anyone who decides to do this should definitely inform themselves beforehand, because there are also diseases in which fasting can be counterproductive. But for people with diabetes, high blood pressure or metabolic syndrome, according to Gunzelmann therapeutic fasting is the ideal route to health. "Blood values improve significantly." Fasting is also used in naturopathy for accompanying treatment, for example for diseases of the cardiovascular system (e.g. hardening of the arteries, coronary heart disease) or for allergic diseases such as hay fever or asthma. Ideally, you take something with you for life even during Lent and can integrate it into everyday life: Drinking enough daily, for example, and exercising regularly. (ad)
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