In medical practice for about twenty-five years, the methods of dry fasting are used. Recently, this type of recovery has gone beyond medicine and dietology and is winning its fans among the broad masses of people who are watching their health. Let's look at the details of what dry fasting is and how it affects the human body.
Why is fasting "dry"?
In medicine, several types of fasting are used, used for various purposes and allowing to achieve absolutely unrelated results. One of the most difficult and at the same time effective ways of improving the body is the use of dry fasting. This option assumes complete abstinence from eating food and liquids for a certain time. Also, it is divided into two subspecies - a soft and hard form.
During the procedure of dry fasting in its rigid form it is forbidden not only the use of liquid (as well as food), but any contact with water is prohibited - showering, cleaning teeth, washing - everything should be excluded from everyday activities. The soft form is not so critical to contact with liquids, and excludes only the ingestion of them.
There are a variety of methods for carrying out the fasting procedure, which differ not only in terms of timing, motivation, entry and exit from starvation, but also goals that can be achieved with their help.
Variety of methods
The safest options for self-conduct are methods that require fasting for up to 3 days. Longer periods without the use of fluid require the participation of specialists and medical supervision. This is due to the possibility of dehydration, which is very dangerous for his life.
Less than a day to conduct sessions of dry fasting does not make sense, since the hidden capabilities of the body for the use of reserve forces begin to appear only after twenty hours of abstinence from water and food. That is, only after this time there is a positive effect of the procedure.
The main methods assume the following terms of fasting:
In order to improve the general health of the body, as well as to reduce body weight, courses usually last from one to three days, which are repeated regularly - weekly, weekly or monthly.
It happens that they carry out courses of combined starvation: three days fasting is selected, dry, then water is introduced into the diet. This subspecies is less dangerous for the consequences, and the organism's tolerance is much better, since it helps to avoid dehydration.
What is the best time to choose when you are about to start dry fasting? Feedback from those who practice these sessions regularly indicates that short periods are easier to tolerate psychologically and easier to sustain physically, but fasting for more than three days has the greatest curative effect.
The organism is easier to tolerate dry fasting, since there is no feeling of severe hunger, and it is psychologically easier to sustain such short terms. However, for dry fasting to really benefit, you should approach it consciously, thoroughly prepare and pass it carefully.
What is useful to starve dry?
Before deciding to conduct a "hunger shake" to your body, it would be nice to determine the purpose of this procedure, as well as to learn all the benefits and benefits.
The Benefits of Dry Fasting:
- During the procedure of fasting, the body is forced to find reserves of energy for life support. And he finds them already inside fat cells are actively broken down, this is their complete combustion, which leads to more long-term effect of reducing and maintaining weight.
- In addition to fat deposits, incineration of tissues, accumulated slags and even cells with pathological changes (for example, tumors) are subject to burning and processing into the necessary energy.
- The correct metabolism is restored.
- Occurs blood purification for the fasting period the body does not get food any harmful substances, and blood is a multiple filtering during natural purification. As a result, improved the biochemical composition of blood.
- There is the effect of rejuvenating the skin, while also cleansing them from various rashes – is acne, restores creaminess and elasticity. In addition to the skin regeneration exposed and other tissues of the body.
- Regular fasting creates a great sense of proportion in the meal and liquid. It is the loss or blunting of this ability of our body leads to immense consumption of food, and as a consequence the weight and health problems.
The result of using for medicinal purposes
In addition to general strengthening and cleansing actions on the human body, dry fasting can become a serious help in the treatment of certain diseases:
- Dry fasting can reduce the manifestations of such diseases as Bechterew's disease, rheumatoid arthritis, arthrosis and some other diseases affecting the joint tissues.
- In the female organs of the reproductive system, resorptive effects are noted - ovarian cysts, and other tumors in this area completely or significantly slow down their growth.
- In the case of fractures, bruises and suppuration with the addition of traditional treatment by fasting methods, bone and muscle tissues are restored much faster.
- A separate place dry fasting is worthy to take in the treatment of various injuries of the skull - concussions and bruises. In this way, prevention of edema of the brain is remarkable.
- In the case of a viral or bacterial infection, one-day dry fasting in most cases helps prevent the development of the disease.
The effect of fasting on the body as a whole
In addition to the effect of weight loss, rejuvenation and treatment of diseases, people who dry fast, the results are noted as follows.
Thus, the human skin is an excellent excretory organ, through which, together with sweat out toxins and other substances not needed for life. During the practice of hunger, this ability acquires the opposite effect: the body absorbs a lack of fluid through the skin. And getting her skin can even from the air, so during fasting, you need to thoroughly approach the choice of the place of its passage and monitor your contacts with the environment. An interesting result of the manifestation of the suction property of the skin is manifested after touching the products - their taste can be felt in the mouth. And regular training allows you to check cooked food "on salt" only with your hands.
Another feature of the effect of starvation dry is the training of willpower. With the regular passage of this procedure, the person develops a firm determination to bring the cases to the end, and is transferred to all spheres of life. Intuition is aggravated, and in some people, after passing long courses of hunger, even telepathic abilities are manifested.
Opinion of medicine
Despite the fact that dry fasting is a help in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases, the opinion of traditional medicine about the need for its conduct is far from unambiguous.
Opponents of the theory of treatment of hunger as arguments give the following: dry fasting not only destroys the tissues of the body, but because of the long absence of fluid flow into the body, there is a thickening of the blood. Refusal of food intake leads to acute avitaminosis, possibly dehydration, dangerous due to its consequences for the activity of consciousness.
In any case, if you plan to practice dry fasting, you must first discuss its possibility with your doctor. Only an individual approach will help to choose the most acceptable method and exclude the hardest consequences. But anyway, short-term dry fasting (up to 36 hours) will bring the body a minimum of negative consequences.
Despite the ambiguous opinion of medicine in this regard, many are convinced that "dry" days of unloading bring the body only benefit and satisfaction. Of course, after what other procedures can you boast of a result of minus ten kilograms in three days?
What do you need to know?
But, in order not to get the result, completely opposite from the one conceived, and not to cause significant harm to one's own health, it is necessary to take into account all the nuances of the procedure in advance. There are three main stages - preparation, immediate starvation and exit from it.
For each of these stages there are strict rules that must be observed without fail, otherwise starvation will do more harm than will bring benefits. And we must remember that if suddenly for some reason you feel bad, you must immediately stop starvation.
The quality of carrying out the preparatory phase half predetermines the success of any undertaking. So, therapeutic dry fasting requires thorough preparation. It will be necessary to study the literature on this issue, and it is desirable that it be written by people who regularly practice dry fasting. This will predetermine the maximum possible hazards. Ideally, it is at the preparatory stage that you need to communicate with people who already have experience of starvation.
To procure necessary food for the meals before and after a period of starvation and clean drinking water. To decide where walks. To set the time of entry and exit from starvation and to choose the method – hard or soft.
In case of a choice of prolonged fasting - 3 days or more - advance to a sparing diet without flour and sweet. And for two or three days - for vegetables and fruits.
Features of the fasting period
During the period of famine, it is especially important to take time out for walks in the fresh air, preferably near open natural water bodies, away from city bustle. If there is no way to go out of town, a large park will do.
The room should be clean and well-ventilated, clothes cotton so that the skin is easier to breathe. Special attention should be paid to the pastime in the house - do not sit in front of the TV, as the abundance of TV programs about food will influence the determination to continue dry fasting, the results of which will not be long in coming.
During the entire second period, you can not make sudden movements. They should be smooth and measured. Lying in bed is also undesirable - the thought of saving energy in this way is very deceptive. In fact, the best way to save energy is walking without action. Insomnia can develop at night, and this time is ideal for reading books.
The correct way out of dry fasting
An important feature of this period is that it is impossible to prolong fasting longer than the scheduled time, even if everything goes well and it seems that there is still a lot of strength. At the hour of the planned exit, you must drink water, take a shower or a bath.
After a short time, drink again the water - and you can start eating with fresh vegetables. The pancreas did not work during the period of hunger, and it should be loaded gradually. In the first two days, it is desirable to introduce gradually protein products and not consume carbohydrates.
And, of course, to reconsider your way of life, because without this even the most remarkable results will quickly come to naught.
Plan for the beginner
If you are first planning to test the practice of starvation on yourself, you can choose a one-day dry fasting, but it is best to choose an option that provides 36 hours of dry fasting. Such a period is quite suitable for regular weekly use. He will also let you know the reaction of your body to the procedure itself and to feel the first effect. Consider the process of the first dry fasting with the example of the "night-day-night" scheme.
So, what we do in advance:
- We study the literature on this issue, and also if possible we communicate with practitioners of regular starvation.
- Stocking up on clean drinking water (boiled) and fresh vegetables and fruits for food before and after fasting. They are best rinsed in running clean water, dry and put into the refrigerator in the storage area for vegetables. Select the favorite to use them with pleasure, but it is better to refrain from bananas and grapes.
- Among the purchased fruits must be present lemons.
- For the hard version of the hunger need before to redo all the works related to water – do your Laundry, clean the apartment, cook food for the household. It's advisable to take a shower, brush your teeth – as in Friday and Saturday to do will be impossible.
- In the process of preparation, a specific hour of entry and exit from fasting is determined.
Define the period of fasting on weekends, in this case, the last meal, as well as water, must be done on Friday evening. In the mandatory observance of any diet before entering into hunger is not necessary, but it is better to limit or completely abandon the flour and sweet the day before. On Friday it is advisable to consume only fresh vegetables and fruits, and to drink juices from them. This will allow the body to store the necessary vitamins and minerals. These substances will be required in large quantities during the day of famine to break down slags and fats.
Let's say you decided to go into hunger at 21 o'clock, then:
- We have supper no later than six in the evening with vegetables and fruits.
- We finish the affairs connected with water.
- Until nine in the evening we drink water, as the body requires, but acidified with lemon.
- We go to bed early.
The Saturday will pass without food and fluids, but it is better to spend it outdoors, but not actively resting, but quietly walking in the park or in the forest, by the pond. Skin during dry fasting absorbs moisture from the air, so it is very important to be in nature, as far as possible from civilization. Complicating the process of hunger will be watching TV, as under the program and in the advertisements there is an abundance of food. It is better to replace it by reading light literature, viewing magazines (of course, not culinary).
On Saturday night, insomnia caused by hunger can begin. You have to be ready for this and provide for the possibility of reading or listening to your favorite music, and you can sleep on Sunday, after you quit hunger.
On Sunday morning, at the hour when the exit from dry fasting is planned (in our example it is nine o'clock in the morning), we take a shower, brush our teeth, drink a glass of prepared water. After half an hour we have a salad of raw vegetables. For lunch, a light chicken soup is suitable, dinner is again vegetables. We try not to eat salt and sugar this day.
Dry fasting for 3 days or more is called prolonged and requires much more energy from the body. It carries a serious threat to health, so it will take much more time to devote to the preparatory phase. Be sure to hold at least one session of short-term hunger before, then it will be easier to dry fast 3 days, the results will be much higher. This will also enable us to understand the reaction of the organism and prepare it for the serious stresses of a long session.
In addition to the basic procedures described above, during the preparation phase, you will need to visit a doctor, cure your teeth and exclude other current diseases. Time in the period of famine in advance to paint almost in minutes, set clear long-term goals (for which you decided to conduct dry fasting), reviews of people who practice it regularly, to study and take for themselves important points.
Two weeks before the scheduled entrance, refuse to eat animal products - meat, fish, milk and eggs. Ideally, go for a raw diet, but you can also limit yourself to vegetarian cuisine.
Practicing dry fasting for 7 days, you can face some difficulties. For example, there may be an exacerbation of chronic diseases. But there is no need to be afraid of it - so the body begins self-medication. In case of severe pain, characteristic of your chronic illness, you should not take medicine. This is what must be prepared psychologically. If there is no possibility to suffer pain - it is necessary to stop the session ahead of schedule, naturally, following all the rules for getting out of it.
With a strong slagging of the body or with a large excess weight, you should be ready for nausea, vomiting and headaches. This is the natural reaction of the body in this case. A positive influence at this moment will be walking outdoors or dousing with cool water.
During dart movements, dizziness may occur, so all movements need to be performed as slowly as possible.
The way out of long periods of hunger should be done more carefully and very carefully to load the body.
Techniques of Shchennikov and Lavrovoy
Leonid Schennikov described one of the main long-term techniques. Dry fasting by his method is the prevention of any pathologies, as a result, there is a complete abandonment of medicines and restores immunity. The basis of his technique - two days before entering the famine is to use only raw vegetables.
After this preparation begins a fasting session, which takes place on different terms - from five to seven days to a record eleven days. And at this stage there is a distinctive feature - wakefulness in the night period of time combined with cold baths. In the rest everything as usual - smooth movements in a combination to sincere calmness - the keystone to success. The correct way out of the session is important.
Cascade dry fasting is represented by the technique described by Lavrova Valentina Pavlovna. The duration of the course varies. Cascade fasting is based on periods of "dry hunger" and "eating". At the same time during a "meal" a certain diet is maintained. There are different versions of cascades - "sparing", "short", "according to Laurel," "cautious," etc. Such diversity is based on different initial preparation of the organism, and even a beginner can choose a suitable "cascade".
One General rule for all cases – the period of dry fasting lasts longer than five days. It is considered that this period allows you to unlock the incredible capabilities of the human body. To five-day fasting man comes gradually, starting with one day of dry fasting and with different term breaks for "food", the body is preparing for the main session in 5 days.
Contraindications for fasting sessions
There are several categories of people who are most likely to suffer from dry fasting. Moreover, carrying out these experiments with their own organism is simply contraindicated. This category includes:
- Children under 14 years.
- Old people (after 70 years).
- Women in the period of pregnancy and lactation.
- People with severe body weight deficit.
- People with established circulatory failure (grade 2-3), heart rhythm disturbances.
- People with pathologies of the endocrine system.
There is still a whole series of diseases in which the dry fasting is categorically not contraindicated, therefore, having decided on such a step, it is necessary to consult with specialists.