Friday, 16 December 2016

Fasting for 3 days resets the immunity system


Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or a nutritionist and I am not telling anyone to do the following.

Have you ever heard of the fact that fasting is good for your health?

Research had shown that fasting for 3 days can regenerate the entire immune system.
Especially indicated for people who had chemotherapy.

How does it work? 
"When you starve, the system tries to save energy, and one of the things it can do to save energy is to recycle a lot of the immune cells that are not needed, especially those that may be damaged." -from www.telegraph.co.uk/.

It's not 100% certain and the opinions vary from a specialist to another. 
Nutritionists sustain that is not good for the body, doctors say it can't be bad. 

To be honest, when I heard that it could be good against aging, I didn't listen to anyone else and I went for it. My brother told me about it and I am grateful.  
I've done it twice in two months and I had no side effects, however, the cycles should happen every 6 months, don't do it so often like me. 

You need to know that I really love eating and I am not fond of drinking water or any sort of liquid except coffee and whiskey. :D
Then, I don't like diets at all and I am very bad with them.

If you know me, you know that I am in great shape despite the love of food. 
You might think I am lucky. It is not being lucky, I walk/run to work and back (50 minutes + 50 every day) and I balance my food. I don't eat biscuits, candies, or processed food. I don't put sugar in my coffee, I don't drink juices of any kind.
I wrote an article about it, read it if you want. 
I do eat everything I want, though: chips, crisps, pasta, bread, chocolate (mostly Raffaello), etc. But as I said, I balance everything.
If I eat Raffaello or crisps I don't have dinner. Not sure how to explain that. Chocolate is very caloric, if you eat 100 grams it means that everything you eat after that, will be transformed into fat. 
If you have biscuits for tea, you should have just a salad in the evening. That's balancing. 
You got it right? I can assure you that is not difficult to do. 

However, let me tell you what happened and how I felt during these fasting cycles. 
First of all, I lost no more than 1.5 kg, which was very annoying, I hoped for more.
However, I aimed for a new immunity system which is infinitely more important than weight. 

Secondly, it's been very easy. I prepared myself psychologically for two days. 

The week I've done it for the first time, my body was fighting against some sort of infection. I had a very high fever with chills and unbearable headache for more than 4 days. It was my holiday so I didn't miss a day of work. 
I don't know what was wrong with my body and I don't care, because I am very well now. Doctors are not people I like to see.
I started fasting on Friday morning when I still feeling very poorly. The headache was absolutely dreadful. I didn't want to take any pain killer without food in my stomach, so I endured it for the whole day. I drank 2 liters of plain water and that was all.

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On Friday morning, the headache was gone completely, same with the fever and the chills. 
I didn't feel very hungry, I don't know why, so it was fairly easy. 
I even went out on Saturday night and smelled/saw food everywhere, I was tempted because I really love eating, however, I didn't give up. 
On Monday morning I woke up at 5 Am and had a coffee and 2 biscuits. I love coffee, but I am not fond of biscuits. They tasted amazing anyhow.  

The second cycle of 3 days I started on Wednesday afternoon and finished on Saturday evening (last week). It was a little more difficult, I felt quite hungry from the very first day, but I didn't give in. And once again, on Thursday morning I woke up at 4 Am with a terrible headache. Curious how I don't normally have headaches.
Anyhow, I couldn't drink water for more than half of the day because I felt very sick and threw up twice. It was clear that my body was fighting against something again, and I am sure this fasting cycle helped a lot.
My health is fundamental for me, so I didn't give up. I am actually very proud of myself as I realised I could do anything if I have a clear purpose and goal.
I used to despise any sort of diet, I used to think I could never fast for more than a day, I used to think that water is worse than poison, and here I am today feeling happy when I am hungry because I know that it is actually good for your health. 

3 days of fasting, makes you appreciate the food even more than before. 

I feel absolutely amazing and I will be doing another cycle in March maybe. I'll see. I am thinking February, but it is advisable to have 1 cycle every 6 months.

If you are thinking of fasting, speak with your nutritionist or doctor before. And try not to be alone during this time, especially if you feel dizzy when you're hungry.

Don't do it to lose weight, it is not a great idea. You might lose 1 or 2 kilograms, but you'll put them back very soon if you don't balance your calories.
Don't cook and avoid smelling or seeing food. I know it's difficult, but anyone can do it.
Personally, I had a box of Raffaello close to me and I didn't give in until my 72 hours of fasting were gone. 74 actually. My God, they were delicious! And the bread is ambrosial. Just as I dreamed about.


What I came to understand after this experience, is that you can fast and diet for as long as you want if you really want it. It's all in your power. Mindset. 
Ask yourself how important is for you to fast or diet, if you give up, it means it is not that important.

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