All about fasting – everything you need to know

All about fasting – everything you need to knowall about fasting

In this article All about fasting – everything you need to know you can learn how to start fasting, what types of fasting you can choose, the positive and negative effects of fasting on the body, additional procedures that are recommended to perform during fasting to help eliminate toxins from the body. There are also three great books to help you with.

When is the best time to fast? It is important to listen to your body, follow your well-being, and we will find out for ourselves when it is appropriate to fast.
Fasting is a great way to relieve your body of the daily strains associated with digesting and metabolizing food. Fasting does not cure anything, but with its help, we can eliminate some mistakes or problems that plague us.

How to start fasting

Start fasting by first reducing the intake of toxins in the body. Eliminate everything that contains caffeine, enjoy as many fruits and vegetables, fruit juices, soups, and stews as possible. If fasting is not performed often, it is important to prepare the body first. Once your body gets used to a healthier diet, slowly start fasting and give your digestive tract and other organs some rest.

Possible ways of fasting

In the case of more demanding and longer-lasting fasts, be sure to consult your doctor first. For shorter fasts, you can choose the way that suits you.

Strict complete fasting
In this case, we do not eat any food and neither drink water. It is true that the body dehydrates, but in this way the cells expel toxins that would otherwise remain in the water in the cell. Nevertheless, doctors do not recommend such fasting, as water is crucial in detoxification.

Fasting with water only
With this type of fasting, you need to make sure that you are well prepared for it, both physically and mentally, and that you perform it properly. It is true that it is more suitable than a complete fast, but the body still lacks certain nutrients, so do not exercise it often or for too many days in a row.water
Fasting with juices and teas

Such fasting should be avoided by very slender people and those who have a sensitive stomach, otherwise, it is one of the most popular and effective forms of fasting. Namely, it is about consuming exclusively raw or boiled fruit or vegetable juices, unsweetened tea, and a large amount of plain water. Due to liquid food, the gastrointestinal tract is very relieved and can rest for a while, and the body has the opportunity to thoroughly cleanse, detoxify and deacidify.juices
Fasting with soups

It is allowed to eat mashed vegetable soups, and in the morning you can also treat yourself to a soup with oatmeal. Such a fast is suitable for people who suffer from inflammatory processes in the stomach and intestines, and for those who are more susceptible to various infections but avoid it for those who are struggling with excessive overweight.

The effect of fasting on the body

When fasting, we stimulate the mechanisms that change the metabolism in the body and adapt it to the lack of food and subsequently to the use of nutrients from the body’s reserves. Thus, during fasting, the organism depends on the reserves of energy and nutrients that were stored during feeding. However, after breaking the fast, the body may start to build up fat due to the re-intake of food.

Positive effects of fasting
Due to improper diet, toxins accumulate in the body, which can be removed by fasting. Fasting is considered one of the most successful natural methods of detoxification. It starts after 24 hours without food. Enzymes are usually overloaded with digestion, and during fasting, they move from the gastrointestinal tract into the bloodstream, where they begin to cleanse the body, neutralize toxins, dissolve cysts, and destroy cancer cells. Fasting, as an effective healing method, will first break down and dissolve diseased, damaged, old or dead cells. This will stimulate and accelerate the building of new and healthy cells. Tissues are regenerated, the skin also becomes smooth, radiant, and, above all, looks younger, especially with the fruit-vegetable fasting mode. It will also restore your life energy and strengthen your body’s immune functions. Resistance to infections will increase significantly within the first 48 hours.

Negative effects of fasting
Fasting can also be accompanied by various inconveniences. You will often have cold feet while fasting, and lowering your internal eye pressure can also cause mild vision problems. Due to less food intake, the body produces almost no digestive juices, resulting in reduced salivation and so you will often have a dry mouth. Bad breath and coated tongue are not uncommon during fasting, as the body also excretes waste products through the oral mucosa. Intestinal detoxification and altered metabolism can also result in headaches, and dizziness occurs in people with low blood pressure. Your menstrual cycle may change, you may not be interested in sex, or you may be bothered by insomnia. It is important not to overdo fasting.

Additional procedures during fasting

During fasting, the ability to eliminate harmful substances from the body is increased and healing processes are accelerated. Therefore, experts advise that we perform some additional procedures during fasting to help the body. The most important procedures include enema, terry, tongue cleansing, and regular exercise.

Enemas are highly recommended, preferably every day, as the lack of fiber in the diet slows down the movement of stool through the intestines, as well as the excretion of the stool itself. In order to avoid self-poisoning, the enema should be performed regularly. Many people who have fasted are very surprised to find that even after 10 or more days of enemas, they are still performing an almost normal high need. Enemas are simple and can be performed alone at home. All we need is an enema device that we can buy at the pharmacy. Toxins are excreted from the body into the intestines even during fasting and the enema helps to remove them. However, you need to stop the enema when you return to solid foods and allow the bowel to take over its functions again.

Rubbing with a towel
After a daily shower or bath, you should rub well with a rough towel. The skin is our largest organ and we also excrete a lot of toxins through it. With regular terrying, which is also recommended during the time when you are not fasting, you increase the blood circulation of the skin and thus increase the possibility of excretion of toxins.

Tongue cleaning
A coating on the tongue can be a good sign that it’s time to fast. Even if we do not have a compress, it often happens that it will form during Lent. Therefore, it is necessary to gently scrape the dressings from the tongue every morning. This method also helps the body to eliminate toxins more efficiently, which are excreted more rapidly during fasting.

Recommended books on fasting

The Complete Guide to Fasting (Heal Your Body Through Intermittent, Alternate-Day, and Extended Fasting) by Jimmy Moore and Jason Fung

Link: The Complete Guide to Fasting

Heal Your Body Through Intermittent, Alternate-Day, and Extended Fasting.
In this book, the authors make fasting as a therapeutic approach both practical and easy to understand. In The Complete Guide to Fasting, you can read what fasting is really about, why it’s so important, and how to fast in a way that improves health. A key element in any successful nutritional health program is a tried-and-true method that most people haven’t thought about. This ancient secret is fasting.

Product detailsThe Complete Guide to Fasting
Publisher: Victory Belt Publishing; 1st edition (October 1, 2016)
Language: English
Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-10: 1628600012
ISBN-13: 978-1628600018
Item Weight: 1.9 pounds


Fast. Feast. Repeat.: The Comprehensive Guide to Delay, Don’t Deny® Intermittent Fasting by Gin Stephens

Link: Fast. Feast. Repeat.: The Comprehensive Guide to Delay, Don’t Deny®

After losing over eighty pounds and keeping every one of them off, Gin Stephens started a vibrant, successful online community with hundreds of thousands of members from around the world who have learned the magic of a Delay, Don’t Deny® intermittent fasting lifestyle.
You’ll learn how to work a variety of intermittent fasting approaches into your life, no matter what your circumstances or schedule. Once you’ve ignited your fat-burning superpower, you’ll get rid of “diet brain” forever, tweak your protocol until it’s second nature, and learn why IF is a lifestyle, not a diet.
Fast. Feast. Repeat. is for everyone! Beginners will utilize the 28-Day FAST Start. Experienced intermittent fasters will strengthen their intermittent fasting practice, work on their mindset, and read about the latest research out of top universities supporting intermittent fasting as the health plan with a side effect of weight loss.  

Product detailsFast. Feast. Repeat.:
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin; Illustrated edition (June 16, 2020)
Language: English
Paperback: 352 pages
ISBN-10: 1250757622
ISBN-13: 978-1250757623
Item Weight: 10.4 ounces


Intermittent Fasting For Dummies by Janet Bond Brill

Link: Intermittent Fasting For Dummies

You probably have already heard about this wildly popular health and fitness diet plan. Intermittent fasting continues to be one of the top Google trending diet searches of the year. The truth is that intermittent fasting programs are popular because they are much easier to maintain than traditional, highly restrictive, calorie-controlled diets. Scientific studies show that intermittent fasting can have extraordinary health benefits (promoting weight and body fat loss (especially stubborn belly fat), stabilizing blood sugar levels, reducing insulin resistance, and managing diabetes, increasing resistance to stress and suppressing inflammation, improving cardiovascular health including lowering resting heart rate, blood pressure and “bad” cholesterol levels, supporting brain health and improving memory, fighting premature aging, fostering a healthier gut, boosting psychological well-being).

This book is the perfect step-by-step guide to following an intermittent fasting plan of your choice. Whether it’s the 16:8 method, the Warrior intermittent fasting plan; the Alternate Day intermittent fasting plan; the 5:2 method; or the Eat-Stop-Eat intermittent fasting plan. Too good to be true? No, but the trick―as with everything―is doing it in a safe and effective way and Intermittent Fasting For Dummies makes that easy, providing tried and true evidence-based advice and information about the five most popular methods and 40+ recipes that will suit any lifestyle or diet. Wherever you are in your health journey―seeking weight loss, getting fitter, living a disease prevention lifestyle, or building muscle―Intermittent Fasting For Dummies shows you how to make the science of “too good to be true” into a truly effective part of your regular, healthy routine.

Product detailsIntermittent Fasting For Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies; 1st edition (November 13, 2020)
Language: English
Paperback: 320 pages
ISBN-10: 1119724090
ISBN-13: 978-1119724094
Item Weight: 15.2 ounces



You can see more information about these books with the option to purchase by clicking on the link. If you buy something on Amazon via this link, I get a small commission with no extra cost for you.

In conclusion

When you finish fasting, it is important not to continue with unhealthy eating habits as you will nullify the positive results you have achieved during fasting. Never start eating all at once, but spread the menu slowly and start eating normal, wholesome food only after a few days. It is necessary to eat slowly and chew food thoroughly, and meals should be divided into several smaller ones. You will see that you will feel great, you will have more energy and also a few pounds less, and your body will be cleansed of toxins and ready for new life adventures.

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Thank you for taking the time to read the article All About Fasting – everything you need to know. I will be happy for your thoughts in the comments about your experiences, recommendations, tips, or warnings. I don’t do long fasts, I take a day, two or three every few weeks when I drink only water and fruit and vegetable smoothies. And I feel great.

I wish you all the best


26 comments on “All about fasting – everything you need to know”

  1. Martins Reply

    This is really nice to read a write up about the positive effects of fasting to ones health. I got to learn that in Africa, people mostly or only fast for spiritual / religious purposes, whereas in the real sense fasting is something one can get to for health benefits and wellness. I think articles like this will be able to educate people from the African countries on the other benefits of fasting aside spiritual and/or religious purposes.

    • admin Reply

      Well, we can say that fasting has a great effect on both physical and spiritual condition and health.

      Thanks for the great comment!

      I wish you all the best


  2. Kurtes Reply

    I’m glad I came across this post because fasting is something I want to start doing more. What I struggled with is what I could and could not eat when I was fasting. I found the fasting with juices and teas section really helpful because I like to work out a lot and could still use my juices why fasting. Great post.

    • admin Reply

      This way of fasting with juices is also my favorite, I usually make fruit and vegetable smoothies.

      Thanks for the kind comment.

      I wish you all the best


  3. Rick Brigg Reply

    Really interesting article. I’ve often wondered about the benefits of fasting – particularly interesting how the resistance to infections increases after 48 hours. Although given the side effects – which seem quite dramatic… the idea scares me a little. I guess the trick is to employ fasting as part of a whole healthy routine as opposed to a singular strategy and make sure to eat the correct foods prior to and following fasting? 

    • admin Reply

      Thanks for the kind comment and your thoughts. Fasting is not the same as starvation and is intended to rest the body. I am not in favor of strict and long-lasting fasts (which are more spiritual in nature), because by doing so we are denying the body what it urgently needs. From time to time, a short fast has a great effect on the body and well-being. Of course, a healthy diet over time is very important.

      I wish you all the best


  4. angell70 Reply


    I love your article about fasting and its benefits.

    It is true that finishing the weeks or days of fasting ton not continue with unhealthy eating habits as you will come back to the same position you’ve been before you start it.

    A piece of amazing advice and great explanation about fasting and eating healthy.#

    Thank you. 

    PS. I wish everyone to take into consideration this kind of advice. Then we all be healthier and with great energy.

    • admin Reply

      Really, everyone should decide on some form of fasting from time to time, and they would have far fewer health problems.

      Thanks for the kind comment!

      I wish you all the best


  5. Lily Reply

    What a wealth of knowledge here Nina. I have often considered intermittent fasting but have felt that I just didn’t know enough to try it. I have low blood sugar and low blood pressure and struggle with my weight but the books you suggested seem to be able to explain how to do fasting safely.

    I appreciated all your cautions and that this works very well for you. Thanks for the advice.

    • admin Reply

      Thanks for the kind comment. If you have low blood sugar and low blood pressure, you need to be really careful, it is advisable to consult a doctor beforehand.

      I wish you all the best


  6. nursemona Reply

    I enjoyed your article on fasting. I thought that fasting was about the abscence of  food and that you could only drink water at most while fasting. You have opened my eyes and educated me on fasting with fruit and vegetable drinks and fasting with soups. Thank you for this educational post.

    • admin Reply

      Thanks for the kind comment. I am glad that you enjoyed reading the article and that you learned a lot about fasting.

      I wish you all the best


  7. Cynthia Reply

    Thank you for this informative post about fasting.  I had no idea that enemas were required during fasting nor did I know that toxins are excreted through the skin.  I have been interested in fasting for a long time so I can reap the benefits and detoxify my body.  I tried a 2-week juice fast some time ago but I could not maintain it as I became too hungry after just one day.  Do you have any suggestions on which fast and/or book would be good for a beginner? 

    • admin Reply

      Hi, Cynthia! 

      First of all thanks for the kind comment. As for your goal of performing a two-week fast with juices, I would say that you set yourself too high a goal, and the body resisted with hunger. I suggest you try a three-day fast first.

      My favorite book is Intermittent Fasting For Dummies by Janet Bond Brill.

      I wish you all the best


  8. Mike Reply

    Hello there, Nina! This is a great topic! I myself am practicing intermittent fasting and it has helped me lose weight and stay healthy for the longest time. Intermittent fasting has been the only diet that has worked for me thus far and I highly recommend it for those who has tried and failed dieting over and over. Although I practice it, there are always still new things that I learn here and there. For one I didn’t know about the additional procedures to do during fasting like enema, towel rubbing, and tongue cleansing. I also have to remind myself to eat slower and chew more (a bit difficult when you are just counting down to your first meal of the day after a 20 hour fast). Thanks for creating this post!

    • admin Reply

      Thanks for the kind comment and for sharing your experience with intermittent fasting. I’m glad you learned a few things in my article that has enriched you.

      I wish you all the best and much success,


  9. Sariyah Reply

    Wow thanks for this article, I certainly learned quite a few new information. 

    It wasn’t to my knowledge that there were different types of ways to fast. The fasting that I am aware of was the one where you don’t eat nor drink in the daylight hours. Fasting does bring benefits but can be hard especially for those that have health conditions, so for that reason should be thought out before partaking.

    • admin Reply

      I’m glad you discovered some new information about fasting in this article.

      As for fasting, however, I always suggest that we try a shorter fast at the beginning. However, if someone has health problems, it is mandatory to consult a doctor beforehand.

      Thanks for the kind comment. I wish you all the best


  10. LineCowley Reply

    This is a very interesting article  on fasting and the different ways of fasting. It is indeed necessary for the body to get rid of toxins, specially after excessive eating during festive periods. There are several health benefits to fasting, as long as it is done properly. I do not need to loose any weight, but I certainly feel on occasion that my body needs a break and that I need to detox. 

    Fasting with juices and tea certainly appeals to me, and I can also see myself doing fasting with soup during cold weather. 

    • admin Reply

      Thanks for the kind comment. I, too, am most fond of fasting with juices and smoothies. In this way, the body can rest from the demanding digestion, and the feeling after a few days is great.

      I wish you all the best


  11. Rich Gilbert Reply

    I have been reading a lot about fasting. It seems that there are a lot of books and opinions to the benefits. About 5 weeks ago, my wife and I decided to change our eating habits. We haven’t switched to a full fasting program. We changed our schedule and try to never eat anything between 7pm and 7am. We still eat 3 meals a day, but nothing in between each meal. I have dropped quite a bit and really don’t miss the foods or the snacking. I do miss red wine and beer. We cut that out, too! Thanks for the article. I am going to research more about Intermittent Fasting and see if that might work for us.

    • admin Reply

      Thanks for sharing your experience. Great to stick to what you set out to do, your body has 12 hours every day to process what it accumulates and rests, this is a really recommended rhythm of eating.

      I wish you much success in the future,


  12. Sheen Reply

    Hi there

    Very interesting article on fasting.  I enjoyed the way you include all the different ways to fast such as water, juices and teas and soups. Great idea to suggest the soups for someone who has a high level of inflammation.

    You include positive and negative effects of fasting so that the article is fully rounded.

    I did not see a mention of intermittent fasting which is useful if one does not want to fast too long and also has many benefits.

    Great idea to include references to books so that people interested in the topic can dive deeper and gain more information. 

    I wish you success

    best wishes


    • admin Reply

      Thanks for visiting and kind comment. Yes, intermittent fasting has become really topical, and it would deserve its own post. I did, however, add a link to the book where there is more about this type of post.

      I wish you all the best


  13. Henry Reply

    It’s an interesting statement that fasting doesn’t cure anything. But we understand that fasting could help the body cure itself. And this happens by allowing the body’s energy to focus on other systems (as the immune system) instead of using so much energy for the digestion system. Fasting seems to work by regenerating cells. And since the cell is the smallest building block of the body, every system of the body can be regenerated.

    • admin Reply

      You wrote this excellent! Thanks for this very well said summary, I totally agree with your words.

      I wish you all the best


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