Intermittent fasting involves a 14-16 hour fast every day. Some doctors recommend this as an ongoing health and weight maintenance strategy. It can also be an effective way to clear intestinal inflammation and purge allergens from the body.
As a Certified Nutritional Practitioner I cannot offer you medical advice. I caution you that if you have Diabetes or hypoglycaemia, this practice may not be healthy for you. If however you can reasonably comfortably abstain from food and you are not under weight, you may wish to learn more about this.
Who can it help?
If you are suffering from candida overgrowth, parasites, depression, Leaky Gut Syndrome or food allergies, you likely have some degree of inflammation in the intestines and likely in other areas as well.
Intermittent fasting can give your body the ability to focus on healing and cleansing for that period. The body can work to resolve inflammation throughout the body during fasting. Fasting can also enables the clearing of any undigested food or residue left by foods like dairy, gluten or any foods you may be intolerant to. In addition, healing of the intestinal tract is most active during fasting.
Also the intermittent fasting helps one develop comfort with the feeling of mild hunger and this can help moderate the appetite and reduce cravings for non candida friendly foods while guiding the body towards healthier choices.
Possible Benefits of Intermittent Fasting
Clean feeling inside and out
Clearer skin and eyes
Better intestinal health
Better emotional and physical vitality
How to do it
Enjoy your last meal at six or seven pm.
First thing in the morning you can take herbal tea and probiotics before mild to moderate exercise.
An hour later you can take the Whole Approach Cleansing Drink (also called Purge Drink).
At ten or eleven make a healing foods smoothie with vegetables (Try including ingredients like beets, kale, carrots, cabbage, hypo-allergic protein, greens powder, essential fatty acids, flavoured stevia, sea salt and lemon juice or apple cider vinegar.
One or two hours later (early afternoon) have lunch.
At five or six, have supper, finishing by the same time each night in preparation for a 14-16 hour fast.
Time your exercise carefully, especially aerobic or vigorous exercise to be sure it is close enough to your meal intake that you have sufficient energy to work out. With intermittent fasting, it may be difficult to exercise excessively first thing in the morning or last thing at night when you do not have much food energy left.
Drink plenty of pure water, vegetable juices and organic greens powders or fresh lemon juice.
Include fresh vegetables as much as possible.
Enjoy herbal teas- especially made with fresh herbs if they are available
Minimize or avoid dairy, grains, chocolate and any foods you have a specific intolerance to.
Consider using the product Smooth Operator. It was developed by a naturopathic doctor for use with food allergies and to help heal the intestinal tract, reducing permeability issues.
Healing Crisis, Detoxification
Removal of foods you are allergic to or addicted to or that have been creating inflammation or blood sugar swings, can result in withdrawal and detoxification symptoms. The article on Healing Crises may be of some help in understanding potential responses. You may feel worse before you feel better.
Daily Detox Teas can ease discomfort as the body flushes waste materials out.
I'd love to hear back from any of you about your experience if you decide to try this or do try it.