Fasting for Arthritis
People from all parts of the world suffer from arthritis pain. The problem can range from mild joint pain to conditions so bad that the pain is excruciating. In spite of there being a host of medications and pain killers available on the market, they usually only provide temporary relief.
Consumption of medications can also bring side effects when taken over a period of time. The only way to treat arthritis pain effectively is to focus on eliminating the cause, not just relieving the symptoms. This requires a holistic approach.
Many people would roll their eyes in skepticism when they hear that certain foods like turmeric extract can work wonders on their arthritis. Yet, there are thousands of others who have tried it successfully.
The same applies to using magnetic therapy to alleviate arthritis pain. For every one person who scoffs in disbelief, there are many others who have benefited from it. The only way to find out if it will work for you is to give it a try.
What Causes Arthritis?
Arthritis results from imbalances within the body. When you bring your body back into homeostasis (a state of healthy equilibrium) by fixing these imbalances, you’ll fix your arthritis too.
We’ll now take a look at fasting as a way to treat arthritis.
Medical practitioners will seldom mention fasting as a method of relieving pain. Yet, it’s an extremely powerful way to effectively treat not only arthritis but countless other health problems.
The standard American diet is high in fat and toxins. Diabetes, high cholesterol, obesity and many other health problems are in some way related to the foods we eat. When there is too much sugar and toxic matter in the body, inflammation sets in. When the body is inflamed, arthritis pain is intensified.
The Many Benefits of Fasting
Fasting is an extremely effective tool for combatting inflammation, obesity and many other problems. Through the centuries, many religions have recommended periods of fasting. People see it as a way to purify the body and improve their health. Whether you’re religious or not, it’s no secret that fasting works.
To lower the degree of inflammation in your body, you’ll need to abstain from food and drink. Water is the only drink you should consume. You should drink lots of it when you’re fasting. It will help to flush out toxins from your body.
How Long Should You Fast?
Please consult your doctor before undertaking any fast. Fasting might not be a suitable option for you; your doctor would be able to advise you on this. That said, the act of fasting will give your digestive system a break since it doesn’t need to digest and assimilate food around-the-clock.
Beginning Your Fast
Starting with a 3-day fast would be excellent. While some might find fasting dangerous and extreme, the human body can survive for much longer than that without food. Ideally, you should start with a 3-day fast, then have a 1-day break and have some food. You can then resume with another 3-day fast.
The first day is usually the toughest. By the 3rd day, your hunger pangs will have diminished and your body will start burning stored fat for fuel.
If you’re worried that fasting will be too difficult for you, you might try beginning with a fruit diet for a week or so (only juicy fruits should be consumed – no bananas or other starchy fruits). The fruit diet will make it easier on your body, as you’ll be easing into the fast.
The Effects of Fasting
NOTE: When you’re fasting, it’s likely that you’ll experience symptoms such as fatigue, rashes, aches and other issues such as itching and darker-than-normal urine. These are normal effects of fasting as the body releases and eliminates toxins. In the beginning you’ll feel worse but after a few days you’ll notice how much better you’re feeling.
Fasting will reduce the inflammation in your body, burn off excess fat, make you feel more vibrant and energetic and restore homeostasis in your body. Give it a try. You’ll notice your arthritis pain diminishing and maybe even disappear. You’d never think your life could feel so good!