This is one of those questions that’s best suited to our own personal cellular fingerprint, as each of us are unique when it comes to our health needs.
It really is simply like anything else…
…because one approach might work for me, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it works for you.
What I’m passionate about is each of us feeling empowered and inspired to figure out what’s the best picture for ourselves. And this is relevant for all areas of our health, not just physical – including our relational, emotional, spiritual, financial and of course how much we’re enjoying the work we do.
What suits yours or my holistic health picture may not fit so well for the next person, including fasting.
I’ve worked with many people with experiences of fasting ranging from mild dabbling, to 4 or more months at a time. For some, it really suited them; for others, it catalysed a healing crisis that ended up being too much for their body at that time.
And fasts vary in nature from being water-only, or those including juices, those simply excluding certain foods – all the way to intermittent fasting, which is based on fasting for certain hours of the day (which can happen over a series of days or in a 24-hr cycle.)
There are so many benefits that have been documented when it comes to research, it’s worth checking this out¹.
The best results all-round, including enjoyment-factor, come from preparation and being supported by one/a team who’ve had experience and can offer genuine guidance – rather than taking a punt and ‘having a go’!
My experience has shown that it’s important to have that support, especially given that the healing cycle that’s common with this process can bring up quite a lot – not only in terms of detoxing, but also in emotional healing too.
There are multiple potential benefits, including stabilising our blood sugar, helping our insulin resistance, and heart function, and even stabilising our blood pressure, plus helping healthy cholesterol levels, weight loss, and reducing inflammation.
The jury’s out in terms of whether it’s best suited for you or not. If you’re not sure and you’re curious to know if it could be beneficial for you or someone you know, you’re welcome to personally message me.
Until I see you on this week’s #ALivewithFi, have a fabulous week 🙂
¹Fasting has been linked with many health benefits, from increased fat burning to enhanced brain function.
8 Health Benefits of Fasting, Backed by Science
R. Link (2018)
Fi Jamieson-Folland D.O., I.N.H.C., is The LifeStyle Aligner. She’s an experienced practitioner since 1992 in Europe, Asia and New Zealand as a qualified Osteopath, Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, speaker, educator, writer, certified raw vegan gluten-free chef, and Health Brand Ambassador.