Have you ever dealt with the Fasting cure busy? Fasting is back in vogue: especially short-term fasting, also called interval fasting, is the weight loss trend par excellence. But the methods of fasting are versatile and so the so-called therapeutic fasting is again and again in the focus of medicine and health. In this article, I'll show you exactly what fasting is, what the benefits of fasting are and give you a fasting plan and the necessary recipes. Let's go!
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What actually is therapeutic fasting?
Therapeutic fasting is about completely abstaining from food for a fixed period of, for example, 5-10 days in order to relieve the body, heal chronic diseases and simply press the reset button. The best-known form of therapeutic fasting is Buchinger fasting, which is characterized by the following features:
- A preparatory week adjusts the body to the radical deprivation of calories
- The actual fasting days have a duration of usually 7 days
- During fasting days are allowed only fruit and vegetable juices, and vegetable broth and plenty of tea and water
The motives and goals of a one-week fasting cure can be of different nature. Overall, however, the aim is to give the body both physical and psychological time out and to activate the body's own self-healing powers.
The different therapeutic fasting methods
Therapeutic fasting can be divided into different methods, which differ in terms of the foods allowed and the motives for the cure:
|According to Buchinger||Fruit and vegetable juices, vegetable broths and teas are allowed - but juices are limited to two per day.|
|After Franz Xaver Mayr cure||A milk-and-semolina diet is the basis of the Franz Xaver Mayr Healing Fast.|
|According to Hildegard of Bingen||This form of fasting allows 800 calories per day, which are taken in the form of cooked spelt meal and steamed apples.|
|Juice fasting||Juice fasting maintains the body's vitamin and mineral intake with the help of fruit and vegetable juices - solid food is not allowed.|
|Schroth cure||Here, drinking and dry days alternate; on the dry days, only half a liter of liquid is drunk. A particularly salt- and fat-free diet is also part of the Schroth cure.|
|Whey fasting||In this form of therapeutic fasting, one liter of whey is drunk daily, along with fruit juice and plenty of water.|
Tip: The peculiarities of some fasting forms are particularly large and not all are recommended without reservation. For beginners and newcomers to therapeutic fasting, we recommend Buchinger fasting, which many users have used to successfully relieve their bodies.
Advantages of therapeutic fasting at a glance
As you can see, a therapeutic fast is definitely no walk in the park - the first few days will be tough, your body will start screaming for hunger and you may want to give up.
But the benefits of a therapeutic fast are enormous and should give you the motivation you need to really go through with your plan.
All advantages at a glance:
- Your body is cleansed from the inside: a rejuvenating cure for your cells
- The body's own Defenses are strengthened and the immune system runs stable again
- The body is purified and freed from toxins
- Studies have found improvement in cardiovascular and chronic inflammatory diseases with therapeutic fasting
- Heart, circulation and also the digestion can finally take a breath and recover
So the benefits of a therapeutic fast are not to be sneezed at and your body will thank you for it!
Lose weight with therapeutic fasting?
Therapeutic fasting to lose the excess kilos? Not the best idea!
If you really want to lose weight, there are much better methods than the classic therapeutic fasting. The weight loss during therapeutic fasting is a nice side effect, but the yo-yo risk is very high. Therefore, our recommendation: If you want to lose kilos, you should rather use other methods like the Intermittent fasting fall back.
Your personal fasting plan
Your therapeutic fasting plan is based on Buchinger's therapeutic fasting and includes the following three phases:
- Relief phase
- Fasting phase
- Build-up phase
Furthermore, we recommend to start with 5 fasting days, which can be extended depending on the experience of the user. And this is how your plan looks like:
|Relief days (5 days)||The relief days are meant to introduce you to the fasting period. Therefore, reduce your calories from day to day and eat mainly light, light food.|
|Fasting days (5 days)||An unpleasant, but important part of the fasting days is an emptying of the bowels, which should take place on the first and last day. Furthermore, you drink a tea every morning, a glass of vegetable juice at noon and fruit juice or clear vegetable broth in the evening. Solid food, coffee or alcohol are absolutely taboo! Make sure to drink at least 2-3 liters of water per day.|
|Build up days (5 days)||In order to benefit from the advantages of therapeutic fasting in the long term, you should now slowly reintroduce the body to solid food. Start with light food, lots of vegetables and avoid fast food, calorie bombs or excessive sugar. After five easy days of rebuilding, you can now slowly venture back to your favorite dishes.|
The best therapeutic fasting recipes
In order to make fasting even more successful and to ensure that the taste is not neglected, we would like to give you two recipes that you can use during the fasting cure.
Gentle food for the relief days: carrot soup with potatoes
You'll need these ingredients for this soup, which is especially good for de-stressing or rebuilding days:
- 400 g carrots
- 300 g potatoes
- 2 small onions
- some rapeseed oil
- 50 g sesame
- grated nutmeg, salt and pepper
This is how it works: The potatoes and carrots are peeled, washed and cut into small pieces. Now fry the onions in canola oil and then add the potatoes and carrots with a little water and let it boil for 20 minutes. Now remove the pot from the heat, finely puree the soup and add the sesame seeds, salt, pepper and a little nutmeg - done!
Recipe for fasting days: delicious vegetable broth
For the vegetable broth that you may drink during the therapeutic fast, you will need the following ingredients:
- 40 g butter
- one small onion
- 50 g celery and 50 g leek
- 100 g carrots
- 100 g tomatoes
- 2 mushrooms
- chopped herbs
Here's how: finely chop the vegetables and stew them in the butter with the pot open. Now add half a liter of water and cook for half an hour. Then just pour the broth and serve - done!
More and more popular: therapeutic fasting on vacation
You can do fasting not only in your own four walls, but also together with other fasting people in a so-called fasting vacation. Look you in addition times with my partner bookitgreen around and save 20€ directly with the voucher code CAREBIG on your first trip.
Therapeutic fasting on vacation offers you the following advantages:
- You're not alone - here's how you're guaranteed to persevere
- The escape from everyday life is good for you and additionally relieves the psyche
- Fasting at home offers a lot of distraction and the temptation to eat something is great.
If you decide to go on a therapeutic fasting vacation, you will also be supervised by experienced fasting leaders who know all the initial difficulties and can motivate you when you are in a fasting slump.
Our tip: You really want to relieve your body with a week of fasting? Then leave your familiar four walls and treat yourself to time out in a special place, together with other fasting people. You are also welcome to take part in our Nature Travel Blog inspire.
well planned therapeutic fasting is really healthy
Therapeutic fasting is an ancient method of healing chronic diseases and giving the body the necessary relaxation. Not for nothing do numerous alternative practitioners, but also well-known physicians such as Dr. Andreas Michalsen, rely on their own self-healing powers, which are activated by therapeutic fasting.
You can do the therapeutic fasting at home with our guidance, or you can go on a fasting vacation, which takes place under the supervision of experienced fasting instructors and with the support of other fasters.
In any case, you should try therapeutic fasting. Do you have any questions, tips or suggestions? Then I look forward to your comment under this article.