Fasting – the ultimate path to good health and spiritual growth

Fasting – the ultimate path to good health and spiritual growth

Have you ever been told to eat bland starchy foods on an upset stomach? When feeling nauseous, people stay away from fruits and vegetables (so as to avoid vomiting) and fill their stomachs with toast and crackers. Eating starch, however, puts the body back to work on digestion, when it was already in the process of organising a detox. The truth of the matter is that it is wise to fast on an upset stomach, however uncomfortable it may be.

Indeed, when "sick" or rather, when the body is detoxifying via fever, cold, vomiting, diarrhoea, etc., it is best to fast completely – drinking only water or fresh coconut water until the symptoms subside. When feeling hungry (which is usually psychological or "false/acidic hunger"), the patient may take fruit juice. This provides the body with the opportunity to fully cleanse the system and allow the cells to rejuvenate. The first thing the happens during fasting is that the body will neutralise its pH and begin cleansing the cells and eliminating fat. We feel less energised because the body shuts us down, forcing us to rest, in order to finish its work. When the detoxifying process is over, however, the body will experience an abundance of energy.

Fasting is a spiritual practice, which promotes healing. During food intake, the mind focuses on chewing and disgusting, which in fact is the most exhausting and difficult process for the body. When food enters the mouth, blood rushes to the salivary glands to produce the first stage of digestive juices (there are over 500 types of digestive juices). Clearly, digestion is not a simple process. Giving the body a holiday from digestion, frees the mind and allows the Self to be active. All spiritual leaders and yogis practise and encourage fasting. Jesus Christ fasted for 40 days and became enlightened, due to elevated atomic power of the body.

Dr. Jacob breaks down food into three categories:

The first category, food with life, revitalises, cleanses, and strengthens the body. The second group, food that is dead, is not bad for the body, yet not particularly good earlier. This is due to the fact that the body must use its own energy and enzymes in order to break down and utilise its nutrients. Lastly, ghost food attacks the body's cells and organs and exhausts enzymes and vital nutrients. Pepsi and Coca Cola, for example, cause liver, kidney, and skin damage.

What happens when you throw a tomato out a window? It germinates! Overwhelmingly, the food has life properties that prosper in the body. If you put white rice in a glass of water, it rots. However, if you leave brown rice in a glass of water, it will sprout. Essentially, if you want to be lively, eat loving foods.