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Duration and Benefits of Fasting
The duration of the fast depends upon the age of the patient, the nature of the disease and the amount and type of drugs previously used. Long periods of fasting can be dangerous if it is undertaken without the guidance of a competent guide. It is advisable to undertake a series of short fasts of two to three days and gradually increase the duration of each succeeding fast by a day or so. A person though should not fast for more than a week. This will enable the chronically sick body to gradually and slowly eliminate toxic waste matter without seriously affecting the natural functioning of the body. A correct mode of living and a balanced diet after the fast wilt restore vigour and vitality to the individual.

All kinds of stomach and intestinal disorders, and very serious disorders of the liver and kidney can also be treated beneficially by fasting. It is a miracle cure for eczema and other skin diseases and offers the only hope of permanent cure in many cases. Nervous disorders also respond very well to this method of treatment.

Fasting should, however, not be resorted to in every illness. In cases of diabetes, advanced stages of tuberculosis and extreme cases of neurasthenia, long fasts will be harmful. In most cases, however, no harm will accrue to fasting patients, provided they take rest, and are in proper professional care.

The success of the fast depends largely on how it is broken. This is the most significant phase. The main rules for breaking the fast are: do not overeat, eat slowly and chew your food thoroughly; and take several days for the gradual change to the normal diet. If the transition to eating solid foods is carefully planned, there will be no discomfort or damage. The patient should also continue to take rest during the transition period. The right food after a fast is as important and decisive for proper results as the fast itself.

Benefits of Fasting
asting has several benefits. During a long fast, the body feeds upon its reserves. Being deprived of needed nutrients, particularly of protein and fats, it will burn and digest its own tissues by the process of autolysis or self-digestion. But it will not do so indiscriminately. The body will first decompose and burn those cells and tissues which are diseased, damaged, aged or dead. The essential tissues and vital organs, the glands, the nervous system and the brain are not damaged or digested in fasting.

During fasting, the building of new and healthy cells are speeded up by the amino acids released from the diseased cells. The capacity of the eliminative organs, that is, lungs, liver, kidneys and the skin is greatly increased as they are relieved of the usual burden of digesting food and eliminating the resultant wastes. They are able to quickly expel old accumulated wastes and toxins.

Fasting affords a physiological rest to the digestive, assimilative and protective organs. As a result, the digestion of food and the utilisation of nutrients is greatly improved after hasting. The fast also exerts a normalising, stabilising and rejuvenating effect on all the vital physiological, nervous and mental functions.
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