Much like last year, I am eagerly kicking off this 2024 annual cleanse with a single day water fast. Why a water fast when restriction in one form or another is the name of the game with every cleanse?
This cleanse, like my 11 previous ones, comes at a crucial post-holiday time of year. The pressure of shopping, organizing, celebrating and wrapping (don’t forget the wrapping; it’s a fun yet stressful task that seems endless in our a family of five) alters my daily way of life and thus my dietary schedule. Eating and drinking with a lot less discretion, leaves me feeling bloated and uncomfortable in my own skin.
As a weekly Monday, water faster, I know that my first day of the work-week fast day amounts to 24+ hours of what feels to me an instant reset. My weekly commitment helps me release retained water and any lingering guilt about overindulging the days that precede the fast. And during days when I’ve toed the line and have not overindulged, my water fasts help solidify my healthful approach during the previous days and sets my week off with an excellent start!
As I mentioned in my post last year, the aftereffects of a day-long water fast always inspire an elevated day for me in body, mind and spirit.
I am a fan of water fasting when appropriate, and I have personally used water fasting since my early 20s. My most extended water fast was a 7-day fast; it was an incredible experience physiologically and spiritually.
Water fasting has been practiced for thousands of years for physical and spiritual reasons. All religions have historically used water fasting to purify and detoxify the body.
To this day, it is believed to offer several health benefits. Studies show that it can promote autophagy, a cellular repair process, and may aid in weight loss. Intermittent fasting, including water fasting, can also positively affect metabolism and longevity. [Be sure to read the NIH studies that explore the benefits of fasting during chemotherapy.]
However, it’s crucial to consider contraindications. People with certain health conditions, such as eating disorders, diabetes, or cardiovascular issues, should only fast under proper medical supervision. Prolonged fasting can lead to nutrient deficiencies and potential complications. Therefore, it is essential to approach water fasting cautiously, particularly for individuals with pre-existing health concerns. Always consult with a healthcare professional before embarking on such practices.
Hello, I’m Francesca, and I’m genuinely thrilled to join forces with Maria on this extraordinary detox journey. With 14 years of dedicated experience as an integrative nutritionist, I hold a Master’s in Integrative Nutrition and am certified as a health and wellness coach. My distinctive approach seamlessly blends science-based nutrition with the art and science of coaching, guaranteeing each client a holistic and personalized experience. What sets me apart is not just my wealth of knowledge but my genuine passion for witnessing my clients thrive.
Currently pursuing a doctorate in Integrative Health, I eagerly anticipate the opportunity to bring the latest insights and advancements. My commitment to staying at the forefront of integrative health ensures I can offer cutting-edge strategies to support the well-being of my clients. Please feel free to reach out if you have questions or comments. I look forward to supporting your journey toward optimal health and vitality.
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Written by Maria Felicia Kelley with contributions by Francesca Orlando
Disclaimer: Maria Felicia Kelley is not a medical doctor. The cleanse and fasting benefits she discusses in this post are derived from her own experiences and observations. Individuals should consult their own healthcare providers when eliminating foods from their diets.
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