Fasting Day 3

Mermaid Diving into Lemon Water. Pic by M.C.

It’s Day 3 of fasting and I’m doing pretty good. Hey, I have enough mental faculties to write a blog post. I look forward to the benefits of feeling fantastic inside and out which will be tomorrow the end of my fast.

Day 3 for me is the most difficult. It’s usually a sluggish day. One can fast at work, just know thyself. My second grade teacher did it. She put lemon and cayenne pepper in her water.

The benefits of water, lemon, and cayenne are metabolic health, steady weight, and protection against disease. Supposedly, you can drink this even on days you’re not fasting. My circulation is poor right now even after my walk, meditation, and yoga. My feet are cold. Cayenne is supposed to help with circulation. (So today, I made warm lemon, cayenne water and it helped my circulation.)

As I’ve mentioned before lemons are antibacterial, antiviral, and immune-boosting. Lemons have vitamin C, bioflavonoids, pectin, magnesium, and limonene, which promotes immunity and fight infection. Lemon juice kills certain types of bacteria that cause acne. Lemons help with the development of strong teeth, gums, bones, and cartilage. Drinking warm or room temperature lemon water first thing in the morning helps to alkalize the body and clean out toxins in the digestive system. This is according to author Mimi Kirk in her book The Ultimate Book of Modern Juicing.

One caveat, if you’re only going to do a water fast it’s not recommended for someone on medications. Perhaps you would have to do intermittent fasting and drink lemon, cayenne water in between meals. Not everyone can handle the spice. Ask an alternative doctor for help and preferably someone who has fasted before. Or you can always do a raw juice fast preferably with greens like spinach, kale, and cucumbers. There’s always celery juice. Actually, two caveats or three, Ray Kent, who fasted on and off for 50 years said fasting isn’t recommended for adults with brain tumors and adrenal fatigue. He recommends they are under careful supervision if they want to fast.

Benefits of fasting:

• spiritual

• the body heals itself—that’s what Hippocrates believed

• clear skin

• normalizes insulin sensitivity

• reduces inflammation

• boosts immune system

• good for gut health

• anti-aging

Fasting Tips:

• sip the water don’t chug it or you’ll feel horrible

• keep simple essential oils for smelling like wild orange to revive yourself

• if you can’t do just water add a lemon to your glass then add cayenne if it sounds yummy

• bathe and wash your hair to feel revived and to wash off the toxins

• have fruit available that has a long shelf life that way you can end your fast with whole food

The Book of Isaiah has a whole chapter on fasting. “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter when you see the naked, to clothe him, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? (NIV Study Bible, Isaiah 58:6,7)

Happy Vegan!

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