Questions about Fasting

Is Fasting Dangerous?
Fasting is not dangerous, but under medical supervision it is an effective therapy for metabolic diseases and risk factors (obesity, high blood pressure) and shows strong effects on rheumatism, asthma, allergies, migraines, to name just a few indications. In addition, fasting offers a mental and spiritual self-awareness.

Is Fasting Suitable for Weight Loss?
Men between 30 and 40 and after postmenopausal women tend to gain weight - fasting can interrupt this. Many people keep their normal weight through fasting or counteract a tendency to become overweight through regular, professionally guided therapeutic fasting. When fasting, fat is the main fuel, not protein - right from the start. It is true, however, that fasting also breaks down protein, partly from the muscle cells.
However, the muscle cells are able to release protein without perishing. This protein breakdown is a reversible phenomenon that can even have a therapeutic effect on some diseases.
An initial water excretion occurs with fasting and with most diets. On the one hand, this is due to the loss of the water bound to glycogen and protein, and on the other hand, to the specific desalinating and dehydrating effect of fasting. In the case of high blood pressure and edema, this has an extremely positive effect.

Does the heart muscle lose protein?
As already mentioned, consuming small amounts of protein during fasting is by no means unphysiological. If fasting is methodically correct, the performance of the muscles also increases in the cardiac muscles (this is even greater if an adequate exercise program is carried out during fasting. The fasting usually feel increasingly fitter, can move more easily and continuously move up to more powerful groups (e.g., Hiking / gymnastics groups)
It is known from the animal kingdom that migratory birds, e.g., Fly over the Sahara, despite extreme physical activity, neither drinking nor eating. It was found that they not only break down muscle protein from the wings, but also from the heart muscle (approx. 20%) without impairing the> performance. What is that supposed to mean? Quite simply - the bird becomes lighter with each fasting day and therefore needs less muscle mass for the same performance.

Do you gain weight again after fasting?
People who eat “junk food” (a lot of fat, a lot of sugar) and alcohol and do not exercise much. Generally gaining weight again - beyond the initial weight - regardless of whether the weight loss was brought about by fasting, protein diets, FDH or other methods. In order to maintain low weight, it is essential to change lifestyle in terms of diet and exercise and to seek emotional balance without compensation from food or alcohol; Art, creativity, nature, harmonious relationships and spirituality are recommended by Buchinger for the dietetics of the soul
From the statistics of the Lent clinic at Bodensee, the data of patients who have fasted 10 times or more were examined. It was shown that the yo-yo effect did not occur: After fasting 10 times - about once a year as the traditions recommend - 1/3 of the test persons had less weight than at the beginning of the first fast, 1/3 of the test persons was the weight was approximately at the initial weight and at 1/3 the weight gain could not be stopped despite regular fasting, but the weight gain was not significant.

Can there be painful gout attacks while fasting?
Attacks of gout are very rare in medically guided fasting. Sufficient fluid intake, observance of the elementary fasting rules, observation of laboratory values and, if necessary, administration of a preparation to people at risk prevent gout attacks

What are the effects of fluid and mineral losses during fasting?
Unphysiological mineral losses (sodium and potassium) are prevented by the body's own saving mechanisms during fasting. In addition, the fasting supplements in the form of fresh fruit and vegetable juices provide the body with potassium and minerals. However, some of the following symptoms may occasionally occur low blood pressure, dizziness, headache, tiredness, dry skin and mucous membranes, bad breath, and an increased feeling of cold. The symptoms mentioned mostly disappear spontaneously or can be easily remedied through natural history applications: drinking black tea, honey, warm applications (baths, wraps), Kneipp applications, physical activity and promoting the elimination processes via the intestines (enemas), kidneys, skin and lungs. Many fasters are completely symptom-free and most experience increasing physical and mental well-being while fasting