Stages Of Fasting

July 11, 2018


There will be things happening to your body during a fast. Please note that they may be more severe the first time around. If at anytime you feel like you cannot handle it, STOP. Talk to your doctor. Try again. 


Stage 1: Psychological Hunger (Days 1 thru 2-3)


 • Blood Sugar levels drop below 70mg/dl

 • Liver glycogen is converted to glucose and released into the blood (enough for ½ day)

 • The body reduces basal metabolic rate (to conserve energy)

 • The heart slows and blood pressure is reduced

 • Glycogen is pulled from the muscles

 • Quick loss of weight is noticed, mainly due to loss of water

Typical Symptoms for this Stage:

 1. Psychological hunger cravings (sometimes intense)

 2. Irritability

 3. Weakness

 4. Breach of sleep

 5. Acute reaction on look/scent/conversations about eating

 6. Sucking pain in stomach

 7. Discomfort of intestines

 8. Muscle weakness

 9. Headaches

 10. Dizziness or lightheadedness (from lowering blood pressure)

 11. Digestive upset

 12. Flatulence

 13. Nausea and vomiting are possible

 14. Bad breath

 15. Mucousy stools

 16. Glazed eyes

 17. Heavily coated tongue (a thick white or yellow fur coating, which can be scraped or brushed off)

 18. Skin odors/eruptions may appear

 19. Bad dreams



Stage 2: Acidosis (Days 2-3 thru 7-9)


 • Fats are broken down to release glycerol and converted to glucose

 • The energy for maintenance of basal metabolism is almost entirely met by the use of free fatty acids and ketones

 • Increased norepinephrine (adrenalin) levels prevent the decrease in metabolic rate (after Day 5)

 • Appetite is suppressed as ketones are formed by the incomplete oxidation of fats

  • High levels of growth hormone (HGH) maintain muscle growth and lean  tissues (after Day 5 – also the best time to exercise, due to the high  levels of HGH)

 • The body vigorously throws off acid waste products

 • Scent of acetone from the mouth and metallic aftertaste in the mouth appears

 • The tongue is covered by a white-grayish patch

 • Ketone bodies are increasing in urine and reach its maximum on day 7-9

 • Rancid oils are purged from the body

 • Toxic waste in the blood

 • Cleansing and repair of organs and lungs begins

 • The colon is being repaired and impacted feces on the intestinal wall start to loosen and are autolyzed


Typical Symptoms for this Stage:


 1. Fatigue

 2. Blurred vision

 3. Possible dizziness

 4. Nervousness

 5. Backaches

 6. Muscle tightness (the legs are the worst affected as toxins accumulate in the legs)

 7. Cold virus (aka the body eliminating toxins)

 8. Emotional disturbances (if eating was used for emotional comfort)

 9. Occasional daytime weakness, drowsiness as well as breach of sleep

 10. Rare but possible sickness, nausea and vomiting

 11. Moderate bradicardia (48-60 beats per minute), possibly leading to blackouts

 12. Blood pressure drops (be warned to get up slowly and avoid sharp movements)

 13. Mild hypoglycemia

 14. Potassium and urea decrease

 15. Oily skin

 16. Possible pimples and/or boils

  17. Clogged sinuses (from periodic expelling of the lymphatic system,  expelling mucoid matter through the nose and throat, sometimes in  shocking quantities)

 18. Foul breath

 19. Pallid complexion

 20. Tongue is coated with a bad-tasting dryish mucus

 21. Urine may be concentrated and foul (unless a good deal of water is taken daily)

Stage 3: Normalization (Days 7-9 thru 14-16)

 • Enhanced energy

 • Clear-mindedness

 • An increasing sense of well-being

 • Acidic blood chemistry is gradually corrected

 • The body’s healing process is at optimum efficiency

  • The body scours for dead/damaged tissue, secreting substances to  dissolved the damaged cells, irritating the nerves in the surrounding  region

 • Toxin irritation of the muscles (especially the legs)

 • Excessive bacteria in the mouth

Typical Symptoms for this Stage

 1. Daily loses of weight decrease

 2. Dreams on food subjects

 3. Old injuries may become irritated and painful as a result of the body’s increased ability to heal

 4. Sore/tight muscles (the legs being the worst due to toxin accumulation)

 5. Canker sores


Stage 4: Accelerated Healing (Days 16 – 30)


 • The body is completely adapted to the fasting process

 • The body now has more energy

 • The mind has heightened clarity and emotional balance

 • Damaged tissue is now being replaced

 • Cleansing periods can be short with many days of feeling good in between

 • Symptoms of diseases significantly decrease or disappear completely

 • Glucose, cholesterol, potassium, urea, bilirubin normalize

 • There are now days when the tongue is pink and the breath is fresh

 • The healing work of the organs is being completed

  • The body works at maximum capacity in tissue proliferation to replace  damaged tissue (after the detoxification mechanisms have removed the  causative agent or rendered it harmless; while a short fast will reduce  symptoms, a longer fast can completely heal)

 • The lymphatic system is basically clean

 • After day 20, the mind is affected with heightened clarity and emotional balance

 • Memory and concentration improve

 • Repair and regeneration of tissues

 • Tumors are metabolized as food for the body

 • Arthritic deposits dissolve

 • Scar tissues tend to disappear

 • Damaged organs regain lost function (if they can)

 • Seriously ill people begin to heal


Typical Symptoms for this Stage


 1. Shorter cleansing days

 2. Rare discharge of mucus through the nose and throat

Stage 5 (30 - ?): Breaking the Fast with the genuine return of Natural Hunger

 • The Breath becomes sweet and clean

 • The Tongue becomes clean

 • Body Temperature returns to normal, where it remains

 • Pulse becomes normal in time and rhythm

 • Skin reactions and other reactions become normal

 • Salivary secretion becomes normal

 • Eyes become bright and eye sight improves

 • Excreta loses its odor

 • Urine becomes light

  • Hunger returns, indicating that the fast is to be broken; all other  indications are secondary.  Often one or more of the above secondary  signs are absent when hunger returns, but one should not refrain from  breaking the fast when there is an unmistakable demand for food.


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