Fasting practice: step by step principal.

1. Transition period

When many "bad" habits exist, longer preparations are needed. Eliminating alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, and sugar if possible is very helpful, although some people choose to wait until their actual fast days to clear these. Red meats and other animal foods, including milk products and eggs, could be avoided for a day or two before fasting. Intake of most nutritional supplements can also be curtailed the day before fasting; these are usually not recommended during a fast. Many people do well by preparing for their fasts with three or four days of consuming only fruit and vegetable foods. These nourish and slowly detoxify the body so that the actual fasting will be less intense.

New faster should go slowly through the various steps and to avoid being excessive or impatient so that we learn about ourselves in the process. To do this, we need observing or "listening" to our body and even keeping notes in a journal. Get to really know yourself. Then, once we have fasted successfully, we could continue to do one-day fasts weekly or a three-day fast every month if we need them. This helps to reconnect us with a better diet and to remotivate us toward our goal of optimum health.

A juice fast, which I usually recommend, can be longer and is much easier for most people. The fresh juices of raw fruits and vegetables are what most fasting clinics and practitioners recommend

Basically we have to move into a one-day fast and then a few two- and three-day fasts with two or three days between them when low-calorie foods and more raw fruits and vegetables are consumed, and also provide fluids having alkaline origin. This way, we can build up to a five- to seven-day fast. When the transition is made this slowly, even a water fast can be less intense and more profound for those wishing a powerful personal and spiritual experience.

How long all this pre-fasting training period last before coming up to standard 7-14 day fasts 4 – 2 times per year? We concider 4-8 months is enough for this "fast trainings"

Practicing 5-14 fast we strongly suggest medical monitoring and retreating from usual daily life. Best option – to go to some redidential spa (anti-aging center) with experienced medical personal supporting you in any needed moment

Fasting can be the most difficult for those who need it the most, such as the daily three-meals-plus-snacks consumers who eat whatever and whenever they want. Often such people must start with more subtle diet changes and prepare even more slowly for fasting. A transition plan that can be used before even going on the one-day fast is the one-meal-a-day plan. The one daily meal is usually eaten around 3 p.m. Water, juices, and teas and even some fresh fruit or vegetable snacks can be eaten at other times. The one wholesome meal is not excessive or rich. It can be a protein-vegetable meal, such as fish and salad or steamed vegetables, or a starch-vegetable meal, such as brown rice and mixed steamed greens, carrots, celery, and zucchini. People on this plan start to detox slowly, lose some weight, and after a few days feel pretty sound. The chance of any strong symptoms developing, as might occur with fasting, is minimal with this type of transition, and the actual fast, when begun, will be handled more easily, also.

Fasting trainings

The method of therapeutic fasting

Therapeutic fasting method includes full abstention from taking food and a complex of cleaning and physio-therapeutic treatments carried out simultaneously (enemas, baths, douches) and the special re-feeding nutritional program. There are three basic periods of fasting therapy:

  • Preparation period,
  • Fasting period,
  • Re-feeding period.

In preparation period a complex examination of patients is carried out in order to specify indications and contraindications to fasting (see below). If necessary, the consultations of specialists are prescribed (oculist, gynecologist, dentist, etc), treatment of hotbeds of chronic infection is carried out (odontogenic, tonsiloginic, etc.)

The method of fasting for many of patients seems unusual. That is why the practical usage of the method needs special individual and collective preparation to this sort of treatment. To the beginning of treatment they have to obtain certain minimum knowledge about «fasting for health sake», it is necessary to let them know in a simple way what the method is about, regimen of treatment, they should be taught to cleaning treatment and so on. The patients have to wish to use fasting as a therapeutic method of treatment. That means important guarantee of regimen of treatment maintenance.


Full or moist FASTING (without any limitation of taking water) is the mostly widely spread in the clinical practice of fasting. In the preparatory period a complex examination of patients is carried out, treatment of the existing chronic hotbeds of infection. Before first day of fasting a patient does not have dinner. For the night he is given a cleaning enema of 2 liters of water at room temperature. For the next morning a salt laxative 40-50 g of magnium sulfate dissolved in 200 ml of warm boiled water is given. From that period of time food intake is completely stopped.

Fasting period is dosed out individually depending on the age, nosological form, condition of patients, how he bears fasting. Achieving of «ketoacidotic crisis» is considered advisable, that for the majority of patients at full fasting can be observed on 7-9 day. As usual, 12-14 days of food intake abstinence is enough. In the case of bronchial asthma, polyartritis, psoriasis and some other diseases resistant to a drug treatment and at good endurance of fasting therapy is advisable to extend the fasting period to 18-21 days. Longer period of fasting is not advisable because usually badly endured by patients.

Patients take no less then 1-1,5 L daily of boiled water or slightly brewed non-sweet tea (mint decoction, wild rose decoction, alkaline mineral water). Consumption of coffee, alcohol and smoking are strictly prohibited. From the first days of treatment drug intake mostly must be canceled. The regimen of patients as usual active. The major part of the day is recommended to spend to a free air (walking, sun-and air baths). Night sleep should be enough (no less then 8-9 hours), in a well ventilated room. A complex of strengthening (massage, gymnastics, swimming), physiotherapeutic (sollux, electrophorus, salt-coniferous baths, etc) and cleaning (everyday enemas with 1-1,5 l of water at room temperature, circular douche, Sharko douche) treatments are carried out, prescribed individually depending on nosological form and condition of patients.

"Fasting" doctor examines patients daily, check the pulse and the arterial pressure. The dynamics of patients’ condition and their endurance of fasting are recorded in-patients file. Patients should fill a self-observation form. Accumulated clinical experience and laboratory tests say that 3 basic stages of fasting can be distinguished.

1 stage (of food excitation)

Lasts first 2-3 days. In this stage the following symptoms are typical: hunger cravings, headaches, weakness, breach of sleep. They very often have acute reaction on look and scent of food, on conversation about eating. Sometimes pain in epigastria area, sucking pain in stomach, feeling of discomfort and aggravated peristalsis of intestines are noticed. In water used for enemas considerable quantity of faces masses is observed. Quick loss of weight is noticed in this 1 St stage of fasting, especially in persons with excess eating (daily weight loss up to 1-2 kg), mainly due to loss of water. In this period a very important role plays distraction of patients from thoughts about food, walk on a fresh air, psychoprofilactic work of a doctor (talks about advantages and benefits of fasting). It is desirable for the patients to be in one ward and together begin fasting. That would be advisable to have in the ward those patients who have already undergone treatment by fasting.

2 stage (ketoacidose increasing)

Start from 2-3 days of fast and continues to 7-9 days of fast. In this period the feeling of hunger deadens. The scent of acetone from the mouth and metallic aftertaste in the mouth appears, the tongue is covered by white-grayish patch. Sometimes common weakness, drowsiness in day and breach of night sleep, more rare sickness and vomiting are observed. Usually, the first experience of fasting is most difficult. Those patients are recommended to limit temporary their physical activity (to call off massage, piscine, physiotreatments), to spend more time on the fresh air, to drink alkaline mineral water. Everyday weight loss is 0,3-0,7 kg and is caused by beginning of active breaking up of fats. Moderate bradicardia (48-60 beats per minute) is notices, the blood pressure drops. Some patients may suffer ortostatic collapse (syncope) especially those who are usually hypotonic. The patients should be warning about importance of slow getting up from he bed, they should avoid sharp movements. If blood pressure is consistently lower than 80/60 it is not recommended continuing fasting.

The content of buffer bases (subcompensating metabolic acidose), glucose (moderate hypoglycemia), potassium and urea decrease. The level of common lipids, cholesterine, kreatinine, indirect bilirubin, AlAT, AcAT is increasing. The content of keton bodies is increasing in urine and reaches it's maximum on 7-9 day, that corresponds to the period of «ketoacidotic crisis». After this crisis the condition of patients significantly improves.

3 stage (compensated ketoacidose)

Is starting from the 7-9 day and continues to the end of fasting period (14-21 day). The organism of patients is totally adapted to the conditions of full fasting. The symptoms of diseases are usually significantly decreases or disappear completely. The content of glucose, cholesterol, potassium, urea, bilirubin is normalizing in blood. Increase of activity of AlAT and AcAT not more then 1,5-2 times beyond normal. If the increase of AlAT, AcAT is somewhat more, especially in combination with increase of common bilirubin, the medical fasting should be stopped.

Daily losses of weight gradually decreases and makes 0,2-0,5 kg per day in the second half of fasting period. Naturopathic symptoms of correct medical fasting in this time are as follows: gradual cleaning of the tongue from patch to it's root, gradual disappearance of unpleasant smell from the mouth, the feeling of constant dryness in the mouth is changing with moist. The clinical criteria of accomplishment of the fasting period are as follows:

  • appearance of feeling of hunger and dreams on food subjects;
  • full cleaning of the tongue from patch;
  • absence of faces masses in water after enemas;
  • improvement of clinical symptoms of diseases.
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The Anti-Aging Fasting Program consists of a 7-28 days program (including 3 - 14 fasting days). 7-28-day low-calorie diet program is also available .
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    The anti-aging story (summary)
Introduction. Statistical review. Your personal aging curve
  Aging and Anti-aging. Why do we age?
    2.1  Aging forces (forces that cause aging
Internal (free radicals, glycosylation, chelation etc.) 
External (Unhealthy diet, lifestyle, wrong habits, environmental pollution, stress, poverty-change "poverty zones", or take it easy. etc.) 
    2.2 Anti-aging forces
Internal (apoptosis, boosting your immune system, DNA repair, longevity genes) 
External (wellness, changing your environment; achieving comfortable social atmosphere in your life, regular intake of anti-aging drugs, use of replacement organs, high-tech medicine, exercise)
    2.3 Aging versus anti-aging: how to tip the balance in your favour!
    3.1 Caloric restriction and fasting extend lifespan and decrease all-cause mortality (Evidence)
      Human studies
Monkey studies
Mouse and rat studies
Other animal studies
    3.2 Fasting and caloric restriction prevent and cure diseases (Evidence)
Hypertension and Stroke
Skin disorders
Mental disorders
Neurogical disorders
Asthmatic bronchitis, Bronchial asthma
Bones (osteoporosis) and fasting
Arteriosclerosis and Heart Disease
Cancer and caloric restriction
Cancer and fasting - a matter of controversy
Eye diseases
Chronic fatigue syndrome
Sleeping disorders
Rheumatoid arthritis
Gastrointestinal diseases
    3.3 Fasting and caloric restriction produce various
      biological effects. Effects on:
        Energy metabolism
Lipids metabolism
Protein metabolism and protein quality
Neuroendocrine and hormonal system
Immune system
Physiological functions
Reproductive function
Cognitive and behavioral functions
Biomarkers of aging
    3.4 Mechanisms: how does calorie restriction retard aging and boost health?
        Diminishing of aging forces
  Lowering of the rate of gene damage
  Reduction of free-radical production
  Reduction of metabolic rate (i.e. rate of aging)
  Lowering of body temperature
  Lowering of protein glycation
Increase of anti-aging forces
  Enhancement of gene reparation
  Enhancement of free radical neutralisation
  Enhancement of protein turnover (protein regeneration)
  Enhancement of immune response
  Activation of mono-oxygenase systems
  Enhance elimination of damaged cells
  Optimisation of neuroendocrine functions
    3.5 Practical implementation: your anti-aging dieting
        Fasting period.
Re-feeding period.
Safety of fasting and low-calorie dieting. Precautions.
      3.6 What can help you make the transition to the low-calorie life style?
        Social, psychological and religious support - crucial factors for a successful transition.
Drugs to ease the transition to caloric restriction and to overcome food cravings (use of adaptogenic herbs)
Food composition
Finding the right physician
    3.7Fasting centers and fasting programs.
  Food to eat. Dishes and menus.
    What to eat on non-fasting days. Dishes and menus. Healthy nutrition. Relation between foodstuffs and diseases. Functional foods. Glycemic index. Diet plan: practical summary. "Dr. Atkins", "Hollywood" and other fad diets versus medical science

Bread, cereals, pasta, fiber
Glycemic index
Meat and poultry
Sugar and sweet
Fats and oils
Dairy and eggs
Nuts and seeds
Food composition

  Anti-aging drugs and supplements
    5.1 Drugs that are highly recommended
      (for inclusion in your supplementation anti-aging program)
        Vitamin E
Vitamin C
Co-enzyme Q10
Lipoic acid
Folic acid
Flavonoids, carotenes
Vitamin B
Vinpocetine (Cavinton)
Deprenyl (Eldepryl)
    5.2 Drugs with controversial or unproven anti-aging effect, or awaiting other evaluation (side-effects)
        Phyto-medicines, Herbs
      5.3 Drugs for treatment and prevention of specific diseases of aging. High-tech modern pharmacology.
        Alzheimer's disease and Dementia
Immune decline
Infections, bacterial
Infections, fungal
Memory loss
Muscle weakness
Parkinson's disease
Prostate hyperplasia
Sexual disorders
Stroke risk
Weight gaining
    5.4 The place of anti-aging drugs in the whole
      program - a realistic evaluation
    6.1 Early diagnosis of disease - key factor to successful treatment.
      Alzheimer's disease and Dementia
Cataracts and Glaucoma
Genetic disorders
Heart attacks
Immune decline
Infectious diseases
Memory loss
Muscle weakness
Parkinson's disease
Prostate hyperplasia
Stroke risk
Weight gaining
    6.2 Biomarkers of aging and specific diseases
    6.3 Stem cell therapy and therapeutic cloning
    6.4 Gene manipulation
    6.5 Prosthetic body-parts, artificial organs
Bones, limbs, joints etc.
Heart & heart devices
    6.6 Obesity reduction by ultrasonic treatment
  Physical activity and aging. Experimental and clinical data.
        Aerobic exercises
Weight-lifting - body-building
Professional sport: negative aspects
  Conclusion: the whole anti-aging program
    9.1 Modifying your personal aging curve
      Average life span increment. Expert evaluation.
Periodic fasting and caloric restriction can add 40 - 50 years to your lifespan
Regular intake of anti-aging drugs can add 20-30 years to your lifespan
Good nutrition (well balanced, healthy food, individually tailord diet) can add 15-25 years to your lifespan
High-tech bio-medicine service can add 15-25 years to your lifespan
Quality of life (prosperity, relaxation, regular vocations) can add 15-25 years to your lifespan
Regular exercise and moderate physical activity can add 10-20 years to your lifespan
These approaches taken together can add 60-80 years to your lifespan, if you start young (say at age 20). But even if you only start later (say at 45-50), you can still gain 30-40 years

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    9.2 The whole anti-aging life style - brief summary 
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        The whole anti-aging program: overview

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