While it’s wonderful to feel the benefits, we want you to know what actually happens in the body during and after a cleanse. During a fast, your body taps into energy by burning excess fats, along with sugars and other carbohydrates. The liver is the star in this process – converting fats into three water-soluble compounds called ketone bodies that then deliver energy throughout the body for use.
Our bodies store toxins chiefly in fats, to keep those damaging chemicals away from vital tissues. During a fast the liver breaks down fats more rapidly, promoting the release of those toxins. Fasting boosts the body’s built-in detox processes.
In addition to the detox benefits, fasting aids digestion, nutrient absorption, and healing. Fasting reduces the energy and resources normally devoted to the digestive system, and diverts it to the immune system and metabolic processes, allowing the body to rest and rebuild. During fasting, your core body temperature decreases as your metabolism slows down, along with other bodily functions. Your base metabolic rate, or BMR, is reduced to conserve energy, and your blood sugar levels drop as the body utilizes reservoirs of glycogen in the liver. The stomach and intestines get a break from constant digestion, and instead, have supplemental energy to restore glands and muscle in their lining; at the same time, these organs become more efficient at removing waste matter. Hormone production, particularly that of anti-aging growth hormones, increases during fasting as well.
Fasting enables the body to become a more efficient self-healer, enabling it to use its resources more fully. This heightened power results in more efficient regeneration at a microscopic level. DNA and RNA genetic production become highly efficient during a fast, synthesizing vital proteins the body needs for healthier cells, tissues and organs. Medical studies have shown that fasting cuts off the supply of nutrients to tumors, helping the body’s natural defenses break down abnormal growths and expel them.