When an animal, such as a dog or cat, is sick or unwell, its first natural instinct is to refuse food. Their body automatically cuts down appetite till they recover. They may drink water, but nothing else. This is body’s intelligence taking over to heal and recover.
INTUITIVE EATING- Humans aren’t any different. At least intuitively. All of us are products of nature and we have been designed the same. When we call in sick, the first thing that happens is that our appetites shut down too. Out taste of mouth changes and our sensitivity to smell and taste is tumbled. This is our body’s intelligence and subtle biofeedback trying to tell us that its time we give our body some rest.
This is fasting in a way and has been practiced since the lo ingest time- across all religions. Fasting is inbuilt in us and is considered medicinal if you actually go back and read its history. It is our body’s uncomplicated way of cleaning and healing. Unfortunately, we have moved too far from nature and our natural instincts. We are constantly eating and munching even when sick, thereby compromising our own immunity and masking the inbuilt mechanism to heal.
TAKE A BREAK- When we take a break from eating, we put our digestive system to rest first. Our digestive system utilizes 80% of our body’s energy, leaving only 20% for repair, recycling, eliminating. Now when we slow down our eating, we redirect that huge chunk of energy to healing, repair,immunity boost, which our digestive system would consume otherwise. That’s our immunity working for us. The healing or prevention of a disease revolves around immunity. Major events that happen when we fast, a dry fasting .
- Stem cell activation and regeneration begins.
- Body gets rid of its own toxins.
- Body tries to sacrifice its sickest cells through the process of autophagy- a natural process and also one that occurs in cases of fasting. Autophagy also helps prevent/manage cancer and plays a vital role in degrading cells infected by bacteria and viruses.
- Its good to go through symptoms of lack of appetite or aversion of foods when sick because it indicates our body doing the right things at the right time. Unfortunately, we have become so addicted to comfort and constant eating, that it has become a tough job to actually gauge our true physical hunger.
Through our practice, we see so many cases where people have fasted their way through sickness- from a common cold,fever to obesity, joint pains, hair fall, skin problems,inflammation, bloating, digestive issues. These people eat only when their body ask for nutrition.