Can a person be successful with Daniel’s Challenge
without fasting? Yes, by following the dietary recommendations alone anyone will experience significant health benefits as they implement all other recommendations included in Daniel’s Challenge
Why does Daniel’s Challenge recommend a fast to initiate the challenge? Average Americans consumes 51 percent of their food from processed and refined foods, which means they have developed a preference for salt, sugar, fat, and animal-based foods. These foods are lowest in nutrients and do not contribute to overall health or to a slim body. Fasting at the start of Daniel’s Challenge helps reset appetite towards more healthful food choices that will be enjoyed during the challenge.
What else does fasting do? During a fast when the body is free from the task of digesting food, energies that would otherwise be directed toward digestion are used to release toxins and other waste from the body. As this occurs, vitality and strength increases significantly and noticeably. Fasting also helps to clear the mind and heart and to free the spirit to enjoy greater insights.
Unsupervised water fasts of seven to ten days may be employed safely by most people to achieve cleansing, healing, and weight-loss results. Many individuals, who suffer from degenerative conditions, including heart disease, arthritis, various autoimmune diseases, etc., have discovered fasts of this length to be safe and extremely beneficial, provided a person remains well hydrated.
There are a few genetic conditions that would preclude an individual from fasting. Conditions include porphyria, as well as a rare fatty-acid deficiency that prevents ketosis from occurring. Fasting is also unadvisable for anorexic or bulimic individuals, or for any person whose body is emaciated or in a state of starvation. Neither nursing or pregnant women who are diabetic should fast, nor should anyone with anemia (clinical or congenital). Prior to fasting, obtain approval from a healthcare specialist who is able to diagnose conditions mentioned above to determine fasting safety.
Some people should never fast without supervision. These include those who desire to fast but fear fasting, young children, non-diabetic pregnant women, individuals with serious disease conditions, insulin users who suffer from type-I or type-II diabetes, those with histories of recreational drug abuse, or persons who have been subjected to high levels environmental toxins, such as DDT contamination. Fasting allows the release of toxic elements into the blood, and it can be dangerous if amounts are significant.
Other than the exceptions noted or any personal risk conditions noted by your healthcare expert, fasting is extremely safe. In fact, it is considered to be the safest, least expensive, and most effective intervention that can be used to improve health. Fasting once a week or once a month for 24 hours or even once or twice a year for seven days is a wonderful and safe lifetime habit that enhances health more than any other single activity.
"A little starvation can really do more for the average sick man than can the best medicines and the best doctors. I do not mean a restricted diet; I mean total abstinence from food. I speak from experience; starvation has been my cold and fever doctor for 15 years, and has accomplished a cure in all instances." (Mark Twain; 1835-1910; American author and humorist)
"Fasting is an effective and safe method of detoxifying the body..., a technique that wise men have used for centuries to heal the sick. Fast regularly and help the body heal itself and stay well. Give all your organs a rest. Fasting can help reverse the aging process, and if we use it correctly, we will live longer, happier lives." (James Balch, M.D.; Prescription for Natural Healing)
"I fast for greater physical and mental efficiency." (Plato, 428-348 B.C.)
"Fasting is the master key to mental and spiritual unfoldment and evolution." (Dr. Arnold Ehret; 1866-1922; German Father of Naturopathic Medicine)
"Life is a slow suicide. Nine humans in ten are suicides." - "To lengthen thy life, lessen thy meals." - "The best of all medicines are rest and fasting." (Benjamin Franklin)
"Fasting and natural diet, though essentially unknown as a therapy, should be the first treatment when someone discovers that he or she has a medical problem. It should not be applied only to the most advanced cases, as is present practice. Whether the patient has a cardiac condition, hypertension, autoimmune disease, fibroids, or asthma, he or she must be informed that fasting and natural, plant-based diets are a viable alternative to conventional therapy, and an effective one. There are hundreds of journal articles in the medical literature documenting the value of fasting in improving the function of the entire body, including the brain. The time may come when not offering this substantially more effective nutritional approach will be considered malpractice (Joel Fuhrman, M.D.)
"Seest thou what fasting does: it heals illnesses, drives out demons, removes wicked thoughts, makes the heart pure. If someone has even been seized by an impure spirit, let her or him know that this kind, according to the word of the Lord, 'goeth not out but by prayer and fasting'" (Bible; Mathew 17:21)
"O ye who believe, fasting is prescribed for you..., as it was prescribed for those before you, so that you may safeguard yourselves against every kind of ill and become righteous." (Quran; c.651 A.D.)
"All the vitality and energy I have comes to me because my body is purified by fasting." (Gandhi)