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Therapeutic fasting according to Buchinger: who does it help and when?

As of: 02/08/2021 9:21 am

Regular cleaning is recommended not only for the home, but also for the body. But what does therapeutic fasting actually bring to the body?

Fasting is seen by more and more people as spring cleaning for body, mind and soul. One of the best-known methods is the classic therapeutic fasting according to the Buchinger method, which goes back to the German doctor and naturopath Otto Buchinger (1878-1966). Only vegetable broth and diluted juices are allowed for five days or more, and dairy products are also allowed to a small extent. So the body receives a minimal amount of calories, vitamins and minerals. Various positive effects are ascribed to therapeutic fasting.

Fasting brings about beneficial biochemical changes

The human metabolism has been set for fasting times since ancient times: In phases of abundance our ancestors feasted uninhibited, in deficiency phases the stomach remained empty for a few hours or days. Our body survives longer periods of hunger by storing energy reserves in various organs and tissues (including as fat pads) and mobilizing them again when necessary. After a long period of time without ingesting food, it begins to release substances that activate fat loss. There are beneficial biochemical changes in the body, such as an improved sugar and fat metabolism.

Can you "purify" with fasting?

The so-called "purification" by Buchinger is scientifically dubious: waste products are allegedly waste products of the metabolism, which are deposited in the body and can cause diseases. Experts point out that end products of metabolism are continuously excreted via the kidneys, intestines, lungs and skin.

However, the constantly subliminal cell cleaning processes (autophagy) apparently get going when fasting: "Fasting activates the body's own garbage disposal, so to speak," explains nutrition doc Anne Fleck.

Fasting doctor Buchinger learned first hand that not eating mobilizes the body's self-healing powers - he used it to alleviate his rheumatism. Since then, various studies have shown that health-promoting processes take place in the body. Fasting therefore has an anti-inflammatory effect: the body releases substances that can dampen inflammatory processes in the body.

Therapeutic fasting does not lead to permanent weight loss

Otto Buchinger tried to improve his rheumatism by fasting.

However, completely avoiding food also triggers stress: Since the body does not get any energy supply from food, it reduces its energy consumption (basal metabolic rate) and breaks down protein in the muscles to generate energy. Longer fasts can therefore have undesirable side effects such as muscle wasting if one does not counteract this through physical activity.

While fasting, the pounds drop rapidly, but after breaking the fast, the pads will be back on the hips all the faster if there is no fundamental change in diet: The yo-yo effect, which is also known and feared from diets, occurs.

Fasting with previous illnesses only under medical supervision

Even if therapeutic fasting can promote health, people with severe heart and kidney diseases, cancer, gout or biliary problems are not allowed to fast. Only healthy people can start a fast on their own - people with previous illnesses should always speak to their doctor beforehand. It is possible to cure in special fasting clinics under medical supervision. As part of a rehabilitation measure, the statutory health insurance companies then cover the costs for certain clinical pictures.

Fasting according to Buchinger: the emotional side

Another important factor in Buchinger fasting is the spiritual side. Many fasters report that consciously avoiding it for several days is good for the body. You will find inner peace again and experience an improved body feeling. This effect is reinforced by the incorporation of daily rest phases. A change in attitudes towards food and nutrition also has an effect after the fasting period. Fasting can be a very good place to start when making lifestyle changes, such as changing your diet, quitting smoking, getting more exercise.

This is how the Buchinger method works: induction of fasting

On the day off, light foods such as vegetables and oatmeal are on the agenda. The first day of fast begins with a drink of Glauber's salt.

The fasting cure begins with a one to two day preparation phase, the so-called Discharge days. Light foods such as steamed vegetables, vegetable soup or porridge relieve the intestines.

The actual first day of fasting then starts with a thorough one Bowel movementso that you do not feel hungry while fasting. A common remedy for this is a laxative drink with Glauber's salt (from the pharmacy).

Fasting drinks and food intake according to Buchinger

Only low-calorie drinks are allowed when fasting.

When fasting is on a daily basis Fluid intake of at least 2 to 3 liters to pay attention - correspondingly more when exercising. Sufficient drinking is important to prevent side effects such as headaches, circulatory disorders or flatulence: vegetable broth with herbs, teas (in the morning with a little honey), vegetable and fruit juices - preferably freshly prepared.

To the Muscle preservation it is also allowed to change the nutrition plan protein to expand: 200 grams of cottage cheese, yogurt or milk per day.

Colon care and exercise

During fasting, the intestine needs an enema as a tutoring so that the bowel movement works.

Regular drinking of Sauerkraut juice regulates bowel activity.

Promote eliminations: The colon needs an enema every two days to cleanse. To do this, you need an enema or an irrigator - and some time to be undisturbed. Only if an enema is not feasible at all, you can help with Epsom salt or "F.X. Passage Salt".

It is important to get your circulation and metabolism going, for example with Kneipp sprinkles and sport. Regular physical exercise with moderate stress counteracts the breakdown of proteins from the muscles.

A fasting crisis is normal

Go for a walk, meditate, rest: fasting people should feel what is good for their body.

Nevertheless, a so-called fasting crisis can occur. Usually after the third or fourth day there is typically a headache and general malaise. Circulatory disorders, dizziness, flatulence, bad breath, depression, visual or sleep disorders can also occur. Some fasters need less sleep than usual, others just feel tired. In any case, it is important to listen to your body, move moderately and take breaks.

Liver compress increases metabolic activity

Warm, moist liver wraps help you relax and promote regeneration. They should not only feel comfortable, but in particular increase the blood flow to the liver and gall bladder and thus promote detoxification. They are easy to do: you need

  • a hot water bottle
  • a washcloth or a guest towel
  • a big towel.
The hot water bottle is filled half full while hot (but not boiling) and the cloth or guest towel is moistened with pleasantly warm water. Now lying comfortably on your back, first place the wrung-out cloth on your right upper abdomen, then wrap the hot water bottle over it and then wrap your upper body with a dry towel. The liver wrap should work for 20 to 30 minutes while you rest warmly wrapped in a cozy blanket.

Breaking the fast: be patient when building up your diet!

The post-fasting phase is crucial so that the good body feeling you have gained is retained for as long as possible. After the so-called breaking of the fast - the first small meal, traditionally an apple, which many fasters perceive as a "little explosion of taste" - the diet has to progress very slowly. At the beginning, light, cautiously seasoned vegetable soups are recommended in order to gently get the bowel used to its tasks again. Typically, it is estimated that the diet is about half as long as the fasting period lasted.

Hold weight? Permanent change in diet

Optimally, the diet goes hand in hand with a change to a conscious, health-promoting diet: lots of vegetables, moderate protein - for example from fish, mushrooms or legumes - supplemented by high-quality oils such as olive and linseed oil. Numerous delicious recipes can be found at the nutrition docs.

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