Proper fasting

Many cultures and religions include fasting in their traditions, and today’s scientific and medical worlds are also waking up to its positive effects. For example, therapeutic fasting is recommended for diabetes, rheumatism, migraines and high blood pressure. Studies show that it can also be helpful in cases of Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis and even during chemotherapy. But what makes fasting so effective? Dr Peter Gartner clarifies the most important questions about the topic.

How does fasting work?

On the first day of a fast, the body‘s glucose reserves are emptied, although protein and fat reserves remain. The body perceives fasting as a threat and releases hormones including adrenaline and cortisol. These are anti-inflammatory, but they also keep the mind bright and alert. After a mere 16-hour break from eating, the body reacts in a variety of ways, including by forcing cells into unusual processes: discarding old cell components and converting them into energy. Intermittent fasting is therefore considered suitable for everyday use and an anti-ageing miracle cure.

How often should we fast?

Ideally, we recommend repeating a treatment programme after six months, but an annual fasting programme lasting two or three weeks is more realistic for most people.

How do we best prepare for a fast?

A week before you start fasting, cut down on your intake of acidic foods and beverages: avoid sugar, meat and alcohol as well as hard-to- digest raw and fatty foods. Although minor, this adjustment is enough to improve your overall quality of life, and enhances your anticipation of the treatment programme to come.

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Dinner cancelling

Fasting in the evening, or dinner cancelling, is considered the healthiest way to fast. Do this once a week, and on 52 days a year you’ll eat around 30% fewer calories. Make lunch your last meal of the day. This gives the gut a long rest period and plenty of time to burn fat. Studies have shown that a fasting break of 14 hours a day is sufficient. If you want to be on the safe side, fast for 16 hours.

What are the contraindications to fasting, and when would you advise caution?

The gentler the diet prescribed by the Mayr physician, the less rigid the contraindications: caution is advised in untreated cases of thyroid disease and cancer as well as in cases of mental illness such as schizophrenia, psychosis, dementia, debility or severe autoaggressive behaviour.

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Effect of Mayr-Medicine

You will continue to reap the benefits of your Mayr therapy for three to six months. In fact, many of our weight loss patients report that they continue losing weight after their stay, and also suffer fewer complaints such as pain or inflammation.

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