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What is fasting?

Our ability to fast is the result of having to adapt to the climatic conditions of our planet, Earth. In our temperate climate zone we have seasons, resulting in varying food availability. During the millions of years when the human metabolism was developing, there was little opportunity to preserve food. When the sun was strong, food was plentiful, and people and animals developed fatty deposits. In  winter, temperatures dropped and vegetation ceased to grow. Humans and animals had only a limited amount of food available, which ran short during the winter months. The calorie deficit was  balanced out by the body’s reserves, mainly the fat cells. Surplus food could be readily stored and pre-digested in the human body in the compact, lightweight form of fat.

It soon became obvious that periods of fasting, followed by a progressive phase of refeeding, had the incidental effects of cleansing and revitalizing the body.

Just as nature awakens from its winter sleep, and leaves and flowers begin to bud in the spring, so man breaks his fast and gradually start to take in nourishment – known as the refeeding phase. This results – in the human body, as in nature – in a powerful structural rejuvenation, the like of which is otherwise seen only in growing children.

The Amplius method offers fasting in three dimensions: the medical/physical dimension, the spiritual/religious dimension and the human/social dimension.

Fasting should include 4 stages: planning, preparation, the fast itself and progressive refeeding.

A successful fast rests on seven pillars: rest, tranquillity, relaxation and inward orientation in harmonious balance with daily exercise (tailored to the patient’s individual fitness levels). The elimination of waste is stimulated via the kidneys by drinking plenty of water, via the intestines through intestinal cleansing with an enema (every other day), via the liver through liver compresses and via the lungs through breathing exercises. An important part of fasting is the solicitous and competent care provided by a team of therapists. To ensure that patients drink a sufficient amount of liquid, fasting drinks are administered every day (1/4 litre of 12 vegetable soup, 1/4 litre of fruit juice, 30g honey). At the same time, guests are encouraged to nourish their own often “starving” soul through encounters with nature, reading, music, good conversation, meditation and prayer.

To find out more, read Dr. Françoise Wilhelmi de Toledo Therapeutic Fasting: The Buchinger Amplius®  Method Thieme (2011), ISBN-10: 3131603615 

Maria Buchinger Foundation