Water Fasting

Water Fasting

Water fasting is probably one of the best natural methods to heal yourself from eye floaters (see my story with eye floaters), and a million more conditions including chronic diseases, allergies and stomach and digestion related problems.

In my case, I had been suffering from indigestion, diarrhea, several pollen allergies, hay fever, stress and anxiety on and off for decades. However, what pushed me into doing a water fast was the sudden appearance of numerous floaters in both eyes. It was a highly severe case.

Let’s clarify, first of all, that  I am not a doctor and everything that I have done so far is the result of my own experience.

Here is a list of suggestions to prepare yourself for a water fast:

  1. Make sure water fasting is appropriate for you. If you suffer from any particular ailment, consult your doctor or qualified personnel who have experience with water fasting.
  2. Do not attempt water fasting if you have an eating disorder or if you are underweight.
  3. Before the water fast, you should first start getting rid of junk food, canned or preserved food, sodas, alcohol (including beer), cigarette smoking, drugs of any sorts including medication and prescribed medications (that’s why you have to consult your physician first).
  4. Before and after fasting, stick to a plant based diet. Greasy and fatty foods interfere with your liver.
  5. Learn meditation or other disciplines such as yoga, Tai Chi, Chi Gong or whatever helps you relax.
  6. Avoid negative news, violent or horror movies and whatever might affect your feelings in a negative way.
  7. Go for a walk in the woods, in a park or along the beach. Preferably in a quiet and natural setting.
  8. Take at least a couple of weeks off from work or study or whatever you are doing.

 

How does a water fast work?

A water fast is a very powerful method to cleanse your body from toxins. Water fasting has been used for centuries in India, where it is still practiced today as a form of yoga known as Kunjali. Its diffusion in  Europe reached its peak in the early 1900’s, thanks to Arnold Ehret, a German naturopath who believed that most diseases are caused by an excess of mucous in the body (see Arnold Ehret).

You need to be strongly motivated to do a water fast as it is really hard to do and once you have started, you are supposed to complete it to enjoy its benefits.

I have read of people who actually did a fast for over 2 weeks, some people even fasted for 40 days. However, I would strongly discourage such a prolonged fast without the supervision of a qualified physician.

In my case, I only fasted for 10 days and believe me, they were the longest days of my life.

 

FASTING

 

From day 1 to day 3

The first three days are the hardest as your body needs to adjust to the total lack of food. To make the process smoother, I started the fast by having a little water porridge  for a couple of mornings. Drink a lot of water every day even if you are not thirsty; I used to drink 4 or 5 liters of water a day. You will feel very energetic!

From day 4 to day 10

This is actually when the real fast begins as your cells start the healing process. My diarrhea worsened and I had to run to the toilet every now and then for a couple of days. The discharge was yellowish and didn’t seem to contain any particular mucous to me. My stomach was totally bloated and a white creamy substance formed on the surface of my tongue. My mouth was constantly dry despite the amount of water that I was drinking.

Perhaps I should remind you that I am vegan and thus I was already purified in a way, though I strongly felt that the coffee  and a bar of chocolate which I had prior to my fast had been really deleterious to my health.

I felt completely weak and though people say that you do not feel hungry during the fast, I felt very hungry and had a lot of fantasies about cooking and eating!

While all your energy is focused on healing your cells, you will feel completely exhausted, I even had troubles walking up and down the stairs… Just lay down and let your body heal itself!

Breaking the fast

Breaking the fast is a very important part of fasting, some people even say the most important. I had some fresh fruit juice in the morning the first day, and a little bit of watermelon in the afternoon. On the second day, I had watermelon and papaya twice a day and fresh carrot juice. From the third day on, you can gradually introduce a new item but always avoid introducing too many items at once – I’m obviously referring to fruit and vegetables and eventually whole meal bread or pasta – made with whole wheat, water, salt and natural levitating agent; if the list of ingredients is longer than this than don’t eat it! My choice was brown rice but I also had some noodles after a few days.

What’s most important is that you eat very little as your stomach needs to adjust to food again. By food it is meant only fresh fruit and vegetables: your body will not feel like anything else. Don’t be tempted with any other food or you may really damage your cleansed liver and erase all the benefits of the fast.

Finally, remember that once you start detoxifying yourself, there wouldn’t be any point in going back to an unhealthy lifestyle. You should keep sticking to a plant based diet for life and avoid all forms of pollutants, preservatives, artificial coloring and flavors,  white sugar, chemical substances, drugs, alcohol and cigarettes.

The coating on my tongue is still there after my last fast 7 months ago, though not as strong. My stomach is still a little bloated even if my diarrhea has been totally healed, my allergies are gone and my eye floaters are much much better.

I know this is not the end of the journey; it takes a long time to recover as it took me a long time to get so ill, so be patient and live a healthy and stress free life.

Once you start healing, never look back again to your old habits!

Become your own doctor by becoming responsible for how you treat yourself physically, emotionally and psychologically.


UPDATE 23/10/2016

It’s been about a year since my ten day fast and this is how I feel.

My eye floaters have not completely disappeared but I’m getting there. Please read my story to understand how serious my condition was: my story about eye floaters.

Today, I can use my laptop often again. I can stare at the screen without having to deal with a lot of dark particles floating in front of my eyes. I have had at least a glass of fresh carrot juice every day, I’ve been eating brown rice and occasionally white rice, with fresh lightly cooked dark green leafy vegetables and other types of vegetables as well. I’ve tried to avoid greasy food. I only drink water. My stomach, which is connected with the eye floaters, is much better now but every now and then I get diarrhea which feels like my body is still trying to recover. I can’t afford to get stressed, I cannot stay in the sun for too long, in brief, I have to do everything really slowly and without any stress. Healing is a very long process, however we have to remember that it took us a long time to get ill so we should allow ourselves enough time to heal completely. If there is anything else you want to know about my experience, feel free to contact me. I think we need to spread the word that it is possible to heal yourself naturally and for good, it just takes time and patience!

Healing from eye floaters

Healing from eye floaters

I’m a 48 year old female and I’ve been having serious eyesight problems for a long time. Everything started back in 2001, when during a complete eye examination the doctor found out that I had retinal detachment in both eyes. Yes, both!!!

Let’s not get into the cause of retinal detachment – let’s just say that I was really short sighted and that my eye sight was getting weaker and weaker. But today, I can confidently tell you that when something like this happens to your eyes is because you need to take a break from your “visual” experiences and feel more what’s happening inside you. Believe it or not, it’s a blessing in disguise.

I underwent surgery in both eyes; one month apart from each other. The surgery had to be done the “traditional way” because no laser could get to it (the retina is located at the back of the eye). So basically my retinas got wrapped up and stitched all around to make sure they wouldn’t detach again.

The operations proved to be really effective as so far, 2016, my retinas are perfect. However, last year I started to see some odd black spots in my left eye so I ran to the hospital to check if there was something wrong with my retina again. Luckily my retina was fine but the doctor told me that I had a degenerative condition of the vitreous and there was no cure for it. She said that I just had to get used to it!

Sometimes you have to look at things from a positive perspective and mine, at that time, was that I was so lucky it only happened to one of my eyes and not both. But I talked too soon… A few months ago, while I was walking in the street, I suddenly saw something like a bottle of black ink pouring down my right eye. I almost fainted. I immediately thought that my retina got detached – fortunately I was wrong and I’ve never been happier of being so wrong! It was eye floaters again – a serious rainstorm of them all at once!!!

This is what I actually did to cure myself from serious eye floaters without any medications.

First of all, let me tell you that the first time I had the eye floaters in my left eye I was in Nepal so I went to the Tibetan clinic in Pokhara to get some help. I’ve met quite a few people who got their eyes healed by Tibetan doctors and I was also  cured from pneumonia when I was in my late twenties in Darjeeling (India) by them. The Tibetan doctor told me to return for a check up but at the time of the check up I was in Dharamsala, in India where they apparently have the best Tibetan clinics and hospitals.

The clinic was in McLeod Ganj – the small town where the Dalai Lama resides. I actually went there twice because while in Nepal I got a strong stomach infection which worsened as the time passed and the herbal pills I got the first time did not solve the problem. When I returned to the Tibetan Clinic in India, I found a different doctor who spoke perfect English and explained to me that my eye problems and my stomach problems were connected. Just by feeling my pulse, checking my tongue and staring at my face, he understood that I had been having a chronic condition ever since I was a teenager. He was right! Suddenly everything made sense; I had been taking care of the symptoms without realizing that the cause was rooted somewhere else. I wish I had been told that earlier but now at least I knew what to do.

Eye floaters are a symptom of problems in the liver and/or kidneys according to Chinese, Tibetan and Indian Traditional Medicine.

Thus, if you treat the symptom without treating the cause, the problem is very likely to return.

Though the herbal pills are a great help in dealing with whatever conditions, when it comes to chronic ailments, you must change your lifestyle radically!

I’ve been vegan for almost 5 years – we are in 2016 now – and that’s really key to help you out with whatever is the condition which triggered your eye floaters. However, until my right eye floaters appeared, I had been drinking coffee and eating some fried food thinking that as a vegan I should not worry  too much about such things. I was wrong. The Tibetan doctor explained to me that high level of toxins manifest in the liquid we have in our bodies and that eye related problems are just signals that your body has reached alarming levels of toxicity in the liver and kidneys.

Toxins are primarily caused by the quality of food you eat, the water you drink, the oxygen you breathe and how you handle stress. Later on, while in Malaysia, a traditional Chinese doctor explained to me that fear and anxiety are really dangerous emotions and that they pollute and weaken the liver thus if I wanted to heal completely I had to fast for at least 20 days. A water fast would have cleansed me from all toxins.

I went to the traditional Chinese doctor in Malaysia after the horrible feeling I had when the ink drops like floaters appeared in my right eye. I love food so fasting proved to be a really hard task for me but I managed to do the fast for 10 days and my floaters miraculously improved! Now I can finally read again and use a computer but I also know that, as it took me a long time to develop a chronic condition, it will also take me a long time to recover.

7  SUGGESTIONS TO HEAL FROM EYE FLOATERS

      1. Always drink plenty of water to flush out the toxins and cleanse your blood
      2. Drink plenty of fresh fruit and vegetable juices to get the vitamins you need. Don’t buy any canned stuff – stay free of all preservatives and artificial flavorings. The best fruit are those rich in beta-carotene such as carrots, papaya and mangoes. Make  smoothies with dark green leafy vegetables which are rich in lutein such as spinach.
      3. Adopt a plant based diet, avoid all fatty foods and industrially prepared foods. Ideally, brown rice and plenty of vegetables are the best. If you get bored you can find millions of delicious recipes in vegan websites but remember to avoid greasy food.
      4. Give your eyes some rest. Avoid reading and using a screen for a while. Just use the minimum you need to get you by.
      5. Go for a nice walk in a natural setting: a park, the woods, the lake or wherever you can breathe some nice and clean air.
      6. Learn meditation or Tai Chi or yoga to help you deal with stressful situations
      7. When you are ready prepare for a water fast. The fast is very effective but basically you are not supposed to be working while fasting. You need at least 2 weeks for a fast. There are specialized doctors and clinics who can help you with this but if you want to do it by yourself, you may want to read some literature to know what to expect. I did it by myself. For a quick summary about my experience with fasting you can visit this link to water fasting

Feel free to contact me if you need any other information. The secret is to stay free from toxins in your food, drink, air and feelings!

Lose yourself to life

Lose yourself to life

Sometimes people are told to get lost – and it is usually meant in an offensive way – but you might be surprised of how extraordinarily fantastic getting really lost is!

I found that out the hard way.

At the age of 47, I suddenly experienced a huge shift of consciousness which made me realize that there was more to life than just making ends meet and trying to live up to other people’s expectations.

It wasn’t something new to me but I guess I didn’t want to listen to my own inner voice which kept screaming at me telling that it was time to change.

My job contracts were shrinking to the minimum and interestingly, at the same time, utility bills started to soar and my landlord wanted more money  for the apartment I was renting. Does that ring a bell to you? Yep, I’m talking about what some people refer to as the “downturn” or the financial crisis. I was in Italy when it hit me and it was 2014.

I got really anxious and depressed and I started to think that life was really unfair. I had been working and studying my ass off and, according to my standards, I had also tried hard to be kind with both humans and other creatures and somehow managed to remain cheerful despite everything  I was going through at the time.

What did I do to deserve all this?

It was right then and there that I decided to start meditating and praying to find an answer to my questions.

The first intuition that I had while meditating, was to pack up everything and return to Asia – a place that I used to love when I was younger – and basically I had to get lost to find myself again.

Starting life anew is a really difficult thing to do but changing lifestyle, environment, language culture or whatever can break your habits, can bring new energy to your soul and ultimately help you getting back on track! The healing process takes time and space so never push yourself too hard, enjoy every single step of the journey, no matter what.

So my advice for you today is to get lost!

Trust your gut feelings and do whatever it is that you need to do to be happier in this life. Sometimes it may seem like something completely irrational to either you or the people around you.

Stick to your feelings; stick to yourself!