By: Michael Ravensthorpe
It is a well-known fact that several religious texts forbid the eating of pork. According to Leviticus, the third book of Judaism’s Torah and Christianity’s Old Testament, pork is an “unclean” meat since pigs do not “chew the cud.” Meanwhile, the eating of pork is condemned no less than four times in the Qur’an of Islam. While no direct reason is given for this condemnation, many Muslims believe that it is because pigs are disease-ridden animals.
100 pounds overweight, loaded up on steroids and suffering from a debilitating autoimmune disease, Joe Cross is at the end of his rope and the end of his hope. In the mirror he saw a 310lb man whose gut was bigger than a beach ball and a path laid out before him that wouldn’t end well— with one foot already in the grave, the other wasn’t far behind. FAT, SICK & NEARLY DEAD is an inspiring film that chronicles Joe’s personal mission to regain his health.
Fasting from sunrise until sunset for 30 days certainly has a physical impact, but what really happens to your body when you fast?
The Science Part
During a fast, your body generates its own energy by burning stored resources made from excess fats, carbohydrates and sugars to produce energy. The liver is the most significant organ in this economical process; it converts the fats into chemicals called ketone bodies which are three water-soluble compounds that are then used as a source for energy.
Detoxification is one of the most important benefits of fasting. A regular body process, detoxification occurs as the colon, liver, kidney, lungs, lymph glands and skin eliminate or neutralise toxins. This process speeds up during fasting as the body breaks down fats. Chemicals and toxins absorbed from food and the environment are stored in fat reserves and released during fasting.
Fasting is also a healing for the mind, body and soul in more ways than one. At a physical level, energy and resources are diverted from the digestive system (which is constantly in overuse as we graze on food) to the immune system and metabolic processes allowing the body to heal, rebuild and replenish itself. Medical studies show that during a fast, abnormal tissue growths such as tumours become starved for nutrients and are hence more susceptible to being broken down and removed from the body.
Fasting allows the body to tap its resources to their fullest potential and focus on rebuilding from a microscopic level as DNA and RNA genetic controls become more efficient in transcribing the proteins and tissues the body needs. This revamped protein synthesis results in healthier cells, tissues and organs.
Other changes in the body during a fast include a slight decrease in core body temperature due to a decline in metabolic rate and general bodily functions. Blood sugar levels also drop as the body uses the reservoir of glycogen in the liver and the base metabolic rate (BMR) is reduced in order to conserve energy.
The digestive system, which is very often overloaded, and ceaselessly put to work, also cleanses itself for more efficient digestion and nutrient absorption. The lining of the stomach and intestines are allowed to restore glands and muscle, and remove waste matter. Other processes that sustain the foundational infrastructure of the body are increased during fasting, for example hormone production is increased as well as the release of anti-aging growth hormones.
Have you ever wondered what Coke actually is?
After ten minutes …
Ten teaspoons of sugar in a glass of cola cause a devastating attack on the organism . The only reason why there is no vomiting occurs , it is the phosphoric acid which inhibits the effect of the sugar .
After twenty minutes …
Is there an increase in insulin instead . The liver converts the sugar to fat .
After forty minutes …
The uptake of caffeine has been completed. Enhance the pupils of the eyes . The blood pressure is increased, because the liver more sugar drains into the blood stream. The adenosine receptors are blocked , preventing drowsiness .
After 45 minutes …
The body increases the production of the dopamine hormone , which stimulates the feeling of pleasure in the brains . This works in the same way as for heroin .
After an hour …
Phosphorus acids bind to calcium , magnesium and zinc in the gastrointestinal tract, which is the digestion overloaded. Calcium is released to a greater extent in the urine .
After more than an hour …
The diuretic effect of cola now comes into the picture . The calcium , magnesium and zinc have been removed from the organism , which are part of the bones , as well as sodium . At this moment we are irritable and retained . The amount of water in the cola has already passed in the urine .