What is Fasting?

Fasting—abstaining from food for a period of time—is a powerful, time-honored, but neglected medical therapy. In today’s world, it’s easy to forget that the human body is easily able to go for days and, in some cases, weeks without food. And few people are aware that the same innate mechanisms that allow us to survive food shortages can also be harnessed to treat diabetes, hypertensionobesity, and other health problems.

Taking a break from eating gives your body a chance to rest and, much like rebooting a computer, this therapy resets key physiological activities, which explains why benefits endure after the fast ends. During a water-only fast, you lose excess sodium and water, resulting in significant improvements in blood pressure and edema. Your intestinal tract has a chance to heal, thereby improving not only chronic gastrointestinal issues but also autoimmune disordersallergies, and other conditions related to a leaky gut.

Fasting also has dramatic effects on insulin resistance, and a multi-day fast is often a turning point for individuals with diabetes or metabolic syndrome. It mobilizes toxins and is an excellent therapy for detoxification. And, in addition to the obvious weight loss, it helps you adapt to a healthier diet and reduces cravings for salt and sugar once you resume eating.

How Fasting/Mini-Fasting Can Help You

A medically supervised fast at the Whitaker Wellness Institute involves much more than simply not eating. First, you will be evaluated by one of our physicians to determine if you are an appropriate candidate for this therapy, then you will be closely monitored for the duration of your fast. Per your doctor’s instructions, you may concurrently undergo other treatments offered at the clinic. You will also attend the daily lectures and additional activities of our Back to Health Program, with the exception of exercise, which should be minimal during a fast. Most important, you can rest assured that you will be undergoing this therapy in a safe, supportive, professional environment.

Mini-Fast With Exercise Program
Fasting certainly isn’t for everyone—but our mini-fast with exercise program just might be. This exceptionally powerful protocol for achieving enduring weight loss, lower blood pressure, and blood sugar control simply involves skipping breakfast, exercising in the morning, and eating sensibly at lunch and dinner. You may have to try it to believe it, but patients rave about how easy this program is to stick with. Skipping breakfast eliminates an entire meal, so you don’t have to count calories throughout the day or go on a starvation diet. Morning exercise plus targeted nutritional supplements that your Whitaker Wellness physician will prescribe significantly blunt appetite and increase energy so you won’t be hungry or tired during your mini-fast.

During your clinic visit or Back to Health Program, you will be instructed in the particulars of the mini-fast with exercise program—and begin your journey toward lasting weight loss and optimal weight. Both fasting and the mini-fast with exercise work hand-in-hand with the other innovative therapies and nutritional supplement protocols your Whitaker Wellness physician may prescribe for you. In many cases, our patients have been able to reduce or eliminate their reliance on prescription drugs after undergoing these treatments.

What Conditions Benefit From Fasting?

In addition to weight problems, several conditions benefit from fasting and mini-fasting including, but not limited to:

  • Allergies
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Chronic gastrointestinal (GI) problems
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Leaky gut syndrome
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Obesity

Our Patient Success Stories

Click the links below to read about how other people just like you underwent a medically supervised fast at the Whitaker Wellness Institute and got back on the road to health.

Additional Articles on Fasting

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One-Stop Shop for Wellness

Renowned physician, author, and speaker, Julian Whitaker, MD, opened the doors of the Whitaker Wellness Institute in 1979. Since then, our clinic has helped more than 45,000 patients overcome serious health challenges and get back on the road to healthy living. We’re proud to offer nearly two dozen safe, innovative, healing therapies under one roof—that’s more than any other facility in the northern hemisphere. Just think of us as your “one-stop shop for wellness.”

To get started and find out how our fasting and mini-fast programs at the Whitaker Wellness Institute can help you lose weight quickly and permanently and positively benefit diabetes, heart disease, and several other conditions, click on the buttons below to schedule a complimentary consultation or contact us to learn more. You can also schedule your complimentary consultation or obtain more information by calling our Patient Services Representatives at (866) 944-8253.


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