Who Should Do A Fasting Cleanse?

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Fasting is part of many spiritual traditions and it's a valuable way to give your digestive system a break and cleanse the body of toxins, but fasting isn't for everyone. If you're interested in fasting for better health, please consider the following people who should never do an intense fast:

Athletes in Training or Competition

Athletes require an astonishing number of calories to keep their energy levels high enough – and their bodies strong enough – for competition. A juice fast or water fast is an acceptable option, but someone working their bodies this hard risks dehydration and lowered immunity by going on a complete fast.

Women Who Are Pregnant or Breastfeeding

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Pregnant women and those who are breastfeeding small children are athletes in their own right, and require correspondingly more calories not only for their own health, but for a child's growth and development.

Pregnant or nursing women should almost never go on a fast or cleanse of any kind, because toxins that are purged from their bodies by cleansing can be passed to an infant through the placenta or via breast milk.

Those Who Are Sick or Elderly

Fasting can be extraordinarily healing in some cases, but in others, it complicates diseases or conditions. It's never a good idea to fast if you feel too weak for it, no matter the social or religious pressures.

Fasting for health reasons is usually done with nutritious fluids such as vegetable juices and broths, and it should only be done when you're sure that you're strong enough to weather the cleanse with no ill effects.

If there's any doubt, it's best to consult with a doctor or medical professional before beginning a fast or a cleanse.

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