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Abstaining from all or certain foods.

Fasting is one of the oldest-known therapies. Nutritionally, the purpose is to detoxify the body from toxins and waste substances, this fortifying the action of the immune system in fighting disease and promoting health and well-being.

Water is the most important part of the process, as at least 2 litres should be drunk each day to help flush out the toxins - and it should be either mineral or spring., rather than tap water, if at all possible.

The first result, is a weight loss of about 1 kilo in the first 24 hours; but fasting can much more than that. It rejuvenates the body and helps to reduce additions such as alcohol and tobacco.

In some German and Swedish health clinics, it's successfully used to treat nearly all degenerative diseases - such as arthritis, atherosclerosis and obesity to allergies, eczema and digestive disorders.

Long fasts should only be undertaken under medical supervision, but as long as plenty of water is consumed short two or three day fasts are safe to do unaided. See 'Raw Juice Fasting'

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