Sounds like the beginning of an ad reminding you it’s time to change the oil n your car right? Rotate your tires, and get other stuff under the hood checked out right? Today however, we are going to get a bit more personal than our car, truck or SUV. We are going to discuss your one and only lifetime vehicle, your BODY.
The human body is one of the most advanced and complex systems on the planet. But modern science and health experts have made our understanding of it over complex. Yet the systems of this body is what is used to produce and create much of the inventions and technological devices we have grown accustomed to over the last few centuries. Some examples are cell phone (ear hearing), eyes (glasses or binoculars), face (masks) just to name a few. One very popular item which has even grew to become a highly desired luxury item by most people is the car. In fact, the Lamborghini Veneno one of the world’s most expensive cars listing price is 3.9 million dollars. But my question to you (though I love cars and anything speed) is who would spend this amount if they had it (and some do) on their own health and for those around them?
The car is simply an extension of ourselves, but we spend a great deal of time, paying for them, investing in them, cleaning and polishing them, tuning them up, but rarely especially in America do we do this for our health. The car like human body comprises of systems a circulatory system (cooling), digestive system (fuel), respiratory (air induction), urinary system (exhaust). And these systems must be maintained and meet standards in order to do what: perform at the required level, and allow you to travel to desired destinations. Our body is no different, except for one thing, we are living and breathing and comprised of mind, body, soul, and spirit. A car on the other hand which modern society loves, is only an object (extension of self).
Now if our car (body) is not maintained, cared for, tuned, or used in motion on a daily basis, it BREAKS down. And we certainly can avoid that by simply following a schedule. This is usually found in the cars MANUAL. Unfortunately, like many of you I knew of no such a thing. I simply fought off colds, took an Advil or NyQuil with a good night’s sleep with the idea somehow I would heal. For most of the time this actually worked, but as you get older this low maintenance strategy does little. In fact, I saw myself down longer than usual or with extended colds for weeks. This is the most fascinating thing about our bodies in the early stages especially in our youth, where it is able to ward off most diseases and heal on its own very quickly. Our current educational system plays a huge roll in our mis-education concerning health and nutrition and has been on a paradigm of disease for many decades, a subject for a future post in itself.
I want to introduce for some of you and reintroduce for others who may have done so already the one key to facilitate the healing of your body; aka how to do a self-tune up! This health phenomenon is known as fasting. What is fasting? Fasting is simply abstinence from food or voluntarily limiting one’s food for a period of time.
One of the key components for me desiring this healthy life, came to me during my first fast which lasted for 31 days back in the summer of 2011. This was the most difficult task I ever undertook, because I love food! You can learn a lot about your body and just how much you are a slave to food. By depriving oneself of the very things the body needs to survive you gain a considerable amount of discipline and control. At the time of my first fast however, I was far from being as health conscious as I am now. Before attempting any type of fast for the first time, contact your physician and let others close to you be aware of your decision. Also, doing the research can and will benefit you tremendously prior to the actual fast.
Benefits of Fasting
The numerous benefits of Fasting are extensive but here are a few:
- Weight Loss
- Improves hunger/appetite
- Improves Immune System
- Self Awareness
- Mental Clarity
- Helps Overcome Addictions
- Rests Digestive System
- Reduced blood sugar
The list really had to be condensed because the benefits vary and are really extensive. A well-known fact about some of our most prominent spiritual leaders of the past was their undertaking of some fast during their time here on earth. Moses for example fasted for 40 days before he went up to the mountain to receive the commandments of God. Daniel also Fasted for an answer to his prayers, Daniel 10:1-3. Our most beloved Jesus who many love around the world, fasted for 40 days and nights when he was tempted by Satan before he started his started his public ministry.
Simple things you can do today are to control your cravings, limit junk food and unneeded snacks, and get more educated on fasting or detoxing which can last anywhere from 1 to 40 days. If a weekend detox or intermittent fasting maybe better for you, please do so. I cannot tell you the numerous benefits I have received through fasting or detoxing on multiple levels. Stay tuned for future posts on this subject. Thank you for reading!
Vegan Nutrition & Healthy Lifestyle Advocate, Author, Poet, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, and Traveler.
Along with these many titles Khalif believes in a firm foundation of God, Family, and making each day a greater possibility of giving, doing and sharing more to make the world a better, loving place. Besides these life giving passions you can find him enjoying the great outdoors usually high adrenaline fun activities, and travelling around the world. Peace and Unlimited Blessings!
To your health and longevity,
Khalif Noel Amin