Occasional fasting is good for your health

5 types of fasting and their effects on the body

The 40-day fasting period begins on Ash Wednesday. Some people take this tradition very seriously, others it is completely alien. Lent until Easter comes from Christianity and is said to be a time of penance. Lent can also simply be a time of conscious renunciation for health. There are several types. Which is the perfect variant for whom?

1. Therapeutic fasting for mental wellbeing

Therapeutic fasting is a very popular type of fasting for people who want to thoroughly cleanse their body. When fasting according to Dr. Otto Buchinger, people are perceived as a holistic system. Not only should unnecessary substances be eliminated, but emotional ballast should also be thrown off. The first step is a thorough colon cleansing with Glauber's or Epsom salt and occasional enemas. Then no solid food should be consumed for up to seven days. Vegetable broths or diluted fruit and vegetable juices, which provide the body with minerals and vitamins, are allowed at lunchtime. Otherwise only water and tea are provided.

In fact, medical effects in rheumatism or high blood pressure can be measured in this way. However, therapeutic fasting is relatively difficult to integrate into everyday life. Correct therapeutic fasting takes place under medical supervision. Whoever takes it into their own hands should only take a few days and ideally take a vacation.

2. Soup fasting for fat burning

With soup fasts, one or two plates of warm soup are provided three times a day. There is an oatmeal soup for breakfast, as oatmeal contains many vitamins and minerals. They stimulate fat burning and bowel activities. And of course they also fill you up. Vegetable soup is on the menu for lunch and dinner. Because of the high fiber content, it is best cooked from cabbage or broccoli.

One advantage of this method is that the soup can be easily prepared in advance. Plus, you can take them with you wherever you go. However, the soups do not help build muscle mass, as no important protein is absorbed. Therefore, you should move a lot during the cure.

3. Fasting with fruits and vegetables

With this type of fasting, the fasting person dispenses with all animal-based foods and is practically vegan. In addition, alcohol and coffee are taboo. Instead there is water and herbal teas. The fruits and vegetables can be freely selected according to taste and season and can be transformed into smoothies or detox water. Fresh herbs such as parsley can also enhance the food.

The advantage of this method is that the fruits and vegetables supply the body with vitamins and fiber and thus the metabolism is stimulated. However, it is similar here to soup fasting: muscle building becomes difficult without proteins.

4. With milk and bread rolls

This type of fasting goes back to the doctor Franz Xaver Mayr. There are three rolls and up to half a liter of milk a day. Before breakfast and before dinner, the fasting person dissolves Epsom salt in water and drinks this mixture. This empties the bowel. For breakfast, lunch and dinner, an old roll is cut into small pieces and each individual part is chewed until it is as good as liquid. It is then swallowed with a spoon of fresh milk. The milk supplies the body with important nutrients. In addition, three liters of water or herbal tea should be drunk.

With this variant you get used to the hasty way of eating and lose pounds. On the other hand, people with lactose intolerance cannot rely on this type of fast. And of course, chewing on an old bun doesn't make you particularly happy.

5. Alkaline fasting against hyperacidity

The aim of alkaline fasting is to create an optimal acid-base balance in the body. Acidic foods are completely avoided during the cure. You have to find out exactly which foods are acidic and which are basic. Too many acidic foods can lead to fatigue, digestive problems and headaches.

Alkaline fasting thus counteracts the acidification of the body and allows the fasting person to feel more comfortable in his body. However, it is difficult to completely avoid acidic foods. So there is a certain amount of effort involved in this type of fasting.


Overall, there is the right type of fast for everyone, but not everyone should fast at all. Underweight people or people who are in poor mental health are not advised to do so. Even with gout and high porin values, fasting should not be carried out, as well as with liver and kidney diseases and with pregnant women. Fasting can help with dietary changes, especially for people who want to lose weight. Before you fast, however, you should definitely consult your family doctor in order to rule out health risks.