Digestive Disorders

“Happiness: a good bank account, a good cook, and a good digestion.” - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Digestive Disorders

During a water-only fast, the gut lining has an opportunity to rest and heal. This process can provide relief from symptoms related to a variety of digestive disorders. Careful reintroduction of health-promoting plant foods after a fast is essential to repopulate healthy gut microbiota. Ongoing research will explore changes in the microbiome in fasting patients to better understand these healing mechanisms.

Educational Resources

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Clinical Fasting

Sonoma Medicine

Modern humans evolved while surviving prolonged periods without food and have voluntarily fasted for spiritual and therapeutic reasons since ancient times. Water-only fasting (complete abstinence from all foods and beverages except for pure water) is now used therapeutically to initiate physiological responses that may promote self-healing.