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According to Dr. Herbert Shelton, who supervised fasts of more than 40,000 people over a period of fifty years, "the freer the body is of toxic materials flowing through the blood and lymphatic system, the clearer is the ability to think."

Large amounts of blood and nervous system energies have to be sent to the digestive organs in order to digest a meal. Indeed, up to 70% of your daily energy output may go to digestive processes. Freeing up this digestive burden, while simultaneously purifying the bloodstream results in better oxygenation and far less irritation to all structures of the body.

The increase in mental acuity doesn't usually happen until after the first few days of a fast. The body is busy cleaning out excess toxins and deleterious substances, so you may experience a period of mild lethargy, with headaches and various pains as the fasting process continues. This first stage of fasting can be somewhat difficult, but after the body has thrown off it’s superficial load of toxins, then the brain is fed by a cleaner bloodstream, and the mental powers and clarity of thought are extraordinarily increased. All other senses become more acute as well.

Your mind becomes clearer, your ability to think and solve intricate problems is enhanced, and even your IQ may rise. You are more alert, steady, balanced, focused and relaxed. Spontaneous insights and realizations may occur. Issues concerning your path and choices in life stand out more boldly. It can be far easier to be 'dispassionately objective' about the events in your life and why they have happened. Things begin to make more sense.


 


Often there can be a feeling of euphoria, especially during longer fasts. Some, for the first time, will experience emotional stability and serenity. The reasons for this are multifold - the elimination of the emotional dependence on food, exclusion of stimulating foods like caffeine, processed sugars, recreational drugs, tobacco and trans-fatty acids, all of which can have a devastating effect on delicate emotions and overall brain functioning.

Those who have diminished mental abilities - memory loss, fragmented thinking, decrease in ability to concentrate, decrease in attention span - these can all improve, sometimes dramatically, with fasting. And they can continue to improve as long as you maintain an ongoing healthy lifestyle after your fast.