If you're pregnant or lactating, fasting is not recommended. Other conditions for which fasting is not recommended are if you're underweight, generally fatigued, have low immunity, a weak heart, low blood pressure, cardiac arrythmias, are in a pre- or postsurgery period, have cancer, peptic ulcers or if you have nutritional deficiencies.
You're going to absolutely need two things:
- Time to rest while you're fasting. Don't plan a lot of activities for the time when you're fasting. You're missing the point. The idea is to give your ENTIRE body time to catch up on its housecleaning activities. If you're running around, or under pressure to perform in any way, you're creating extra stress on your self. You're better off choosing or staying with a transitional diet, such as the one-meal-a-day diet mentioned above, the gentle detox or the transitional diet of grains (not wheat) and vegetables.
- The other thing you're going to need for fasting, and detox in general, is fresh juices made daily. Bottled or canned juices aren't going to work. They don't provide the nutrients you need. Also, when you've made the decision to so something so great and powerful for your health, you deserve the treat that great fresh juices are to your palate as well as your system. We also recommend organic fruits and vegetables, all the time if you have access and can possibly afford them, but definitely while fasting. The idea is to get the toxins out of your body, not add more.
Fasting is a subject on which a lot has been written, but after reading all the words, if you don't try it yourself, you've again missed the point. It's experiential. It's also different for everyone, so there's no way to really know how it will be for you without trying. It does, however, have the potential to change your life. It is a spiritual as well as a physical experience.
Given what's been said above, if you're not quite ready to fast, you can begin the detoxification process by a GRADUAL improvement in your diet.
Lymph nodes are normally about the size of a small almond. However they will swell when the body is fighting an infection, due to a neat little disease-fighting trick wherein the lymphocytes store invading disease microorganisms in the node where they cause less harm. Think of that as putting the bug in jail. When your doctor checks your lymph nodes, he's looking for swollen nodes, which indicate that the body has been fighting disease or infection.