Why fast ?

Fasting: a natural and healthy way to...


Stress, overwork and excesses clog the cells of the body. During a fast, the phenomenon of the autolysis which is carried out makes it possible to eliminate toxins, to reconstitute the energy reserves and to repair tissue wear. Fasting thus constitutes a kind of body tune-up which delays of as much the process of ageing.


Our hectic lifestyle affects our whole organism. By fasting, we give the body the opportunity to rest. The heart, lungs, the brain, the nervous and digestive systems … all the tired or weakened vital organs get a chance to regain their strength and to consolidate their structures. Fasting is thus a true passport for a better health.


We all are more or less struggling with bad habits which weaken our physical resistance. A fast makes it easy to rid yourself of some such habits, because the body carries out an auto-cleaning of which you soon feel the beneficial effects. That is the first step towards a healthier way of life. The fast thus makes you understand (through direct experience) that the body has its laws and that the respect of these laws constitutes the best preventive medicine.


In everyday life, a host of enticements leads us to eat more than we need. During a fast, the body absorbs nothing but water, eliminating deep-seated useless fat. The body retrieves its ideal weight gradually. (Contrary to popular belief, the hunger sensations disappear quickly). Thereafter, the adoption of the sound food principles of hygienists will ensure the maintenance of this ideal weight.


The soothing and restful qualities of the stay at Centre Val Santé necessarily bring about an awakening of self-awareness, body and mind. The fast thus provides the best moment to take stock and to find the physical and mental harmony essential to serenity. A stay at Centre Val Santé is without any doubt the occasion to make a fresh start, the occasion… to live again.

3 Steps


In order to adopt a positive and peaceful attitude vis-à-vis the fast, it is important to prepare to it:

  • By reading on the subject. We recommend: "Fasting" and "Food combining made easy" by Dr Herbert Shelton;
  • By eating more fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, whole cereals and by decreasing the fish and meat consumption a week prior to arrival a few weeks prior to arrival;
  • By giving up certain elements of diet: coffee, tea, chocolate, refined sugar, preserves and meat and alcool the week before the fast;
  • By eating only fruits and vegetables 2 or 3 days prior to arrival;
  • By preparing departure well, making sure all is in order, to leave cares behind and set out with the greatest possible peace of mind.


We are open all year long so that you can select the date of arrival and departure that best suit your needs. In order to make your stay an overall pleasant experience and by meeting your needs to the best of our abilities, it will be possible to fast:

  • with or without a Television set in your room
  • with or without Internet access
  • with or without colonic hydroyhérapy
  • by resting in your room or by quietly socializing in the living room
  • by attending daily conferences or not

Particular attention is given to those clients who are fasting for the first time. During your fast, massage appointments are preferable at the start of the fast and during the re-introduction of food phase (all the while during a juice cure). It is advisable to make appointments for massage services in advance.

  • No matter what season, bring warm and comfortable clothes, warm socks and slippers.
  • At Val Santé, we recommend the fast with demineralised water, but we also offer the cure using fresh vegetable and fruit juices…
  • Sojourn duration can be 3 to 30 days.
  • In every case, the stay comprises one period of fast as such, followed by one period of gradual resuming of food intake which varies according to the length of the fast.
  • The post-fast period can however be prolonged according to the need or desire of each faster.
  • During the stay, tobacco, alcohol and others… are proscribed.
  • A public telephone is available to fasters.
  • Various products and books are offered for sale.
  • Cable T.V. and internet available on request (additional fee).


During this transition stage, the body is nourishing and refurbishing its cells. Therefore, it becomes essential to eat frugally, fresh and high quality food.

  • The post-fasting phase must be the same length as the fasting.
  • During this time frame, it is essential NOT to consume any red meat, poultry, fish, coffee, sugar and especially No alcohol. Salt must be avoided since it can cause intense swelling problems.
  • As far as physical exercise is concerned, one must start with a 10 minute walk and gradually increase physical activity.
  • A guide will be provided in order to ensure that your readjustment and recuperation phase at home will be successful and pleasant.


Centre Val Santé offers:

  • Customer file - Registration
  • Meeting with a naturopath once a day every day.
  • Continuous monitoring during the fast and while resuming food intake.
  • Availability of a person in charge 24 hours a day.
  • Individual or group talks on the importance and the way of good eating habits (principles of food combinings), the fast and natural hygiene.
  • Upon request, counseling during the period immediately after the fast.
  • A convenient guide to make the most of your stay.
  • A reference library with books on hygiene and other subjects.
  • Since we are open 365 days a year you may chooe any arrival date and length of your choice.
  • We give special attention and care to first time fasters.
  • During the fast it is possible to get a massage at the beginning or the end of the fast. (Or at anytime during the fruit and vegetable juice cure.) It is preferable to reserve early.

*** F.A.Q

Frequently Asked Questions | Questions & Answers

1. Who should not fast ? Insulin-dependent Type I diabetics, extensive carcinomas and metastatic cancers, cardiovascular diseases including heart failure, severe cardiac rhythm disturbances and pacemakers, renal failure patients and those who only have one kidney, people with mental illness or anorexia.

2. How long should one fast ? It depends on your health problems and how much time you have before going back to work.

3. Can I take medication while I'm fasting ? No ! Fasting works by allowing the body to heal by itself, the opposite of forcing a solution as medication does. Unlike the use of medication which imposes solutions, or which makes forced alterations to particular situations, fasting respects the self-healing (homeostatic) potentials of the body. Medication may adversely affect you if taken on an empty stomach, and its power is doubled or tripled.

4. Should I take vitamins while fasting ? No, for the same reasons as not taking medication.

5. Will I be hungry ? | No, after the first 48 hours, the process of autolysis begins and the body starts to feed off its own reserves. However, in some cases, the client may experience some mental or emotional desire for food which is normal.

6. Can I fast if I am thin ? It is necessary not to go below a certain weight that we will help you to determine (no lower than 20% of your Body Mass Index or BMI).

7. This is my first fast: do I undertake a shorter fast ? No, the duration of the first fast depends on the state of your health. After a few days, the autolysis starts to work, it is preferable at this time to extend this desirable state. We recommend, when it is possible, a stay of 10 days (7 days of fasting and 3 days of gradually resuming feeding with juice then fruit). In case of health problems, a longer fast is more beneficial.

8. Are there any special preparations I should undertake before starting a fast ? Yes, it is a good idea to eat well (lots of fresh fruits and vegetables) as soon as you decide you want to fast and especially just before you are about to start a fast to prepare your body with enough nutrients that it will need during the fast. A week before the fast, it is essential to eliminate all meat from your diet (including chicken and fish), coffee, sugar, and alcohol. Two days, before your arrival, eat only raw, uncooked fruits and vegetables.

9. How soon can I return to my regular diet and normal activities after the fast? It is necessary to return gradually to your regular eating habits. This period of readjustment will more or less depend on the length of your fast. A guide will be given to you to help out. Please consult the index tab "After the Fast" in the section "The Fast" for more information.

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