Fasting cure according to Buchinger in fasting hotel Ödhof

What is the fasting cure according to Buchinger?

Fasting cure according to Buchinger has a long tradition. More recently, however, there are fasting forms that are not religiously motivated.

Strictly speaking, doctors distinguish between fasting and fasting cures in the following ways:

  • A fasting cure is a medical application in a clinic under medical supervision due to certain indications, e.g. severe overweight and impairment of the cardiovascular system. Usually, you fast for more than 10 days.
  • Fasting is for everyone and can also be done at home or in the company of an experienced fasting manager. As a rule, 10 full fast days are not exceeded.

Often, however, the terms fasting and fasting cure are used as a synonym.

What is the aim of a fasting cure?

The fasting cure according to Buchinger is a fasting cure recognized as a natural healing process, which aims at the renewal and regeneration of body, mind and soul. The term fasting cure shaped doctor Otto Buchinger, here in Germany in 1920, on the occasion of the opening of his first fasting clinic.

Buchinger fasting is offered today in numerous health and wellness facilities or in the fasting cure hotel. The course of this therapeutically supervised fast follows certain, simple rules. In addition to the alleviation of numerous health problems and prevention, the well-being aspect - the emotional balance - is also given great importance. Therefore, a fasting holiday is particularly suitable for a fasting cure.

Fasting cure holiday in fasting hotel Ödhof

For many years it has been possible to make the fasting cure according to Buchinger in Hotel Ödhof. It does not matter whether you only want to spend the full fast days in our fasting hotel or integrate the relief or construction days in your fasting holiday in our house. Take advantage of the extensive offer of our packages.

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It is particularly important to us that there are many incentives to move together or to share in group. At the same time, we place some value of great importance to create a lot of freedom for individual design. There is no strict program for all people, but you decide what priorities you want to set in your fasting cure holiday.

We pay special attention to:

  • Numerous offers for relaxation and well-being, such as massages and body wraps, but also mental wellness with meditation exercises or muscle relaxation
  • Daily sports and activity program with numerous hikes, yoga or Pilates, water aerobics, Nordic walking
  • Extensive lecture program about fasting and nutrition, in order to get to know the fasting and metabolic processes better or to get a guide and valuable suggestions for the diet after fasting
  • Individual care of our fasting guests through a daily fasting speech

How does the fasting cure work in our hotel?

The Buchinger fasting cure can be summarized in a few points. Doctor Helmut Lützner (internist, specialist in natural healing and expert in fasting and nutritional therapy) describes Buchinger fasting cure as follows:

  • Eat nothing – drink a lot
  • Leave out what is not essential
  • Promote excretion
  • Do movement and resting phases
  • Take a break of everyday life

That means: The main point of the fasting cure is a voluntary waiver of food and luxury foods over a limited period. The great supply of liquid, in the form of water, fast tea and vegetable broth, and a regular, thorough colon cleansing guarantee that the body survives this "foodless time" well and that regeneration processes are set in motion. Fasting according to Buchinger also relies on self-discovery and awareness. Healers and therapists from various fields look after the fasting guests. Anyone who experiences a fasting week under guidance in a fasting hotel, can focus entirely on the fasting process and can be sure to be looked after in all matters well and professionally.

How do I eat during the fasting cure holiday?

Fasting Buchinger can be divided into three phases. These include: the fasting preparation in form of relief days, fasting itself and the build-up days.

1st phase: fasting preparation

The "relief days" helps the body to prepare for the imminent food deprivation. Your diet will include light vegetarian food with fruits, steamed vegetables, potatoes and rice. A lot of water and unsweetened herbal or fruit teas complete the meals. In general, it is important to reduce the amount of food and to abstain from coffee, alcohol and nicotine.

2nd phase: fasting performance

The first fasting day is for defecation and intestinal cleansing. To prevent toxins from forming through half-digested food residues in your intestine, is dissipated with Glauber's salt. This helps to avoid complaints such as headaches or nausea. Drinking enough compensates for short-term fluid loss. Alternatively, enemas or colon hydrotherapy can be made.

The following days follow a certain rhythm. For breakfast there is a freshly squeezed fruit juice. At lunch and dinner you can choose between homemade vegetable broth and vegetable juices. Drinking is very important, at least 2-3 liters a day. You can choose from fast tea, various herbal teas and non-carbonated water. By now you will eat only about 250 kcal in total, which causes the body to enter the fasting metabolism and stay there. Exercises during fasting therapy also provides well-being and positive health effects. Should it be necessary to stimulate the metabolism, then honey is used.

3rd phase: fast-breaking

The conclusion of the Buchinger fasting is the fast-breaking ritual and the gain days. You can determine the minimum duration of the meal by dividing the actual fasting time (the full fast days) by 3.

To allow the body to slowly accustom to solid food again, fresh or steamed apples are first served to stimulate gastric acid production and later vegetable or potato soups and vegetable dishes. At the same time, the calorie amount is slowly increased. The longer the full-fast has lasted, the slower the amount of energy should be increased and paid attention to light food. Ideally, fasting according to Buchinger is followed by an after-cure in the form of Basen fasting, vegetarian or vegan diet.

A fasting holiday according to the Buchinger method in the fasting hotel usually takes 5 to 14 days.

Was bewirkt das Heilfasten ?

Avoiding solid foods causes the stomach and intestinal tract to rest for the duration of the fasting period and to initiate healing processes. Furthermore, the sense of taste is sharpened and the feeling of fullness during the training days can be trained. Experience has shown that fasting cures reduce blood pressure, improve blood levels and reduce inflammation. Many fasting guests report that they have no more pain in the back or joints or a reduction of pain and generally better well-being. Often, an improvement of the skin cannot be overlooked.

What supportive measures does the fasting cure offer?

The Buchinger fasting cure can be supported in many ways. Thus, the fasting days are often accompanied by further intestinal cleansing with the irrigator and liver packs to stimulate the metabolism and purification. A moderate exercise program to maintain muscle, relaxation methods and meditation to reduce stress and to reflect on your own self, complete the fast.

Of course, sauna, massages or beauty treatments also contribute to the wellbeing aspect. In addition to the wellness offer, the fasting cure hotel also offers a swimming pool and a gym, so that your fasting holiday is also a wellness holiday.

Fasten und Abnehmen - geht das?

A "diet" for weight loss is the fasting cure according to Buchinger not. Of course, a few pounds tumble and you lose weight during a fasting holiday because the calorie intake is very limited. However, who then returns to the old eating behaviour, will quickly reach his original weight.

Therefore, Buchinger and Lützner see the fasting cure rather as an introduction to a permanent change in diet, towards a healthy, full-fledged diet. Consequently, a nutritional advice during the fasting meal makes sense. We offer accompanying lectures and workshops on fasting topics, which should also inform about a well-balanced diet after fasting and motivate to do so.

A fasting cure according to Buchinger can also help you to make a long overdue adjustment of dietary habits.

How should I fast?

Experience has shown that an annual Buchinger fasting cure or fasting twice a year, in spring or in autumn, are very popular.

Those who book their stay in Bavaria will find ideal conditions to move, relax and to allow their thoughts to fly freely in the beautiful surroundings of the Bavarian Forest. Many sports and leisure opportunities in clear air and a varied environment let the fasting holiday go by way too fast. With new energy and recovered quality of life, everyday life can be mastered well again.

What possible applications offers the Buchinger fasting cure to me?

There are several application examples for fasting. Therapeutic fasting is used in naturopathy in many health problems called "diet-related diseases" or "civilization diseases". These include obesity, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, various metabolic disorders, rheumatism and gout.

Due to the immobilization of the intestine, it is also ideal for intestinal diseases such as irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn's disease or chronic obstipation. Allergies and food intolerances are also positively influenced.

Also, respiratory diseases and skin diseases can respond well to a break by fasting. Since mind and soul are also included, fasting is recommended even in states of exhaustion.

Fasting is also used as a prevention. Doctor Helmut Lützner propagates the fasting for health, to stay fit and powerful. The immune system should be strengthened and self-healing powers should be stimulated to avoid diseases in advance. The body finds more energy again, what literally can be seen.

What happens after the fasting cure?

Especially important after fasting is the slow diet and a moderate return to normalcy. What many like to forget, the intestinal villi need to rebuild slowly - so they cannot digest as much food as usual. Furthermore, you have lost weight by fasting, so in total there is less needed. That's why it's best to start the fasting or a temporary vegetarian diet after the fasting holiday. Then you do not have to worry about the yo-yo effect.

What does conventional medicine say?

In almost all religions as well as in medicine, fasting has been a part and parcel for thousands of years. It was in the religious context, the mental-spiritual aspect of fasting, that means the focus on god and fellow human beings as well as immersion in prayer and penance in the foreground. There were times when there was almost exclusively the religiously based fasting, but again and again, the medical therapeutic fasting cure was again brought into focus. Around 1880, the American doctor Henry Tanner made a fasting cure of 42 days. His aim was to prove that even long food deprivation does not cause any health damage. Practitioner E. H. Dewey recognized the health benefits of fasting and shared his findings. Doctor Otto Buchinger tried to cure his rheumatoid arthritis by a three-week fasting cure - with success! By his fasting experience, he created the Buchinger fasting, as it is still used today.

Many doctors, especially family doctors, are now rather sceptical about fasting. However, this is probably due to the fact that there is simply no experience in terms of methods, examples of use or possible side effects.

However, there are numerous fasting clinics which have just specialized in fasting, for example in Überlingen, Pyrmont or Marbella. Many university clinics in Germany, e.g. the Charité in Berlin successfully apply the fasting cure as well.

Fasting Cure according to Buchinger is a soft, but however a effective method to supply your body with vitality and energy.

Here at the fasting hotel Ödhof in the Bavarian Forest, you have the opportunity to experience and enjoy the fasting cure according to Buchinger / Lützner with the skilled support of our health experts. The beautiful idyllic location of our hotel, as well as the exchange of experiences with other fasting guests will facilitate the "time of pausing" and make your fasting in the Bavarian Forest an unforgettable experience.

Our fasting programs start regularly on Sunday. A tour of the house will take place at 4:30 p.m., as well as an introductory meeting of fasting at 5:00 p.m. We therefore recommend arriving on Sundays between 2 and 4 p.m. Arriving on other days is always possible.