Have you ever heard about the word “FUSHOKU”(不食)? It literally means “No Food” in Japanese.

I would say that “FUSHOKU” is an extreme dieting method. It’s a heath method where one goes without food or water for a period of time.

Recently, a Japanese actor Takaaki Enoki went on FUSHOKU and surprised the public. In his case, he was hospitalized to secure his health condition under the doctor’s instructions. In addition, he posted his fasting lifestyle on Facebook and had a lot of responses from its users.

Well, I am weak–minded so I won’t be able to go on FUSHOKU like him, but also think we should regularly eat three times a day in order to keep our health. So I have some personal opinions on his fasting lifestyle.

FUSHOKU may cause intestinal putrefaction.

Maybe I shouldn’t be so negative about FUSHOKU, so I would like to think about it from an enzyme specialist point of view.

Let’s think about “FUSHOKU” together with me!


As an enzyme specialist, I recommend you to eat.

I start with a negative feedback, but as an enzyme specialist, I think people, especially who are on a diet, should eat three meals a day regularly to take necessary nutrients.

I saw Mr. Enoki’s Facebook page and read his FUSHOKU diary. Actually I thought he was enjoying it. On the first day of his FUSHOKU diary, he himself mentioned that there are opinions on pros and cons of the FUSHOKU.

As he says FUSHOKU is to arrive at an ideological conclusion that “No food is needed.”
This is totally different from “DANJIKI” or “DANSHOKU” – abstaining from food or starvation care in Japanese.
I imagine strict Buddhism ideology from the Japanese characters “DAN”(断) or “ZETSU”(絶) – both mean abstinence, while “FU” (不) – means not, gives me more free and maybe democratic impression. Mr. Enoki also mentioned similar opinions on the difference between “FUSHOKU” and “DANJIKI”.

Furthermore, he says he went on “FUSHOKU” not because he wanted to lose weight but wanted to experience where a human will reach if he stops eating.
It’s really philosophical, isn’t it?

That’s why Mr. Enoki decided to try “FUSHOKU” under the doctor’s 24–hours surveillance. Now, it seems that the word “FUSHOKU” has become too popular without understanding of what it really is. Please do not casually go on fasting without having good knowledge on it.


The relation between “FUSHOKU” and enzymes

I have mentioned in previous HAMA NEWS that human babies have no bad intestinal bacteria at the time of their birth. In addition, even during the lactation period, the bad intestinal bacteria do not increase.

The bad intestinal bacteria start increasing after starting with baby food due to the change of intestinal conditions.

With the passage of time, our living environment changes and we sadly start suffering from stresses or lack of good nigh sleep, and as a result, the bad intestinal bacteria increase. In order to increase the good intestinal bacteria for fighting against the bad ones, we need to take enzymes. Well, I know I have told you a thousand times, until I get a sour taste in my mouth.

Talking about getting a sour taste in my mouth, pickled plum is a famous sour Japanese food. I live in Osaka, close to Wakayama – a well-known plum producer. Therefore, I can reasonably purchase plums.

Many people say “Thinking of pickled plum makes me salivate.”

When we see pickled plums, our mouths produce two kinds of enzymes, amylase and catalase. Amylase decomposes starch and catalase works as an active enzyme toxicity inhibitor.

Sorry, I ran off the topic again (I apologize for my bad habit)! We absorb enzymes mainly by eating and drinking. If I add another way, having a drip at hospital can be it. Practically speaking, I think it’s best to take enzymes through regular meals.

This means, if you go on FUSHOKU, you don’t feed the bad intestinal bacteria, but do the same to the good ones as well.


The way I – an enzyme specialist – think

I prioritize eating a lot of fresh seasonal ingredients in order to keep my health.

First of all, the enzymes existing in our bodies are roughly classified into two different kinds – metabolizing enzymes and digestive enzymes.

When we eat, the digestive enzymes become active but the metabolizing enzymes become inactive. Therefore, in order to lose weight, we need to activate the work of metabolizing enzymes and inactivate the work of digestive enzymes.

This may lead some dieters to go on FUSHOKU.

Mr. Enoki says he takes FUSHOKU as a method to improve his way of thinking, and doesn’t recommend others to follow him. As an enzyme specialist, I think FUSHOKU is an extreme method to activate the work of metabolizing enzymes.

BUT, I really don’t want you to go on the method.

In order to survive, we need to take necessary calories and nutrients through mouth. Now, we are living in what is called “satiation period”, but be moderate in eating. Even this small change improves your intestinal environment and can be a great chance to keep your body healthy.

“No food is needed to survive” or “Eat to survive”. There are many different opinions among us. I think such diversities makes our world interesting.

I don’t deny everything about FUSHOKU though, but I would like to talk about my opinions in my blog another time.


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