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What is fasting?

Renunciation with a beneficial effect

In our time it is more the excess that makes you ill, not the renunciation. However, fasting is not the same as starvation. Fasting means abstaining from certain types of food and stimulants for a limited period of time.
Fasting can be used in sick people as a classic natural healing method. Fasting for healthy people, as we offer it at the Hotel alp’inn, is about prevention, looking after your health – and the opportunity to bring body, mind and soul back into harmony.

fasting methods

Fasting according to Dr. Buchinger

dr Otto Buchinger (1878-1966) had developed a successful natural healing method with therapeutic fasting. Its clinical concept was developed by Dr. Hellmut Lützner adapted so that it is also suitable for healthy people.

When fasting for a limited time according to Buchinger, you drink a lot of fluids: soups and fruit or vegetable juices, herbal tea and lots of clear water. At around 300 calories a day, the body switches to fasting mode without feeling hungry. The entire body, especially the digestive system, the blood vessels and the skin can regenerate intensively.

Daily liver wraps, physical exercises and exercise in the fresh air are an integral part of the Buchinger fasting method.

Fasting according to Buchinger/Lützner is not suitable for:

  • youth and children
  • Pregnant and lactating women
  • People with eating disorders (anorexia, bulimia)
  • people with mental illnesses
  • People with type I diabetes mellitus
  • Severely underweight due to an illness such as B. Cancer

Please note:

If you are taking medication, are suffering from an illness or do not feel well, you can only take part in the fasting courses if you present a medical certificate.

You take part in our fasting days at your own risk. All courses are accompanied by experienced fasting experts.

Intermittent fasting

What makes interval fasting so special:
They enjoy twice-daily alkaline, nourishing, warming food in a rhythm that triggers autophagy through purposefully placed meal breaks so that the associated repair mechanisms in the body are set in motion. In the selection of meals, additional attention is paid to limited calorie intake (about 1000 kcal daily), which guarantees weight reduction, but provides pleasant satiety. In addition, the alkaline diet starts deacidification and detoxification, and the 16-hour meal break around night time “cleans up” the body.

By observing one’s own eating behavior in everyday life and by informing and trying out different meal break variations, the personally suitable rhythm can be found, so that vitality, balance, reduction and motivation are given room.


Since the 2016 Nobel Prize in Medicine and Physiology went to the Japanese cell biologist Yoshinori Ohsumi for his work on degradation and recycling processes in cells, the term autophagy has become well-known. Austria is also extremely present in this field and significantly involved in research results on this topic. Univ. Prof. Dr. Frank Madeo, who is in charge of a large-scale study at the Institute of Molecular Biosciences at the Karl Franzens University in Graz, Austria, explicitly points out the benefits of interval fasting: Triggering autophagy has a life-prolonging, rejuvenating and regenerating effect.

Abstinence from food for as little as 16 hours triggers this effect:

If the energy supply from outside ceases, cells begin to digest their own cells. The body wisdom ensures that dead, malformed or diseased cells are exterminated. Unusable components such as damaged or oxidized proteins or damaged mitochondria are degraded. In this way, invaders such as viruses, bacteria or other microorganisms can also be combated in the cell. We make use of this regeneration and renewal process during the Autophagy Fasting Days. A joyful, varied accompanying program also moves body, mind and soul, and nutritional issues are not neglected.

Who can do interval fasting?

Our Intermittent Fasting courses are an offer for healthy people and also suitable for people with slight health impairment after consultation with their doctor. Medications will continue to be taken during this fast as directed by a physician. Participation in the fasting course is voluntary and the participants are responsible for their own actions.
For whom interval fasting is not suitable:

Pregnant and lactating women
People with eating disorders (anorexia, bulimia)
people with mental illnesses
People with type I diabetes mellitus
Severely underweight due to an illness such as B. Cancer
Cortisone-treated and dialysis patients
Addicts (e.g. alcohol, other drugs)