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Rock and plant garden zone 9b
Zone 9 is the arid hot climate zone. The average annual temperature for this zone is 44°C or 112°F, much cooler than zone 8 (which has an average temperature of 61°C or 142°F). The average annual rainfall for this zone is 216mm or 8.5 inches.
The higher annual temperatures of zone 9 are similar to those of zone 10 in the middle tropics. However, as with zone 10, there is no dry season in zone 9, although there are temporary seasonal variations, particularly in the northwest of the country where annual rainfall is up to 180mm or 7.2 inches, which is the highest of any of the arid zones. There is a wet season in July and August, followed by a cooler season during the wet season. The dry season is from November to April.
A comparison of two maps of the rainfall distribution shows that the rainfall is highly localized with around 70% of the rainfall falling over less than 10km2, or 6.5 square miles. At this low level the rainfall pattern is the same as for the other arid zones. This means that each year there is a large number of regions that are dry for most of the year.
Despite its name, zone 9 is not particularly hot. The average maximum temperature for this zone is 52°C or 126°F, similar to zones 7 and 8 (which have temperatures of 56°C or 133°F and 55°C or 131°F respectively). These are hot enough for many people but are not scorching.
For a full description of the arid zones, see the maps on pages 1–3.
A typical dose for a therapeutic fast is 10g daily. This equates to 3g three times a day. A fast of 5 to 10 days is usually recommended. However, this can be increased to a full month if necessary.
Care must be taken when following a fast as you will need to eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. In particular, the beta-carotene content of this diet must be good, as you will have a reduced intake of B-carotene. So you will need to consume plenty of fresh carrots, sweet potato, pumpkin, capsicum, pomegranate, kiwi fruit, yellow-fleshed sweet potatoes and apricots. Vitamin C levels should be high in the diet, so include many of these as well as foods such as broccoli, cabbage, brussels sprouts and kale.
Although it is not normally recommended to take a cold-water fast, you could certainly do so for a short period if you wish to. Although the uptake of the minerals is less than it would be during a hot fast, the high amount of dietary water may prove refreshing after a while. Also, ice-cold fruit and vegetable juices and many cold salads are good ways to counteract the effects of a hot fast. In this case it would be wise to try to match the quantities consumed with those of your usual intake.
For the best results with your fast, it is important to eat a wide variety of foods, particularly from the B-vitamin and vitamin C groups, and to have at least one protein or fat-rich meal at least three times a week.
After a therapeutic fast of 10 to 14 days, the health benefits are increased levels of energy, heightened immune function and better mood. The fastest benefits are seen after 7 to 10 days.
To experience the best results from your fast, you need to restrict the amount of carbohydrate in your diet to just one meal a day. Because a carbohydrate-rich meal leads to the rise of insulin, this makes it difficult to produce the neurotransmitter serotonin from the conversion of tryptophan to serotonin.
The correct dose
If you are overweight, then you may find that you do not want to fast more than a week at a time as it may not be suitable for your health. There are two main considerations for this, first, that you take extra measures to reduce your calorie intake to help reduce weight, and second, that your daily intake of protein. Protein is important for muscle and organ growth and for supplying energy. Thus it is best to match your daily intake of protein with your ideal body weight.
If you have been following a specific, strict diet to lose weight, then when you start a fast it is advisable to reduce your daily protein intake to about 0.5g/kg or one gram per kilogram of your ideal body weight. If you are only slightly overweight, then this would be about 50g per day. If you are heavily overweight, then reduce your daily protein intake to about 0.5g/kg for 10 days or, at a push, 1g/kg of your ideal body weight for a week. If you take protein supplements, then do not increase your dose for 10 days after your fast, but wait until the next time that you take your protein. Once the symptoms of the first week or so of the fast have passed, the need to reduce protein intake is over.
If your primary goal is to experience a therapeutic fast, then you should aim to reduce the carbohydrate content of your diet to between 25% and 40% of your total intake, which should mean about 80% of your total calories being derived from protein. With a therapeutic fast, you need to avoid any form of exercise or calorie-rich foods, including alcohol and caffeine, and you need to avoid any prolonged physical exercise. This means that you should not get out for a walk or do any other vigorous activity.
Treatment for migraine
When using a fast for migraine or other headaches, it is best to use the cold fast. This involves abstaining from all foods and beverages, except one drink of plain water. However, you can choose between a fast at 20°C (68°F) or 25°C (77°F). At the lower temperature, you need to take only a single meal a day. If you choose 25°C then you need to eat just one meal a day. After three or four days of this, you should be feeling