Fasting has religious as well as scientific associations. Fasting has been a medium for better health since ages. According to Ayurveda fasting helps in arresting different diseases and improving health.
Fasting can be total ( having no food and no water), or partial ( having water, juices and fruits) We are recommending partial fasting.
I have friends who love eating, in fact ‘love eating’ is an understatement. They live to eat.
Enjoying food is necessary and at times it releases you from depression. But too much eating can lead to liver dysfunction. Excess food consumed daily gets transformed into fat and gets accumulated into blood vessels which can lead to obesity, heart diseases, stomach diseases and join problems. Fasting is a way to burn these fats.
In a survey it has been found that people who fast once a week had resulted in significant improvement in chronic bronchitis, joint problems, diabetes and respiratory problems. According to Dr. Hans of Australia, our human digestive system is very weak. It can only digest 1/3 of what we eat, and therefore it is recommended to reduce food intake or to avoid consuming excess food.
Fasting is for everyone but yet there are some exceptions. It is subject to age, preexisting disease and lifestyle.
- Children should not fast as they need food/ carbohydrates for energy and growth. But children who eatout daily or consume too much fast food or oily food more than twice a week can skip lunch or dinner any day.
- People who do manual work or who are engaged in physical activity need not fast as their excess fat gets burn during physical activity.
- Indoor officers or people at call centers, computer engineers, managers who do not get time for exercising should seriously think about fasting a day or eating fruits and vegetables only once a week.
People with preexisting disease like diabetes or metabolic disorders should avoid fasting as it can aggravate their problem.