Fasting For Health, Not Just Religion

Fasting is defined as going without something (usually food and drink, but can be applied to other areas of life) for a period of time. A total fast is going without food and drink (including water) for a period of 24 hours. Different religious sects use fasting for different purposes and define the nature of fasting on varying guidelines.



Some fasts can include going without food but continuing to drink throughout the day. However you decide to fast, whether its fasting for health or fasting for religion you should pay close attention to what your body is telling you.

Three Tips To Use Fasting For Health:   

(1) Ensure You Are Physically Able To Fast:   

Pregnant and nursing women are not advised to fast, as well as diabetics and hypoglycemics. Before attempting to fast, consult a physician to ensure you are healthy enough to fast without harm to your body.

  • Young children are also not recommended to fast completely but can be taught the principles of healthy fasting as they are growing up.

(2) Ease Your Body Into A Routine Of Fasting:   

Ease your body into a routine of fasting. Fasting is not starving yourself, but if you don’t allow your body to get used to the feeling of going without food and drink, your body may take it that way.

  • Start by fasting for half a day. Continue to drink water through the morning if your body isn’t handling the fast well. Once you can fast until lunch (or even a little longer), slowly increase your fast to a full 24 hours without food and drink.  Many factors influence how different people will react to fasting. To practice healthy fasting don’t make your body handle more than it is capable of.

(3) Eat Moderately:  

Eat a moderately portioned meal the night before beginning your fast. Eating too much in an effort to store up energy for the next day will only result in more hunger.  What you eat before you fast will be far more important than how much you eat.

  • Be extremely careful not to overeat when you do end your fast. Your body will be low on fluids so be sure to replenish liquids quickly. Once you feel hydrated, eat another moderately portioned meal of natural and healthy foods.

Fasting for religious reasons has helped me fast much more than simply going without food and water for a time.  If your religious circumstances encourage fasting, use them to their full extent and fasting will be much easier.

Some Benefits Of Fasting For Health:    

  • Use Of Stored Energy:    

There is a line between fasting and starving, though not technically a fine one. When one is fasting, the body uses natural resources of stored up energy and protein to keep the body going.  Once those energy stores are used up the person begins starving. However, this won’t happen in a period of 24 hours.

  • Detoxification:   

Fasting also gives a person’s digestive system a break from processing toxins in our food, allowing the body to expend energy on other tasks, such as healing.

Again, fasting can be a great benefit to your overall health if you’re careful not to take on more than your body can handle.

Lets Hear Your Tips On Fasting For Health:    

Do you fast for health? What benefits have you found from a regular fast? Have you had negative experiences fasting? Share them here.

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8 comments on “Fasting For Health, Not Just Religion
  1. Laura says:

    I have definitely felt the benefits of fasting, but I noticed in the post that you mentioned that some people shouldn’t fast, such as pregnant women. What kind of options do they have if they want the benefits of a fast, but still need the food?
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    • RJS KOCHHAR says:

      Yes, pregnant women should avoid fasting because during this period, more than you its your baby growing inside which needs nutrition to grow well therefore pregnant women should avoid fasting. For better options its always better to consult your doctor who may recommend safer options upon your through examinations.

  2. Fasting says:

    I tried to do water fasting for 3 days just to test how my body would react to the process. I felt confident so I decided to complete 1 week. The experience was amazing! I lose 15 lbs. and I feel lighter inside out. It also made me realize some important aspects of my spiritual life.

  3. Ernest @ Miami Personal Trainer says:

    I like the way you made this fasting as a form of health benefit and not just for religious concern. But aren’t we not going to have a problem if we do fasting? Because for fitness trainers we do not recommend fasting. It might also be called crash diets. Won’t it destroy your digestive organs? I am just curious. I also want to share this to my clients.

    • RJS KOCHHAR says:

      It doesn’t mean that one should go on fasting even if he/she is not able to sustain. The idea is to eat moderately and if one is able to sustain only then he/she should practice it, may be once in a week or fifteen days just to detoxify and rejuvenate oneself.

      • Ernest @ Miami Personal Trainers says:

        Thanks for responding to my views. Okay now I got it. Thanks really. I appreciate it. I will try the method perhaps one day then if I can sustain it I will do some extensions. I am really very curious about fasting method of losing weight. Can I share your post on my Facebook?

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