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.
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.
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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