New Delhi: Intentionally skipping or delaying meals, known as fasting, is an unusual practice for many people, but it’s gaining popularity as a way to prevent disease and maintain a healthy body weight.
Addressing it, Nutritionist Anjali Mukerjee wrote, “Fasting is common to just about every major religious tradition, like Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism. In ancient Greece, Hippocrates believed it helped the body heal itself. During Ramadan, many Muslims fast from dawn to sunset, every day for a month. This has provided scientists with quite a bit of information about what happens to your body when you fast, and the news is mostly good.”
“Besides religious practice, there are a number of different approaches to fasting and health reasons why people do it. The first, as you might guess, is weight loss. There’s also research showing that certain types of fasting may help improve your cholesterol, blood pressure, glucose levels, insulin sensitivity, and other health issues.”
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What is fasting: Complete abstinence from any form of dietary sources, except pure water, is fasting. In some forms of fasting, people avoid drinking water as well.
Juice fasting: juice fasting is when people avoid any kind of solid food and just rely on water and fresh juices.
Modified fasting: in this form of fasting, raw forms of fruits and vegetables are also consumed.
Benefits of fasting: It helps in initiating the healing process of the body. It also boosts immunity and helps in reversing and slowing down the ageing process. Fasting also helps in losing weight by giving the body much-needed physiological rest. However, unplanned fasting can be harmful. It is important to consult with a doctor before fasting for 2-3 days continuously.