Growing up, we have always been taught to eat on time, eat three meals a day and not to skip breakfast. I therefore reviewed fasting with some skepticism. After all, we need food to survive, don’t we? As I read, I startlingly discovered the wonderful benefits of fasting. Ascribing fasting to one of your gods is just an easy way to get through the day or night, but the physiological benefits are manifold.
A fast is any twelve hour period during which you have not consumed anything. What surprised me is that this included the time we are asleep. This was one of the reasons you were asked to eat before sunset so that your body could naturally fast everyday by the time you were up for breakfast. Fasting induces your body to consume any excessive element within it including bacteria and fats etc. also known as self eating. This can have a positive impact on your cholesterol levels, triglycerides, blood sugar and insulin resistance, beneficial for those at risk for diabetes and cardio-vascular diseases. Fasting also helps remove free radicals from your body. Fasting is also known to reduce oxidative stress and inflammation in your body.
There are several ways to fast including dry fasting, water fasting, intermittent fasting or partial fasting. The length of the fast can be from twelve hours to even a month (obviously only under medical supervision). Eating before six pm and skipping breakfast even once a week can have wonderful benefits. For all the tea or coffee lovers out there, including a calorie free drink like water, tea or black coffee without milk or sugar is acceptable.
So find your god or goddess or spiritual power that can inspire you to go without food and water even if for a brief period.