Abstaining from food and drink voluntarily is known as fasting. While avoiding food for extended periods of time can bring down your blood sugar levels and may cause certain complications, fasting is in fact beneficial.
Fasting can be a rejuvenating process because keeping away from food can help your body repair itself. Our constantly functioning digestive system consumes a lot of energy on a daily basis. This means that there is very little energy left for healing, repair and general maintenance of the body. When we fast we give our digestive system some much needed rest. Fasting also acts as a detox because it helps to get rid of toxins.
Fasting is an effective detox because it shrinks your arteries and tissues and loosens harmful deposits that are stuck the walls of blood vessels. It also causes the thinning of blood which releases toxins from our body. Here are a few tips that may help you fast in a safe and healthy way:
– Consult a doctor before fasting to ensure that abstaining from food and water does not harm your health.
– Get into the right mind set by understanding that you can successfully complete a fast with discipline and strong will.
– If your intention is to lose weight you can take measures like limiting the number of meals per day to one or avoiding snacking during the day.
– You may need to adjust/put on hold your exercise routine during the fasting period. It is normal to feel lethargic when fasting so don’t overexert yourself, rest well and conserve energy.
– Ensure that you stay hydrated throughout the day by drinking plenty of water.
– Plan your post-fast meals well. Avoid fast food and try to consume more whole grains, healthy lean protein, vegetables and fruits.
However, fasting can sometimes cause dizziness so take extra care. Children under 18, diabetic patients, pregnant or lactating women and patients with severe gastrointestinal reflux disease should avoid fasting.