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Fasting is one of the most important part of mostly all the religions and during ‘Navratri’, it is followed religiously but it is also a matter of debate because many observe it from different aspect.
As per Ayurveda, fasting purifies body and it is immensely fruitful when done properly.
Ayurveda also claims it a tool for clinical investigations of illnesses that the body starts utilizing stored glycogens for energy, during fast this process leads to removal of toxic substances from the body by the action of the liver.
Whatever you accumulate you are able to cleanse and get ready for another day. Through this one gives a chance for the body to reboot and detoxify. As per the Ayurveda, skin problems like pimples, eczema, and psoriasis are reversed due to fasting. Hence a person can expect glowing skin after the period of fasting.
According to allopath, short term fasts are good for the health and could be undertaken by anyone even if one is not religious. It is recommended that diabetics and heart patients should do it as it lowers sugar and cholesterol but pregnant ladies, old people and small children should refrain from it.
One of the best benefits of fasting is that it boosts immunity. Research has proven that the WBC (white blood count) increases due to fasting hence the immunity of an individual gets a boost as well some of the additional benefits of fasting
It is seen that many people prefer taking bed rest during fast, thinking bed rest would be helpful as if then people go on thinking about food even more, it would be much better if people keep themselves engaged in their normal routine. When busy they are less likely to think about food again and again.
Studies have shown that a change in the levels of glucose due to fasting proves beneficial for the effectiveness of chemotherapy performed against tumors, cancer.
If a person does not consume calorie for a defined period will stimulates a lot of changes related to the protection of body cells, which is favorable for the patients suffering from cancer or undergoing tumor curing treatment.
Fasting decreases the toxic side effects of chemotherapy on the normal cells and sensitizes the malignant cells to the chemotherapy medicine, which promote the deterioration of tumors. However, please note these options need very close medical supervision and should be discussed with a medical professional before being undertaken.
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Under medical supervision, controlled fasting has shown significant results in the studies conducted. However, it has been recommended by medical professionals to proceed with a vegetarian diet thereafter.
Macrobiotics points out that water only fasting can be useful for cleaning the entire system and having lukewarm water certainly helps create a homeostasis in the body. Dietitians and Nutritionists feel that due to fasting blood sugar level goes down, toxins stored inside accumulated fat are cleansed body feels lighter as a result of which ‘feel good Hormones’ get released.
Dehydration is a big threat during fasting hence plenty of liquids ought to be consumed especially natural fluids .Water intake should be very high coconut water, nimbu pani, chanch these natural liquids should be resorted to more often.
Fruit juices are not advisable as these raise the sugar level, Chanch is particularly beneficial as it has probiotic properties hence it aids.
Hence, we can say that fasting is a cost-effective and simple way to get your fitness back on track. The changes that happen in the body as a result of fasting depend on the length of the fast and the condition of the body of an individual.
Before, taking fasting as an option, it is always advisable to discuss with a medical professional and follow the advice.