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Fasting: History, Main Principles and Health Benefits


Practiced for millennia, the younghas imposed itself on men, generation after generation, concerned about a Physical well-beingand mental.

In L'antiquity, the fast had for primary objective, a quest for spiritualityand some healing.

In reality, the followers of the fast, whatever their religious obedience (Jewish, Orthodox, Muslim or Catholic), found in this practice, not only a self-healing by detoxificationof the body, but also, a way to get closer to God, to recognize their sins, to confess them and to be free from them, but also to purify themselves.

Recognized for its benefitson human health, fasting has thus inspired therapistswho have made it an essential practice in their regeneration of the body. And there followed, a wide distribution.

Nowadays, doctors (especially in Russia, Germany, Japan and the United States) recommend it as part of the therapy for certain conditions such as diabetes, thearterial hypertension, theasthma, thearthritisand the rheumatismand even the Cancer. The resultsare convincing and the successno longer needs to be demonstrated. (Photo © Weyo)

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FASTING: Definition

Fasting can be defined as voluntary or involuntary abstention from solid and / or liquid nutritious foods. It is now at the center of practices to restore a certain balancedto the body, and not only plays a role of spiritual purification, but also, is gradually imposed on anyone looking for a healthy life.

The history of fasting goes back thousands of years and is said to be linked to religious traditionswho attributed to him various virtues.
So it differs depending on whether you practice one religion or another.

Christian Fasting

According to Christian beliefs, fasting - since ancient times - has its roots in Biblewhich refers to it by presenting it as a practice to which certain peoples resorted to implore the divine forgivenessduring a calamity or a crisis.

In Jesus' ministry, he invites people to fast to avoid the temptation of hypocrisy and pride, without seeking glory.

This practice then spread to catholicswho established the practice of youngWednesday and Friday, two chosen days of the week, to experience the passion of christ : the betrayal of Jesus by Judah and his crucifixion.

This religious fast subsequently evolved into a purification fastwhich preceded Lent: the forty-day fast before the celebration of Easter.

Buddhist Fasting

At the Buddhists, fasting takes on a whole new meaning.
Indeed, unlike abstinence advocated by most religions, Buddhist fasting imposes the respectof the precept according to which it is prohibitedof destroy all existence, as small as it is.

Thus, this type of fast begins with the rainy season which lasts for 3 months, and ends with it. It thus obliges themonksto retire to their monasteries, preventing them from traveling for any sermons and above all from harming the new lives that would take shape during this period.

Fasting in Islam

Religious fasting represents for Muslims the 4th pillar ofIslam,and is a dutyfor everything believer. In addition to the deprivation of food and drink from sunrise to sunset, it is also prohibited to smoke and engage in any sexual intercourse during this same period.

This penancethus allows them to collect themselves, to purifyand of sharethe situation of the needy.

Beyond all these traditions, what does fasting bring us in terms of health? Why and how should you fast? Are there any risks? What advice can we recommend?

Main principles of fasting

  • Fasting: essential for good health

Caring about her healthis now a must for everyone!
Various are the methodsand techniques that contribute to healthy life are among others: lifestyle modification, healthy and balanced diet, regular physical activity… etc.

The fastingon the advice of a specialistis therefore welcome when it comes to modifying or even improving your lifestyle, with the sole aim of maintaining good health, but also to fight against diseases such as mental disordersand certain cancers.

  • But why fast?

Our daily diet exposes us to the accumulation of bad fatsand of toxins, sometimes difficult to eliminate naturally by the body. This causes weight gain - very often uncontrolled - causing in many cases, obesity.

According to specialistsand memberswhen fasting, this form of abstinence would help the body to purify and at the same time

- the digestive system to be at rest.

According to Dr Thierry de Lestrade (author of the book "Fasting, a new therapy ?"), many patientssuffering from different types of cancer, mental illnesses, skin diseases, chronic inflammatory diseases, allergies, digestive diseases, hypertension ... have been able to appreciatethe benefitsof young.

Fasting well: prerequisites and procedure

It is imperative to prepare your bodyfasting in order to avoid many secondary symptoms(muscle fatigue, headaches, nausea, etc.). A good start to your fast strengthens the motivation and enthusiasm necessary for it to go well.
To do this, you have to ask the right questions, in order to make the right choices at the right time.

How to do it ? What type of fast to choose? Total fast, partial fast? How to fast well?

Preparing for a fast is synonymous with preparing your body for this change. For this, it is desirable, even imperative to:

  • calculate your BMI(Body mass index) ;
  • have your doctor check your general health (balance sheetof healthpreferably), especially for people undergoing medical treatment;
  • gradually reducethe quantities offoodto consume to prepare the body. This helps prevent headaches, insomnia, nausea, muscle aches, dizziness that occur momentarily in the event of a sudden change in diet;
  • define thegoal to achieve and give oneself the means.

Once these prerequisites are in place, the detoxificationcan begin. Appreciate the regenerative effectsfasting imposes on those who wish to practice it, the following of certain basic rules, essential for the good progress of the fast.

During the fast, it is abstaining from food that will ensure the desired effects. During the first few days, it is advisable to replace solid meals with liquid foods such as natural fruit juices, the broths nosalty herbal teas, while being followed by a healthcare professional.

At the end of the fast, perform a gradual food recovery. Start with fresh seasonal fruits, then add the following days raw vegetables, of whole wheat breadalso but in limited quantity, to then introduce non-fatty foods such as fish, always in controlled quantity.

The ideal would be to maintain a balanced dietwhich would guarantee the non-regaining of weight.

Determine the length of a fast

The length of the fast or the body's purge cure varies according to individual needs and should adapt to the pace of each person wishing to fast.

Although the intermittent fastingis the most appropriate and the most practiced for a beginning, it is recommended to approach the specialized centers ready to guide and to follow any patient during all the period of the fast. Because, everyone knows that the practice of fasting without medical supervisionhas dangers !

However, your doctorwill also be able to guide you on the choice of the fast best suited to your body, activity, your daily life, as well as its duration.

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The different forms of fasting

There are different forms of fasting, the benefitsno longer need to be demonstrated: preventive fasting and therapeutic fasting.

  • Preventive fasting, as the name suggests, is carried out to prevent disease. It can be practiced by anyone to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
  • Therapeutic fasting, recommended for the sick, comes completethe medical treatments.

Dietary fasting: a new therapy?

Depriving yourself of food through fasting allows the body toeliminatethe toxinsaccumulated, to stay in shape, to improve efficiencyfrom sometreatments, to purify the body, and to do regeneratethe cells.

The forms of dietetic fasting can be broken down into various methods: total or complete youth, water fasting or even partial fasting.

During the complete fast, water is the only food allowed and complete rest is recommended.

During partial fasting, commonly referred to as a cure, the diet is adapted to the needs of the faster, and is often restricted to juices of fruits, vegetables, grains, sprouts, herbal teas, broths and food supplements.

Water fasting, on the other hand, requires good hydration for people wishing to practice it. Only water and liquids such as vegetable and fresh fruit juices, herbal teas, unsalted broths are allowed.

Benefits of therapeutic fasting

Fastfor his health, is beneficial and highly recommended for patients with asthma, skin diseases, mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, but under medical supervision.

According to some nutritionists, it is also by fasting that blood circulation improves, that weight loss is felt, that cellular and molecular repair takes place.
The fast would even have for beneficial result, according to these specialists, a ‘'harmonizationof the moodleading to increased quality of life and vitalityincreased ".

According to the work of Dr Thierry de Lestrade, we can observe in some patients during fasting, changes in their blood and hormonal parameters (drop in insulin, thyroid hormones, increase in cortisol, etc.), thus having effects on inflammation: which makes them feel calmand of fullness.

The possible risks of fasting

Like any cure or therapy, fasting has limits.

The risksThere are many possibilities to which anyone wishing to fast is exposed: hypoglycemia, hypotension, nutritional deficiencies, etc. The list is not exhaustive !

The practice of fasting of any kind is not recommended for pregnant women, and should be performed under medical supervision for anyone suffering from diseases such as diabetes, therenal failure, the heart trouble, the Cancer.

For more information, ask your doctor for advice.

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Video: The Insane Benefits of Water-Only Fasting: Dr. Alan Goldhamer. Rich Roll Podcast (November 2020).