Fasting – Are There Health Benefits?
by Wendy on 19th December 2019
Many chiropractors and other health care professionals recommend occasional fasting in order to cleanse the body and rid it of toxins. Others disagree, arguing that fasting starves the body. They believe that regular sleeping patterns give the body all the rest it needs, along with the periods in between meals.
So, who’s right? Let’s look at the facts:
Fasting is not a new thing. It’s even documented in the Bible, having been practiced for thousands of years. It’s tried and tested, and millions swear by it. Hippocrates (an ancient Greek physician widely accepted as the father of modern medicine —you may have heard of The Hippocratic Oath), who lived around 460-370 BC, was an advocate of the practice. He particularly championed fasting during periods of illness. The ancient Greeks developed a lot of their medical treatments and philosophies by looking to nature for inspiration; humans and other animals do not feel like eating when they are poorly. Fasting, then, can be said to be an evolutionary instinct.
Fasting requires that you abstain from all food and drink except pure water, for a defined period. Fasts of more than a few days should take place with the supervision of a trained health care professional. This way, you’ll receive the correct support as you’re coached through the process.
Benefits are understood to include:
- Allows the digestive system to rest
- Cleanses the body by eliminating harmful toxins
- Boosts the metabolism
- Can help kick-start weight loss or a change in diet
- Lower blood pressure
- Decreases blood sugar
- Can slow down the aging process (although this research is still in its infancy)
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, fasting is not advisable. Similarly, if you have a life-threatening or terminal condition, fasting is not recommended. If you live with diabetes or liver disease, or take regular prescription medications, you will need to check with your GP before considering a fast.
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