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Fasting: Types & Benefits

Fasting is used to lose weight, treat & identify medical conditions, cleanse and detoxify the body and has historically been practiced by various religions. During the Islamic month of Ramadan, majority of Muslims all over the world fast during the daylight hours. Fasting is a means of taqwa, guarding oneself from evil, and encompasses moral and spiritual practices by abstaining from lawful food, drinks, and sexual relations.

Proven medical benefits of fasting:

  1. Great time for our digestive system to get some rest and revitalize  
  2. Decrease in blood sugar levels – World Journal of Diabetes found intermittent fasting to improve blood sugar levels in type-2-diabetes (1)
  3. Lower bad cholesterol and triglycerides(2)
  4. During the first week you will be surprised at how little food you actually need to be full. For some people it can lead to the whole new way of consuming food.
  5. Normalize ghrelin levels, the hunger hormone, after a the first few days of fasting
  6. Chance to get your body in shape as it is a tool for weight loss. Research done in 2012 by Menopause and in 2015 by Nutrition Reviews found fasting alternating days trimmed boy  weight by 7% and decreased body fat by up to 12 pounds(3,4).
  7. Lower coronary heart disease risk by decreasing fat mass (5)

There are also mental benefits of fasting during Ramadan such as opportunity to be in state of self-discipline and self-control, evaluate even small things differently, and avoidance of anger.

Types of Fasts

The type of fast you choose should be appropriate for your level of health, body chemistry and any special physical needs you may have. Before implementing a fast, consult with your Naturopathic Doctor or Nutritionist.

Religious fast

Water Fast

Partial Fast

Liquid Protein Fast

Diagnostic Fast10

Cleansing Fast

Intermittent/cyclic Fasts

Consult a Nutritionist or Naturopathic Doctor before starting any type of fasts.

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