Benefits of Fasting
Speaking about the physical effects and Benefits of Fasting Paracelsus the great Swiss German Physician had once remarked, “Fasting is the greatest remedy; the physician within”.
The above stated thought of William Secker is indeed very true. Normally we eat as our mind dictates and mind generally goes by taste and liking and not what is good for our body. So when we go on a fast we in a way surrender to our soul or nature and then good is bound to happen.
Fasting affects us at physical, mental and spiritual levels.
Fasting is one of the oldest ways of bringing falling health on track. To some westerners the idea of fasting seems strange, but fasting is a common practice in the wise old east (India and neighboring countries) and Middle East. Longer fasts are not recommended unless done under strict medical supervision, however shorter fasts of half day, one day or two days if done properly carry plenty of health benefits.
Fasting is Miracle Cure
There are many ailments or physical conditions such as allergies, arthritis, digestive disorders of all kinds, skin conditions, cardiovascular disease, and asthma, which have been observed to be cured with fasting.
The secret behind its miraculous effect is that fasting triggers healing mechanisms already present in the body.
Benefits of Fasting
• Gives rest to the digestive system.
• Detoxifies the body.
• Gives mental clarity and emotional rest.
• Gives inner stillness.
• Increases overall energy level.
• Plenty of energy which is used in digestive processes (Digesting, assimilating and metabolizing) is freed during fasting and can be used for natural healing.
In addition to the above fasting has been observed to give anti-aging effects, better attitude, improved resistance to disease, better sleep, clearer skin, creative mind, improved vision, hearing and taste and a heart full of inspiration, mental clarity, Relaxed state of body and mind, purification, reduction of allergies, improved spiritual awareness, excess-fat loss
Fasting Improves Brain Functions
Medical research confirms that fasting increases in the body a protein called BDNF (Brain-Derived Neurotropic Factor). This protein regulates memory, learning and cognitive function of the brain. It also increases life of existing neurons and also increases growth of new neurons. The lines of communication among neurons are also developed.
Low levels of BDNF protein has also been linked to Alzheimer’s disease.