Intro to Fasting

by Sean
Intro to Fasting

Fasting is the willingness of a person to abstain from eating. One reduces the consumption of all drinks, foods or both of them. There are two types of fasting

• Absolute or dry fasting

• Water Fasting

Dry fasting which is also known as absolute fasting is the abstinence from all kind of drinks or foods for certain duration of time. People fail to consume food for a given period of time so that they can achieve different goals. People do dry fasting to religious reasons and others do it health reasons. People who dry fast for religious reasons do it purposely for their religious reasons so that they can accomplish their religious goals. People who fast due to health reasons do it so as to reduce their weight or due to some prescriptions by the doctor.

Water fasting refers to the state of abstaining from all foods and drinks apart from water. While water fasting, one can still take tea and black coffee. When one is water fasting, it can be due to medical, restrictive r religious reasons. This type of fasting is very dangerous because when the body is deprived water it can have major botanical problems.

Fasting also refers to the metabolic status of a human who
overnight has not eaten or the metabolic condition which is achieved just after digestion and the absorption of the food. There are several metabolic states which do take place when one is fasting. When the fasting state needs to be examined, diagnostic tests are carried out.

While fasting, the body calories are consumed so as to provide energy to the body so that there can be sufficient energy in the body to carry out metabolic activities. This consumption of the body calories is referred to as intermittent fasting. Intermittent fasting refers to an eating pattern where one cycles the periods between eating and fasting so that the body can be able to obtain sufficient energy. Find out more here:

There are numerous reasons why fasting is practiced. One of the reasons why people fast is due to medical application. Before any surgery is done, fasting is recommended because it helps to lower the risk of pulmonary aspiration of the gastric contents after the anesthesia is inducted. Fasting is not recommended for people with chronic cancer. People suffering from cancer are not recommended to fast because their bodies require a lot of energy in carrying different functions.

Fasting has helped the body in different ways. Fasting helps
improve the mood, alertness and other subjective feelings of a human body. Although this can be of a short term when practiced in long term I can lead to depression where the body tries to fight back with the condition. The short term intermittent fasting may produce minor adverse effects which can be harmful to the body. The effects are feeling of hunger, dehydration where the body lacks enough water for carrying out metabolic activities, headaches, and feeling of weakness in the body. Intermittent fasting in the long term can lead to malnutrition or eating disorders which can expose one to contracting
diseases. While fasting, one is recommended to observe several factors. Analyzing of the body condition is also recommended when fasting.