Fasting and its Health Effects

As Big Ben chimes in the New Year, the cheers and celebratory drinks of champagne and last of the festive excesses will soon be replaced by the obligatory annual diet. Morgan Davies asks if there is another, more complete way to heal both your spirit and body after the over-indulgences of the festive period? Whilst ideally we would all love be able to go on a month long retreat in January, it is simply not always possible. January is arguably the most depressing month; the awful weather, no holidays, no indulgences and mounting bills. So during this challenging time, we need a way to overcome the physical damage of our excess consumption and to reconnect with our inner spiritual needs following the hectic and demanding month of December. It seems a simple but poetic juxtaposition to fast during January. Fasting, whether juice or water fasting, has been widely practiced throughout the history of mankind. A fast is simply the enforced abstinence from food for a defined period of time and it has a place within all major religions. For example, fasting forms an integral part of Islam during Ramadan and of Christianity during Lent.

 

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