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Is Fasting Good For Health?

By SiliconIndia  |   Wednesday, 02 November 2011, 22:39 Hrs
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Bangalore: People tend to think that fasting is just another way to reduce their body weight or it's the best way of dieting.Fasting might give you the benefits of quick weight loss but it is not ahealthier way to reduce the body weight and also it gives the warning on health. In India we have a history of observing fast whether it be for religious reasons or for the realization of greater goals. From Gandhiji to Eid to Karwachauth or the recent Anna Hazare movement, observing fast is considered positively in India
Health problems:
By fasting consistentlyyou might end up with some of the health problems like High stress, affects on the digestive system, and damages of muscles. Also it can reduce the energy level of the body. Fasting is not good for the young people because at this stage body will be still building the bones, muscles, and brain cells for maturity.Body needs the nutrients and calcium to build it.
Benefits:
Fasting is often cited as to give the advantage of getting rid of the habits of smoking and alcohol consumption Though there is no scientific explanation to it.Some way it might help your nails and hair to grow faster and get rid of your fine lines and dullness in your skin and also helps to get rid of lower blood pressure.
In some cases fasting can also be reason for quick weight loss because breaking the long fast or a day's fast it helps your digestive system to start working again. In some cases fasting helps improve the health condition of the people.Short fast are safer because once you begin eating again you will regain 5-6 pounds approx.

Experts say that it is a myth that fasting can cleanse the body of impurities. Your body need no detoxification. It is naturally designed to remove toxins through the skin (by sweating), liver, colon, and kidneys.People with diabetics should not obsess even short fasts because it can lead to dangerous dips and spikes in blood sugar. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, or anyone with a chronic disease, should not fast. It is always good to consult a doctor before you venture into any type of fasts.

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