Fasting is the voluntarily act of abstaining from some or all foods and drinks for varying lengths of time. It is used for medical purposes, like fasting prior to a surgical operation, blood sugar count, or as therapy for many conditions. Many people also practice fasting for spiritual or religious purposes.
For whatever purpose it is intended, fasting, especially short fasts, are beneficial to your health, and some of its health benefits include reduced risks form heart diseases, diabetes and even cancer. Short fasts can also help to reduce oxidative stress that causes production of free radicals. These are the main contributors of early aging and cell damage.
There are three major types of fasting and each of them is intended to accomplish a specific purpose. These are:
1. Mono Fasting
Mono fasting is eating only one food for the sustenance of the body while all the rest are avoided. Many people don’t consider mono fasting as a fast but as a diet. But because fasting is defined as the abstinence from some foods, mono fasting can still qualify as a fast.
Many people who practice mono fasting use grapes, apples, peaches and watermelons as their food of choice because of their nutritional and medicinal values. Grapes for example, are one of the most common foods that people prefer for mono fasting because it is believed to have the ability to cure cancer. This is known as the Grape Cure.
2. Water Fasting
Water fasting is the act of abstaining from solid foods and ingesting nothing but water. It is the most powerful and effective form of fasting to release accumulated toxins in your body yet this is the toughest because it can bring a very intense craving for food.
Water fasting is not advisable in situations where there are lots of distractions and the environment is not protective enough to ensure your safety as it can be too risky for your physical and mental health.
3. Juice Fasting
It is a type of fasting in which you consume only fruit and vegetable juices to sustain your body. Some cancer survivors claim that this type of fasting is very powerful and effective in cleansing the body from toxins and stopping the growth of cancer cells. It is also easier on the mind and it helps to provide your body with enzymes, vitamins and minerals that your body needs throughout the fast.
One of the most beneficial effects of juice fasting is its ability to thin your blood and lighten the load of your heart while your body is busy getting rid of harmful toxins.
Fasting is beneficial and it can be enjoyable rather than a sacrifice if you do it properly. To avoid negative consequences, you should prepare yourself prior to a fast. And you should do it only under the supervision of a medical or health professional.