Fasting is known as the practice of abstaining for food, usually for a short period of time. Why would anyone want to do that voluntarily? There are plenty of reasons, the first being for religious reasons, but there are also plenty of non-religious reasons why you should consider fasting.
Simply, fasting can be great for your overall health: It gives your body a chance to reset and detoxify. These days, our bodies are bombarded with all sorts of artificial colorants and chemicals – it’s in the food you eat, in the things you drink. It’s even in the environment we live and breathe. Fasting gives your body a chance to start again, and it’s great for people who want to make a new, healthy start.
Sometimes fasting can even be recommended by your doctor: There’s good reason why people are told to fast for at least a day before a big surgery.
1. Great for the Liver
The liver’s primary function is clearing the body of toxins, and anything you put into your body gets filtered through your liver. Now, consider the fact that most of the foods that you eat contain all sorts of artificial chemicals and natural compounds like pesticides, salts, sugars, vitamins, minerals, MSG, dextrose… Okay, not all of those we’ve listed are technically bad – but they all filter through the liver.
Do you realize what kind of large-scale pounding your liver takes on a daily basis? Even if you live a healthy life, your liver could still be taking strain.
Fasting can be great for the liver; when your body isn’t being bombarded with salts, colorants, sugars, alcohol and artificial chemicals, it gets a chance to rest – and your body gets a chance to process all of the harmful chemicals.
Be careful with fasting if you have existing problems with your liver: Consult your doctor.