Have you ever seen a television commercial advertising for a prescription medication where they list all of the wonderful benefits the drug can provide, then it’s followed by a slew of insane reactions that one can obtain from taking this drug? That’s exactly what happens when the topic of fasting is brought up in a forum; people either are terrified of it, or they can’t tell you enough about how well it works. Fasting is really only risky for those who already suffer from health issues, such as diabetics or pregnant women may not be ideal fasting candidates, but it is something that has been practiced for ages! I’ve had my own fasting experience, and it was pretty eye opening.
If you’ve ever had a blood test or some form of imaging that required you to fast prior to taking the test, you may have some awful memories of trying to not eat for several hours. The problem with this mentality is that the first day or two of fasting is always the toughest and brings on the most need for commitment on the faster’s part. Concerns of getting tired, suffering a headache, and having low energy are all common when you’re trying to rid your body of all of the junk you’ve given it over the past year. Fasting doesn’t have to be a dramatic period of absolutely zero food, it can be a jump start to a new you if done properly.
U.S. News reports that intermittent fasting provides a way of eating less and giving your body a rest from constantly processing foods, and detoxes you for a clean start. This type of fasting allows you to consume a regular amount of calories for five days per week, then two days a week only consuming a third of your regular caloric intake. The two days where you take in less calories, you are giving your body a break to breathe and get all of those toxins and free radicals out of your system. It can give you extra energy, weight loss, mental clarity, and even start combating other illnesses you may be suffering from.