Different Types of Fasting

 

Fasting is considered today as one of the most popular ways to lose weight. Celebrities and Silicon Valley health buffs have been raving about intermittent fasting. However, fasting isn’t just limited to dieting, it has been used for healing and detoxifying.

The good thing is fasting is not completely synonymous with starving. There are different types of fasting you can choose from depending on your lifestyle and current state of health. Just remember that in any fast you need to prepare first. From the food or liquid you will take to some adjustments in your activities, you have to be physically and mentally ready for it.

Ready to take on the fasting route? Here are the different types of fasting you can start exploring, starting with the easiest one.

1. Partial fasting. This involves skipping certain types of food. We are not talking about skipping meals here or regulating portions but more of not eating a particular kind of food. This can be sweets, dairy, meat, pork, or rice. This is the reason why this type of fasting is also called selective fasting. You pick and choose what you want to refrain from.
2. Liquid fasting. This is pretty much self-explanatory. Liquid fast only involves liquid intake. You have the option to do a water fast, which is known to provide the most optimal benefit for your body if you’re planning to fast over a short period of time. The best part? It requires no preparation at all. You have everything you need in your fridge.
    Juice fast is another form of liquid fasting. It has a lot of health benefits considering the variety of fruits and vegetables you can juice. One glass of pomegranate juice can give you a boost of antioxidants. It is also more bearable than water fast, which is utterly bland, compared to the burst of flavors in your mouth coming from a refreshing juice fast.
    Another liquid you can drink during your liquid fast is the antioxidant-rich tea. It is not true that too much tea will dehydrate you. A study done by the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that the caffeine in tea is not enough to flush out the amount of water intake that comes along with drinking tea. Tea has zero calories with the soothing taste coming from flowers and herbs. A total fasting win-win!

    3. Dry Fasting. This is the hardest type of fast because it involves total food and water deprivation. In the Bible, Jesus fasted for 40 days. Hence, the spiritual aspects of dry fasting. It is not recommended to undergo a dry fast because it poses certain health risks. Not having water for more than a day is already dangerous so better not force it.

    Starting a fast is easy but sustaining it can be an uphill battle. So to give you a boost of encouragement, here are the many benefits of fasting:

      • Lowers blood pressure and cholesterol levels
      • Improves insulin sensitivity
      • Reduces risk of diabetes
      • Reboots the immune system clearing out old immune cells
      • Regenerates new cells as part of the immune system reboot
      • Burns fat that leads to weight loss
      • Detoxifies the body
      • Increases endorphins or “feel good” hormones

        The best way to start a fast is by evaluating your current lifestyle and health goals. From there, choose the ideal fast for you that will not compromise the way you conduct your daily activities. There are also other paths to wellness you can try to improve your quality of life like tea cleansing. You can find out more about it here.


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