Can Fasting Be Beneficial For Humans?


People have been fasting for many thousand years. Fasting is simply voluntarily eliminating foods for a period of time. We all fast during the night after we have eaten our last food for the evening and before we consume breakfast in the morning.

We are accustomed to fasting for a number of hours before some medical tests or prior to surgery. We may fast on particular days for religious reasons.

Fasting has been used by many for cleansing, and strengthening the body, curing various illnesses and clearing the mind.

Fasting for a period of time as a way to lose weight is probably not a wise idea. You will quickly lose weight, but much of the loss will be fluid. When you resume your eating some of this weight will come right back.

If you are determined to fast as a weight loss plan try fasting every other day while eating a healthy low calorie diet on the days you do not fast.

There are some possible benefits to fasting. It will allow your digestive system to rest and then you body can redirect the energy used by the digestive system to help repair, heal and maintain the other areas of the body.


Fasting may help you body better handle insulin sensitivity. Your body may be able to handle carbohydrates better after a fast.

Fasting may help boast your metabolism. It may help improve your bowel functions and improve your digestive functions.

Fasting may help rid the busy of accumulated toxins.

You may decide to fast for one day or up to one week. You likely should not embark on a water only fast. If you are new to fasting start gently. Try a salad only fast or try drinking green smoothies or juice fresh vegetables and fresh fruits or try drinking vegetable or bone broth.

You should not embark on an extended fast until you discuss it with your health care professional.

You may want to begin fasting just one day each week. Listen to your body to determine how long you should continue fasting. Do not fast for long periods of time unless under medical supervision.

Engaging in intermittent fasting may be a good way to get your body back on a healthy track. Fasting allows your body to learn when it is truly hungry and this may help you avoid excessive eating in the future. Fasting helps improve brain function, it improves the immune system since it reduces free radical damage and eating less may contribute to a longer life span.

If you are interested in experiencing the benefits of fasting by all means begin slowly and gently until you are accustomed to engaging in a fast and know how your body will respond.