Fasting has been practiced for centuries, but does that mean it’s healthy? And can it help you lose weight? The answer isn’t really straightforward, but it may depend on the type of fasting you do, as well who you are individually. While fasting for a day or two is rarely a problem if you’re healthy, it can be dangerous if you aren’t already eating a healthy diet, have a compromised immune system, suffer from certain health conditions like liver or kidney problems, or are on medication.
There are a number of reasons for fasting, such as:
Religious fasting. Many religious texts call upon followers to fast periodically as a rite of purification, penitence or preparation for spiritual union.
Medical fasting. Examples include fasting before surgery or prior to tests, such as to check blood sugar levels or cholesterol.
Fasting to treat disease. Some health experts have noted that fasting, when combined with an improved diet before and afterward, may help improve health conditions like lupus, arthritis and chronic skin problems such as eczema and psoriasis. Continue reading…