Intermittent Fasting-The Vedique Way

Intermittent Fasting-The Vedique Way

Intermittent fasting has been growing as a type of eating pattern with many health benefits but in age old science of Ayurveda, there are many methods of fasting & intermittent fasting has been described as one of them. Intermittent fasting includes cycling between periods of fasting and eating. It not only has helped in achieving desired weight loss but also improves overall health and treat various lifestyle disorders like Diabetes (Type 2), Hypothyroidism, obesity and many more. Learn to manage lifestyle disorders with Ayurvedic Herbs.

Our ancient texts have already highlighted the importance of gap in between meals to provide adequate time to the body to digest meals because the main cause of most of the disorders in our body is the “AMA” which is the toxin produced by our own body by the undigested matter present after food taken in is not digested properly. It is considered as the underlying driver of all illnesses as it causes blockage of all channels of the body. The sole cause of this ama is our weak digestive fire i.e., agni .

If your Agni is good, you will not encounter any Vyadhi or disease. On contrary you will have poor health if the Agni is poor. Digestion process is responsible for absorbing nutrients from the food that you eat & also excretion of waste products. If the Agni is low, it won’t digest the food properly & you may end up having weakness, lethargy etc. Intermittent fasting helps in restoring the Agni & improves the digestion.

Benefits of fasting at Night

Ayurveda emphasizes on: “ahoratribhojanaabhavaha”

which means that abstaining from every single common delight at night as the body of a person purifies and revives itself and removes the wastes produced by the body during the day. Liver is an organ that plays a key role in detox.

  • It helps in repairing, growing, and detoxifying old and new cells in our body
  • Helps in maintaining blood sugar levels
  • Reduces risk of obesity and metabolic syndrome like high triglycerides and cholesterol
  • Maintains energy levels during the day
  • Removes toxins from the body
  • Increases lifespan
  • Boosts immunity levels
  • Helps in treating diseases

Who Should Avoid Fasting?

People with Vata imbalance have light, airy characteristic. Vata disbalance can cause issues like constipation, bloating, pain in abdomen, menstrual issues, amenorrhea, hormonal problems. Hence people who face Vata imbalance should have meals at well balanced duration & avoid fasting.

Apart from this, pregnant ladies, heart disease, kidney problems, etc. should avoid fasting for longer durations & should have moderate portions of meals as per the body type only.

Does Detox Help In Curing Skin Issues

Our skin is the largest organ in the body which consists of many layers. It is very complicated yet unique in many ways. It demands our attention and cares more than any organ of the body in both states of health and disease. Skin is divided into 3 layers, epidermis, dermis, and subcutis. Skin is a sensitive organ and anything that we eat for a particularly long time shows up on it. The phrase is too correct to say We are what we eat! As we all know that our cells replace themselves every 2-3 months, so whatever we fill our body with makes our skin and body.
But skin is not the organ for detoxification even though it sweats and throws off toxins in the form of sweat. The liver is the organ for Detoxification. It breaks all sorts of toxins in our body, which comes from food, medicines or alcohol, etc into smaller harmless substances and throws off the body safely. It is majorly the problem in liver functioning that we become a host for a number of illnesses like hormonal imbalance, fatigue, skin acne and other skin problems.
Similarly, our Digestive System also plays an important role in building up our skin, as sluggish digestion makes the body hold toxins for a longer period of time. This causes skin breakouts and faster aging. Other important organs responsible for detoxification are Kidneys as they filter out the entire blood. Learn more about Vedique Detofixication in 10 days from Experts.
Good News is that following a Detox Diet Regime regularly helps flush out toxins from our system and our body gets required rejuvenation. Once a week one should follow a Detox diet. But things do not work if one day a person follows a detox diet and the other 5 days he is eating unhealthy food! So apart from following a Detox one needs to take care of what one eats largely on all other days.
One should stop or remove the following food items from their diet permanently for curing Skin issues:-
  • Caffeine
  • Bakery food items
  • Refined Carbohydrates
  • Alcohol
  • White Sugar and its products
  • Smoking
  • Processed Foods
  • Red Meat
  • Dairy products
  • Wheat (gluten)
On the other hand, include these foods for helping the body to cure Skin problems:-
  • Exercise is the best detoxification for the entire body, so 30-45 mins of it really help
  • At least 2-3 liters of water per day to flush out toxins of the body
  • Starting your day with warm water and lemon works great
  • Choosing whole grains (Oatmeal, Brown rice, Quinoa, Barley, etc)
  • Pick lean proteins (Egg whites, fish), lentils, and legumes
  • Fresh and organically grown fruits and vegetables one should prefer
  • Incorporate Vegetable Juices in your diet (Spinach, Amla, Beetroot, Cucumber, Carrots, Apple, Celery, etc)
  • Choose Cold-pressed oils (Coconut, Olive, Rice bran, Mustard, etc)
  • Consume a handful of Nuts and Seeds for munching (Almonds, Walnuts, Pistachio, Flax seeds, Sunflower seeds, Chia seeds, Pumpkin seeds, etc)
  • Caffeine should be replaced by Green Tea (at least 2 cups per day)
Other Important Tips to follow: 
Make sure to consult a Dermatologist when opting for Sunscreen, Cream, or any other supplements.
Make a habit of taking 8 hours of sleep
One can consult an Ayurvedic Doctor also for skin-related issues and take herbs accordingly.
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