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.