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Monday, October 26th, 2020

Fasting good for health

INVC,, Delhi,, Fasting has been identified as a preventive measure for various physical and mental diseases. Regular weekly fast would act as a safety wall against ill health. This was stated by Padma Shri & Dr. B.C. Roy National Awardee Dr. KK Aggarwal and President, Heart Care Foundation of India. He said that denying the system its usual food intake for a day every week would induce growth hormones and promote metabolism. But fasting should not be a casual affair to be observed only on certain religious occasions; it should rather be a weekly discipline, undertaken regularly on a particular day during every week. Besides the spiritual benefits, the fast tends to create immunity in the system against diseases. The day's rest to the digestive system as a result of the fast would cause certain chemicals in the body which would keep ailments away. The fast is also prone to usher quietude of mind. Pollution of the physical and mental environment, hatred, anger, jealousy and all negative thoughts that enhance the chances of damage to health are taken care of by the resting digestive system. People should, however, not precede and/or follow the fast with heavy meals. The fast would lose its health benefits if the stomach is loaded with heavy food before or after the fast. Doing so results in accumulation of more calories by eating such food compared to what they lose by fasting. While one chapatti contains 40 calories, most sweets have 200 to 300 calories per 40 grams. The higher caloric content of sweets and ‘puri kachori’ also raise cholesterol in the blood, increasing the chances of a heart attack. People should count their calories on monthly basis rather than on daily basis.

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