History of Fasting


Fasting in the simplest terms is the absence of food intake for a certain duration of time.  Throughout history there have been examples of fasting used for religious, spiritual, and political reasons.  In American Society we have become increasingly dependent on food and eating constantly.

Religious Fasting

In ancient civilizations fasting was used to prepare people to meet the deities, especially those preparing for priesthood.   In Eastern Religion, such as Buddhism, people refrained from eating to help the body and mind to become united.  Native Americans used fasting to gain vision and to help with healing powers.  Catholic, Muslim, and Jewish congregations practice revised fasting during times of religious holidays such as Lent, Ramadan, and Yom Kipper.  Throughout history, fasting has played a roll in almost every religious group.

Detox Cleanses

We are always introducing negative toxins to our bodies.  Many people believe that the body must get rid of these negative factors on a routine basis.  Detox cleanses combine fasting with fluids such as green tea and water. Detoxing is especially good for the colon.

Health Cleanses

Before operations and colonoscopies the body must be cleanses of all waste.  Fasting is always prescribed before the procedure.  How often have you heard no food or water after 10 P.M.?  It is very important to have an empty system so that you won't get sick from the anesthesia.


Hunger Strike

Fasting has long been used as a protesting mechanism.  Prisoners in Quantumino bay used the hunger strike to highlight inhumane conditions.  Nelson Mandela used fasting to show the horrible state of apartheid. The body can exist for some time without food, but not water.

Fasting for Weight Loss

Which brings us to the purpose of this blog.  Intermittent fasting is the practice of not eating food for a specified amount of time.  I am going to fast once a week for 12 hours at a time.


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