Fasting Intermittently Can Help Improve Your Health


Many of the admonitions in the Bible produce not only spiritual health, but physical health as well. For example, Jesus tells us not to worry, but instead to trust God. If we obey this command, we grow closer to God.

But also, as medical science has taught us in recent years, if we obey this command not to worry, but to instead put our trust in God, we are much healthier than people who choose to worry. This is because worry is stress and stress is enormously harmful to our health. In fact, the role of stress as a contributor to major disease and illness is growing the more we research it.

Another admonition we see in the Bible, that of fasting, is one that produces health benefits as well as spiritual. We know that fasting is a time to go without food so that you can grow closer to God through prayer and the power of the Holy Spirit moving in you during this time of humility.

But did you know that fasting is also really good for your health? Once again, God’s commandments benefit us on many levels.

Fasting leads to weight loss, which of course is good for most people because most people are overweight. But fasting also boosts your immune system, reduces inflammation, stabilizes blood sugar, lowers blood pressure, gives your digestive system a chance to relax and repair, promotes detoxification and can even help fight addiction.

It’s important to remember to drink plenty of water while fasting so you don’t get dehyrated, which can lead to problems such as migraine headaches. Pregnant women and some people with health issues like heart arrhythmias and kidney problems might be advised not to fast.

There are many ways to fast. You can simply go without any food at all for days at a time. That’s pretty tough.

Then there are people who simply restrict their calories every day and only eat certain healthy food. The “Daniel Fast” is like that. It’s very popular among Christians these days and harkens back to the Old Testament prophet Daniel, who only ate vegetables and the like.

The “Daniel Fast” involves eating only food in its natural state, such as fresh vegetables and fruit. Some fasts consist of going without food for one or two days a week and eating regularly the other days.

Then there’s what’s known as intermittent fasting, which means you go without food for 18 hours every day and only eat during a six hour window. For instance, one might eat only between the hours of 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 pm.

This type of intermittent fasting is arguably the easiest type of fasting to stick with. The health benefits are numerous. Although the above example of eating only between 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. might raise the ire of those who promote breakfast eating as a path to weight loss and good health, one could always choose to eat between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. and still eat breakfast.

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Lorie Johnson

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