National Fasting February is observed annually in February, and it is an important time when people refrain from food for some time to benefit their bodies. According to experts, intermittent fasting elicits integrated responses within organs in such a way that improves resistance to stress, glucose regulation, and suppresses inflammation. It is an important and simple activity that only requires a shift in the timing of your food intake, and can be practiced by anyone. Fasting can promote a healthy body and teach us a sense of discipline in terms of the food we eat.
History of National Fasting February
Fasting is known to be the willful refraining from eating for a period. During a fasting period, several metabolic adjustments occur and there is the triggering of ketogenesis, which is the biochemical process through which organisms produce ketone bodies by breaking down fatty acids and ketogenic amino acids to supply energy to certain organs of the body.
Fasting was historically studied in populations that were affected by famine and during hunger strikes, which led it to be alternatively named ‘starvation diet,’ as a diet with zero-calorie intake per day. During the early 20th century, it was promoted by alternative health writers such as Frank McCoy, Wallace Wattles, and Hereward Carrington. Fasting may have different results on health in different circumstances, and individuals must take into account their unique situations when embarking on it.
In the case of surgeries and other procedures that require general anesthesia, fasting is always practiced because of the risk of pulmonary aspiration of gastric contents after induction of anesthesia. Additionally, certain medical tests, such as cholesterol testing, or certain blood glucose measurements require fasting for several hours so that a baseline can be established. Fasting is used as a political tool to make a statement, protest, or bring awareness. It is also practiced in various religions around the world. Fasting is indeed one powerful tool for effecting positive change whether within our bodies or in our societies.
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Upton Sinclair’s book, “The Fasting Cure,” claims that fasting could cure practically all diseases, including cancer.
Physician Morris Fishbein lists fasting as a fad diet — one that becomes popular for only a short time.
César Chávez undergoes a 25-day fast to promote the principle of nonviolence.
LifeOmic, a software company that creates a fasting tracker app, is founded by Dr. Don Brown.
National Fasting February FAQs
For how long is it safe to fast?
Medical advice generally suggests that one can safely go without food anywhere from 24 hours to three days.
Can you exercise while fasting?
Yes, it is okay to get some exercise done during a fasting period. However, you can do well to keep the exercise light in order to conserve energy.
Does sleeping count as part of fasting?
The time you spend sleeping overnight or during the day is all a part of the period during which your body is not digesting any food, during a fast.
How to Observe National Fasting February
Plan a fasting schedule
With a clear understanding of your dietary needs, create a plan for how and when you will be fasting. This will help you get the most out of fasting and avoid any ill effects.
Encourage someone undertaking a fast
People fast for different reasons, and need all the support they can get to complete one. Give yours by encouraging them either through words, or gestures.
Share your fasting experiences
Either physically or virtually, get together with other people who have participated in fasting, and share the benefits you’ve obtained from it. This will go a long way in highlighting the importance and relevance of fasting.
5 Facts About Fasting That Will Interest You
It can improve mental health
Fasting has been proved to improve alertness, mood, and subjective feelings of well-being.
It can be medically required
People with health conditions such as hypoglycemia, or those preparing for surgery, may be required to fast.
It is connected to spirituality
Fasting is part of a religious ritual that is practiced across all faiths.
It is effective for weight loss
A technique known as ‘intermittent fasting,’ which incorporates regular fasting into a person’s diet, is sometimes used for weight loss.
It can serve social causes
People use fasting as a political tool to make statements, protest, or bring awareness to a cause.
Why National Fasting February is Important
It helps improve our health
Fasting offers a lot of health benefits including better body metabolism and mental alertness. It is indeed something to be encouraged.
It helps us better value food
There are days when we waste food or take having it for granted. Fasting helps us see just how valuable it is to our bodies, and do better with it.
It helps create awareness for a cause
Fasting is an effective tool for enacting positive change. Through it, attention can be directed to a good personal, political or social cause.
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