Fasting for good health
Vivek Bhardwaj 'Jeevan'
Fasting, or abstinence from food helps the body
detoxify and cleanse itself, says holistic health consultant Vivek
The ancient Rishis of India, after minute observation, found functioning of the
body and mind to be interconnected. They discovered that the kind of food we eat
ascertains our thought processes. Fasting or abstinence from food or a certain
food type was advised by them to help the body get rid of accumulated toxins.
Toxins, primarily result from a weak digestive system. Lack of physical exercise
just adds to the problem.
The kind of food we eat
ascertains our thought processes
It is necessary to keep the body free of toxins. Toxins, if allowed to remain
in the body, affect the mind negatively. The mind then expands in Tamsik
qualities, and gets stuck in an illusory
belief system of limitations. It becomes incapable of performing optimally and
experiences suffering due to a illusions.
Having observed this, the Rishis devised a way. They linked abstinence from food
and consequent detoxification of body with sacred festivities like Navratri,
Shiv Ratri, Ekadashi, etc. The suggested menu for fasting is plenty of
fruit and water.
Water, when infused with
tulsi leaves, makes a
therapeutic Ayurvedic medicine to balance body and mind. Tulsi leaves have
traditionally been offered to avatars of Vishnu, and the prasad tasted by
devotees. Tulsi is a wonder herb for mind-body-spirit's well being.
Staying with a diet of fruit and water for a day or certain number of days while
practising Pranayam breathing exercises and proximity of God or
divinity within our heart, was the original purpose for recommending fasting. If practised
correctly, fasting is a complete package for uplifting the body-mind-spirit sync,
and revitalising daily life.