Ayurveda is an ancient Indian science of medicine believes in “प्रयोजनं चास्य स्वास्थय रक्षणं आतुरस्य विकार प्रशमनं |”
It means that this traditional science has only two main goals:-
- To maintain the health of a healthy person
- To cure a disease of the diseased person
Ayurveda has given prime importance to maintain your health with a suitable diet and lifestyle. For that reason, there is a vast explanation of various healthy diet and lifestyle tips to maintain health and cure diseases. One of those methods is fasting, which is known as Upavaasa.
Fasting is an ancient way to bring back the balance of your body. Due to improper dietary habits, food is not digested well and remains undigested inside the body. Such prolonged bad dietary habits accumulate toxins, block channels, and imbalance the Tridoshas of the body.
Tridoshas, namely – Vata, Pitta, and Kapha dosha, are the biological humor present inside your body. Each dosha has a specific action that helps to maintain your health. An imbalance in any one of them can lead to the development of various diseases.
Fasting is one of the best and easiest methods to remove toxins from the body and balance the Tridosha.
Ayurveda recommends fasting as an essential practice for maintaining and regaining health. It is a way to get rest from the regular eating pattern.
Ayurvedic fasting does not mean depriving yourself of food or water completely. Instead, it means taking a break from your regular eating pattern and eating a clean and lighter diet according to your body type (Prakriti) or health condition (Vikriti).
Why is fasting important?
In today’s time, many people are dependent upon processed food and packaged food items. Eating such food for the long term can cause an imbalance inside the body and lead to various lifestyle diseases.
If you are also having a habit of eating such low-quality food items or follow unhealthy dietary habits, it can weaken your digestion. As per Ayurveda, when your digestive fire (jatharagni) gets weak, it can cause an accumulation of toxins (ama) inside the body. These toxins are the root cause of all diseases. So, it is essential to eliminate these toxins through fasting before it causes any disease.
How to do an Ayurvedic Fast?
The first step to fasting is eliminating refined sugars, leftover foods, dairy products, non-vegetarian food, processed foods, frozen foods, fast foods, caffeine, alcohol, etc. All these substances create toxins, and you may suffer from heaviness in the body, bloating, or other digestive issues.
If you are fasting (abstaining from food or water), you must understand your body type, digestion, and health status.
Ayurveda generally recommends short and regular fasting to prevent the accumulation of toxins inside the body. Depending upon your body type and health status, you can keep it once a week, once a month, twice a month, or during the season change.
We will not recommend extended fasting as it may weaken your digestion and even aggravate your Vata dosha causing constipation, dryness, and other Vata problems in the body.
Fasting according to your body type with easily digestible foods such as vegetable soup/ khichadi helps reset your digestion and provide lightness + energy to the body.
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