Fasting is the incredible oldest and ancient way to detoxify & approach to healing physically, mentally and spiritually. Fasting is the process to detoxify body and mind by realizing the importance of food, as well as the imperativeness of light body, which is essential for spiritual awakening and enlightenment according to Ayurveda and is known as 'sadhna'.
Fasting for body and mind:
In today's busy modern life and exposure to toxins found in water, air, food and medications, a stressful lifestyle, lack of exercise, diet of refined - oily foods, the load of toxins on body increases every day. This load of toxins form toxic 'ama' the undigested residues from the past that accumulate in the body and lead to imbalance and illness.
During fasting the digestive fire (jathra-agni) becomes more active and there is no food to digest so it effectively burns long existing toxins (ama) from the intestine and eliminates all toxins in the body, thus purifying the body and giving peach and rest to the digestive system. Moreover it eliminates gas and makes the body light. Our body already knows how to cleanse and rejuvenate itself. Every night when we sleep, the body is under a "mini-fast" during our rest.
Fasting is not only the way to detoxify body but also the way to rejuvenate the thoughts and for mental status with sensory fasting. It is the process of withdrawing our senses from the materialistic world and experience an inner state of awareness. Meditation is a form of fasting for spiritual growth and rejuvenate mind. It helps the mind to be at ease becomes light, soft, which strengthen the spiritual life AND improves mental clarity. Both yoga and Ayurveda strongly recommend and tell us the way to disengage from the exterior world so that we can hear our inner voice clearly and spiritually enlighten.
Types of fasting in Ayurveda include:
Water fasts-consume only natural pure water
Soup fasts- consuming only soups prepared with vegetables
Fruit juice fasts-Consuming fruits, vegetables, or juices only
Rice fasts- consuming only organic rice
Kichari fasts. -Consuming light foods only such as Kichari
Fast is Not recommended for:
Those who are extremely in a state of starvation
Serious disease conditions (kidney problem, diabetic, myocardial lipid accumulation, severe anemic)
Infants and children
Those who fear
Fasting is recommended for those who suffer from:
Constipation, stomachache, cold, arthritic pain, fever, increases Ama (toxins) in large intestine.
Important thing to remember:
Drink plenty of warm water, spicy teas to 'burn' toxins, rest, sleep, breakfast slowly
Avoid -exercise, physical exertion, mental stress, depression, anger
Use laxative under Ayurveda Doctor Supervision, which help to clear toxins from the system
There are some signs with which you can understand that fasting is successful or not. Successful fast makes feeling lighter; there is clarity in the mind, feeling of refreshment, being energized, clear skin, proper bowel movements, clean tongue, fresh taste and sparkling eyes.
"Ayurveda as a life science is the real way of life. Both conscious and sub–conscious level knowledge is required to understand it completely, only after that one can enjoy balance between health and spiritual growth. I am committed to explore all the expanded options for our community which are available in Ayurveda to enhance physical, mental and spiritual health." - Dr. Sunil Ahlawat (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Ayurveda Doctor, Yoga, Acupressure Specialist, Naturopathy Consultant.
Dr. Sunil has received his bachelor degree in Ayurveda from Maharishi Dayanand University in 2001. Today, he is a certified doctor by Delhi Bhartiya Chikitsa Parishad (New Delhi).
In his professional experience Dr. Sunil was honored by Dabur India Pvt. Ltd. for his dedication and services in the field of Ayurveda. The main areas of his professional specialization are:
• Pulse diagnosis (Recognition of constitutional type body doshas);
• Ayurveda food habits and life style;
• Rasayanas & Vaajikarna;
• Yoga, meditation and spiritual growth;
• Herbal remedies and cure with herbal therapeutic remedies.