Feasting is Fasting
By Dr. Dwaraka Nath on 29-12-2017
Feasting calls for fasting. It is Diwali celebrations, for Indians around the world. Let it be thanks giving, Bakrit or for that matter any celebration, like a wedding in the family, in any civilisation, it always involves over indulgence. We all enjoy feasting, with lots of sweets and deep fried delicacies. Quite a few of us are facing the visible after effects and many more are carrying the invisible menaces. The visible after effects are bloating of belly, acidity and gas. The invisible menace is the toxic residue of oils, grease and sugar. The very next question is whether, there are any counter measures to reduce the side effects? The answer is ‘Yes!’. The answer for feasting is Fasting.
The science behind fasting is simple. Fasting gives our overworked digestive system an opportunity to overhaul or repair itself. It is especially more relevant in our times because of our deteriorating eating habits. In Sanskrit, there is a saying – ‘Langanam parama aushadam.’ Its’ nearest translation is ‘fasting is the best medicine’. Just as poor eating habits cause accumulation of fat deposits and consequent blockage of arteries, resulting in heart diseases, our suppressed emotions form ‘energy blocks’; disturbing the free flow of energy throughout our body. On the days we fast, the digestive energy (agni) is available to dissolve these energy blocks, burn away the excess fat from our bodies and cleanse our system. That’s why we feel light and energetic after a fast.
When we fast, we can do it in a scientific way. It is advisable to select a leisure day. We can select two types of juices and one type of soup. For example, let us select a glass of coconut water with ½ a lime squeezed in to it and fresh orange juice. Take coconut water at 7am, 11am, 3pm and 6pm. Take fresh orange juice at 9am, 1pm and 4pm. Conclude the fasting with homemade warm vegetable soup or warm vegetable broth. This fasting can be done for 1 to 3 days. Drink a lot of water throughout the day. It is also advisable to do some prayers & meditation on the day of fasting. During the fasting, we will be able to feel the cleansing happening in our body. The breath, sweating, urination and bowels will have a strong smell because of the elimination of toxins. Bathing twice or thrice during fasting, facilitates the cleansing. People may experience thick coating of the tongue, bile taste in mouth, slight head ache, but nothing serious. All these are signs that your body is responding to fasting and cleansing is happening. Break the fast on the following day with fruits, bland boiled food.
There are certain conditions. Pregnant women, patients with terminal illness, people under strong medication, kidney failure and people with bleeding ulcers, shall do fasting under an expert doctor’s observation. People for whom cool juices or fruits are not suited, can try warm juices and soup. Fasting is also called ‘Upa-vasa’ in Sanskrit. It means living near to god. Fasting once understood and experienced with an expert naturopath’s advice, is not mere physical experience but a spiritual treat too.
About The Author
Dr. Dwaraka Nath, who took his doctorate from Mangalore University in 2007 is a qualified healer in Naturopathy and Yogic sciences. The insatiable fire within, to exploit the good old Indian preventive health care strategies to its full, ended up in Mitran Foundation, dedicated to humanity.