Is Fasting Beneficial?

In my church, we are encouraged to fast (or refrain from eating and drinking) for a 24 hour period once a month. Generally, we hold this fast on the first Sunday of the month and each person can chose to participate or not. We do this for spiritual reasons, but the research in recent years have confirmed that there are definite health benefits from periodic fasting.

There are many ways to fast and lots of variety in the actual thing that is abstained from. According to Rachael Link, MS, RD in her July 30, 2018 article entitled 8 Health Benefits of Fasting, Backed by Science on healthline.com, fasting is defined as “the abstinence from all or some foods or drinks for a set period of time” and “there are many different ways of fasting.” She continues, “In general, most types of fasts are performed over 24–72 hours.” … More Is Fasting Beneficial?