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The aim of fasting may be reduction of weight,
improvement of health or to remove a certain ailment of
the body. Signs of special improvements on account of fasting
are seen in every situation, though, in case of reduction
of weight, the signs observed are fewer.
The physical excitement during the fasting, creates a feeling
of joy in most parts of the body. A person feels more pleasure
in fasting than in taking food. He starts feeling a natural
dislike for food. Therefore, these types of patients appear
calm, contented and cheerful from the start of their fasts,
because they feel very restful. Most people feel very little
pain during the fasts.
The blame for the normal excitement, trouble, pain or agony
felt in the body during the fasts, is passed on to the fasts.
To a certain extent this is true also, but as the fasts
are continued for a longer period, all these troubles start
vanishing. Such troubles start in the beginning of the fasts
due to the special condition of our body cells, but as the
cells get cleansed, the troubles too, end.
The people who are addicted to alcoholic drinks or smoking
and those who always take very spicy foods, feel much more
trouble in the early days of fasting. In the absence of
such things which they have to skip, they feel nervous,
angry, etc. and they vomit and do not sleep well. Uneasiness
and pain is felt in the body. They suffer from severe headache.
This painful situation does exist for some days. Therefore,
it is not proper to be apprehensive about it and break the
fast. After some days the situation changes and the patient
returns to his normal condition.
Sometimes, the fasting person is given fruits and rest of
mind to save him from such a situation. According to me
this is not proper. This creates hindrance in fasting because
after a light diet for two or three days, the same troubles
repeat. On account of this trouble, sometimes, persons who
want to have a long fast have to give up the fasts and the
period of the fasts has to be lengthened. It is better for
a person to fight out the troubles. If the first five days
of the fasts are observed courageously as per rules, later
on all the painful signs vanish for ever.
In the beginning of the fasts, some physical changes do
occur, depending in each individual. Some times a heaviness
in tongue is felt, bad smell may be given out from the mouth
or breathing, teeth may be sticky. Symptoms of fever may
be felt in the mouth, tongue, breathing, etc. There is nothing
to fear from such physical signs or changes. When a person
is fasting for the removal of some chronic disease, these
signs continue for a few days. The patient surely feels
uneasy due to these changes, but it informs us that the
inner cleansing of the body organs is going on. All harmful
substances - all debris, excreta, urine, perspiration, etc.
- slowly leave the body. Later, the tongue becomes clean,
mouth fresh and breathing clean, after ejection of the unwanted,
polluting substances. At last, at the proper time, the patient
feels really well and hungry.
Urination during the fasts is regular but the color of the
urine changes after a few hours and some difficulty is alto
felt in passing the urine. The urine of some patients is
dark in color and stinking. But after a week or two of fasting
according to the condition of the patient, the urine is
regular, clean, odorless, natural and is passed without
any trouble. From this change in urination, it can be concluded
that the kidneys have to overwork for cleansing the accumulated
waste. This waste is being thrown out through the urine.
When the cleansing is complete, the urine assumes its normal
color and form. Important cells of the body have to utilize
the nutritive substances stored in advance. They get energized
from these substances only and cleanse the body quickly.
As the unwanted cells are destroyed, the excess weight of
the body is reduced quickly. This weight loss is also considered
as a cleansing programme. At the same time symptoms of health
improvement are also observed.
In the early days of fasting, the weight reduces very quickly.
Obese persons lose more weight, more quickly than the lean
persons. Sometimes, even lean persons also lose more weight,
more quickly, just as the obese ones, on account of more
waste substances accumulated in the body. This loss remains
only during the early days of fasting. A normal person loses
up to about 3-4 kg. everyday and an obese one loses 2-3
kg. But after some days, the rate of weight loss is slower.
During the end days of long fasts, the daily loss is even
less than 1/8 kg.
Weak persons should not be afraid of fasting, because their
weight will increase rather than decrease. The weight of
such persons can be increased by giving them a little food
during the fasts. Therefore, it is wrong to believe that
fasting benefits only the obese persons. Sometimes, weakness
is experienced during the fasts, because the routine processes
of the body are slightly obstructed.
The organs and the tissues of the body have
an opportunity to rest during the fasting. Therefore they,
too, work slowly. The heart throbs at a slower rate, blood
circulation is slower, breathing is less, and the muscles
of the body reduce their work. Especially the tired, sick
body feels relief and rests. This is the desired condition.
The body regains its full strength, after it is cleansed.
The feeling of energy is experienced after the fasts, long
before the food intake is started. This is why, a little
weakness for a few days should not be considered when compared
with the physical advantages accrued through the fasts.
Some people start worrying about fasting in advance. Such
people imagine the pain, produced during the cleansing of
the body during the fast, to be far greater than the real
one. But all these troubles do not occur in all the stages
of fasting. Very few such examples of pain are seen. There
is no rule about it. Most of the people are not found suffering
from such little troubles. Sometimes, the cleansing process
of the body is completed without any trouble. If some painful
situation arises sometime, it should be welcomed warmly,
because it is surely for the well-being of the patient.
Sometimes, some boils or pimples are seen on the skin during
fasting, but it should also be considered as a result of
the cleansing process. Sometimes giddiness is felt and may
result in swooning. The heart-throbs increase and other
such symptoms are seen but we should not be frightened.
There is no danger in this situation.
Severe feeling of uneasiness and vomiting show the worst
situation during fasting. This is a testing time and an
effect of physical weakness is also felt but it is very
beneficial to the body. Sometimes, on the first day of fasting
or later the feeling of uneasiness is experienced. The patient
may vomit also. Generally, this happens due to the abstinence
from food for a few days. Sometimes, vomiting takes place
after a fast of about four weeks.
Why does vomiting start? Generally, phlegm and bile increase
in the liver along with water. The liver has to work for
a long time to cleanse these substances. They are thrown
in the stomach for many days which, later on, are thrown
out of the body in the form of vomiting. Whatever the troubles
of the person on fast in this tough test, he is compensated
in another way. The vomiting situation lasts from one to
seven days. As soon as it stops, the body regains enough
If continuous vomiting lasts for more days and even water
is thrown out, it must be realized that the health of the
patient is not in good shape. This happens because of dehydration.
This should be considered a serious condition and the fasts
must be discontinued immediately. Much water is lost by
the body due to continuous vomiting and the patient becomes
very weak. In such a situation, the patient regains his
energy after many days. If the patient suffers from diarrhoea
along with vomiting, it should be taken very seriously.
Such situations however, are seen on very rare occasions.
If the vomiting does not stop after a short time, the fasts
should be terminated. When even water is not retained, how
can food be digested? In such a condition, various fruit
juices should be given, which the patient can digest. Only
later on, the food should be given. Generally, it rarely
happens that a patient suffers from both, the vomitting
and the diarrhoea. But it does occur sometimes. This may
occur at any time during fasting. During that time the phlegm,
bile and other waste material accumulated are thrown out.
This should be considered as a part of the body cleansing
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