Long Fasting hours can lead to health issues, reasons why you should rethink fasting for this Navratri

Fasting can be harmful to your health and the goddess definitely doesn’t want it. Reasons you must rethink fasting for this Navratri

While sailing through the really tough COVID crisis, we have entered the festival season, starting with Navratri. Well, we are sure you must be very excited for this Navratri, for the festivities, for the auspicious vibes and for welcoming Maa Durga at our homes. Well, we too are excited but here, we are going to through some knowledge, that you might not feel not right to follow, but trust us, you need to read this. Well, we all know the tradition of fasting for the nine days of Navratri and we definitely know that you keep these fasts with extreme faith and love for the goddess Durga. And, it is really a way of redefining psychological stability, spirituality and self-control. Fasting or not fasting is a personal choice but hampering your health because of it should definitely not be something you should choose for. And, definitely, the goddess doesn’t want you fasting at the risk of your health.

Well, considering Navratri, people perform different kinds of fasting. Some prefer eating twice a day, some eating satvik food “falahri”  that too once in a day only, some not preferring to not eat anything for all nine days, some preferring to keep it a complete no food and no water fasting, “nir-aahaar and nirjal”. While all of it is deeply associated with their spiritual beliefs and psychological stability, there can be a few problems that they might happen to face.


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Problems with long fasting hours

Well, basically, fasting will not lead to any problem that would be very evidently visible, but over the nine days, it can come out as problematic. According to the UK’s National Health Service (NHS), there are numerous health risks associated with intermittent fasting and here are the case-specific problems that researchers have identified.

– For people who experience dehydration, for them if they are choosing to fast, even with or without food, it can be lead to spells of feeling extremely dehydrated leading to headaches, dizziness and weakness.

– If a person is used to having a proper diet of breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks, fasting can be physically and mentally challenging and trying for them. It can lead to increasing the stress level, lead to lack of concentration, disrupted sleep and further, hunger, stress and lack of sleep together will lead to added weakness, headaches and dizziness.

– Fasting can lead to heartburns. The mechanism of the digestive system is such that while digestion, stomach acids are released which digest food and destroy bacteria. Now, while fasting, the lack of food leads to a reduction of stomach acids. And in this case, just even thinking or smelling food can trigger the brain and stomach to produce more acid that can lead to heartburns. If someone has a condition of regular heartburns (gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)) they must rethink before fasting.

Fasting is an additional toll on mental health. Where in some cases, it is a way for self-control, in many cases it leads to giving ways to poor mental health conditions. People who have different mental health disorders like bipolar or BPD can end up being in spells of self-doubt of not being able to abide by the fasting challenge. While with those who have any kind of emotional or psychological eating disorders, fasting can lead to amplifying the issue. With those who are not even aware of their disorder, it can be more problematic.

– For the people who have any medical condition like that of diabetes or Blood Pressure issues, fasting could create problems. With diabetes, if you take medicines like insulin, not eating can lead to hypoglycemia which can lead to them, feeling shaky, pass out, and in extreme cases or even lead into a coma. Also, when a person breaks the fast, it can lead to developing high blood sugar levels called hyperglycemia.

Where these were some case-specific issues, there can be other issues too, depending on person to person. Where it is advisable that people who are underweight, individuals under the age of 18 and pregnant women must refrain from fasting, people with any medical condition, even the ones considered trivial must at least consult their doctors before fasting.

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Ishika Aggarwal

Can write, shoot, listen, talk and procrastinate. A feminist at heart, Ishika is an avid writer and multimedia person who loves talking about women, realism, and society. When not working she is either seen watching films or making one.
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