The fasting season has begun with the start of Navratri, one of the most important festivals of the Hindus, celebrated across India with a lot of zest and fervour. This festival is dedicated to Goddess Durga, an incarnation of Shakti i.e. female. Epitomizing the victory of good over evil, Navratri literally means ‘nine nights’. During this period, fasting is observed by the devotees and nine incarnations of the Goddess is worshiped every day.
Most of you might be fasting on Navratri because of various religious beliefs, but have you ever thought that this age old tradition of fasting during Navratri also has scientific reasons behind it? Let’s uncover the scientific reasons behind fasting during this period.
Detoxification: Today, everything is polluted, from the food we eat to the water we drink and air we breathe. This increases the toxin build up in the body, which has negative impact on the body. Fasting during these days will help in purification and cleansing of the body, resulting in detoxification.
Change in weather: Navratri is celebrated twice a year; once in the beginning of summers and once when the monsoon and summer seasons come to an end and the winter season commences. During this period, the immune system of the body becomes weak and you become susceptible to various diseases. Hence, it was advised by the ancestors to keep away from meet, alcohol etc.
Self-control: When you are able to avoid your favourite food just for few days, you will be able to control over a lot of habits that aren’t good for you. This is perhaps the best time to build control over yourself.
Weigh loss: Fasting can be a more effective in losing a few extra pounds than dieting. It is the safest and perhaps the best way to lose those extra pounds that you have been yearning to shed since long.
Hope this article will now give you more reasons to fast during the Navratirs, especially if you are not religious but health conscious. Happy Navratri!