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Navratri 2021: Is fasting doing you any good? Science has an answer

Be it healthy meals or junk food, we put our digestive system through a lot of work, back and forth. During Navratri, when one goes into fasting, the digestive system gets its much-needed break.



  • Navratri is celebrated twice a year – once in March and once in October to mark seasonal changes

  • During this time, people observe fasts, practice abstinence from the intake of onion, garlic, non-vegetarian food and alcohol

  • Diabetes – type-1 or type-2 – is often blamed on insufficient levels of insulin in the body or insulin resistance


Nine days, fasts, sweets and celebrations – that is Navratri for Indians. The nine-day period holds religious and cultural relevance in India and marks the end of summer and beginning of winter. Navratri is celebrated twice a year – once in March and once in October to mark seasonal changes. During this time, people observe fasts, practice abstinence from the intake of onion, garlic, non-vegetarian food and alcohol.


While many believe that this abstinence and fasting only holds religious significance, we’ll help you with true health benefits of fasting during this period – and they are all backed by science. Keep reading to know them all.


1.Helps the digestive tract:


Be it healthy meals or junk food, we put our digestive system through a lot of work, back and forth. During Navratri, when one goes into fasting, the digestive system gets its much-needed break. Fasting also helps regulate bowel movements and treat constipation.


2.Induces weight loss:


Fasting supports weight loss if practiced the right way. Navratri fasting involves intake of fruits, kuttu flour with til laddus, potatoes and yogurt. A combination of healthy sugars, vitamins, carbohydrates, healthy fats and probiotics, Navratri fast meal is a powerhouse of health benefits that induces weight loss by enriching the body with essential nutrients while lowering calorie intake.


3. Detoxes your body:


Fasting helps detox your body from all the toxins that accumulate over time through the intake of food, water and air pollution. These accumulate overtime to increase risk of inflammation and chronic diseases. However, through fasting, these toxins get flushed out of the body.


4. Helps maintain blood sugar levels:


Diabetes – type-1 or type-2 – is often blamed on insufficient levels of insulin in the body or insulin resistance. Several studies show that fasting helps combat both and promote better, healthier blood sugar levels in the body.


5. Calms your mind:


Fasting, according to a 2013 study, reduces oxidative stress, improves cognitive health; and is linked to lower risk of depression and better concentration levels.



Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.

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