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Physiological Benefits of Fasting

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Fasting is an integral part of the rituals performed by followers of Sanathana Dharma (Hinduism) and is observed widely all over India. The method of fasting varies in different parts of the country, based on the beliefs of the people. It is usually observed on religious occasions and special days of the month such as Ekadashi and Janmashtami. Some people fast on different days of the week, such as on Mondays by the devotees of Lord Shiva. People observe different levels of fasting. Some people observe complete fast where they do not eat or drink anything except water for 24 hours. Some consume only liquids and abstain from solid food. Some eat only one meal a day. And so on and so forth.

Traditionally, in India, fasting almost always has a religious or spiritual