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Common Types of Fasting

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Fasting is a practice that dates back centuries and plays a central role in many cultures and religions. Fasting can be defined as the abstinence from all or some foods or drinks for a set period of time. In addition, there are many different ways of fasting and there are health benefits, such as increased weight loss and better brain function.

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Here’s a few of the most common types of fasting:

• Water fasting – Involves drinking only water for a set amount of time.

• Juice fasting – Entails only drinking vegetable or fruit juice for a certain period of time.

• Intermittent fasting – Intake is partially or completely restricted for a few hours up to a few days at a time and a normal diet is resumed on other days.

• Partial fasting – Certain foods or drinks such as processed foods, animal products or caffeine are eliminated from the diet for a set period of time.

• Calorie restriction – Calories are restricted for a few days every week.

As you can see, there are many different ways to practice fasting, which makes it easy to find a method that fits into just about any lifestyle. However, when fasting, be sure to stay hydrated, eat nutrient-dense foods and get plenty of rest. Take your time and experiment with different types of fasting to find what works best for you.

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