There is a good chance that you’ve had to fast at least one time in your life. In most cases, fasting is something that our doctors demand we do prior to a medical procedure or test, in order to keep the digestive tract and airway clear. If we are full of food during a procedure that requires anesthesia, the food and acid has a chance of moving from you stomach and into your lungs because of the relaxing effects of anesthesia.
While we are all familiar with those sometimes painfully hungry hours prior to a surgery, there is another type of fasting that has recently been on the receiving end of a lot of attention lately. Known as ‘Intermittent Fasting,’ is a type of fasting that is said to be beneficial because it tricks your body’s cellular and metabolic processes by shifting them in ways that stimulate optimal health. When we fast, our bodies undergo a metabolic switch in which the energy stores of the liver are depleted, which then causes our cells to use fat and ketones for energy. It’s basically putting stress on the body to make it work harder, and in turn, allows for progress much in the same way that exercise does. This type of fasting requires that you get on an eating schedule that consists of normal eating for several days a week, and then eating far less on the remaining days.
Experts have found an acceptable amount of evidence that shows intermittent fasting as a healthy tool for weight loss. As an added bonus, this type of fasting has been known to reduce blood pressure, resting heart rate, as well as reduce inflammation and provide benefits to the cardiovascular system. It has become a well-loved weight loss method for people who are less partial toward restricting their calories every single day of the week. (Timemagazine.com)
The majority of the intermittent fast plans consist of a 5:2 ratio, requiring the participant to eat normal five days out of the week and restrict calorie intake for the remaining two days. Another method is to implement an every other day approach, also known as an alternate-day fasting plan. And for an even more detailed approach, you can try a time-restricted fast which requires that you restrict consumption in blocks of time, usually a six or eight-hour window.
The Blessed mother appeared to 6 children in Medjugorje in 1981 and continues to appear to them with messages from heaven. The Blessed mother frequently talks about fasting. Here are a few of her messages from heaven.
February 10, 1984
"Pray and fast! I desire humility from you; but you can become humble only through prayer and fasting."
September 25, 2017
“Dear children! I am calling you to be generous in renunciation, fasting and prayer for all those who are in temptation, and are your brothers and sisters. In a special way I am imploring you to pray for priests and for all the consecrated, that they may love Jesus still more fervently; that the Holy Spirit may fill their hearts with joy; that they may witness Heaven and Heavenly mysteries. Many souls are in sin, because there are not those who sacrifice themselves and pray for their conversion. I am with you and am praying that your hearts may be filled with joy. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
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