Fasting is one of the most ancient healing traditions in the world, and is practiced by nearly every culture on earth. Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, prescribed fasting as a treatment for illness, and ancient Greeks suggested it not only to treat illnesses, but also to improve cognitive abilities.
Fasting also is widely used for spiritual purposes, and is part of virtually every religion in the world.
In modern times, however, fasting has been on the decline. We have such a regular and consistent supply of food that most Americans are eating throughout the day every day. However, the ever-popular desire to lose weight or just live healthier has led to a growing popularity in what’s known as intermittent fasting, which can lead to weight loss, improved mental clarity and can help with managing diabetes.
Excerpted from The Daily Times