THE SCIENCE OF FASTING

KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 9:14 KJV “Then came to him the disciples of John, saying, Why do we and the Pharisees fast oft, but thy disciples fast not?

Fasting is of great benefit to the child of God yet many have so much fears about fasting because they do not really know what goes on in their bodies when they fast. Many are psychological put down by the idea that they may have to abstain from eating for a number of days. They consider as losing their food. scripturally it is a sacrifice, yet scientifically you are given your body an opportunity to release stored toxins and ultimately heal itself.

I will be considering fasting without food for a longer number of days.

1 During a fast for longer number of days, the first three days are the most difficult period. During this period hunger is at its peak. Hunger is not necessarily the absence of food but the release of hunger hormones called Ghrelin from the intestines to make the body go for food. These hormones normally show up during the times that one takes in food. When the body is deprived of food after sometime these hormones would stop being released as usual, because they were not satisfied when they were secreted earlier. During these three days one also feels very weak After this period the body begins to feel better and more energetic as the days go by.

2 How does the body survive without food for some days? The brain needs energy to keep functioning well. The sources of energy or fuel for the body are

1. Glucose

2.Protein

3. Fat

After the first day of the fast without food, it consumes all the glucose. The next source of energy is the stored fat. The liver converts or breaks down the fat into energy or fuel for the brain and the body as a whole. The body feeds on its reserves. Excess fat that may be harmful to the body are consumed.

At this time, since there is no external food, the body does not assimilate food, but eliminates toxins from various portions of the body. The body repairs and heals itself through this means

During the period of elimination of toxins from the body one’s urine gets darkened as a result of the toxins. This is the reason taking lots of water during the period of the fast helps the kidney to wash away these toxins. During a long fast lot of diseases are corrected and the body repairs itself renewing the youthfulness again (Isaiah 40:31)

I have digressed from my normal pure scriptural teachings for today to explain the scientific or physical changes that go on in our bodies when we fast, to help us free ourselves off the fears about not eating. With this understanding you can fast for a longer period without food, and that can usher you into great anointing and grace of God. Our Lord Jesus fasted for forty days, Elijah did the same and Moses as well. Put away the fear to fast for a longer period. Please note, it is not advisable for pregnant women, breast feeding mothers and those with severe kidney problems to go on such fasting.

CONFESSION

I wait upon the Lord so I renew my strength, I mount up with wings as eagles, I run and do not grow weary, my youth is renewed.

FURTHER STUDIES

Matthew 17:21 KJV” Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.”

Isaiah 40:31 KJV” But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”

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