Navaratri, also spelled Navratri or Navarathri, is a nine nights Hindu festival, is a nine nights (and ten days) celebrated in the autumn every year. The word Navratri means ‘nine nights’ in Sanskrit, nava meaning nine and ratri meaning nights. In short, this can be summarized to navratri fasting (nine night fast).
Navratri is one of the most important festivals in India. It is the beginning of the nine-day festival devoted to goddess Durga. Navrati is celebrated twice a year (once in summer and once in autumn). According to experts, during these two times our body is said to have weak immunity due to seasonal changes. So eating light and nutritious meals over heavy foods (like meats, rice, grains, pulses, salt, etc) helps keep our body stay away from the various flu.
What is Religious Fasting?
Fasting is not a tool for weight loss. Religious fasting is a spiritual discipline where a person follows some restriction on what to eat and what not to eat during the fasts.
How Fasting Works?
Fasting release a significant surge in Human Growth Hormone (HGH), this is associated with speeding-up metabolism and helps burn fat. Shredding fat is known to cut the risk of lifestyle disorders.
Health Benefits of Religious Fasting
It stabilizes Insulin levels.
Reduces hunger pangs
Gives the digestive system a rest.
Helps to flush out toxins from the body, hence detoxifies the body.
Reduces High Blood Pressure.
Helps beat addictions for alcohol, junk & unhealthy foods, nicotine.
Gives you energy.
Lowers Triglycerides and cholesterol levels.
Reduces allergy symptoms.
Enhances liver function.
Improves stability of moods and balance.
Heightened mental clarity, focus and memory.
Boosts growth hormone.
Reduces free radical cell damage, which makes you look and feel younger for longer.
But fasting should not be followed for a long term. It can be treated as a detox but that too for 1-2 days only.