by Kari Collett, RDN, LDN, CLT
Mille Lacs Health System
Fasting, the exercise of going prolonged periods of time without food, has been practiced in many cultures for centuries as a way to restore clear thinking and optimal body function, as well as connect with one’s spirituality. Lately, it’s been touted as the newest and best method for weight loss.
There are many approaches to fasting. They can vary in length for as little as 24 hours or up to 30 days. Some fasting protocols allow only water; others allow juicing, bone broths, or specific meal timing. The more extreme they are, the more risky they are. Conversely, the more lax they are, the fewer benefits they have.