Blog: The Brain Dialogues, filtered by tag: Fasting

18 Jun 2013

Fasting for a Longer Healthy Life: Is There a Scientific Basis?

PROFESSOR PERMINDER SACHDEV, MD, PhD Fasting has a long tradition in most cultures and religions. Lord Buddha exhorted his followers to not eat the evening meal, attributing his good health and “of being without illness and of buoyancy and strength” to this practice. Fasting was ritualised in many aspects of Christianity and Judaism, and became the fourth of the five pillars of Islam. Religious fasting was intertwined with ritual and spiritual discipline, and became a form of penitence and identification with the poor and unfortunate. The health benefits of fasting were not lost on the… Read More