Who Should and Shouldn't Fast - dummies

Who Should and Shouldn’t Fast

By Kellyann Petrucci, Patrick Flynn

Fasting has been known to help alleviate and reverse many chronic health conditions, such as inflammation, Type-2 diabetes, and hypertension. However, fasting may not be right for everybody right away.

Before you start any fasting protocol, consult your doctor. If you have any health issues that you think may be aggravated by fasting, be sure to discuss them with your doctor as well.

The following lists different categories of people and whether fasting may or may not be right for them:

  • Healthy adults: All healthy adults should engage in some sort of fast from time to time. There is no reason not to, and fasting may be the very thing that keeps them healthy.

  • Children: Most children, up to the age of 18, don’t need to fast. Although most children shouldn’t eat as frequently as they do, they need not engage in prolonged bouts of fasting. Children are growing and need sound nutrition to do so.

    The exception to this rule is overweight children. The first step in reversing childhood obesity shouldn’t be fasting, but instead restructuring their diet. Get the child eating healthily first, removing all sugar and junk food.

    After a child is eating healthily, you’ll likely find it unnecessary to also have him or her fast. But, as always, if you’re under the age of 18 or have a child who you believe might benefit from fasting, consult with your doctor first.

  • People with Type-2 Diabetes: Fasting has been used for ages as a means to help reverse Type-2 diabetes, and the research on its effectiveness to do so is astonishing. However, if you have Type-2 diabetes, you must absolutely consult with your doctor before engaging in any sort of fasting protocol.