Shravan is the fifth month of the year according to Hindu calendar and is considered highly auspicious for praising Lord Shiva. It is believed that beseeching Lord Shiva in this month, fulfills all the aspirations of devotee. People offer “belpatra”, milk-honey or water to Shivlinga. Conventionally, some people do fasting for whole Shravan month while some on Mondays. But have you ever speculated that this traditional perception could be beneficial for health. Here are some benefits of fasting during Shravan.
Procreate positive vibes: These rites induce spirituality. A spiritual person has a more positive outlook for the world. He will never suffer with depression and anxiety. He will always have an optimistic attitude and even in toughest of times a belief that the almighty will show him the right path and help him in struggle. And when you have belief, half of the battle is already won.
Good for Digestion: Shravan month falls in monsoon season. It is perceived that people suffer from indigestion and stomach problems during monsoon. During fasting, the fruits, sabudana khichadi or milk products are taken (“falahar”) and they are easy to digest, hence good for our body and system.
Cut-down belly-fat: Fasting is also a substitute of dieting where one refrain from fast-food, non-veg and alcohol and stay on fruits and juices. Fasting during Shravan month can help you get good figure.
Enhance your beauty: Fasting help in detoxification and also improves the functionality of kidney and digestive system. This makes your skin free of pimple and acne.
Develops metabolism: A considerable amount of our body energy gets utilized by digestion system. During fasting, the intake of complex foods is inhibited, hence reducing the work of digestion system, the energy thus saved gets piled to increase our stamina.
Get benefit equivalent to yoga practice: This ceremonial involves reciting “Om Namah Shivay”, which is equivalent to meditation and results in clear conscience.
Do’s and Don’ts during fasting:
Drink lots and lots of water: During fasting, the diet schedule gets disturbed and it may lead to constipation or indigestion. So drinking sufficient amount of water will prohibit such issues. Also, a part of our body water requirement is fulfilled by the fluid of synthesized food. So, during fasting one may suffer from dehydration. Drinking water in regular time intervals will avert it.
Smell or think of delightful dishes: Our digestive system secretes stomach acid, which help in digesting food and destroying bacteria. During fasting, there may be reduction in level of stomach acid, which can lead to heartburn. But it is proved that, even smelling or thinking about food, can trigger brain-cells, thereby instructing stomach for secretion of stomach acid.
Don’t follow strict principles: Some people makes fasting starvation. Even if they feel hungry, will either not eat anything or else eat only once. And their starvation may lead to headache or lack of sleep and increases stress level. So taking fruits and juices at regular intervals is no harm. Always remember, if you have good health, then only you can give service to deity. Never make any compromises on health.
Avoid fried food: Even fasting needs a proper diet chart. Not eating anything for the whole day and then consuming fried potatoes may lead to acidity. Instead of taking fried food, switch to roasted stuff or on milk products. Those fasting for whole month and not taking pulses and cereals should increase the amount of milk or curd or farmer cheese (paneer) in their diet. Taking nuts or raisins or dates during fasting will fulfill the desired nutrient demand of body.
So, this Shravan adore Lord Shiva, and feel the serenity in life.
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