Every tenth person wants to do without for 40 days during Lent
Fasting is no longer only associated with religious belief. According to a current survey, one in ten adults in Germany wants to do without something during Lent. For the most part, health issues are in the foreground.
Health reasons in the foreground During Lent at least every tenth adult in Germany wants to do without something. So 10 percent have a fixed fasting intention and another nine percent play with the idea, as a survey by the opinion research institute YouGov showed on behalf of the German Press Agency (dpa). Health reasons are important for 53 percent of those surveyed. For tradition or for religious reasons, 27 percent each want to do without. 74 percent of the fasting want to avoid sweets, 52 percent alcohol and six percent sex. Christian Lent begins on Ash Wednesday tomorrow and lasts for 40 days until Easter.
Fasting is a tradition in most religions. Fasting does not include certain foods such as meat or alcohol for a limited time. The reasons for this can be health, religious or socially motivated. Fasting is a tradition in most religions. As a rule, this is not just about giving up food, but also about cleaning your body and soul and creating a state of inner calm. Christian Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and is a preparation for Easter. In the Islamic month of fasting Ramadan, believers refrain from eating, drinking, smoking and sex. And in Judaism, food, drink and personal hygiene are dispensed with on Yom Kippur's fasting day.
Fasting to prevent illnesses A time for fasting and detoxifying is advisable even for those who have no religious motives. Fasting should be mentioned in particular, a recognized natural healing method that is supposed to prevent and cure diseases. This method is often done in special fasting clinics under medical supervision. In general, such a cure lasts two to four weeks. Therapeutic fasting is used for a wide variety of diseases. For example, with joint diseases, skin diseases, allergies, tendency to infections, indigestion, overweight, high blood pressure or circulatory disorders.
Various methods of therapeutic fasting Buchinger's therapeutic fasting cure, named after its inventor, is probably the most popular method of therapeutic fasting. The doctor Otto Buchinger (1878-1966) recommends a pure drinking cure based on vegetable broth, juices and teas. The Franz Xaver Mayr cure focuses on colon cleansing, including with the help of Glauber's salt. And the Schroth cure, also named after its inventor, focuses on alternating drinking and drying days. Only one liter of liquid is allowed on the dry days and two on the drinking days. This method is part of numerous European spa clinics. Other methods are so-called whey fasting or therapeutic fasting according to Hildegard von Bingen.
Almost everyone can fast. Basically, all people who are healthy and who do not have to take any prescription medication can fast. However, everyone who decides to fast should inform themselves correctly beforehand, since there are also diseases in which fasting can be counterproductive. Fasting is highly recommended for people with diabetes, high blood pressure or metabolic syndrome. Fasting is also used in naturopathy, for example for diseases of the cardiovascular system or for allergic diseases such as hay fever or asthma. (sb)
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