Navratri – the science behind the fasting (by Swati Gupta Jain)

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Navratri is celebrated all over the country with great enthusiasm and grandeur. The nine days of fasting has lots of religious beliefs attached to it. But do you know there are some scientific reasons also behind this Hindu faith of religion?
Navratri comes twice in a year, once in the month of March and other in the month of October. Both these time of the year are marked by change in season, from winters to summers ( during the former) and from summers to winters (during the latter). As a matter of fact, our body immunity is very low at this time so it’s advisable to avoid heavy foods like meat, grains, alcohol etc. Emphasis should be more on vegetables and especially those which are underground like sweet potatoes, colocassia (arbi), turnip, potato, beets etc. The fact the root vegetables grow underground, absorb more nutrients from soil. They are packed with high concentration of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals which helps to cleanse our system. Along with this the slow burning of carbohydrates and fibers makes us feel full and helps in good digestive system. More intake of vegetables and fruits and less of grains and pulses, along with lots of liquid diet further helps to detoxify our body and purify the system.
These nine days are also enough to teach a person self control and restrain from indulging in ever so guilty temptations.
So keep fasting and Happy Navratras!!
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