Fasting is an integral part of Sanathan dharma. It has several benefits. One of the benefit is health. Many people in India still think that fasting is mentioned in scriptures for spiritual benefits only and does not consider the health aspect of it.

Now-a-days many people are doing fast because of its health benefits. I came across the following statement of Narada that views fasting as a method to improve health

O son of Pritha, seekest thou to cure bodily diseases by medicines and fasts, and mental illness with the advice of the aged?

[Section 5, Lokapala Sabhakhayana, Sabha Parva, The Mahabharata]

Are there any other such mentions in Hindu scriptures that view health aspect of fasting?

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    ayurveda mentions eating 14 days + fasting 1 day.
    – mar
    Aug 31, 2021 at 16:45


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