As you begin your fast, you may hear from concerned loved ones and friends who urge you to protect your health. And they are right — you should protect your health. But I assure you, if done properly, fasting will prove to be not only a spiritual blessing but a physical blessing as well.
By all means, consult your doctor before you begin your fast. But be aware that many doctors have not been trained in this area, so their understanding may be limited. Even so, it would be wise to ask your doctor for a physical exam to make sure you are in good health. You may have a physical problem that would make fasting unwise or dangerous. Also, if you are taking any type of medication, make sure to talk to your doctor before changing your regimen. Prudence and caution are in order.
In spite of the safety and benefits of fasting, there are certain people who should never fast without professional supervision. For example:
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