abstaining from food
Action of the verb to fast.
Fasting is primarily an act of willing abstention from all food, drink, or both, for a period of time. An absolute fast is normally defined as abstinence from all food and liquid for a defined period, usually a single day, or several days. Other fasts may be only partially restrictive, limiting particular foods or substance. The fast may also be intermittent in nature. Fasting practices may preclude sexual intercourse and other activities as well as food. In a physiological context, fasting may refer to the metabolic status of a person who has not eaten overnight, and to the metabolic state achieved after complete digestion and absorption of a meal. Several metabolic adjustments occur during fasting, and some diagnostic tests are used to determine a fasting state. For example, a person is assumed to be fasting after 8–12 hours. Metabolic changes toward the fasting state begin after absorption of a meal; "post-absorptive state" is synonymous with this usage, in contrast to the "post-prandial" state of ongoing digestion. A diagnostic fast refers to prolonged fasting conducted under observation for investigation of a problem, usually hypoglycemia. Finally, extended fasting has been recommended as therapy for various conditions by health professionals of most cultures, throughout history, from ancient to modern.
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Abstaining from all food.
The numerical value of fasting in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of fasting in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
He that lives on hope will die fasting.
He that lives upon hope will die fasting.
When the stomach is full, it is easy to talk of fasting.
Lower caloric exposure and episodic fasting can extend the life span of all animals, the longer we spend in the catabolic state, the longer we live.
Do you know what is better than charity and fasting and prayer? It is keeping peace and good relations between people, as quarrels and bad feelings destroy mankind.
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- пост, галаданнеBelarusian
- ཟས་གཅོདTibetan Standard
- dejuni, dia dejunatCatalan, Valencian
- Fastenzeit, FastenGerman
- baraualdi, barauBasque
- paasto, paastoaminenFinnish
- trasgScottish Gaelic
- צוֹם, תַּעֲנִיתHebrew
- böjt, böjtölésHungarian
- պաս, ծոմ, պահքArmenian
- 断食, 絶食Japanese
- 단식, 斷食Korean
- rojî, ڕۆژووKurdish
- pasninkas, gavėniaLithuanian
- ajun, postRomanian
- пост, голоданиеRussian
- giaunu, diugnu, zaunzu, giunu, dejunu, diunzu, giaugnu, deunzu, geunu, zeunu, deunuSardinian
- пост, postSerbo-Croatian
- kreshmë, agjërimi, agjërimAlbanian
- fastetid, fastaSwedish
- saumu, fungaSwahili
- голодування, пістUkrainian
- nhịn ăn, kiêng ănVietnamese
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