Intermittent fasting means the temporary, and voluntary limitation of food intake. It gives the digestive system time
to heal and repair itself, as well as providing other long-term health benefits. It is the treatment par excellence for
improving overall health and increasing energy.
Fasting has been known about for thousands of years and practised in many cultures. All of the major religions
recommend that its followers fast in order to release them from illness and to elevate them to the attainment of
Knowledge about fasting was once widespread in the West, particularly in the early schools of philosophy with the
Stoics and Epicureans. Even the Greek mathematician and philosopher Pythagoras used to instruct his students to
fast before they received his higher teachings. The great physicians of antiquity, such as Hippocrates, often made
use of fasting methods too.