A growing body of research shows that nutrition, sleep, exercise and a host of other lifestyle choices can help optimize the immune system. But they are no substitute for life-saving vaccines.
A scholar of religion explains what those who fast for health and fitness can learn from religious traditions for a sustained, deeper and lifelong practice.
The 40-day Lenten season, when many Christians observe fasting, began in mid-February. A scholar explains how the practice may have emerged around the fifth century.
Islam is not a monolith and not all Muslims are experiencing lockdown in the same way.
Historically, indigenous people celebrated a girl’s transition to womanhood with a year-long ritual. Many such ritual practices were made ‘illegal’ by the US and Canadian governments.
Dopamine fasting has fast become a fad in the Silicon Valley, as a way to reset the brain’s feel-good chemical. Many religions have advocated fasting for some of the same reasons.
Anxious teenage girls are more likely to fast – one of the symptoms of anorexia nervosa.
Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam – acts that denote the obligations of living a good Muslim life.
The holy month of Ramadan begins on Sunday night. This can present a challenge for Muslim people with type 2 diabetes who want to fast but can’t necessarily do so safely.
The day that begins the Lenten season is called Ash Wednesday. Here’s why it holds deep religious significance for Christians.
Muslim women in the UK don’t feel able to discuss their healthcare needs because of fears of islamaphobia.
An expert explains why the Jewish practice of abstaining from food on Yom Kippur is so out of step with the rest of Jewish tradition.
A scholar talks to Muslims in Puerto Rico and comes back with an understanding of their rich history and their struggles.
Muslims observe a month-long fast for the holy month of Ramadan. A scholar explains the religious observance and its spiritual significance.
Fasting diets aim to make it easier to stick to a weight loss program, but they are not for everyone.
Digital fasting during Lent has become popular. Technology, in fact, can be good for religion.
Research in animals and humans shows periods of fasting before and after chemotherapy protects healthy cells while killing cancerous ones more efficiently.
Lent is inextricably linked to Jesus’s 40 days in the wilderness, right? In fact, it’s not that simple.