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What are the causes for fasting?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

An individual's period of fasting may take place for several reasons. In some religions and spiritualities, fasting is done as a means to cleanse and purify oneself or is viewed as a sacrifice. Fasting can also be used to lose weight or detoxify your body. Other times, medical testing or surgery may be reason that a person fasts.

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