Fasting Results In Clarity Of Mind

By: Ron Lagerquist

"It is well known that thinking is sharper when hungry"

The experience of mental clearness during a fast is much like an early morning drive in the country. The sun is shining; rolling hills are covered in brilliant light, then you drive down into a valley. The car hits a fog patch, the surrounding landscape disappears and you are barely able to see the road ahead. The up and down sensations of clear and foggy mindedness are opposite mental states that are able to trade off numerous times within a single day. I have even found my eyesight to correspond with brain function: my mind and vision fuzzy, then the blood clears and I am left with crystal clear sight and sharp mindedness. It is obvious what is going on. Toxins in the blood are interfering with fasting’s ability to enhance brain processes. As the fast progresses and the body detoxifies, fog patches diminish, leaving days of bright awareness. Unfortunately, most of the fog is at the start of the fasting journey. It takes some perseverance to experience the joyous clarity that can come during the fasting state. 

Never overeat just before an exam or you may find a heavy head on the desk fast asleep. University of Chicago students fasted for seven days, mental alertness increased and their progress in schoolwork was cited as remarkable. The universal testimony of fasters is that thinking and focus is enhanced.

While fasting, thinking does slow down. Surprisingly, this serves to enhance deeper thought; as if taking the foot off the accelerator allows the little details to come into focus, like neglected inner issues deserving important attention. In an information-overloaded world a calmed mind can take time to seek out deeper understanding instead of darting here and there accumulating years of half-truths and shallow understanding. You might even start thinking for yourself. Slower, deeper thought allows for creativity but more importantly, opens the mind to God’s Word.

The brain has a saturation point. When unplugging from the high-amped media of TV and radio, a numbed mind finds it a difficult business to focus on the quiet words of Scripture. The surrounding world is inventing increasingly powerful tools to get our attention. God is in no such competition. He will wait until you quiet your soul enough to hear.

Some, for the first time during a fast will experience emotional stability. The reasons for this are multifold—the elimination of the dependence on food, exclusion of stimulating foods like caffeine, processed sugars and trans-fatty acids, all of which can have a devastating effect on brain chemistry.

Related Article: Why Fasting Heals

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Unfortunately I've only experienced this twice in my life so far. It seems the only time I'm able to resist food long enough to see this is during a crippling bout of depression. Happen to be in one now, which is why I got curious and started reading about it. I know it says no caffeine or toxins, but both times this has happened to me, I existed on coffee and cigarettes, with occasional water in between pots of coffee. I know, not very healthy, but after the third day, you've lost 10-15 pounds and the laser focus of your mind is absolutely incredible. Everything that was making you depressed suddenly makes sense and no longer matters as much. A renewed vigor and interest in life takes over and and drives you to improve, learn and take risks. The weight loss coupled with your increased drive is very attractive which lands a new love, letting you settle back into a fat and complacent life for a decade or so until you realize that you messed up again, lol.
great article that got to the point and stayed on point
Love the description of mental clarity while fasting.
The last paragraph. Story of my life.
I have enjoyed your articles and found them encouraging. However, I feel that more information would be helpful.
Mrs. Kay Kalda
Very good read.
nice to read about fasting,it s motivating.
Loften Pierce
I can't wait to feel that good
andre S.
Beautiful article. I have a very important certification test in the months to come and I think I'll do a fast right before it to boost my performance. And I also need to quiet my soul to grow closer to God through this very tough time I'm going through. Thanks, Ron!
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