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The Daniel Fast to Lower Cholesterol

First, I want to make it clear that the purpose of fasting and of the Daniel Fast is not all about health. Remember, the definition of fasting is “to restrict food for a spiritual purpose.” So seeking a deeper relationship with God is the primary purpose of fasting.

With that said, there are some powerful benefits to Daniel Fast. One of those is that many people find their cholesterol lowers after they have been on the Daniel Fast for 21 or more consecutive days.

So why is the Daniel Fast so good at lowering cholesterol? The main reason is that the eating plan includes so much fiber (a.k.a. roughage). Fiber is a powerful part of food and sadly, most western diets contain very little of it these days. Fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and beans are all packed with fiber. And the great benefit of it is that it helps in the digestive process!

Now here is the little known fact of why that it so important to hour health and why eating adequate fiber lowers cholesterol. During digestion, our body created bile to help digest the food. However, undigested bile is what increases cholesterol. When we eat enough fiber, it kind of scrubs our intestines, absorbs the left-over bile, and then eliminates it from our body!

That’s a good thing! If the bile builds up it goes into the blood stream, turns into cholesterol and then the build-up starts.

The Daniel Fast is totally plant based with lost of whole grains, fruits, vegetables and beans. So when you eat these fiber rich foods for an extended period of time, your body starts the cleaning process with the help of the fiber scrub brushes and your cholesterol count goes down.

Very cool in my opinion! To make things even better, fiber also contributes to preventing cancer and also aids in slower sugar absorption which is good for those with diabetes. Plus, fiber makes us feel fuller and thus reduces the appetite.

So, if you have high cholesterol, then the Daniel Fast is a sure prescription for helping you toward better health!

You can learn more about fiber at this site: Benefits of Fiber

13 Comments Post a comment
  1. Take a look at this site: and see reports about the clinical studies that show that amazing health benefits of the Daniel Fast.

    It sounds like God is working His perfect timing in you!

    January 1, 2011
  2. just found out that my cholesterol has gone up .. just in time for our church to start the Daniel Fast.. thanks for this little blurb to encourage me on this Spiritual and Fitness Journey!

    January 1, 2011
  3. Gilbert, the reason herbal teas are not allowes is because they aren’t water – the only allowed beverage on the Daniel Fast. So cinnamon tea would also be out.

    The fine line is that if you can still call in all honesty call the beverage “water” then it would be allowed. Thus, water with lemon slices would be allowed. But the beverage you described as a “tea” would not.

    I hope this helps!

    December 15, 2010
  4. Gilbert #

    No herbal teas but can one drink cinnamon tea?

    October 17, 2010
  5. Praise God for your good report!

    Kim, I am so glad you posted this information. So many people would be in much better health if they would just change their diet to a healthy way of eating! The balanced Daniel Fast provides everything we need for good health. Your husband’s great reports show that! I hope the doctor was blessed with the reason for the change!

    Be blessed in all you do!

    March 31, 2010
  6. Kim Zurhellen #

    My husband, daughter and I are on the Daniel Fast for Lent and have been on it for 28 days now. My husband, a former carnivore, had his cholesterol taken right before we started the fast on 2/9/10, and it was a whopping 309. He had it retaken about 5 weeks later on 3/11/10 after having been on the fast for about 4 weeks, and it had dropped to 152 without the help of medication! You can’t argue with the numbers and facts. This change in eating will remain a way of life for us.

    March 16, 2010
  7. Hi Alex,

    I encourage you to look over this blog and the website at to learn more about the fast. The best way to assure a successful fast is to read The Daniel Fast book, which includes all kinds of information about the fast, more than enough recipes for a 21-day Daniel Fast, plus a daily devotional. You can get it at all the major bookseller or from

    Be blessed on your fast!

    February 19, 2010
  8. alex #

    we need some receipes for the Daniel fast diet. We also need to know if it is healthy to follow this plan for an extended period of time.

    February 18, 2010
  9. Hi Charles,

    I encourage you to go to and get a copy of the The Daniel Fast Guidelines. Then compare it with what you know about hypoglycemia. Then, in the company of the Holy Spirit, put together an eating plan that will bring helath to your body and comply as much as possible with the Daniel Fast Guideines.

    I hope this helps.

    January 12, 2010
  10. Charles #

    What impact does this diet have on those with the opposite of diabetes? I am Hypoglycemic (not Hyper-).

    January 12, 2010
  11. Balenda #

    wanting to know if I could just stay on the daniel fast and living a vegan lifestyle. I am also diabetic type 2 for 3 years now

    December 12, 2009
  12. Norma Sandoval #

    I came across this web site when I decided to go on a fast. I started
    on 8-17-09. It’s actually my 1st time on the Daniel Fast, and I need help
    putting together a meal plan.

    I also just found out that my cholesterol count is even higher than last year.
    I sense God is trying to help me get healthy.

    Any info. would be greatly appreciated. God Bless

    August 18, 2009

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