09/25/2012 08:16 am ET

Yom Kippur: How To Have A Safe And Healthy Fast

Tuesday at sundown marks the beginning of Yom Kippur, a period of 25 hours of reflection, prayer and atonement for Jews around the world -- with no food or drink.

Going a day without eating "is to force us to look within ourselves, to repent, introspection," Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld, who leads the Ohev Sholom National Synagogue in Washington, D.C., told NPR, without earthly distractions such as what to have for lunch getting in the way.

Of course, fasting on Yom Kippur is not supposed to be comfortable. But there are a few ways to make the fast a little bit easier, and, in doing so, a little healthier, too.

Have A Healthy Yom Kippur Fast

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