Why fasting is good for health?

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Why fasting is good for health?

Fasting is amazingly GOOD for your health. Recent studies from multiple major Universities suggest a fasting lifestyle can add 30% to one's life expectancy.

Fasting isn’t the same as starving yourself, which is what many people think when they hear “Fasting.” And yet, fasting isn’t a diet, either. Some health experts are suggesting that intermittent fasting can improve your immune system, thus making you healthier. Imagine that you can kick-start your metabolism, feel more energy and enjoy an assortment of health benefits without having to count calories or stick to strict meal plans.

The beauty of fasting is that there isn’t one right way to do it. In fact, there are several types that are popular. These are-

Intermittent Fasting - This is also known as cyclic fasting. Intermittent fasting is a catch-all phrase for eating and not eating intermittently. In fact, almost all of the fasting methods below are types of intermittent fasting! Typical intermittent fast times range from 14 to 18 hours. The longest period any one of these plans would require you to abstain from solid food would be about 32–36 hours.

Time-Restricted Eating - If you practice time-restricted eating, you’ll abstain from food for anywhere between 12–16 hours. During your eating window, you can eat as much of your favorite healthy foods as you’d like. This is one of the most common methods of fasting. This is a good way to introduce fasting into your lifestyle and experiment without any major changes.

16/8 Fasting - Basically another name for time-restricted eating, here you’ll fast for 16 hours a day and then eat the other eight.

Alternate Day Fasting - Another type of intermittent fasting, alternate day fasting has you severely restricting the number of calories you eat during fasting days, then eating to your stomach’s content on non-fasting days. Food isn’t completely off the table, but you’ll stick to about 25 percent of your normal caloric intake. It can be helpful to get a healthy habit in motion.

5:2 Diet - It’s very similar to alternate day fasting except, you eat normally for five days of the week. On the other two, calories are restricted to about 500–600 calories a day.

The Warrior Diet - You’ll stick to fruits and veggies during the day and then eat a well-rounded, larger meal in the evenings.

The Daniel Fast - This is a type of spiritual fasting. Based off of Daniel’s experiences in the Bible’s Book of Daniel, the Daniel Fast is a partial fast where vegetables, fruits, and other healthy whole foods are featured prominently, but meat, dairy, grains (unless they’re sprouted ancient grains) and drinks like coffee, alcohol, and juice are avoided. Most people follow this fast for 21 days in order to experience a spiritual breakthrough, have more time to reflect on their relationship with God.

So, say hello to just some of the benefits of fasting.

  • Fasting is an excellent tool for weight loss. There have been studies that support fasting as an excellent tool for weight loss.

  • Fasting promotes the secretion of human growth hormone or HGH. It is naturally produced by the body but remains active in the bloodstream for just a few minutes. It’s been effectively used to treat obesity and help build muscle mass, important for burning fat. HGH also helps increase muscle strength, which can help improve your workouts, too.

  • If you want to lose weight and lose belly fat, fasting even irregularly could be the key.

  • Fasting has been found to have positive effects on body mass as well as other health markers in professional athletes. This is because, as previously mentioned, fasting can effectively shed excess fat, while optimizing muscle growth, because of HGH production.

  • Fasting is great for normalizing insulin sensitivity. When your body gets too many carbs and sugar, it can become insulin resistant, which often paves the way for a host of chronic diseases, including type-2 diabetes. Fasting is an effective way to do this. If you’re struggling with pre-diabetes or insulin sensitivity, intermittent fasting can help normalize things.

  • Fasting can normalize ghrelin levels. It is actually also known as the hunger hormone because it is responsible for telling your body that it is hungry. Dieting and really restrictive eating can actually increase ghrelin production, which will leave you feeling hungrier. But when you fast, though you might struggle in the first few days, you’re actually normalizing ghrelin levels.

  • Fasting can lower triglyceride levels. When you consume too much bad cholesterol, your triglyceride levels may shoot up, increasing your risk of heart disease. Intermittent fasting actually lowers those bad cholesterol levels, decreasing triglycerides in the process.

  • Fasting may slow down the aging process.

  • Fasting can be best known for being helpful in beating addictions.

  • Fasting can clear the skin and whitens the eyes. With routine fasting, our skin feels fresh and becomes glowing due to waste filtration.

  • Fasting increases mental patience as we have to control our appetite during fasting.

  • Fasting helps to regulate the hormones in your body so that you experience what true hunger is.

  • Fasting has shown to improve brain function because it boosts the production of a protein called brain-derived neurotrophic factor.

  • Intermittent fasting improves the immune system because it reduces free radical damage, regulates inflammatory conditions in the body and starves off cancer cell formation.

  • Fasting has helped many people feel more connected to life during the practices reading, meditation, yoga, and martial arts etc.

  • Fasting for self-enlightenment allows us to feel better both consciously and physically.

  • Fasting gets rid of a ton of toxins that can sneak their way into your body, it makes sense that it may help prevent certain types of cancer. Cancer attacks your cells, but when there are no toxins in your body that can attack any of your cells, then cancer can’t form.




 

The health benefits of fasting range from increased weight loss, normalizing insulin sensitivity and possibly even slowing down the aging process. While fasting is healthy for most people, if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, you should avoid fasting entirely. If you have diabetes, a serious medical condition or are taking prescription medication, it’s best to consult with your doctor before embarking on a fast.