Fasting may only have recently become a fad among health enthusiasts, but it is an ancient practice that is integral to religious and cultural practices of many traditions. When you fast, you refrain from eating or drinking for at least 24 hours.
Here are a few benefits of fasting –
Helps combat Diabetes
Diabetics should definitely incorporate a few days’ worth of fasting evenly spaced out throughout the month. Several studies have proved that fasting keeps your blood sugar levels balanced and does not allow it to soar or plummet. It makes your body less resistant to insulin and thus keeps diabetes in check.
Boosts Heart Health
2 months of alternating between eating one day and fasting the next can drag down the level of bad cholesterol or LDL considerably and makes HDL or good cholesterol more effective. It will also reduce triglyceride levels by as much as 32 %.
Abstaining from food for at least a day will keep your heart healthy by regulating your blood pressure. It reduces the risk of cardiac ailments like heart attack, coronary artery disease or cardiac arrest.
Helps with Weight Loss
You can only lose weight when you burn more calories than you consume. That is why the easiest way to lose weight is fasting. When you don’t eat, the source of calories dries up. And when it runs out of calories, to keep the organs running, your body will be forced to tap into the fat reserves. This will promote a speedy loss of weight.
Improves Brain Function
Experiments conducted on mice shows that intermittent fasting for almost a year is good for brain health. It helps in the regeneration of the nerve cells of the brain and thus improves cognitive abilities as well as memory and recollection.
Your immune system triggers inflammation in order to fight off harmful microorganisms that have the potential to cause ailments. But sometimes, the immune system goes overboard and this leads to chronic inflammation. If left unchecked, it may lead to joint pain, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s Disease and raises your chances of getting cancer and grave cardiac problems.
Research shows that if you fast a few times every month, it may reduce the level of swelling and shield your health from the risks associated with excessive inflammation.
Experiments show that if you fast regularly, it will act as an inhibitor and block the unnatural mutation of cells. Thus it may effectively reduce your chances of contracting cancer.
Moreover, fasting may make chemotherapy more effective. It does not allow the cancerous cells to multiply and reduces the size of the tumour.
May help prolong Lifespan
Yet again an experiment conducted on mice proved that fasting can prolong longevity. The mice that were made to fast lived longer than those who didn’t, showing that it can slow down the rate of ageing.
Making yourself fast may be a little uncomfortable at the start. But if you can acclimate to it, you can gain a lot from it!