Fasting implies the time you spend without food, drink, or both, for a certain period of time. In particular, fasting transforms your body in natural healing mode and helps you restore any hormonal imbalances. Therefore, this is an effective way to improve your health, it’s also more powerful than some drugs on earth.
A 2014 study based on animals found that fasting helps you improve your overall health and quality of life. Since, it regulates blood pressure, reduces inflammation, normalizes insulin sensitivity, and reduces the risk of developing chronic ailments.
What is intermittent fasting:
Most people who practice intermittent fast, are fasting for sixteen hours straight, and arrange their meals in the left, eight-hour span. For example, you can eat your food between noon and 8 p.m. Generally this is considered the easiest way to start with, as almost half of your fasting time is during sleep.
Here are few other health benefits of fasting:
- Improves biomarkers of a disease
- Prevents/reduces free radical damage and inflammation
- Promotes healthy weight loss
- Preserves memory functioning and learning
- Balances ghrelin levels
- Lowers triglyceride levels
- Reduces side effects during chemotherapy treatments
Fasting is extremely beneficial for your brain health, as it promotes neurogenesis and improves neuronal plasticity. It is tested on the mice, and their brain health is marked with an improvement. Moreover, fasting encourages the maintenance of neuronal pathways, setting their brains in repair mode.
2. Weight loss
During the fasting period, fats in the body are under a specific regiment. Thus, helps you burn fat that has been inaccessible during the fed state, and increase muscle mass easily without any changes in your overall diet.
In 1945, experts at the University of Chicago found that intermittent fasting extended life in mice. Also, another study found that intermittent fasting supports autophagy and eliminates damaged muscles. Therefore, it helps with neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
Intermittent fasting has been proven to fight cancer cell in mice. It relieves the symptoms in cancer patients and increases their tolerance of chemo drugs. Thus lowers the risk of death and increases cure rates.