Benefits Of Fasting Backed By Science
Fasting is defined as abstaining from food and drink for a set period of time. Many cultures and religions have practiced this for thousands of years. Today, people tend to fast for a period of 24 to 72 hours. Individuals might also choose not to eat before or after a certain time of day.
It’s never been discussed until now, but there are a great deal of benefits to intermittent fasting, which is changing from hours to days at a time and back. Here is a list of how fasting can improve your health:
1. Increase Lifespan
This might make fasting sound like the fountain of youth, but perhaps there’s something to it. Fasting affects autophagy, a cell’s ability to recycle improperly working parts and renew itself. It allows a cell to perform at its best.
Autophagy is greatly enhanced by intermittent fasting, delivering a sort of revitalization to the body. With cells performing at full speed, you might even see yourself appearing a little lower in age.
Humans and cells both age, but when you tweak your cells’ aging process, you’ll look and feel younger.
2. Increase Stress Resistance
Stress affects many of us in different ways. Some of us have to deal with far more than most people. The source of one’s stress can be any number of things. Fasting can improve your own physical resistance to stress.
Much of our bodily stress is caused by unstable molecules known as free radicals. Fasting forces your cells to gain energy from sources other than food. Your good cells then proceed to eliminate the free radicals.
Over time, thanks to your super-charged cells, less free radicals will form in your body.
3. Improve your Brain Function
Eating is a past time that most people can enjoy, and certain foods can trigger a person’s body to begin working harder. This may also cause the brain to become overactive. Too many neurons firing off at once can make it hard for the brain to function properly.
Fasting will reset your brain and allow it to be more focused on important tasks.
The change you experience in your brain during exercise is the same as when you choose to fast. To put it simply, fasting can boost your brain power for a short period of time.
4. May Help ‘Prevent’ Cancer
This one might be a little out there, but we already know that fasting can help remove free radicals. Fasting may not completely ‘prevent’ someone from getting cancer, but it may help with tumor growth and other things.
Fasting is a good way for cancer patients to combat the effects of chemotherapy. Although, the hunger might make them a bit lightheaded.
Fasting rids the body of toxins and in doing so may help prevent a person from developing certain types of cancer.
5. Improves the Immune System
It sounds like an old wives’ tale, but fasting can help you stay healthier without getting sick so often. Seasonal changes will not be a worry as you’ll already have some added defenses.
We know that fasting replaces old ‘equipment’ in cells in the body. The cells being repaired and removed can greatly improve your immune system response.
6. Raises HGH Levels
Anyone with a mild interest in sports is familiar with the controversy surrounding athletes using human growth hormones (hgh) to help their performance and strength. It gives a player speedy recovery times, faster fat burning, and better muscle building.
While HGH exists in the human body in small quantities, fasting can increase these levels. It will also force your body to begin burning fat and allow you to build and maintain muscle.
If you’re an athlete, remember to stock up on that energy before your game. It’s a different story during training, though.
7. Boost Metabolism and Promote Weight Loss
It’s extremely hard to lose weight and many people resort to hardcore fasting regimens. It is entirely possible to attain weight loss through fasting with the decreased caloric intake.
Research has found that fasting increases the levels of norepinephrine, a neurotransmitter than might increase weight loss.
While fasting is a great way to improve your health, it is important to be cautious. Make sure you are aware of what may happen and speak to your doctor before beginning any sort of fasting regimen.