Fasting: The Health Effects of Fasting Outweigh the Few Hours of Starvation
Fasting has become increasingly popular over the years, especially among the health community. Whilst most health practitioners are afraid to recommend eating less due to the stigma involved, it still doesn’t alleviate the incredible benefits of fasting when used sensibly.
Following are some of the great effective health benefits of fasting:
- Fasting is the best exercise for weight loss
Fasting can be a safe way to lose weight as many studies have shown that intermittent fasting; fasting that is controlled within a set number of hours, allows the body to burn through fat cells more effectively than just regular dieting.
- Fasting will improve your insulin sensitivity
Fasting has shown to have a positive effect on insulin sensitivity, allowing you to tolerate carbohydrates better than if you didn’t fast. A recent study showed that after periods of fasting, insulin becomes more effective in telling cells to take up glucose from blood.
- Fasting will boost your metabolism
Intermittent fasting gives your digestive system a rest, and this can boost your metabolism to burn through calories more efficiently. If your digestion is poor, this can affect your ability to metabolize food and burn fat. Intermittent fasts can regulate your digestion and promote healthy bowel function, thus improving your metabolic function.
- Fasting is proven to increase your lifespan
Believe it or not, the less you eat the longer you will live. Recent studies have proven how the lifespan of people in certain cultures increased due to their diets. However, we don’t need to live amongst a foreign community to reap the benefits of fasting. One of the primary effects of ageing is a slower metabolism, the younger your body is, the faster and more efficient your metabolism. The less you eat, the less toll it takes on your digestive system.
- Fasting help people to establish a proper eating pattern
Fasting can be a helpful practice for those who suffer with binge eating disorders, and for those who find it difficult to establish a correct eating pattern due to work and other priorities.
- Fasting boosts your immune system
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 encourages self-enlightenment
Fasting for self-enlightenment, allows us to feel better both consciously and physically. With a lighter body and a clearer mind, we become more aware and grateful for the things around us. Fasting has helped many people feel more connected to life during the practices such as; reading, meditation, yoga and martial arts etc. The digestive is one of the most energy absorbing systems in the body, hence with no food in the digestive system, this makes room for more energy in the body.
- Fasting also helps in prevention of acne and attaining a spotless skin
Fasting can help clear the skin because with the body temporarily freed from digestion, it’s able to focus its regenerative energies on other systems.