HOW FASTING AFFECTS YOUR BODY
Fasting has been a cultural and religious practice for centuries and can have significant effects on the body, beyond spiritual reasons. This article explores those effects.
- WEIGHT LOSS:
Fasting leads to weight loss as the body burns stored fat for energy instead of glucose from food, especially when combined with a healthy diet and exercise.
- IMPROVED INSULIN SENSITIVITY:
Fasting can improve insulin sensitivity, which helps regulate blood sugar levels, potentially preventing or managing type 2 diabetes.
- REDUCED INFLAMMATION:
Fasting can reduce chronic inflammation in the body, which can lead to better health and a lower risk of chronic diseases.
- INCREASED AUTOPHAGY:
Fasting can promote weight loss, enhance insulin sensitivity, reduce inflammation, and boost autophagy.
- IMPROVED BRAIN FUNCTION:
Fasting can improve brain function and protect against neurodegenerative diseases by boosting autophagy, which removes damaged brain cells.
- IMPROVED HEART HEALTH:
Fasting can improve heart health by reducing inflammation, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels, lowering the risk of heart disease.
- BOOSTED IMMUNE SYSTEM:
Fasting can strengthen the immune system by regenerating immune cells and reducing inflammation, which can help prevent infections and improve immune function.
Benefits of fasting include weight loss, improved insulin sensitivity, reduced inflammation, better brain function, and cardiovascular health. Consult a healthcare professional before attempting fasting, especially if you have medical conditions or are pregnant/breastfeeding.