Fasting is part of many religions and is usually done for spiritual reasons or at specific period of the year.
It involves abstaining from food for a period of time which could be range from 12 hours, alternate days, etc.
It has a lot of potential health benefits, such as weight loss, improved blood sugar control, heart health, brain function and cancer prevention.
According to research conducted by neuroscientist Mark Mattson and others, cutting your energy intake several days a week might help your brain ward off neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s while at the same time improving memory and mood.
Types of fasting
Depending on how creative one can be and lifestyle, there are different kinds ranging from water to intermittent fasting.
- Water fasting: Involves drinking only water for a period of time
- Juice fasting: drinking only. vegetable or fruit juice for a certain period.
- Intermittent fasting: Food is partially or completely limited for a few hours up to a few days at a time and a normal diet is resumed on other days.
- Partial fasting: Specific foods or drinks like processed foods, animal products or caffeine are removed from the diet for a given period.
- Calorie restriction: Calories are restricted for a few days every week
Studies have shown that there are some health benefits and could actually prevent some diseases.
Also, It help people lose weight, it may equally boost human metabolic activity, generate antioxidants, and help reverse some effects of aging.
- Promotes Blood Sugar Control by Insulin Resistance
- Promotes Better Health by Fighting Inflammation
- Improve Blood Pressure, Triglycerides and Cholesterol Levels
- May Boost Brain Function and Prevent Neurodegenerative Disorders
- Could Delay Aging and Extend Longevity
When fasting, drink plenty of water, eat a lot of healthy food and get plenty of rest.
Always consult your healthcare provider if you have any health challenges or are planning to fast for more than 24 hours.
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