Fasting can be very beneficial for the health and for the overall body. It has been practiced for millennia due to the benefits it can bring to the body.
Scientists have analyzed the benefits of food deprivation and intermitted fasting confirming that both are very beneficial for the health. Researchers at the University of Southern California (USC) have also confirmed this fact.
It means half-fullness and changing periods of lack of foods with periods of food consumption on a single day. This type of fasting detoxifies the body and substantially helps in the weight loss process. By implementing intermittent fasting your digestive system will be properly cleansed.
How to perform an intermittent fasting?
For instance, you can split the day by fasting for a period of 16 hours and eating for a period of 8 hours. However, it really depends on the timetable that suits each individual: they can go from 5 pm to 7 am or from 6 pm to 6 am, and so on.
This type of fasting is easier than the traditional fasting; just the biggest problem for most people is not having a meal in the morning. In fact, many people relate the morning stomach pain with a feeling of hunger, but it is only a purgative phenomenon of the stomach.
Before starting the fasting you need to take certain precautions like the following ones:
You should be prepared mentally before you start this new eating regime and in that way your body is being prepared as well.
The fasting should be done gradually so that the body adjust for the purging, however if you experience chronic fatigue, muscle loss or depression, then you should stop the fasting.
It is strongly recommended to consult a medical expert prior fasting in order to determine which one is the best one for you either traditional or intermittent and thus avoid any risk to your health.
Benefits of Fasting
Improves the immune system
As per the findings of the scientists, a three-day fast will allow stem cells to create new white blood cells, and in that way regenerating the immune system and developing the body’s defenses against infections. This method was very beneficial for the elderly and for the ones suffering from weak immunity.
Fasting is anti-inflammatory which is very helpful in the case of an upset stomach. While fasting the stomach takes a rest period when it restores itself thus lowering the inflammation and other inflammatory diseases. This method is beneficial only if you don’t have a stomach ulcer.
Promotes cardiovascular system
Healthy cardiovascular system offers longevity, and the fasting can contribute to it as it has a cleansing effect by removing the buildup waste in the body. Thanks to this effect the blood circulation will be healthier and promote good HDL cholesterol by reducing the concentration of triglycerides in the blood.
Protects from cancer
Cancer patients can benefit a lot from fasting as it helps the body to better cope with the adverse effects of chemo that weakens the immunity. According to Professor Valter Longo and his team at the USC Longevity Institute fasting allows stem cells to rebuild new cells by eliminating the defective and damaged cells. The boost of the immune system will aid the weakened body to cope better with the inconvenience of cancer treatments.
Fasting stimulates the body to protect, regenerate and rejuvenates its cells. In fact, it activates autophagy, a process when the cells eat themselves and thus destroy the harmful and undesirable particles of the body. Additionally, autophagy lowers oxidation and cellular aging.
Fasting supports weight loss provided that it lasts for three days. When the body lacks food, it starts to burn more fat which promotes quick weight loss. If the fasting is over three days, then the body will start to attack the muscles which are very important in daily energy expenditure. Have in mind that unhealthy diet usually causes the buildup of extra calories.