In trying to leave a healthy lifestyle, good diet and regular exercise are strong pillars. They play a very important role in achieving good health. More researches are being carried out daily to establish the relationship between food and healthy living.
What is Fasting?
Fasting is a period of abstaining from food, drink or both. It could be for different reasons ranging from religious to punishment or self known reasons, short term fasting could have lots of health benefits.
Purpose of Fasting
Fasting cleanses the body from toxins and forces cell processes that are not usually stimulated when a steady stream of fuel from food is always present.
When we fast, the body does not have its usual access to glucose, forcing the cells to resort to other means and materials to produce energy. As a result, the body begins gluconeogenesis, a natural process by which the body produces it’s own sugar. The liver helps by converting non-carbohydrate materials like lactate, amino acids, and fats into glucose energy. Because our bodies conserve energy during fasting, our basal metabolic rate (the amount of energy our bodies burn while resting) becomes more efficient, thereby lowering our heart rate and blood pressure. This in turn reduces the risk of hypertension, diabetes, bad cholesterol in the body.
Fasting puts the body under mild stress, which makes our cells adapt by enhancing their ability to cope. In other words, they become strong. This process is similar to what happens when we stress our muscles and cardiovascular system during exercise. As with exercise, our body can only grow stronger during these processes when there is adequate time to rest and recover..
Benefits of Short Term Fasting
- It boosts brain power
- Reduces Inflammation
- Reduces the risk of Obesity
- Support Weight loss
- Fasting is helpful for cancer patients because during fasting, there is rapid regeneration of the cells.