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The Surprising Benefits of Fasting

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We all know that fasting is the voluntary absence of food while the idea of going without foods leaves most of us feeling miserable, fasting does have many health benefits. It has also been practiced for centuries!

Is it a good thing to starve yourself for days, weeks, or maybe a month? There is a lot of evidence that supports timed periods of fasting being a good thing. It has become increasingly popular over the past few years, especially with the health community. It is also important to remember to use fasting sensibly.

  1. Fasting helps weight loss

Fasting can be a safe and effective way to lose weight; many studies have shown that intermittent fasting allows the body to burn fat cells more effectively than just regular dieting.

  1. Allows you to rest the digestive system.
  2. Detoxification

When there is no food being consumed by the body, the body turns to the fat deposits for energy, releasing chemicals from the fatty reserves and results in the eradication of the chemicals through the organs.

  1. Better Mood

After fasting the blood, becomes filled with better levels of endorphins, which makes you more alert and provides you will a feeling of good mental health.

  1. Improves Insulin Sensitivity

Fasting has been shown to have a positive effect on insulin sensitivity, allowing you to cope with carbohydrates better than if chose not to fast. Studies have shown that after periods of fasting, insulin becomes more effective in telling cells to take glucose from the blood.

  1. Promotes an inner stillness, enhancing spiritual connection.
  2. Cardiovascular health

Fasting for short periods of time, such as with intermittent fasting aids in better production of brain-derived neurotrophic factor. This compound beneficially influences the regulation of glucose and cardiovascular health. It has also shown itself to have an impact on body mass, triglycerides, and levels of HDL cholesterol.

  1. Pancreas

The pancreas plays a vital role in producing digestive juices and hormone production for the body. When it becomes inflamed over a short span of time, it is known as pancreatitis. Along with methods like intravenous feeding and fluid therapy fasting has is also an accepted treatment strategy.

  1. Improves your eating patterns

Fasting can be helpful for people who suffer from binge eating disorders, and for those who find it difficult to establish a correct eating pattern due to things like work and other priorities.

10. Improves your immune system

Fasting helps to improve the immune system because it helps to reduce the free radical damage, regulates inflammatory conditions in the body and staves off cancer cell formation.

Sources:

http://www.allaboutfasting.com/benefits-of-fasting.html

http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/health-fitness/healthy-eating/what-are-the-health-benefits-of-fasting?page=1

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/06/14/intermittent-fasting-longevity.aspx

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