The willing abstinence of foods and drinks for strictly determined period of time is called fasting. Fasting will repair the body on cellular level and it will restore the normal function of the hormones, so it will restore the hormonal balance.
According to the researches from the University of Southern California, LA only 2 to 4 days of fasting can prevent damage to the immune system and it will stimulate the regeneration of the immune system.
Other study, but conducted on animals, show that fasting may improve the entire health because it will regulate the insulin sensitivity, blood pressure and inflammations. According to the researchers the intermittent fasting can lower the risk of developing chronic disease and improve the overall health.
Intermittent fasting is fasting for 16 hours. You can eat from noon until 8 PM. This type of fasting is the easiest because most of the fasting time is during the night when you are asleep.
People who are doing intermittent fasting do take some calories but only in form of low calories beverages like coffee or tea.
During the time when it is allowed to eat try to consume carbohydrates as little as possible. Instead of carbohydrates consume more beneficial fats like coconut oil, olive oil, olives, butter, nuts and avocado. The biggest problem during intermittent fasting is to adjust the body to fewer meals. Usually it takes couple of weeks to adapt the hunger hormone to the new eating schedule.
Here are the reasons why you need to do intermittent fasting for 3 days or more:
- Helps preserve the memory functioning and learning abilities
- Adjusts the insulin sensitivity and leptin and keeps them in normal levels;
- Improves the biomarkers of disease
- Lowers your triglyceride levels
- Keeps the levels of the hunger hormone under control;
- Protects against free radical damage and reduces inflammation
Intermittent fasting also has other benefits for the health.
Promotes loss of weight
Intermittent fasting makes the body to burn fat and this leads to losing weight. The body enters in the fasting mode about 12 hours after the last meal. People who have normal eating schedule fast only during the sleep for approximately 8 hours. This is the reason why it`s too hard for them to put the body in the fat burning state.
It leads to longevity
According to the researchers from the University of Chicago the intermittent fasting can lead to longevity in mice. They found out that Intermittent fating can delay the development of some deadly diseases.
It was proven that intermittent fasting stimulates the intracellular degradation system or autophagy that eliminates the molecules that are damaged including the molecules that cause neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease.
Improves the health of the brain
Fasting elevates the neuronal plasticity and stimulates neurogenesis, so it has very positive effects on the health of the brain. A research conducted on mice show that the mice that had bigger meals infrequently have had increase in the health and the brain.
Lowers the side effects of standard treatments for cancer, chemotherapy included
A research conducted on mice show that intermittent fasting fights the rapid increase of cancer cells. Cancer patients said that fasting before the cancer treatment, reduces the side effects of cancer therapy like chemotherapy. According to a study intermittent fasting during chemotherapy and before the treatment leads to improved tolerance for the chemotherapy, increased cure rates and decreased morbidity.
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