Fasting is a practice that dates back centuries and plays a central role in many cultures and religions. Fasting is defined as the abstinence from all or some foods or drinks for a set period of time. Most types of fasts are performed over 24 – 72 hours. However, intermittent fasting involves cycling between periods of eating and fasting, ranging from a few hours to a few days at a time. Which ever fasting technique you use, keep in mind that there are various health benefits of fasting.
Here’s some health benefits of fasting:
• Promotes blood sugar control by reducing insulin resistance which could be especially useful for those at risk of diabetes
• Promotes better health by decreasing levels of inflammation
• May enhance heart health by improving blood pressure and cholesterol levels
• May boost brain function and increase the generation of nerve cells to help enhance cognitive function
• Aids weight loss by limiting calorie intake and boosting metabolism
• Increase levels of human growth hormone (HGH), an important protein hormone that plays a role in growth, metabolism, weight loss and muscle strength
Even though fasting is a practice that has been associated with various health benefits, such as weight loss, improving blood sugar control, heart health and brain function, it’s best to talk to your doctor first if you have underlying health conditions or are planning to fast for more than 24 hours. When coupled with a nutritious diet and healthy lifestyle, incorporating fasting into your routine could benefit your overall health.