For many fasting is seen as just a religious obligation which is also based on reminding people what it is like to starve to make them more helpful to the poor. But few people actually think of fasting as a healthy activity in its own right, in fact, dubious scientific findings have claimed that it is generally unhealthy. This articles aims to debunk such claims by presenting 5 reasons why fasting is actually good for you.
#1. Fasting Helps Weight Loss
Studies have shown that controlled fasting can be a safe way to lose weight because the body has to burn more fat cells for its energy needs rather than glucose. Athletes have now adopted fasting as part of their preparation regimen for major competitions.
#2. Fasting Improves Insulin Sensitivity
Fasting has been shown to regulate blood sugar in the body. It does this by enhancing Insulin activity. Insulin contains the bodies instructions to cells to take up glucose from blood.
#3. Fasting Speeds Up The Metabolism
Because your digestive system gets a break during fasting because there is less food to digest, so when it is actually operating again it does it more efficiently which means it burns fat as a faster rate. Which can only be good for news for you isn’t it? It also helps with improving bowel function.
#4. Fasting Promotes Longevity
Apparently, eating less has a positive impact on your lifespan. Due to ageing, your metabolism gradually decreases. When you eat less, it has less of a toll on your disgestive system and metabolism does not slow down as quickly as it would have if you are chowing down all the time!
#5. Fasting Improves Hunger
Knowing what real hunger feels like is something that a lot of people do not experience thanks to our modern food production capabilities, it is a fact that we do produce enough food to feed the world, what we have, is high consumption on some parts of the world. This literally means that there are some people in this world who hardly experience real hunger, which you achieve from anything between 12-24 hrs of fasting. Fasting is an exercise in increasing your hunger threshold, which not only has a detoxifying effect on your body but makes you stronger and more appreciative of food you do have.