There are many wonderful health benefits that are gained by fasting. Fasting is the choice to abstain from all food, drink, or both for a short period of time. In religions around the world fasting has played a significant role in the well-being of the mind, body, and soul. In Islam, fasting for a month is an obligatory practice during the holy month of Ramadan from dawn until sunset. Catholics fast and abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Fasting is commonly practiced on New Moon days and during festivals in Hinduism. All the major branches of Buddhism practice periods of fasting during full moons and other holidays.
However fasting is not limited to religion and is performed by conscious individuals worldwide. In nature, animals do not eat meals at a specific time each day, and sometimes may even go several days without food. If properly implemented, fasting can have many health benefits. It promotes elimination of toxins from the body, reduces blood sugar and fat stores. It promotes healthy eating habits and boost immunity. Benefits include reduced risks of cancer, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, insulin resistance, immune disorders, and more generally, the slowing of the ageing process, and the potential to increase maximum life span. Here are top 10 health benefits you can derive from fasting.
1. Fasting Promotes Detoxification
The act of fasting promotes detoxification, since fat is burned and toxins are released. As the body breaks down its fat reserves, it mobilizes and eliminates stored toxins.
2. Fasting Improves Insulin Sensitivity
Fasting improves insulin sensitivity. When your cells are tickled by the effects of insulin, they do a much better job modulating your blood sugar levels after meals and this makes life a lot easier for your pancreas.
3. Fasting Rests Digestive System
During fasting, the digestive organs rest. Fasting gives the digestive system a much-needed rest. After fasting, both digestion and elimination are invigorated.
4. Fasting Boosts Immunity
Fasting boosts immunity as toxins are removed. After fasting you should continue to boost your immunity by eating lots of fruits which are high in vitamin A and E.
5. Fasting Corrects High Blood Pressure
Fasting corrects high blood pressure without drugs. Fasting will normalize blood pressure in the vast majority of cases, the blood pressure will remain low after the fast, if the person follows a healthy diet and lifestyle.
6. Fasting May Help to Overcome Addictions
Fasting makes it easy to overcome bad habits and addictions. Many people have overcome tobacco and alcohol addictions by fasting, and even drug addictions. Fasting rapidly dissipates the craving for nicotine, alcohol, caffeine, and other drugs.
7. Fasting Promotes Weight Loss
Fasting initiates rapid weight loss with little or no hunger. It reduces the store of fats in the body. However fasting is not a good weight loss strategy. Reducing fat and sugar intake, rest, exercise, and a plant based diet are better measures to achieve weight reduction.
8. Fasting Resolves Inflammatory Response
Some studies show that fasting triggers resolution of inflammatory diseases and allergies, examples of such being arthritis and skin diseases such as psoriasis. Some experts even suggest that fasting could heal inflammatory bowel diseases.
9. Fasting Promotes Healthy Diet
Fasting is the perfect gateway to a healthy diet and lifestyle. Going on a fast gives you the motivation and enthusiasm to make a fresh start. It has been observed that fasting reduces craving for processed foods. It promotes desire for natural foods, especially water and fruits.
10. Fasting Clears the Skin and Whitens the Eyes
Fasting clears the skin and whitens the eyes. It is common to see skin eruptions clear while fasting, and the whites of the eyes never look so clear and bright as they do after fasting.
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