Over the years fasting has become popular especially among health community. But still many people don’t believe in fasting because they don’t know about the incredible benefits of fasting when used sensibly. On the other hand many people do not opt for fasting due to the fear of drastic change in routine, dehydration and lethargy.
Here are the benefits of fasting that will surprise you.
1) Fasting Helps Weight Loss
Fasting can help to lose weight as it allows the body to burn through fat cells more effectively than just regular dieting. It is believed that the intermittent fasting allows the body to use fat as its primary source of energy instead of sugar.
2) Fasting Improves Insulin Sensitivity
The fasting has a very good effect on insulin. It promotes you to tolerate carbohydrates (sugar) in a better way. During fasting, insulin becomes more effective in conveying cells to take up glucose from the blood.
3) Fasting boost up metabolism
Fasting will provide rest to your digestive system which boosts metabolism and helps to burn more calories. If you have poor digestion it can affect your ability to metabolize food and also to burn fat.
4) Fasting Improves Hunger
It is believed that the fasting helps to regulate the hormones in your body so that you experience true hunger. The people who are suffering from obesity do not receive the correct signals to let them know they are full due to excessive eating patterns.
5) Fasting Improves Your Eating Patterns
If you are suffering from eating disorders then fasting will be very helpful practice.With intermittent fasting going all afternoon without a meal is okay and it can allow you to eat at a set time.
6) Fasting Improves Your Brain Function
Fasting escalates the production of a protein called brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) which activates brain stem cells to convert into new neurons and triggers numerous other chemicals that promote neural health. Moreover, this protein protects your brain cells from changes linked with the diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson.
7) Fasting Improves Your Immune System
Fasting reduces free radical damage which helps to strengthen the immune system. This is also a primal instinct to reduce stress on their internal system so their body can fight off infection.