Benefits of intermittent fasting: What Fasting Does To Your Body ?

Benefits of intermittent fasting

Almost Every religion in the world promotes fasting as a sacred ritual.

Muslim Fast during the month of Ramzaan, Catholics observe abstinence during Lent, Hindu’s fast on different days of the week all year round.

Have you ever given it a thought as why would our religion ask us to starve?

As a Health coach and counselor I’ve always felt ambivalent about this ritual as to how it could be of any good to you.
Should only the extremely committed, devout, religiously inclined people fast?

Well, deep inside I believe that all rites and rituals go way beyond the sole reason of being God-fearing or connected spiritually.

Every ritual has a deeper scientific reason behind what needs to be done and how it needs to be done, only for our well being.

After all it is said your body is your temple.

So let’s throw some light on “What Fasting does to your body and Benefits of intermittent fasting :

  • As surprising as it may seem there are scientific studies claiming that, a reduction in calories cure several common ailments. For example, Intermittent fasting reduces Blood pressure, triglycerides, Total & LDL cholesterol. Thus saving you from a ‘heart attack’.
  • Fasting also helps to reduce Blood sugar levels. High blood sugar equals to insulin resistance and the by-product is Dreadful Diabetes. Hence, we can conclude that Fasting may have protective effect from diabetes.
  • During fasting phases, maximum cell repair is possible. When we fast the body initiates cellular waste removal. This involves cells breaking down & metabolizing dysfunctional cellular protein.
  • This process is not just Anti-aging but it also has Anti-Cancer effects. The cancerous cells die due to lack of supply of nutrients.
  • The immune system also improves during short periods of fasting; antibodies grow stronger and are more effective against infections and cancerous cells.
  • Fasting conserves life energy and cleans the body. Its like your body is better equipped to take the trash out.
  • When fasting, a person is more ready to relax; during this time, autogenic training or other relaxation techniques are easiest to learn.
  • Any normal person can go without food or at least reduced calorie intake for a short period. Unlike reduced calorie diet where a person’s stomach growl all the time, with fasting the hunger feeling disappears in one or two days and you get accustomed to it.
  • Please Note! Fasting  should only be intended by healthy individuals. It is not meant for too young kids, pregnant women, breast-feeding mothers. People with any other health condition should first consult their Doctor.

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Dr Nida Kazi is a health coach & nutritionist specialising in sports nutrition and Doctor of alternative medicine (M.D, A.M). She is a fitness enthusiast and firmly believe in the priniciple of eating right and exercising regularly. She likes exploring different cuisines and finding the interesting facts behind all foods and researching their origin. And what is life without a little sliver of nature, her interests involve hiking in the woods, going on adventurous expeditions and water sports.