Fasting. You may be thinking ''how can not eating be good for me when I need it to survive?'' the truth is- yes we need food to survive but we don't actually need that much of it all the time- studies have actually shown that the less you eat; the longer you live. Occasional fasting like internment fasting or fasting during Ramadan for example can actually benefit you plenty. Here are some of the ways how:
1. Insulin sensitivity:
After fasting, our bodies actually prove to be more sensitive to glucose- meaning our insulin will be more effective, which in turn can have a positive outcome on our blood sugar levels; basically this is what we always need for our body to function correctly and keep diseases like diabetes at bay or even help control some of these conditions. *Consult your doctor before trying anything however*
2. Increases metabolism:
Internment fasting can have a positive effect on your body's ability to metabolize fat, and studies show that it can lower the amount of lipids in your body. Giving your body extended time between meals encourages it to use your fat stores for energy.
3. Brain health:
Although it may seem like the opposite due to the groggy feeling you may experience whilst fasting; fasting can actually improve brain function. According to the study by Mark Mattson (chief of laboratory of Neuroscience at National institute of aging) fasting can actually stimulate the production of new nerve cells from stem cells in the hippocampus, furthermore he explains how 'intermittent fasting enhances the ability of nerve cells to repair DNA. All this research points to the obvious; a sharper brain with better memory, focus and the ability to better ward off neurodegenerative diseases.
4. Improved eating patterns:
As I mentioned in my last post, disorders such as Binge Eating Disorder can wreak havoc on balanced eating patterns. Even for individuals not suffering from BED; fasting can help promote better eating patterns which in turn can lead to controlled calorie intake and healthier weight loss and weight control.
As this glorious month of Ramadan is upon us I wish you all a RAMADAN MUBARAK and happy fasting! Buy as always; do your research and consult your doctor before embarking on any new nutritional programme be it religious or non-religious :)
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