“He who eats until he is sick must fast until he is well.” – English Proverb

 

As mentioned in our last month’s Article, Fasting is a practice that dates back centuries and plays a central role in many cultures and religions.

Fasting has been shown to have many health benefits. Here are few of them, backed by science.

 Promotes Blood Sugar Control by Reducing Insulin Resistance

Several studies show that fasting may improve blood sugar control. Coupled with the potential blood sugar-lowering effects of fasting, this could also help keep the blood sugar steady, preventing spikes and crashes in the blood sugar levels.

 Promotes Better Health by Fighting Inflammation

Research shows that inflammation may be involved in the development of almost all

chronic conditions, such as heart disease, cancer etc.

Numerous studies have found that fasting may significantly decreased levels of inflammatory markers. Thus may be useful in treating inflammatory conditions.

 May Enhance Heart Health by Improving Blood Pressure, Triglycerides and Cholesterol Levels

Even though switching up your diet and lifestyle is one of the most effective ways to reduce your risk of heart disease some research has found that incorporating fasting into your routine may be especially beneficial when it comes to heart health by reducing and controlling the risk factors for heart disease.

 May Boost Brain Function and Prevent Neurodegenerative Disorders

Though research is mostly limited to animal research, several studies have found that

fasting could have a powerful effect on brain health.

 Aids Weight Loss by Limiting Calorie Intake and Boosting Metabolism

Fasting may increase metabolism and help preserve muscle tissue to reduce body weight and body fat.

  Could Delay Aging and Extend Longevity

Several animal studies have found promising results on the potential lifespan-extending

effects of fasting.

 May Aid in Cancer Prevention

Some animal and test-tube studies suggest that fasting could block tumor development.

Who Should Use Extra Caution When Fasting, or Avoid It Altogether?

Intermittent fasting is appropriate for most people, but if you’re hypoglycemic (low blood sugar) or diabetic, you need to be extra cautious. In addition pregnant or nursing mothers should also avoid fasting. And professionally supervised fasts may be the best for severe obesity.

 

“Abstinence and Fasting cure many complaints.” –

Danish Proverb

 In Health,

Dr. Dawit Mengistu