Fasting has increasingly become popular due to its health benefits. It is important to understand the benefits of fasting for 12 hours and use it appropriately.
Most of the doctors and nutritionists avoid recommending fasting as they find that people do not use it sensibly.
Research has indicated that fasting for three days can have a very remarkable effect on the body, as it helps to regenerate the entire body immune system.
The starved body starts the process of producing new white blood cells, which improves the immune system and fights off infection.
Some of the important benefits of fasting for 12 hours are:
Fasting is one of the most conventional and safest ways to lose weight. Many research studies have shown that intermittent fasting i.e. fasting controlled for a set number of hours, allows the body to burn the stored fat more effectively than regular dieting.
In short it allows the body to store fat as a primary source of energy. Intermittent fasting helps you eat fewer calories thereby increasing your metabolism slightly, which in turn results in losing belly fat.
Improves Insulin levels
Fasting improves insulin levels. It has a positive effect on insulin sensitivity, which means the body can tolerate sugar better. A recent study has indicated that after a period of fasting, insulin is more effective in absorbing glucose from the blood.
Your cells are repaired and regenerated
During fasting, the body is not involved in the normal digestion process and so it induces other important repair processes of cells. For e.g., removing all waste from the cells.
In short, when you fast, the insulin levels drop and the human growth hormones increase along with the changes that happen in the genetic expression and the functioning of cells.
Your metabolism is increased
Intermittent fasting gives your digestive system rest and thus your metabolism increases which in turn burns more calories. Intermittent fasting regulates your digestion and bowel functions.
Fasting improves hunger
Most of the time, we eat when we are not hungry. Research indicates that only after fasting for 12 to 24 hours, you can experience true hunger. Obese people are not able to gauge when they are hungry and when they need to eat.
The longer you fast, the more correctly your body regulates and hence you can experience real hunger.
Fasting promotes longevity
It is surprising to know, but it is true that the less you eat the longer you live. Research has proven that our lifespan not only varies but also increases depending on the diet followed in different cultures.
When you eat less, your digestive system is at rest and hence it hence takes a lesser toll.
Fasting also helps in being more connected to God
The Bible encourages fasting to be connected to God. When you have no food, the digestive system is at rest. Digestion is one of the most energy consuming activities of the body.
By fasting, you will have a clearer mind, which will help you will become more aware and grateful to God for the things around you.
It not only helps to keep the blood pressure in check but also helps to reduce the cholesterol and triglycerides levels. Fasting also helps to reduce other inflammatory problems.
Fasting regulates eating habits
Fasting helps to regulate eating habits. By fasting, you adhere to a disciplined time set for eating your food. Intermittent fasting helps you establish correct eating patterns.
Improve brain functions
Fasting improves brain functions due to improved production of BDNF (Brain-derived neurotrophic factor) which helps in activating brains stem cells. It increases the growth of new neurons and protects the brain from damage.
Study has further indicated that fasting helps in protecting your brain against Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
Fasting has also shown to reduce the side effects of cancer, after undergoing chemotherapy.
12. Fasting for 12 hours or more helps to have clear skin
Since the body is free from the digestion process, it concentrates on other areas like flushing out the toxins from the body, regulating the functions of the other parts of the body like liver, kidneys etc. and also regenerating and repairing new cells in the body.
Though research has strongly indicated the benefits of fasting, we would encourage you to take the opinion of a medical practitioner before fasting.
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