Intermittent fasting is an eating pattern where you specify certain periods of eating and others of fasting. There are several studies that prove amazing health benefits of intermittent fasting and here’s a list for just a few ways fasting can help improve your health.
1- Fasting Changes the Function of Your Genes, Cells and Hormones.
When you stay for several hours without eating or drinking, your body starts to behave quit differently.
It starts to initiate cell repair processes and produce hormones to make stored fat easily accessible.
Here’s what happens to your body.
Insulin: insulin levels start to drop significantly within the first few hours of fasting encouraging fat burning process to provide the body with energy.
Growth Hormone: the levels of growth hormone in the blood increase five times more than at regular times. An increase in this hormone encourage the facilitating of fat burning and muscle gain as well as several other health benefits.
Cellular Repair: during fasting, the body starts to induce important cell repairing processes such as eliminating waste from cells.
2- Intermittent Fasting Reduces Insulin Resistance and Risk of Type2 Diabetes.
Type2 diabetes is one of the most common diseases around the world nowadays and it’s levels are on the rise.
The main features of Type2 Diabetes is an increased levels of blood sugar and insulin Resistance.
Reducing insulin Resistance can help preventing the risk of Type2 Diabetes.
Surprisingly, intermittent fasting has been shown to have an amazing positive effect on insulin Resistance and at the meantime reducing blood sugar levels.
In human studies, fasting blood sugar has been reduced by 6-8% while insulin levels were reduced by 20-30%.
Studies on diabetic rats showed that fasting could prevent the risk of kidney damage which is a major concern for diabetic patients.
3- Protects The Heart.
It is well known that several health risks are associated with the increased risks of heart diseases.
Intermittent fasting has been proved to improve several risk factors leading to heart diseases like high blood pressure, total and LDL cholesterol, blood triglycerides and blood sugar levels.
However studies supporting this fact are mainly made on animals, further studies should be done on humans before any recommendations.
4- Protects Your Brain.
If fasting is so good for your body then it must be good for your brain as well.
Fasting improves various metabolic processes which are all good for brain health.
That includes reducing oxidative stress, reducing inflammation levels and blood sugar levels.
Other studies found that intermittent fasting can encourage the production of new brain cells.
Fasting was show3n to increases brain hormone called brain-derived neurotrophic hormone which when deficient several mental and psychological disorders can occur.