Intermittent Fasting And It’s Possible Health Benefits
Fasting is an ancient tradition practiced by many cultures and religions over centuries. Intermittent fasting is a type of periodic fasting or voluntary fasting (reduce calorie intake) popular in the UK and Australia around 2012.
As per the researchers, the intermittent fasting is a ‘short-term starvation period’ that ranges from 1 to 14 days and provides numeral health benefits to human body.
Here are the amazing health benefits of intermittent fasting:
AFFECTS CELLS & HORMONES
- Insulin: Blood levels of insulin drop significantly, which facilitates fat burning and make stored body fat more accessible.
- Human Growth Hormone: Higher blood levels of growth hormone may increase as much as 5-fold and facilitate fat burning with muscle gain and benefit for fat loss.
- Cellular Repair: During fasting your cells initiate cellular repair process and remove waste material from cells.
- Gene Expression: There are changes in several genes and molecules in the function related to longevity and protection against disease.
Intermittent Fasting lowers insulin levels, higher growth hormone levels and increase amounts of norepinephrine and breakdown the body fat and facilitate its use for energy.
Intermittent fasting involves unstable molecules that enhance the body’s resistance to oxidative stress and prevents many chronic diseases.
Intermittent fasting has been shown to improve LDL cholesterol, blood triglycerides, blood sugar levels including all risk factors for heart disease.
Animal studies also suggest that intermittent fasting has several beneficial effects on metabolism that may help prevent cancer.
Intermittent fasting increases the brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and may aid the growth of nerve cells and various other brain problems.