A new study from Harvard researchers has now shown how fasting can increase lifespan, slow aging and improve health by altering the activity of mitochondrial networks inside our cells.
As per researchers from Intermountain Healthcare Heart Institute, Salt Lake City, fasting once every month is really good for your overall body. The team closely monitored 2,000 patients of cardiac catheterization and most of them were practitioners of ‘Mormons’ where a person observes fast for 24 hours every month. They found that these people lived approx five years longer. So, if you want to add years to your life, start fasting.
Fasting health benefits backed by science
Despite its recent surge in popularity, fasting is a practice that dates back centuries and plays a central role in many cultures and religions. Defined as the abstinence from all or some foods or drinks for a set period of time, there are many different ways of fasting.
In general, most types of fasts are performed over 24–72 hours. Intermittent fasting, on the other hand, involves cycling between periods of eating and fasting, ranging from a few hours to a few days at a time.
Fasting has been shown to have many health benefits, from increased weight loss to better brain function and improved gut health.
Fasting and Health Benefits
Apart from longevity, there are plentiful benefits of fasting for your mind and body. Take a look:
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Fasting is known to decrease insulin resistance which is good for people who are type-2 diabetic. A study done on 10 people showed that short-term intermittent fasting helped diabetes patients to bring their blood sugar down.
One of the major reasons for people fasting is getting rid of excess weight and fat. Different kinds of fasting have different benefits. While short-term fasting is found to increase metabolic rate, intermittent fasting, overnight fasting, and whole-day fasting all aid weight loss. These up the levels of neurotransmitters that boost metabolism.
A healthy heart is a key to a healthy body. Inflammation is the major problem linked with the heart which may cause serious chronic conditions such as stroke, heart attack, cardiac arrest, etc. Fasting lowers down internal swelling which cuts down the risk of heat-related illnesses.
Cholesterol In Check
By bettering heart, fasting also helps maintain cholesterol by decreasing LDL or bad cholesterol levels. Also, it regulates blood triglycerides which again contributes to good heart health.
Fights neurodegenerative disorders
As fasting fights inflammation, it can also treat neurodegenerative disorders. Fasting is found to secure brain health and reduce the risk of mental illnesses such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.
Fasting combats free radical damage and inhibits the growth of cancer cells in the body. As a person tends to eat less and rest more during the fasting period, their internal system strengthens to fight various infections,
However, one-time fasting won’t bring you these results. You have to religiously follow the pattern to reap long-term results.