Benefits of Intermittent Fasting

It has been long thought that the human body was never meant to run on empty, that fasting was done primarily for religious reasons or political agendas. Otherwise, we believed that it would have required a reliably renewed source of a different fuel to function optimally, mentally and emotionally as well as physically.

  1. Weight loss

When it is done properly, Intermittent Fasting (IF) can be as effective as normal caloric restriction. Some people, especially busy people who don’t have time to devote to meal planning like keto or paleo, might even find it easier to follow IF because of its timings. 

  • Boosts brain function

IF has been proven to improve connections in the brain’s hippocampus and also protect against amyloid plaques, which are basically found in patients with Alzheimer’s.  

  • Increased cell turn over

Researchers say that in intermittent fasting the rest phase increases autophagy, which is considered as “an important detoxification process in the body to clean out damaged cells.” To be precise, taking a break from eating and digestion gives our body the chance to heal and get rid of junk inside the cells that can accelerate aging.

  • Reduced blood pressure

Research have shown that IF reduces blood pressure to a great extent. But, it also showed these blood pressure benefits last only while IF is being practiced. Once the diet was over and people started to return to eating normal, the blood pressure readings returned to their initial levels.

  • Reduced insulin resistance

Researchers has shown that intermittent fasting helps in stabilizing blood sugar levels in people with diabetes because it has the property to reset insulin. Fasting, such as Intermittent fasting, encourages insulin levels to drop, which plays important a role in reducing the risk for type 2 diabetes.

  • Lower issues of cardiovascular issues

As per study, when insulin levels fall, so does the risk of dangerous cardiovascular events, such as congestive heart failure, which is important for patients with type 2 diabetes because they are two to four times more likely to die from heart disease than adults without diabetes, according to the American Heart Association.

  • lower cholesterol

As a study on Obesity, alternate-day fasting results showed that it may help lower total cholesterol as well as LDL cholesterol when done in combination with exercise. LDL cholesterol is often referred as the “bad” cholesterol that can raise the risk of heart disease or stroke in humans.

  • Reduced inflammation

Studies in animals have shown that both Intermittent Fasting and controlled calorie restriction can reduce inflammation level. The study showed that during the fasting period in them, pro-inflammatory markers were lower than usual, so was blood pressure, body weight, and body fat. 

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