Fasting has been touted by health enthusiasts as a way to stay healthy, cure certain ailments and to live longer. But, on the other hand, there have been those who maintain that fasting is problematic for certain people. Which is it?
This brief post will present some of the latest findings on fasting and what it can do for the body. Of course, if you suffer from health ailments, check with your primary healthcare provider before you begin a program of fasting.
Three ways that fasting can help your body
Scientist have stated that fasting can help the body in three ways:
1. Oxidative stress - Fasting can decrease the accumulation of free radicals (oxidative stress) in the cell. (Remember free radicals go scavenging around the bodies cells seek to disrupt things; ultimately, by stealing oxygen from cells, they can cause aging and sickness) Fasting helps to prevent damage to cell proteins, lipids and nucleic acids which are associated with aging and disease.
2. Increases insulin sensitivity - Fasting increases insulin sensitivity along with mitochondrial energy efficiency (the mitochondria is the power house of the cell). This helps to slow aging and disease.
3. Increased capacity to resist stress, disease and aging - Fasting brings about a cellular stress response in which genes that increase the capacity to cope with stress and resist disease proliferate.
("The Intermittent Fasting Dilemma: How Many Meals Per Day Should You Eat?" Dr. Mercola)
"The Intermittent Fasting Dilemma: How Many Meals Per Day Should You Eat?" Dr. Mercola