Most of us are aware of the spiritual benefits from fasting. Are you aware that there are some side benefits that positively impact our bodies? Here are nine benefits that may be occurring in our bodies during this week of sacrifice.
- Weight Loss
Fasting can be a safe way to lose weight. Many studies have shown that intermittent fasting allows the body to burn through fat cells more effectively than just regular dieting. Intermittent fasting allows the body to use fat as its primary source of energy instead of sugar.
- Improves Insulin Sensitivity
Fasting has been shown to have a positive effect on insulin sensitivity, allowing you to tolerate carbohydrates (sugar) better than if you didn’t fast. A study showed that after periods of fasting, insulin becomes more effective in telling cells to take up glucose from blood.
- Speeds Up the Metabolism
Intermittent fasting gives your digestive system a rest and this can energize your metabolism to burn through calories more efficiently. Intermittent fasts can regulate your digestion and promote healthy bowel function, thus improving your metabolic function.
- Promotes Longevity
Believe it or not, the less you eat the longer you will live. One of the primary effects of aging is a slower metabolism. The younger your body is, the faster and more efficient your metabolism. The less you eat, the less toll it takes on your digestive system.
- Improves Hunger
Most of us don’t know what real hunger is. Fasting helps to regulate the hormones in your body so that you experience what true hunger is. We know that obese individuals do not receive the correct signals to let them know they are full due excessive eating patterns. Think of fasting as a reset button.
- Fasting Improves Your Eating Patterns
Fasting can be a helpful practice for those who suffer with binge eating disorders, and for those who find it difficult to establish a correct eating pattern due to work and other priorities. Nothing like a Daniel Fast to eat the right foods.
- Improves Your Brain Function
Fasting has been shown to improve brain function because it boosts the production of a protein called brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). So that is why things are so much clearer now!
- Improves Your Immune System
Intermittent fasting improves the immune system because it reduces free radical damage, regulates inflammatory conditions in the body and starves off cancer cell formation.
- Helps Clear the Skin and Prevent Acne
Fasting can help clear the skin because with the body temporarily freed from digestion, it’s able to focus its regenerative energies on other systems.
Not eating anything for just one day has been shown to help the body clean up the toxins and regulate the functioning of other organs of the body like the liver, kidneys and other parts.
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