Six Ways Intermittent Fasting is Good For You – Edorium Journals

In intermittent fasting, the person manages his/her meals within an eating period of about 8 hours, and fasts for more than 12 hours. This kind of fasting, which was earlier only a religious practice, is now increasingly becoming a popular weight loss trend. Here are six proven benefits of intermittent fasting.

1. Weight loss: This is the most sought-after benefit of intermittent fasting. Here are three major ways in which it helps in weight loss.

  • Promoting the function of HGH (Human Growth Hormone), which is fat burning
  • Balancing the insulin levels
  • Aiding in lowering hunger pangs

2. Keeps the heart healthy by improving heart rates, blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and triglycerides

3. Prevents diabetes: Intermittent fasting helps in fighting type 2 diabetes as the fasting period allows the use up of glucose instead of its storage, makes sugar levels go down, lowers the insulin levels, and reduces the body weight.

4. Helps in cleansing body cells: During fasting, the body cells clean up themselves by a process called autophagy. The dysfunctional and broken metabolizing proteins left inside the cells are removed this way. This cleanup is also beneficial in healing Alzheimer’s disease and some types of cancer.

5. Reduces belly fat: It is stubborn to lose belly fat as the abdominal area has more alpha-2 receptors than beta-2 receptors. The former slows down your fat burning potential, while the latter increases it. Intermittent fasting lowers your insulin levels, which in turn shut down your alpha-2 receptors and activate your beta-2 receptors. Thus, you get rid of your belly fat.

6. Improves brain health: Intermittent fasting aids in enhancing your brain health by reducing oxidative stress, promoting nerve cell growth, and increasing levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), a brain hormone.

So, fast your way to good health!

Note: Though intermittent fasting is recommended for diabetes, diabetic patients are advised to consult their doctors to know the right fasting diets for them.

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