A Japanese Scientist Explains How Fasting Benefits Anti-Aging and Won a Nobel Prize For His Research

5Were we aware of this?

Fasting has always had various positive effects, and there are many records of to prove it. In the Bible, it is described how Jesus and Moses fasted for 40- days. Records state that the Persians were made to fast for 50 days. In the writings of Herodotus, for a systematic health recovery, Egyptians would engage in fasting for 3 days every month. Some famous people who would fast on a regular basis are Leo Tolstoy, Byron, Newton, Socrates, Milton, Plato, Voltaire, Rousseau, and Linnaeus.

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6Is muscle mass lost and does the metabolic rate slow down when we fast?

The metabolic rate does slow down after long periods of fasting. On the other hand, the metabolic rate increases after 12-72 hours of fasting. In fact, there is a connection to the release of stress hormones- noradrenaline which induces the feeling of hunger.

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7Short term fasting benefits the body

This rule also applies in the case of loss of mass. According to research, short-term fasting can boost levels of the growth hormone which helps in drawing energy from fat tissues in the body. Their anti-catabolic and anabolic functions help in preventing the destruction of muscle mass.

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8The correct way to fast

You should always consult with your doctor before attempting to engage in any fasting. To burn all the carbs that you consume during the day and the reserves which are in the form of glycogen, you need an average of 8-12 hours. Hence proper fasting should be 12 hours, since the autophagy process start after such time.

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