The Five Golden Benefits of Fasting
Not everyone can claim that they eat 100% healthy. Even after abiding by a somewhat healthy diet, there are many who are tempted to devour their favorite food like a juicy burger and coke. Then there is also the cheat day when you work out and you might eat stuff you really like. What it boils down to is that your stomach does need a break now and then. Your body too needs to be detoxified from all the substances we push into our body through eating. The best way to ensure a healthy system is through fasting. Doctor Panchajanya Paul MD an American Board Certified Child and Adult psychiatrist and author of two books advocate the healthy system of fasting and says it has incredible benefits.
1Unhealthy food is the biggest culprit causing disease
Today there is an increase in diseases like heart problems, cancer, and diabetes. The biggest culprit is unhealthy food that causes such problems thanks to innovative and faster food production. Unhealthy eating and obesity are the NO 1 problems around the world.
2/span>In earlier times humans were able to do without food for long periods of time
What many don’t realize is the fact that in ancient pre-agricultural society, humans hunted their food and gathered them from plants. Seasons made food collection uncertain and so humans at one time adapted themselves to going without food for long periods of time. Our bodies still have that within us and evolution allows us to cope with fasting.
Prehistoric humans ate more during summer and fall. They gained weight to tide over the winter when food was in short supply. It is the same with some animals like the bear who eats 20,000 calories every day and then hibernates for three months in winter. Obviously, humans don’t hibernate but the human physiology enables one to store extra ingested carbs as fat. But today, there are no famines and fat storage just gets piled on with a sedentary life resulting in obesity.
3Our bodies utilize energy by two ways
There are two ways our bodies source energy. The first way is through the daily food we eat such as carbohydrate which is burned for energy. But when you fast or when there is no food consumption, the body will turn to the fat stores for energy by burning them into ketones. It is this factor that caused many people in the ancient world to survive and live healthier. But this is also why humans are made to store fat for energy storage, storing toxins, regulating hormones and keeping our bodies warm. But then when the fat is not used then a human has a problem.
Eating three meals a day keeps the hormone insulin active at all times. It is responsible for storing fat and sources the extra sugar in the blood. It then deposits the sugar in the liver which converts sugar into fat to be stored for future use. Because of the abundance of food, the fat never gets used and then starts accumulating. This is what leads to being overweight and obesity.
4You can mimic the condition of food shortage in the body
It is only logical that the best way to force the burning of these fats is to create an artificial condition of food shortage mimicking ancient times of food shortage. This, of course, is fasting and has been observed as a medical remedy in ancient times to treat various conditions. There are many cultures that also believe that fasting is a form of spiritual cleansing but regardless of that fasting can detoxify your body.
One such doctor who has always advocated fasting is Doctor Jason Fung, the renowned expert who says that fasting can help treat metabolic problems and lead to several benefits. Here are those benefits as outlined by him in his works.
Fasting is the best way to lose weight. In the absence of food, the body turns to the excess fat for energy. Insulin levels also decrease during fasting which encourages fat burning. Increased insulin levels mean that not much fat will be burned in the body, instead it would lead to more fat.