Have you heard about the health benefits of fasting? If you’re looking for the best way to improve your metabolism, increase the efficiency of your gastrointestinal system, and boost your immune function, this lifestyle change is worth serious consideration.
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Why Fasting Works?
Over 60% of all metabolic energy goes toward digestion. By abstaining from eating, you give your GI tract a break from the stress of digesting food. Considering that 70% of our immune system resides in our gut, fasting provides a significant boost to immune function as well.
The Different Types of Fasting
There are two different types of fasting; short and long-term. Short term fasts last between 12 to 24-hours while long-term fasts can be up to 96-hours in length. With restrictive eating plans such as intermittent fasting (IF,) you abstain from eating for a 12 to 16-hour period every day. After the fasting window expires, your free to eat any foods you like that are within your daily calorie limit.
Intermittent fasting and other restrictive eating plans are popular in fitness and health circles. People that experiment with this fasting method note improved levels of energy, as well as significant weight loss.
Long-term fasts that last for 24, 36, or even up to 96-hours have a host of health benefits far superior to restrictive eating plans. However, they aren’t as popular as restrictive eating plans like IF, because not many people feel that they can last for that long without food.
How to Fast Correctly?
If you want to give fasting a try, there’s a couple of rules that you need to follow to ensure that you remain in a fasted state. Fasting means abstaining from any food sources that create a metabolic response. Therefore, you aren’t allowed to eat anything that raises your blood sugar or creates a metabolic reaction in the fasting window.
A common mistake people make when fasting is adding cream or sweeteners to their morning coffee. Doing so will create a metabolic response and throw your body out of a fasted state. While coffee and green tea are allowed on a fast, make sure you don’t add anything to the beverage other than hot water.
How Long Should You Fast?
This question has a straightforward answer; As long as you can. The reason why intermittent fasting is so popular is the fact that it still allows people to eat once or twice a day after their fasting window closes.
Long-term fasts can be physically and mentally challenging, especially when they enter a period of 48-hours or longer. Individuals experimenting with a long-term fast will experience diminished energy levels as they progress deeper into the fast. Therefore, it’s not a good idea to fast over a long period if your job requires you to remain physically alert and full of energy.
How Fasting Heals the Body?
When we fast, the body undergoes a metabolic process called autophagy. During this period the body replaces inefficient cells with new cells in a process called cell-apoptosis.
Wrapping Up – What to Expect from a Fast?
You can expect some somewhat surprising results from both short and long-term fasting. Healthier teeth and gums, reduced gastrointestinal inflammation, clearer skin, and stronger bones. Give fasting a try and visit Macleod Trail Dental for an evaluation of your dental health after a few weeks of experimentation.