Fasting provides a powerful route to healthy living
Fasting is a way for our bodies to cycle between being fed with food and fasted, without food. This way of eating has been embraced by most world religions and practiced for thousands of years. While this offers many health benefits.
Muslims around the world are currently observing daytime fasting for 30 days during the holy month of Ramadan, abstaining from meals and drinks, while spending large portions of their time in prayers.
At its core, fasting simply allows the body to use its stored energy. Any time we eat, some of the food gets stored to be used later. When we eat, our bodies release a hormone called insulin to manage carbohydrates which are broken down into sugar. Because the body has limited ability to store sugar or glucose, the liver takes the extra sugar and turns it into fat.
Some of this fat gets stored in the liver but most of the fat gets distributed throughout the body and that’s how people gain weight. When people eat multiple meals and snacks during the day, their insulin levels are usually always high which means their bodies burn sugar for energy instead of fat. When you don’t eat, the insulin levels will be lower which enables the body to burn its stored fat for energy.
There are many benefits to the practice of fasting. It lowers inflammation throughout the body and improves chronic illnesses such as diabetes and blood pressure.
Other benefits of fasting include sleeping better, increased energy and improving brain fog.
There are people who should not practice intermittent fasting. This includes those who are pregnant or breastfeeding, children, and those with a chronic disease.