Fasting periodically improves health, says study in UK scientific journal Nature
Fasting periodically improves longevity and health by acting on cellular aging and disease risk factors, while causing no or minor side effects, according to a recent study published in the British scientific journal Nature.
The study shows that intermittent fasting can have a positive effect on the intestinal microorganisms that play an important role in many aspects of our health, including digestion, immunity, and metabolism.
The research found that that cycles of fasting also reduces obesity and improves energy metabolism, or how the body uses and produces energy.
“Intermittent and periodic fasting, respectively) are emerging as safe strategies to affect longevity and healthspan by acting on cellular aging and disease risk factors, while causing no or minor side effects,” the authors of the study wrote in Nature.
It should be explained that fasting is a type of eating pattern where you cycle between periods of eating and periods of fasting.
The study adds to previous research highlighting the numerous health of fasting.
This is particularly of interest as economic development and spread of modern Western diets and lifestyles have promoted overeating, leading to obesity and numerous health problems.
Muslims across the world are currently observing Ramadan, the holy month during which Muslims are obligated to fast.