FASTING SPEEDS UP THE METABOLISM
- Intermittent fasting gives your digestive system a rest, and this can energise your metabolism to burn through calories more efficiently and regulate your digestion and promote healthy bowel function, thus improving your metabolic function.
FASTING HELPS REGULATE YOUR HORMONES
- Think of fasting as a reset button: To experience the true nature of hunger, this would take anything from 12 to even 24 hours. The longer you fast, the more your body can regulate itself to release the correct hormones, so that you can experience what real hunger is. Not to mention, when your hormones are working correctly, you get full quicker. We know that obese individuals do not receive the correct signals to let them know that they are full due to excessive eating patterns.
FASTING IMPROVES INSULIN SENSITIVITY
- Fasting has shown to have a positive effect on insulin sensitivity, allowing you to tolerate carbohydrates (sugar) better. A study showed that after periods of fasting, insulin becomes more effective in telling cells to take up glucose from the blood.
FASTING IMPROVES YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM
- Fasting can regenerate the entire immune system; an individual will reduce stress on the internal system so the body can fight off infection and reduces free radical damage, regulates inflammatory conditions in the body and starves off cancer cell formation.
FASTING IMPROVES YOUR BRAIN FUNCTION
- Fasting has shown to improve brain function, because it boosts the production of a protein called brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). This protein also protects your brain cells from changes associated with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
FASTING HELPS WEIGHT LOSS
- Fasting can be a safe way to lose weight as many studies have shown that intermittent fasting – fasting that is controlled within a set number of hours – allows the body to burn through fat cells more effectively than just regular dieting. Many athletes now use fasting as means to hitting low body fat percentages for competitions.