Fasting: Is It Healthy? 6 Hidden Aftereffects You Should Know About It

For many centuries fasting has been considered a religious routine. However, of late scientists have started to conduct many studies both on animals and on humans to discover the effects and benefits of not eating for human health. Let us attempt to answer a question is food abstention healthy and good for you? Let us also discover six of its aftereffects on your body.

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So, is it healthy to fast? It depends on many factors. One of them is your current state of health. There are some people, who should not even consider the possibility to fast. Those are people with certain types of diabetes or pregnant women. Abstaining from food certainly would not do much good for them.

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Giving up sweets is essential for good fasting results

Food abstention benefits also depend on such factors as fast duration and your current diet. Here is how our bodies work, when we enter fast. The body and the brain in particular need lots of energy and fuel. Mostly, we find this fuel from glucose. When you fast, you deny this easy energy source for your body. If your body does not get it for up to 6 hours, it launches a different metabolic process.

Basically, your body starts to draw energy from the sources within it. The good news is that your body spares the muscles first and tries to use up all the energy stored in fat. So, it burns the fat first and only when you run out of your fat deposits, your body starts to burn muscles (i.e. proteins). So, the health benefits of not eating really depend on how long it lasts and how much fat you have available for burning. That is the turning point, when fast turns into starvation. That is where its entire positive health effects end and the negative ones come up on the scene.

6 aftereffects of fasting you should know about:

1. Increased insulin sensitivity

It’s a good aftereffect you may expect. Your body tunes up its reaction to insulin and requires lower quantities of it to process sugar and lower it in your blood.

2. Fat burning

3. Increased or boosted metabolism

4. Lowered level bad cholesterol

5. Possible side effects of starvation
That is if your abstaining from food crosses the line and turns into starvation. Then you may expect various negative health side effects of it.

6. Mood swings
People in fast tend to be downcast and irritable, if they do not accompany physical abstaining from food with some positive spiritual practice.

So, as you may see, there are many health consequences of fasting and many good and bad aftereffects it may cause for your body and your mind. That is why this practice has to be handled with care. Try to consult your doctor, especially if you plan to fast over a long period of time. Read more on the subject of food abstention at the http://en.wikipedia.org/

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