Fasting for Health Benefits

Mice, monkeys and roundworms live longer when they consume less calories than usual, which means there’s a good chance you might also extend your life, not to mention lose weight if you do the same. Fasting isn’t new, but has become popular recently, taking the place of dieting for many people. Although some fast because they want to live longer and drop pounds, others extend the time taken between meals to reap added health benefits.

Boost your immunity
When you fast, your immune system kicks into action, helping you heal and build a strong resistance to viruses. However, this is only true if you also eat healthily at mealtimes when you’re not fasting. You need to eat plenty of vegetables, and some protein and carbohydrates. Additionally, avoid eating too many processed foods which don’t provide the nourishment you need. Lots of raw vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds, and a small amount of organic meat and fresh fish are good for you. Also, healthy fats, like coconut oil and olive oil are necessary if you want to be fighting fit.

The human body responds well to intermittent fasting, but isn’t designed to go for long periods without eating, so follow fasting guidelines provided by experts. At the same time, if you want to fast, you need to remember to keep up water intake between meals. Drinking at least eight glasses of water a day will help flush toxins out of your body and keep you hydrated. The exact amount of water you personally need depends on your body size, the exercise you carry out, and the climate where you live. The more you perspire, the more water you need to replace in your body.

There are several ways to fast, but the easiest is to use the hours you spend sleeping as part of the fasting period. You do this anyway, hence, ‘break-fast,’ when you literally break your fast in the morning. When you fast, you extend the time between meals, which means you probably won’t eat until later than usual after rising. Some people like a window of eight hours in which to eat, while others consume all their meals within a six-hour period. Alternatively, you might prefer to fast for twenty-four hours once a week, thus lessening your calorie intake significantly. If you opt for day-long fasting, it’s still acceptable to have a light healthy snack occasionally during the non-meal period.

Although fasting properly can increase your health, do ask your doctor for advice about whether you should be fasting if you have doubts. Also, it’s sensible to get the go-ahead from a physician if you have a health condition. Otherwise, choose the method of fasting that suits your lifestyle and needs. Make sure your fasting plan suits your domestic, social, and work life, and you might live longer, lose weight, and be healthier without interrupting your enjoyment of life.

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Bridget Webber’s background rests in mental health, counselling, hypnotherapy, NLP and art. She brings knowledge from her experiences into her writing and specializes in emotional wellness and the creation of, rather than search for, joy. You can catch up with her insights and musings on Twitter.

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