Fasting is often associated with religious beliefs, but new studies are showing that it is more that, did you know skipping meals could be healthy?
Eating at least three times a day has been accepted as the 'healthy' thing to do for a while now, but recent studies are showing that fasting is the right thing to do instead as eating breakfast, lunch and dinner may be damaging our health.
In fact, a 2010 study published in the British journal of Nutrition found that whether a person eats three large meals a day or six smaller ones, it made no difference to their overall calorie count.
So, scientists are saying that fasting could actually be healthy.
Here are some surprising benefits of fasting to the body:
Strengthens the immune system- New research show that fasting for two days or more can help to kick-start the immune system, especially if it has been damaged by ageing or cancer treatment. It encourages the body to replace old and damaged cells, U.S. researchers said. Valter Longo, a longevity expert at the University of Southern California, said: ‘When you starve, the system tries to save energy, and one of the things it can do to save energy is to recycle a lot of the immune cells that are not needed, especially those that may be damaged.’
Triggers weight loss- experts are claiming that denying the body food leads to weight loss.
Increases lifespan- a University of Southern California study published last year found fasting for two to four days every six months forces the body into survival mode, using up stores of fat and sugar and breaking down old cells. This caused the body's entire immune system to regenerate, providing better protection against infection and disease, experts said, thereby giving a longer lifespan.
Lowers blood pressure.
What do you think about this radical health opinion?