“Fasting is the greatest remedy — the physician within.” ~Paracelsus
As far back as the 1930s, scientists have been exploring the value of fasting. Studies show that intermittent fasting reduces the risk of many common diseases, regulates blood sugar levels, increases longevity, improves state of mind and emotions, promotes inner stillness, and enhances spiritual connection.
Top 5 Benefits of Fasting
1. Fasting Improves Insulin Sensitivity
Studies show that after periods of fasting insulin becomes more effective in communicating to cells to take up glucose from blood, allowing increased tolerance of carbohydrates (sugar).
2. Fasting Supports Healthy Weight & Speeds Up The Metabolism
Intermittent fasting allows the body to use fat as it’s primary source of energy instead of sugar. When you rest your digestive system, your metabolism is energized to burn through calories more efficiently. Fasting promotes healthy bowel function and regulates your digestion, thus improving your metabolic function.
Science shows us that obese individuals do not receive the correct signals to let them know they are full due excessive eating patterns. So fasting is like a reset button. When fasting, the body is able to regulate itself to release the correct hormones, and promote healthy hunger levels and fullness.
3. Fasting Promotes Longevity & Improves The Immune System
Did you know the less you eat, the longer you will live? Studies have shown people in certain cultures live longer due to their diets that include intermittent fasting. It reduces free radical damage, decreases inflammation in the body, and starves off cancer cells. For example, when animals get sick they stop eating and instead focus on resting. This is a primal instinct to reduce stress on their internal system so their body can fight off infection. When fasting, the body is able to focus energy on repairing itself.
4. Fasting Helps Clear The Skin & Aids in Detoxification
With energy available that is usually used for digestion, the body is able to focus those regenerative energies on other body systems. Fasting helps the body focus on clearing toxins which improves the functioning of organs especially the kidneys, liver, etc — which results in happy skin!
5. Fasting Promotes Inner Stillness & Enhances Spiritual Connection
Fasting promotes awareness of the body, soul, mind, and spirit. Many people express feeling more connected to God and life during the practices of prayer and meditation. Fasting allows us to feel better by promoting clarity and emotional transmutation to higher vibrations. With a lighter body and a clearer mind we become more aware and grateful for the miracles, opportunities, and blessings all around us.
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