Fasting is just so full of irony. It simply goes against common sense that the act of starving oneself could be beneficial to the human body, yet it turns out to be true in more ways than one.
How does abstaining from our body’s basic fuel make our system more efficient? Researchers are revealing more and more information about how starving ourselves, when done correctly, could be our health’s savior.
First, depriving the body of food leads to a state called “autolysis,” whereby all or part of a cell or tissue is broken down through self-produced enzymes.
Since the body has no food to process for energy, it slowly feeds on the next available resource—our stored fats—very much like cannibalism.
The fat is then converted by the liver into ketones and released into the blood stream; this stage allows them to be converted into energy more efficiently.
As this process continues in the body, deposits of fat begin to disappear … including those that form love handles, etc.
But what about other tissues? Doesn’t starving make our body feed on our muscles for energy, too?
The answer is, “Yes, it does.” That’s why proper supplements or a special fasting diet are required to prevent this from happening.
Another positive aspect of deliberate fasting is detoxification. Without the normal source of food to convert to energy, the body’s priorities shift from digestion to its immune systems.
Sensing that it is threatened, as a self-preservation technique, the body begins flushing out toxins. In this sense, starvation can be seen as a cleansing process, giving our organs the motivation and opportunity to undertake some much-needed rehabilitation.
With fats burned and toxins swept away, those who fast often experience a sense of rejuvenation, too. A starving body will produce human growth hormones as well as anti-aging hormones.
One experiment conducted with earthworms that involved the process of starvation and strategic feeding times was shown to extend the invertebrates’ life spans.
How much so? Based upon percentages, their longevity increased to the earthworm equivalent of 600 human years!
In a nutshell, starving oneself in the right way certainly doesn’t hurt. It could actually lead to a healthier and longer life.
Now, that’s some food for thought.
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