Health Benefits of Intermittent Fasting
People are trying different modes of fasting for various purposes – mainly for weight loss and other associated benefits therefrom. However intermittent fasting is catching attention of many people. In simple words intermittent fasting means eating nothing for larger period of time, i.e. abstaining from eating for maximum longer period. Intermittent fasting refers to an eating cycle which mainly includes more fasting period and less eating period. Like Fasting of 16 hours and eating in only 8 hours etc.
Circadian rhythms or daily sleep-wake cycles has a great role to play in our health. This twenty four hour cycle affects our metabolic, behavioural and physiological changes too. It is well established that bright light and foods affects the circadian rhythms.
However the new study has revealed that Fasting also influences circadian rhythms in the liver and skeletal muscles. The findings of the research were published in the Journal Cell Reports.
When there is scarcity of glucose, the liver creates ketones from fatty acids, which is used by our body as emergency energy source. It is noticed that Fasting is able to reprogram a variety of cellular responses. Hence optimal fasting in a timed manner positively affects the cellular functions and provides multiple health benefits.
Intermittent fasting has assumed importance in particularly weight management. It has been proved more beneficial that earlier traditional calorie restrictions. It is observed that intermittent fasting helps to lower blood glucose and insulin levels in the people having risk of diabetes. It has also been beneficial in reducing the blood pressure, heart rate, cholesterol and triglycerides in both human beings and animals. Intermittent fasting is also proved beneficial in suppressing inflammation in the brain causing neurological conditions. It is also indicated in various studies in animals that intermittent fasting can delay the onset of tumors.