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FASTING

By: kaiserprince On: 1/20/2014
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  • Fasting
    Fasting is primarily an act of willing abstinence or reduction from certain or all food, drink, or both, for a period of time. An absolute fast is normally defined as abstinence from all food and liquid for a defined period, usually a single day (24 hours), or several days. Other fasts may be only partially restrictive, limiting particular foods or substances. The fast may also be intermittent in nature. Fasting practices may preclude sexual intercourse and other activities as well as food.
    Getting a Better Idea of What Fasting
    Really Is
    The concept of fasting is quite simple. Fasting means you don’t eat for a while. Although it may sound a bit contrarian, it is, without a doubt, a very safe and very sound health practice. In fact, it’s good for your mind, body and soul.



    You may have heard that not eating is a bad idea, because it will slow your metabolism and cause you to gain weight. Well, you’ve heard wrong. Fasting is not only good for you, but also perhaps the healthiest thing you can ever do for yourself.
    The positive effects of fasting
    Fasting can help you feel and look better. In addition, here are a few of the positive effects fasting can have on your body. It:
    Burns fat: When fasting, the body naturally taps into stored body fat  for energy, a process that is severely inhibited when eating frequently throughout the day. Studies have shown that fasting ramatically increases lipolysis, which is the fancy term for fat burning.
    Boosts energy: Fasting is slightly stimulatory, because it increases your natural adrenal response. In plain English, it means that while you’re fasting, you can expect your productivity to increase and concentration to improve.


    Fights disease: Fasting naturally boosts immunity and allows your body to naturally detoxify itself. While fasting, your body purges unhealthy, damaged, and polluted cells — as well as spurs the growth of new
    healthy cells.
    Delays aging: Eating has an aging effect on the body, which happens primarily through insulin, which is your body’s primary nutrient transport and blood-sugar regulating hormone. When you eat, your pancreas secretes insulin. And the problem with eating too much or too frequently is that insulin speeds up biological aging process. Fasting delays aging by suppressing insulin levels.
    Enhances exercise: Fasting and exercise potentiate each other, meaning they increase each other’s positive effects. Exercising in a fasted state can help you to burn more fat, increase vitality, and build muscle more efficiently.
    The benefits of fasting are huge, whereas there really isn’t a reason why you shouldn’t fast on a regular basis. In fact, fasting is also the world’s most ancient healing mechanism. All animals, except human beings, fast instinctively when sick or wounded.



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